It’s a fact that Christmas is infinitely more fun when you’re a kid — there’s the whole Santa thing, it’s school holidays, you get bulk presents and life is good. But when you’re a baby or toddler, you’re so little you can’t fathom what is going on. But for us people with babies and little ones in our family / friendship circle, we still have to buy them a token gift. So what to buy?
I’m currently up le duff so have been trawling baby sites for months, and figured I would share my expert knowledge of fun baby / kid pressies so you don’t have to think of anything. I also made sure they were all under 50 bucks, of course.
1. Cute Buckets
For babies that can actually use their hands, buckets for the beach or bath or even backyard are a fun option, and this set from excellent baby product site The Memo are perfect. Fun fact, one of my earliest memories is sitting on a beach playing with my set of Sesame Street buckets just pouring endless amounts of water and sand into each of them. Simple pleasures and all that.
2. A Cool Outfit
Iconic Aussie brand Gorman now have a kids range called PLAYGROUND, and it’s just as colourful as their grown-ups stuff. Mostly unisex and ranging in sizes from 2-5, it’s a good gift for the young, stylish child in your life. Who doesn’t want to wear a matching set featuring boldly coloured animals? I wish it fit me, tbh.
3. A Sun Hat
No hat no play (is that still a thing?), and these hats from The Memo are the bloody cutest for the littler tots in your life. A very sensible, sun-safe gift that is also very cool, design-wise. Plus it’s like two presents in one because it’s REVERSIBLE. Genius.
4. On-Trend Skincare
Zoë Foster Blake‘s skincare brand isn’t just for us adults — this year the (cool) mum of two released Gro-To, a range of products designed for young ‘uns and their often sensitive skin. There’s a whole heap of baby options, but this little set promises to help with a restful night’s sleep, so the kid’s parents will thank you forever.
5. A Book
Instead of a toy they’ll toy aside in 5 minutes or an outfit they will grow out of, it can be nice to buy a baby a little book for the parentals to read to them. Kids will love the bright colours and cute Aussie critters in this sweet little book from The Memo, and it’s a super affordable option at an expensive time of year, too.
6. Useful Bath Stuff
It’s a fact universally known that babies and kids are grubby. They roll around in dirt, get food all over themselves and throw up at random occasions. So that’s why I love these face washer mits from The Memo — a set of 3 shaped like little critters, they might actually make the de-griming process fun each night.
7. A Novelty Cup
‘Cos BPA-free good for the environment keep cups aren’t just for adults, Frank Green have made these cute-as kiddie sized versions that fit in pram and car cup holders and are insulated to keep drinks cool during what promises to be a sweltering summer. There’s a blue and a pink version available if you want to give ~gendered~ baby gifts, but I just love the little blue dude’s face.
8. Wooden Toys
Speaking of good for the environment, how about you ditch the plastic toys for good old fashioned wooden ones? UK brand Le Toy Van makes the most adorable wood-based toys for little ones, and this bird house puzzle is good for stimulating developing baby brains. Fun and educational — the parents will love ya.Image: The Memo