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Baby's first Christmas: The best baby gifts and first presents

Give your little one a keepsake to cherish for years to come.
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So there was the vision I had for my son’s first Christmas, and then there was the reality. In my head, my 1-year-old son would wake up on Christmas morning filled with excitement for this special milestone day. We would make Christmas cookies, we would read a holiday classic while nestled by the fire, and I would watch with motherly delight as my boy opened his very first Christmas gift.

That was what I envisioned our first Christmas morning to be. Meanwhile, in a place that looks way less like a Norman Rockwell painting and much more like our living room, my son looked confused as to why I was jumping around like a woodland sprite. He rejected the special Christmas pancakes I made him for breakfast, and he basically mumbled a baby-size “Meh” when it came to presents. I was slightly bummed out at first, but then it hit me: My baby didn’t own a calendar. He had no clue what the day was … because he was one. (Face palm)

What I learned from my boy’s first Christmas was that while he was too little to appreciate the magic of the holiday, I was old enough to appreciate it and share it for him.

I also learned that a handful of fun and buzzy toys are great, but for the most part, a baby’s holiday gifts should be a nice mix of the practical, the fun and the sweet.

Here is a list of 31 sweet, yet practical, gifts for your baby’s first Christmas!

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Bestselling gifts for baby's first Christmas

Baby Einstein Hape Magic Touch Piano

Billy Joel had to get his start somewhere, and so does your little piano prodigy! Baby can compose his own music, play the music of other musical geniuses or just enjoy the sweet tunes that are played by magic. Piano includes three pieces of sheet music, six songs and is ideal for babies ages six months and up.

Mega Bloks First Builders Let's Get Learning Construction Set

So. Many. Blocks. 150 blocks to be exact. These Mega Bloks are great for little hands working on their fine motor skills or honing their block tossing talents this holiday season.

Little Tikes Hide And Seek Climber and Swing

I love taking my baby to the park, but some days I wish the park would just come to us. Well good news, it can! This great starter playground is easy to assemble, and loads of fun for babies ages 12 months to four years old.

Busypuzzle Personalized Name Puzzle with Animals

An Etsy pick and a favorite of nearly 30,000 moms, this sweet personalized puzzle will allow your baby to explore shapes, colors, animals and how to spell their own name this holiday season.

Pearhead Babyprints Hanging Keepsake

This Amazon bestseller makes it easy to take an imprint of your baby's hand or foot and turn it into a forever keepsake. This makes a great gift for any new mom.

Santa's Workshop Play Set

What a magical gift! This five-piece soft play set includes a snowman, elf, reindeer and Santa, of course!

Musical Farmhouse Cube

With plenty of multisensory features and animal sounds, this compact "farmhouse" is great for the baby who's always on the go. Along with being a joyful playtime favorite, the interactive activity cube also helps build essential physical, cognitive and social skills.

Baby's first Christmas ornaments

Baby's First Christmas Photo Ornament

Add some flair to the Christmas tree with this cute personalized ornament. You can add their photo, name and birth year.

Baby's 1st Christmas Personalized Wood Block Ornament

Made with solid natural maple wood, and personalized with your baby’s sweet name and age, this ornament will be sure to have a special place on your Christmas tree year after year.

Baby's First Christmas Ornament

This unique ornament is fully personalized with your child's name, birthday and more! You can even add a festive jingle bell.

Baby's first Christmas clothing

The Teddy & Bear Set

Everyone has to get socks at Christmas. Even babies. But these aren’t just socks! They are woodland animals, they are hand puppets, oh and yeah, they are also cozy socks.

My First Christmas Nursery One-Piece Pajama

I couldn’t get enough of the “My First” anything outfits. I think I bought my son a special outfit to celebrate his first Arbor Day. This precious little one piece pajama will keep your baby warm, cozy and camera-ready for all of those holiday photos.

Gnome Sweet Gnome Sweater Jacket

Little gnomes will easily snuggle up inside this sweater jacket lined with soft sherpa fleece.

