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40 practical and adorable gifts for baby's first Christmas, starting at $5

Give your little one a keepsake to cherish for years to come.
TODAY Illustration; Kara Birnbaum / TODAY
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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.

In reality, 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 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 1. (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 40 sweet, yet practical, gifts for your baby’s first Christmas!

Bestselling gifts for baby's first Christmas

Pidoko Baby Wooden Walker Toy

For the infant who is starting to wobble as they try to take their first steps, gift them with this toy wooden walker. With a xylophone, counting stacking cups, a drum, number blocks and more, this toy will keep them occupied for hours on end. "My 1-year-old grandson hasn’t figured out he can walk but he runs this thing up and down the hallways and loves it," said one reviewer.

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 6 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 4 years old.

Busypuzzle Personalized Name Puzzle with Animals

An Etsy pick and a favorite of nearly 50,000 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 Rattle

Celebrate their first Christmas appropriately with the toy that has presumably been their favorite throughout their first year. With bows and painted accents, this ornament (that actually makes noise), will mark the occasion and help you reminisce for years to come.

Baby's First Acrylic Round Ornament

Personalize this elegant and simplistic ornament with their birth details, including where and at what time they were born. For a more festive option, it also comes as a star.

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.

Carter's Reindeer Jumpsuit

Although Halloween has just passed, this onesie serves as a perfect excuse to dress them up for the holiday, but this time as one of Santa's reindeer. "This is so cozy, warm and adorable!," says one reviewer.

My First Christmas Embroidered Bib

For the baby who just started eating solids, this bib will catch everything from gingerbread cookies to little bits of ham at Christmas dinner. It can also be used as a photo prop for adorable family photos.

Santa Baby Knit Pom Pom Hat

Whether they were born in December and earned the nickname "Santa baby" or you want an excuse to dress them in this adorable pom pom hat, other knit caps include sayings such as "Ho, Ho, Ho," "Fa La La" and "Merry."

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, 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.

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

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube NEW

This magic music cube teaches little ones different sounds and sound combinations while they pat and play away. The brand says the cube is designed with soft, rounded corners, so it is easy for babies to grab and hold.

Taggies Original Blanket

So many babies love the feel of the soft tags on clothing that this brand made them into a baby toy! From the soft fleece to the bright colors, there's a lot to love about this blanket. Plus, the brand says it is machine washable for easy care.

Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

Curious minds will love getting to build and interact with this stackable tower set. The plastic spheres can be balanced, nested and spun while they play, helping them to tap into their senses. According to the brand, the pieces are made with ABS plastic and are BPA-free.

Mini Tudou Teething Baby Blocks

Not only will these blocks assist them in the teething phase, but they can be used beyond that to help them learn numbers and counting. With over 9,000 five-star ratings, these blocks are a fan favorite due to being "soft but durable," and the fact that "they have numbers and letters shapes and different textures to allow for so much stimulation and learning in the years to come."

Jellycat Gingerbread Stuffed Animal

Jellycat is popular for their super soft line of Christmas and holiday plushes includes a snowman, snowflake, gingerbread house, Christmas tree and more. "Super cute and soft and the perfect size for an infant," says one reviewer; another one adds that "my daughter will go crazy when she sees them."

Black and White Board Book

Before they are able to recognize colors, babies respond well to black-and-white photos, helping to develop their eyes further. The high-contrast images include bananas and sailboats, among other objects that your baby sees in their daily life, such as chairs, animals and bottles. Over 8,000 five-star verified reviewers have raved about this board book, which opens accordion-style, perfect for tummy time entertainment.

Sophie The Giraffe Teether

Sophie the Giraffe has served as a go-to teething toy for generations, passed down since 1961. Gift this to the babe in your life who has started experiencing some major growing pains. "I’ve never known a child that has received Sophie that hasn’t loved her," says one grandmother.

Baby’s First Christmas Gift Set

This gift box has everything your little one needs for a magical Christmas Eve night. They'll get 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. It's also 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 pacis 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.

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 6 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 drops 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.

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. 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.

First Christmas Personalized Teddy Bear

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

​​Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every kid on your list including babies, 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds.