Our baby gift guide is packed with 50 special baby gift ideas from £1.80 to help you welcome a new baby into the world, including newborn baby clothes, a Moses basket and personalised blankets
The arrival of a new baby is such a special occasion. If you want to send someone you know a thoughtful, (or useful!) gift that won’t cost the earth, we can help. We’ve shopped around for 50 baby gifts from as little as £1.80.
‘Guess how much I love you’ book, £1.99, from whsmith.co.uk is great for young children. With classic illustrations and a loving storyline this book will become a favourite for the whole family in no time.
The ‘ooh’ factor: This story of love between Little Nut Brown Hare and Big Nut Brown Hare will melt any new parents’ hearts!
Baby oddsocks, £11, from thekidswindow.co.uk are a way to make getting dressed fun (and fast!). This playful gift comes with a chart showing all 45 combinations of socks that can be worn.
The ‘aah’ factor: Making odd socks a fashion statement rather than a just the sign of a busy morning sounds like a great idea to us!
This decorative baby’s room sign, £4.99, from notonthehighstreet.com is a gorgeous gift, especially for parents who are dragging their heels with naming the baby! With traditional colours for a boy or a girl, these baby signs are sure to complete any nursery.
The ‘ooh’ factor: This comes with free gift wrapping so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Name train, £5 per letter, from notonthehighstreet.com is an unusual personalised gift that can be bought for both boy or girl.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Not only is this a beautiful gift, it will also help their child to learn how to spell their name.
A clay hand and foot print keepsake tin, £11.99, from newbabygiftboxes.co.uk is a unique souvenir that can be treasured forever. The kit comes with everything needed to create these delicate prints.
The ‘ooh’ factor: The perfect keepsake gift for a mum to cherish for years to come however big their ‘little one’ gets.
This sweet Miffy rattle, £5.50, from mothercare.com is a cuddly pram toy and a rattle, which is suitable from birth.
The ‘aah’ factor: A cute toy that keeps a baby entertained – what’s not to love?
This playful Jellycat Jungle boing ball, £7.50, from John Lewis is bright and fun.
The ‘ooh’ factor: The ‘boing’ noise this ball makes is a million times nicer than lots of the noisy kids’ toys on the market. Kids will love the sound it makes, and Mum and Dad will thank you for the relative peace and quiet!
The Original Peter Rabbit baby book, £8.44, from whsmith.co.uk is a baby journal that the new parents will be able to record their baby’s milestones in and look back on in pride.
The ‘aah’ factor: When did they take their first step or say their first word? They’ll always remember with this baby memory book.
These Lamaze garden foot finders, £8.97, from John Lewis are a great way for babies to build flexibility and strength by reaching for the bright coloured bugs on their toes.
The ‘ooh’ factor: A fun gift idea that will help babies learn to entertain themselves.
This Saffron White photo album, £9.50, from babygiftgallery.co.uk looks expensive and can hold 20, 6 x 4in, photos of the little cherub.
The ‘ooh’ factor: New parents take snaps of their newborns like crazy, so they’ll need something pretty to put them in – get them this album so they’ll always remember their first few months.
This cute baby boy bear, £10, from Hamleys is a traditional gift that could become a childhood companion for your friend’s little boy.
The ‘aah’ factor: This bear is so soft and cuddly, you may have to make sure Mum or Dad doesn’t pinch it for themselves!
Make your own new baby cupcakes, £1.80 per 12 cupcakes using Tesco value ingredients. With lemon buttercream and blue or pink decorations, to celebrate the good news and give the new parents something to offer the hoards of people coming to meet the newborn.
The ‘ohh’ factor: It’s cheaper and more thoughtful to bake your own cupcakes than to order them from a bakery, plus you can add any decorations you like.
Send this telegram new baby keepsake, £10, from notonthehighstreet.com to the new parents with your best wishes the old-fashioned way.
The ‘aah’ factor: If you want to come up with an unusual (and inexpensive) way to welcome the new baby into the world, we can’t think of a better gift.
This Leka cirkus playbook, £5.99, from ikea.com is a stimulating book for babies featuring different sounds, motifs and materials.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Something to keep baby amused whilst mum or dad makes a much-deserved cup of tea. This one will definitely prove popular!
This beautiful Grobag swaddle, £11.95, from babysleepshop.com is made from 100% stretchy organic cotton perfect to wrap up baby in.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Designed to make swaddling easier for first-time mums.
goodtoknow mums told us that the best baby presents they ever got were ones they couldn’t afford so we’ve thrown in some gifts over £30, if you want to treat the newborn.
This Obaby B Is For Bear quilt and bumper set, £37.89, from parentsupermarket.com is normally priced at £49.99.
The ‘aah’ factor: This lovely 2-piece set will add a touch of luxury to the baby’s cot and nursery, plus it comes in 3 colours so you’re sure to find one that matches any nursery.
This beautiful Ladybird hooded, knitted cardigan, £12, from very.co.uk will keep baby snug, warm and stylish all in one.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Babies are very good at getting themselves mucky, which is why they can never have enough clothes! This super-cute cardi will make a welcome addition to any little girl’s wardrobe.
These short-sleeved rompers, £12.50 for 3, from mothercare.com are made for little summer ‘sweet hearts’. Each spotty romper has a different, girly design on it.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Keep their baby girl cool on hot summer nights, with these cute, easy-on baby pyjamas.
This Tiny Love double-sided first book, £12.95, from John Lewis is soft, sturdy and will help stimulate even a newborn’s vision.
The ‘aah’ factor: Watch their baby wiggle around in its cot mesmerised by its vibrant colours.
The Burt’s Bees Baby Bee starter kit, £12.99, from Debenhams contains all of those baby essentials like shampoo and body wash, nappy cream and baby oil made from gentle, natural ingredients.
The ‘aah’ factor: Although this baby pamper gift is a bit pricy, it’s a real treat as the ingredients are perfect for a newborn’s delicate skin.
How cute are these personalised baby booties, £25, from my1styears.com? They come in pink and blue and are made from sheepskin so they’re soft and really toasty.
The ‘aah’ factor: The new parents can keep them for years after their baby has grown out of them and say ‘I can’t believe your feet were once that small!’.
This Babies go Beyonce CD, £14.50 from Amazon has all of new celebrity mum Beyonce’s greatest hits on it, including Halo, Single Ladies and If I Were A Boy – who knew these songs could be made into relaxing lullabies?
The ‘aah’ factor: Babies love music. Get this gift for any mum or dad who would appreciate some help with a crying baby and they’ll love you forever!
The Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout, £14.99, from Boots, is a cute, cuddly toy that plays 10 or 20 minute’s worth of lullabies or soothing sound effects. It glows too.
The ‘aah’ factor: This little toy could become the new baby’s favourite bedtime and naptime friend.
Baby first year book, £32.99, from photobox.co.uk is a wonderful way to keep a hold of those cherished first-year memories.
The ‘aah’ factor: Not to worry about all those sticky fingers, this photo book comes with a hardcover and gloss finish paper so that the baby can also enjoy looking back at pictures of themselves. (Something all babies love to do!)
Personalised hooded towel, £20 from my1styears.com. You can never have enough clean towels for a newborn and this super-soft one with the baby’s name embroidered on it, will become a favourite of theirs in no time.
The ‘aah’ factor: This hooded towel is made from quality Terry cotton towelling so it’s gentle enough to wrap a newborn in.
This knitted heart pram blanket, £15, from John Lewis, is thick and snuggly so it will keep the new baby toasty on the go. It also comes in a baby blue and stars design.
The ‘ooh’ factor: This cosy blanket is the perfect size for the pram or cot and is great value for money.
These Funky Feet baby shoes, £15.95, from jellybabys.co.uk are super cosy – just what a baby’s feet need.
The ‘aah’ factor: They’ve got a 100% soft cotton lining so will be really comfy for any little one.
Activities for your baby, £7.50, from sprogbox.co.uk is a set of 52 activity cards to stimulate and develop a child’s brain. Exploring sight, sound, scents and movements is something parents can do with newborns and all through their childhood.
The ‘aah’ factor: This gift can be used over and over again for hours of entertainment.
This Little Jellycat Bredita bunny chime, £9.00, from sayitbaby.co.uk is a super-soft, gorgeous white and pink striped bunny made to put a smile on any baby’s face.
The ‘aah’ factor: Babies will love the soothing chime sound.
This delightful pram activity seahorse, £12, from storkgifts.com is colourful, fun and guaranteed to put a smile on any baby’s face!
The ‘ooh’ factor: A great present to jazz up their prams and keep them distracted while mum gets the shopping done.
This Winnie The Pooh mobile, £24, from Mothercare hangs over the cot and slowly spins to a relaxing lullaby (hopefully) sending the baby to sleep.
The ‘aah’ factor: Anything that settles the baby back to sleep at 3am (and allows the new parents to get some shut eye) is going to be much appreciated.
The new baby will love this Peek a Boo Blanket Bear Cub Taggies, £15.45, from Amazon. goodtoknow’s Jenny says: ‘I’d recommend this soft comfort blanket as my son Samuel has one and loved to play with the different-textured tags on it, when he was little.’
The ‘ooh’ factor: You can add a personal touch and get the baby’s name embroidered on it at myblankets.com
Gro Egg, £16.49, from simplesafteysolutions is a digital room thermometer and nightlight that changes colour according to the temperature, so the new parents will be able to tell at a glance, whether the room is too hot or cold for the baby.