Hooded Snowman Jumpsuit

There's no denying how adorable this jumpsuit is! Dress up your little one as a snowman this season with this velvet romper.

Snowy Santa Baby Stocking Hat

This soft crocheted hat is perfect for newborns. The wearable gift also comes with a cute "My First Christmas" tag.

Baby's first Christmas gifts

Baby’s First Christmas Gift Set

This gift box has everything your little one needs for a magical Christmas Eve night. A cute one-piece bodysuit, an adorable personalized penguin, and a ceramic bauble, all in a keepsake gift box.

Hello Bello Extra Gentle Shampoo & Body Wash

A great stocking stuffer and addition to your baby’s bath, Hello Bello’s Extra Gentle Shampoo & Body Wash. Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and available in six sweet scents or fragrance free.

MAM Perfect Night Pacifiers

After hours of wrapping holiday gifts, Mom and Dad are going to be grateful these paci’s glow in the dark. This paci set includes two pacifiers, and a sterilizing case for easy cleaning.

A Christmas Wish for My Grandchild Recordable Storybook

My boy received this sweet book last Christmas from his Grandma and he’s obsessed with it. He loves the precious story, the playful drawings, and hearing his Grandma read him a story anytime he likes.

Baby Dream Machine Sleep Starter Set

Your baby’s bedroom will go from holiday madness to a peaceful Christmas slumber in no time with this award-winning sleep device. This cute new bedtime pal works as a night light, sound machine, humidifier and diffuser — all in one! It also looks pretty darn snazzy on their nightstand.

FAO Schwarz The Night Before Christmas Book

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a reading of “The Night Before Christmas." This beautifully illustrated book features a genuine leather cover, gilt page edges, and large print fit for young and older eyes.

Disney Baby Finding Nemo Sea of Activities Jumper

Perhaps it’s because I have been watching a lot of Nemo lately, or maybe it’s because of all the fun toys and activities on this jumper. Either way I am sold. Great for ages six months to 12 months, and thanks to easy folding capabilities, is easily transportable to Grandma and Grandpa’s house!

Munchkin Farm Squirts Bath Toys

Bath toys always make a splash when it comes to the little ones. Great on land or sea, your baby will love squirting puffs of air or bits of water with these cute barnyard squeezies.

Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike

Another holiday rite of passage, the bike under the Christmas tree. I bought this for my son last Christmas, and he loved it! This versatile trike grows with your wee one and features four ways to ride! Start off at infant trike, advance to steering trike, progress to learn-to-ride trike, and then graduate to classic trike. A holiday gift your baby will be sure to enjoy for years to come.

Petite Keep Classic Trunk

I can’t say enough about this gem of a treasure chest. I wanted something to hold my son’s special keepsakes but wasn’t super jazzed about a plastic container. I wanted somewhere special to put his coming-home-from-hospital outfit, a precious place to put his baptismal suit, and a safe spot to lay the little derby hat that matches the one his great-grandfather used to wear. That’s when I discovered Petit Keep. This trunk is darling and exactly what I was looking for. The perfect size for a little man’s big keepsakes, beautifully designed, and all kept under lock and key with a personalized padlock.

Jellycat Dog Soother Blanket

Your young one will easily cozy up to this sweet doggo. It also doubles as a super soft security blanket.

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?," by Eric Carle

Introduce the budding bookworm to this timeless classic by Eric Carle. Their growing hands and eyes will also love the padded pages and colorful illustrations.

Plush Elk Stuffed Animal

This stuffed animal is perfect to cuddle up with — and will probably become your baby's first best friend.

Reed & Burton Piggy Bank

It's never too early to save! This adorable silver piggy on wheels will be a lasting treasure.

Step2 My First Christmas Tree

Your baby will love to have his or her very own Christmas tree! Decorate the tree with ornaments and watch the train go around the tracks.

First Christmas Personalized Teddy Bear

This floppy teddy bear will be cherished for a lifetime. It can also be personalized, making it extra special.

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This article was originally published on Nov. 29, 2017.