Christmas is a magical time of year, especially if there’s a newborn in your life. And buying a present for the newborn will give everyone joy.
Below we outline some things to consider when buying a Christmas gift for a baby.
What to look for in a Christmas baby gift
When buying a Christmas gift for a baby consider the following;
- Safe – Every item should be safe for babies and toddlers. Many products for children require to be tested to Australian Standards, if you are unsure or would like clarification on the testing of the products reach out to the retailer.
- Purpose – Are you expecting the baby to use the gift after Christmas? Or is it purely to celebrate the holiday period? In most cases when buying a gift you want it to be practical, however, when buying for a specific occasion it can be decorative instead.
- Festive – If you are giving an Xmas gift for a baby it should be festive, or at the least in green and red colours. Christmas presents with Santa, presents, or candy cane are a good start.
- Age Appropriate – Like any gift, it should be age-appropriate. You would buy different products for a newborn than you would for a 1st Birthday.
- Made in Australia – The holiday trading period is the perfect time to support those businesses that make their gifts in Australia. It is an ideal time to support Australian and local businesses as the flow-on effect can be felt throughout the economy.
Who should give a Xmas present to the baby?
When deciding if you will buy a Christmas present you should consider your relationship with the baby. If you are the parents or a close family member we recommend buying a gift for the baby. We also recommend more distant relatives like uncles and aunts to buy a gift too. When it comes to friends it will depend on your relationship and if you will be visiting the baby before Christmas.
How many Christmas presents do you give a baby?
Your relationship with the baby will be the main factor in determining how many gifts you will buy for the baby. The parents should buy between 3 and 5 each. While grandparents and close family expect to buy 1 or 2. And friends and distant family members can just buy a single gift.
Note that every person’s financial situation is different so some people may not be able to afford a gift at all. So please use the above advice as a guide only.
How much should I spend on a baby for Christmas?
Your financial situation and relationship with the baby will determine how much to spend on the baby. For instance, parents can expect to spend between $100 and $300 on their baby. While other family members can budget between $60 and $100. While distant family members and friends will spend between $40 and $80.
When should you give the gift?
You can give the baby their Christmas gift any time in December but ideally as close to the 25th December as possible. The week before Christmas is an ideal time as then they can use and wear the gift on Christmas Day.
At what age can you give a baby a Christmas present?
Whether the baby is 1, 7, 8 or 9 months old you can always give a baby a Christmas present. For a one month old a Christmas bib or burp cloth would be the perfect gift. While for an 8 month old a Xmas teething toy would be suitable.
Baby Christmas Gift Ideas
If you are looking for some Christmas gift ideas for babies here are a few suggestions.
- Hair Accessories – The perfect gift for a baby girl is a baby Christmas hair accessory. She will be adorable when celebrating her first Christmas.
- Bibs – These are practical and stylish and can be worn over their Christmas outfit.
Christmas Newborn Bib$17.95
- Christmas Cards – You might not have the funds to buy a big gift so write your best wishes in a Christmas card for them to cherish forever.
- Burp Cloth – For a newborn a Christmas print burping cloth will help protect the parents and baby’s special Christmas clothing.
- Gift Sets – Get a little bit of everything when you buy a gift set. This will come beautifully gift-wrapped and there won’t be anything else you will need to do.
- Journal – Record every detail about your baby’s first Christmas. Who did they spend it with, the gifts they received and what did Santa bring?
- Teether – Unfortunately Christmas can be painful and uncomfortable for a baby that’s teething. So give a gift of relief with a Christmas Teether.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this article on Christmas gifts for newborns. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me or visit us in-store at our East Perth Gift Shop.
This article was written by Luisa Figueroa. She is the maker and owner of the My Little Love Heart range of baby gifts and accessories.