The ‘ooh’ factor: This is a really useful gift for any new parents and takes the guessing out of the ‘too hot or too cold’ nighttime debate.
Personalised memory cushions, £20, from notonthehighstreet.com is a lovely keepsake that can be used forever. It comes in baby blue or baby pink.
The ‘aah’ factor: A great gift idea that celebrates the baby’s full name and DOB.
Personalised baby brushes, £20, from GLTC. This girly hairbrush with the baby’s name painted on it could be the perfect gift for when she starts getting lots of lovely locks.
(This hairbrush is not suitable for newborns)
This Keepsake box, £45, from John Lewis is a bit on the expensive side but it does triple up as a photo frame, a baby footprint-moulding kit and a box for all of their memories to come.
The ‘aah’ factor: We love the fact that this present comes with a moulding kit allowing the new parents to preserve those tiny hands and feet forever.
28% of goodtoknow mums said that the best baby gift they ever got was baby clothes, so we think this 8-piece baby set, £21, from Debenhams would make an excellent present for new parents.
The ‘aah’ factor: Great value for money – this newborn baby clothes set includes a bib, a hat, socks, trousers, a cardi with poppers, a baby vest, a short-sleeved top and a sleepsuit.
The silver-plated piggy bank, £22, from John Lewis, is a traditional-style keepsake that can also help them save a little money for a rainy day.
The ‘ooh’ factor: A classic baby gift that could easily double up as a Christening present.
These rosebud socks, £4.75, from sprogbox.co.uk are a great gift for a new mum.
The ‘aah’ factor: A bunch of flowers that turns into a practical present is two gifts in one. (Plus, socks last longer than flowers anyway!)
We thought these Farmyard poncho bibs, £6, from John Lewis were adorable gifts. The bibs come in a pack of 2, both printed with colourful farmyard animals.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Babies learn to see patterns from a really young age, so not only will these bibs help protect their clothes during feeding, they’ll keep them entertained too.
We couldn’t resist these Olympics sleepsuits, £24, from John Lewis for a 2012 baby!
The ‘ooh’ factor: Sport-fan parents will love these London 2012 babygrows and they’ll want to keep them forever to remember the exciting year their baby was born.
My Baby’s playmat and gym, £24.95, from Tesco Direct is great value for money. With a soft mat to lie on and cuddly jungle animals hanging down for the baby to reach out and grab, this gift will keep them entertained for hours.
The ‘aah’ factor: This baby gym keeps the baby entertained, but also helps the new parents play and interact. An all-round winner.
This Johnson & Johnson essentials box, £25.52, from Boots comes with 10 gentle skincare products like baby shampoo and baby lotion.
The ‘ooh’ factor: The box can also be kept and used for keeping nappies and wipes in. Two gifts in one is always a winner with us.
This iconic Mr.Happy babygrow, £15.99, from borngifted.co.uk will have everyone smiling at the new bundle of joy.
The ‘aah’ factor: This fun babygrow is made from quality cotton so it’s gentle enough for a newborn’s skin.
The Obaby B Is For Bear vibrating bouncer, £25.95, from parentsupermarket.com comes in 4 colours and is a really lovely gift, which will keep the newborn safe, upright and entertained, or soothed when the vibration is switched on.
The ‘ooh’ factor: Babies love a good bounce, plus the new parents will have somewhere safe to put the baby down for a few minutes, so they’ll love it too.
This patchwork cot quilt, £32, from babygiftgallery.co.uk has a beautiful fairy garden embroidered on it and will complete the new baby girl’s nursery.
The ‘aah’ factor: Something that any little girl will love for years to come.
This gorgeous Precious bear moses basket, £41.99, from mothercare.com is perfect for a newborn’s first bed. With a wipe-clean foam mattress and delicate embroidery this is a great gift for a special mum-to-be. Made from corn husk, it has a cotton dressing and adjustable canopy.
The ‘aah’ factor: Show off this beautiful basket with a pine stand, £19.99 also available at mothercare.com.
This baby portrait experience, £14.50, from Debenhams is a 1-hour photo shoot so parents can capture some early memories of their newest addition.
This baby feed wheel, £4.25, from showermybaby.co.uk is a great parenting product for all new parents. Keep track of late-night feeding hours with this time wheel.
The ‘ooh’ factor: A congratulations card and a feed wheel in one – genius idea!
This adorable porcelain my first dinner set, £15, from John Lewis includes a small ‘my first mug’, a ‘my first spoon’ and a my ‘first egg cup’ ready for their first taste of grown-up food.
The ‘aah’ factor: A delightful gift to be put away for when baby’s old enough to enjoy them.