23 Adorable Gift Ideas for Your Baby’s First Holiday


The first holiday season with your new baby is pure magic. Old traditions gain new meaning, and the extra time with family and friends is more precious than ever. Plus, babies look downright delicious in their holiday outfits, so go ahead and wrap up some cuteness from the baby section at Target. These are our favorite picks for holiday party fashion, staying warm on winter nights, and stimulating their minds with newborn-friendly toys.

Party-Ready Pieces for Every Occasion

The Cat & Jack line at Target hits the sweet spot for baby clothes. They’re cute but still comfy. They’re hip but still affordable. They’re easy to care for but still look like a million bucks. Cat & Jack’s holiday line is full of great gift ideas too—after all, the baby won’t remember if she got toys or clothes this year, but she’ll look completely adorable in all the holiday photos.

For baby boys, how sweet is this Two-Piece Jacquard Shirt, Bowtie and Pants with Suspenders? The baby will look so dapper, but dressing him won’t be difficult—the top is a snap-bottom shirt so it stays tucked in. The red pants and striped suspenders have a holiday look but would be cute any time of year. Complete the outfit with this handsome black-and-white Newsboy Cap.

For girls, Cat & Jack has scrumptious selections in candy-cane red. The beautiful Lace Romper is an easy-on one-piece with forgiving stretch that’s fully lined in soft jersey. The adorable Santa Romper with Hood looks like two pieces, but it’s one, with snaps along the bottom for easy diaper changes. Both go great with this cheery red Headband and exquisite Satin Mary Janes with shiny red sparkles and bows.

On chilly days and nights, Cat & Jack’s cozy rompers keep them snuggled in comfort from car rides to playtime to naps. The green Unicorn Sweater Romper features metallic threads for extra sparkle, plus a unicorn’s horn, mane, and ears on the hood. The blue Narwhal Print Critter Romper has an all-over print and a spiraling narwhal tusk on the hood. For more animal fun, add the soft, warm Slipper Boots that look like little reindeer.

Cozy Gifts for Silent Nights

Target carries a full line of Cloud Island products for babies, from room decor to bedding to adorable clothes, accessories, and toys. That’s extra handy around the holidays, because once you pick your favorite theme, the baby’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles can get in on the fun too—there are so many cute gift ideas. Everything here is soft and cozy, machine washable, and ready for snuggle time anywhere you go this holiday season.

This Plush Velour Baby Blanket and Narwhal Rattle is sized right for naps in the crib, the car, or snuggled up in your arms. It’s thick and warm, with an extra-plush side that reverses to a pink-and-white print. The matching soft narwhal rattle could not be cuter.

Sticking with the narwhal theme, Cloud Island’s Narwhal Security Blanket combines a plush narwhal with a soft security blanket to become your baby’s best pal. The size is perfect for newborn hands to grip, and she’ll love chewing on the cheerful narwhal attached to the top, and feeling ultra-plush blanket against her skin. The metallic gold accents add a touch of shine to the security blanket, as well as Cloud Island’s matching Muslin Swaddle Blankets, available in a three-pack.

Your baby will stay toasty warm day or night with the Stripe Sleep N' Play and Bib Set, which matches the print and colors on the Plush Velour Baby Blanket. Made of 100 percent cotton, it’s got attached feet to keep her cute little tootsies warm too. It even comes with a fashionable striped bandana bib, to mop the drool off her cute little chin. Tuck her in with the Plush Narwhal standing guard—think of this adorable pink friend as the unicorn of the sea.

Cloud Island’s raccoon-themed collection in modern gray and black also steals our hearts with its cuteness. The Plush Velour Baby Blanket & Rattle Raccoon has an adorable forest print on one side and a plush fleece backing for extra warmth, and the soft raccoon rattle has the cutest fluffy tail. The Baby Animal and Stripe Sleep N’ Play and Bib Set features those cute raccoons again alongside baby bears and foxes too, and a coordinating bandana-style bib.

For the little one to hold, try the Raccoon Security Blanket, which has a soft raccoon head and arms with a plush blanket for the body—my own baby boy loved his more than any other plush lovey we gave him. At bedtime, snuggle the baby tightly in the matching Muslin Swaddle Blankets, which breathe to keep him from overheating, and leave the adorable Plush Raccoon standing guard from the dresser.

Perfect Toys for Playtime

That old joke about babies preferring the wrapping paper and boxes to the actual gifts? It’s true! That’s because wrapping paper is bright and crinkly, and boxes are fun to line up, stack, fill, and empty. The best infant toys stimulate the baby’s mind and motor skills in the same way. Target has great baby toys in bright colors, newborn-safe materials, and fun shapes—just don’t forget to pick up plenty of wrapping paper, too!

The Bright Starts Tags 'n Activities Gift Set, for example, comes with a small blanket and two soft toys, all covered in fabric tags that babies love to grasp, pull, and chew on. The tags also make it easy to attach these toys to a stroller or car seat, and this set includes one plastic clip to do just that.

Infantino’s Gaga Holiday Village Sensory Development Baby Toy Set features eight pieces perfectly sized for little hands to grasp and hold, and save for newborns and up. The adorable set includes two houses, two snow-covered trees, a snowman, foxes sledding, bunnies caroling, and a teddy bear on ice skates.

The Infantino Go GaGa Balls & Blocks & Buddies Gift Set combines everything my own baby loved—blocks for stacking and knocking over, balls for batting around and chasing across the floor, and friendly little figurines for lining up and babbling to about life and stuff. You get 20 pieces in all, and everything’s colorful, soft, and textured for teething.

Every baby is a mover and a shaker, and Infantino’s Gaga Shake, Turn, Link & Teethe Activity Set is just for stimulating the senses. You get eight colorful animal links to stick together and pull apart. The keychain includes three textured keys for teething relief, plus brightly colored beads to rattle. The sensory rattle ball encourages baby to turn it around and around, for visual stimulation and motor skills. And the suction cup toy attaches securely to the tray table on a high chair or stroller, so baby can’t keep throwing it to the floor.

Target is full of ways to make your baby’s first holiday season merry and bright—and leave you plenty of time to enjoy each other. Because no matter what gets unwrapped, your sweet new baby is the best holiday gift of all.

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