50 Unique Gift Ideas for Infants and Toddlers

The best baby gifts for infants and toddlers

Shopping for babies and toddlers can be tricky since they can’t really tell you what’s on their wishlist. So, how do you choose a gift they’ll enjoy just as much (and hopefully more) than the box it came in? Our guide to the best baby gifts has everything from adorable essentials they’ll actually use (think hats, mittens and teething toys) to unique and useful sensory toys and puzzles from fan favourites like Blue’s Clues and Mickey Mouse. These best baby gifts cover every age and stage—from newborn to three years old.

In this guide
1. For 3 months and under
$ 7.97

George Infants' Unisex Layette Knotted Hat, 3-Pack

Babies need to be bundled up in the winter—even when indoors. Keep their cute little noggin nice and warm with this pack of soft, 100-per-cent organic cotton hats.

$ 4.97

Oball Shaker

Oball toys are one of the best baby gifts for little hands to grasp and shake. This rattle version is guaranteed to be a hit with its colourful beads and fun sounds.

$ 29.98

Lulujo Baby's 1st Year Monthly Milestone Photography Background

The days are long, but the years are short. Help sleep-deprived parents keep track of those precious months. Having a soft prop like this one for documenting baby’s growth each month is the perfect baby gift.

$ 10.97

Winnie The Pooh Cap, Mittens and Booties, 5-Piece Set

This five-piece gender-neutral set from Disney has Winnie the Pooh’s inquisitive eyebrows and signature smile. It’s made with 100-per-cent organic cotton.

$ 7.97

George Baby Girls' Layette Mittens, 3-Pack

The best baby gifts are practical ones. These baby mittens keep hands warm, while also protecting little faces from tiny fingernail scratches. They’re also available in fun prints that you can mix and match with George sleepers and onesies.

$ 49.97

Fisher-Price Smart Connect Deluxe Soother

With three sound settings (music, nature sounds and white noise machine) and three lighting options, this sleep soother has you covered. You can even create a personalized bedtime routine using the Smart Connect app. Plus, the sophisticated design fits in with any nursery decor.

$ 24.97

Mary Meyer Little Knottie Sloth Lovey Security Blanket

Knotted corners and a ribbed plush backing provide tactile stimulus while the character blanket soothes and comforts little ones. Toss it in the washing machine for a quick refresh any time it’s had a bit too much snuggling.

$ 42.24

I'm Growing Up: Foot by Foot, Inch by Inch

It’s no secret that children practically sprout up before our very eyes, and items that help parents hold on to everyday moments are one of the best baby gifts. Capture their growth with this chart and journal that can be hung on the wall or folded and stored on a bookshelf.

$ 159.97

UnicornJ Sterling Silver Baby Spoon Fiddle Pattern Keepsake

This luxe sterling silver feeding spoon is a unique baby gift and the perfect keepsake to mark a special occasion like a baptism or baby’s first Christmas. Engrave the handle for an extra personal touch. (And if you want to buy baby essentials, check out these must-have registry items.)

2. For 3 to 6 months
$ 14.97

Mainstays Interlocking Foam Mat

These lightweight tiles are a win for everyone! They protect the floor and are easy to wipe clean, plus they give little ones a shock-absorbing cushion to play on.

$ 11.97

Baby Banana Teething Infant Toothbrush

With its easy-to-hold banana-peel handles, this infant toothbrush helps young children develop good oral hygiene habits early. The brush’s soft bristles gently massage gums and teeth to reduce teething discomfort. It’s also freezer and dishwasher safe.

$ 3.27

Orajel Cocomelon Fluoride-Free Training Toothpaste

Get them started with good hygiene from the get-go—because even gummy smiles need brushing. This fluoride-free training toothpaste is a gentle way to remove any plaque build-up on teeth and gums.

$ 5.94

Fisher-Price Pretzel Teether

This BPA-free pretzel teether is easy for tiny hands to hold and is the perfect size for them to gum for relief. Textured “salt” helps massage their gums while a removable crinkle napkin provides extra sensory stimulation.

$ 16.97

Infantino Llc Press & Stay Sensory Blocks

Baby builders will love stacking these interlocking blocks that are easy to put together and pull apart. The 24-piece assortment encourages developmental play thanks to the use of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. (Check out these 36 infant development toys for even more great gift ideas!)

$ 9.97

Tiny Teethers Clip-On Silicone Pacifier Clip

Never lose a pacifier again! This clip ensures your baby’s soother is always within reach, while the 100-per-cent food-grade silicone beads serve as an added teething toy.

$ 9.97

Fisher-Price Stack & Explore Blocks

With a range of colours, textures, numbers and cute animal characters, these blocks are fun for little ones to stack and explore. The five blocks nest one inside another for easy storage when not in use.

$ 5.97

Fisher-Price Click Clack Llama

Looking for the best baby gift for busy hands? This friendly llama will keep little hands occupied as they twist and shake it for a variety of sensory discoveries.

3. For 6 to 12 months
$ 39.78

Kids Tunnel Tent Cubby

Get your wee one scooting or crawling through this collapsible tunnel. They’ll strengthen their arms and legs while working on gross motor skills and get in a little bit of baby exercise, too.

$ 9.97

Fisher-Price Eco Rock-a-Stack

You can’t go wrong with a classic developmental toy like the Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack. Little ones will love stacking and shaking the colourful rings while building their fine and gross motor skills.

$ 59.97

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 On-the-Go Camper, English & French Edition

There’s so much to explore on this camp-themed walker and activity centre. Babies will love pushing buttons for lights, sounds, music and phrases in English or French, while toddlers can flex their imaginations as they pretend-play with the food and fishing gear.

$ 13

On The Goldbug 2-in-1 Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover

Grocery shopping just got more comfortable for your tot thanks to this soft, padded cart cover. It can also be used for restaurant high chairs and helps prevent your little one from putting their mouth on high-touch surfaces.

$ 7.97

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeders, 2-Pack

These feeders help you introduce your baby to new foods, while easing worries about the risk of choking. Baby can chew and suck on the food with only small, digestible pieces coming through the mesh.

$ 10.97

The First Years Finding Nemo Bath Squirt Toys

This bath time toy set features three adorable characters from Finding Nemo. They squirt water and are easy to hold and squeeze.

$ 14.97

Parents' Choice Music Station Piano Drums

Give a musician-in-the-making this educational piano and drum set. It features six songs, two drums and five colourful, chunky piano keys to help develop hand-eye coordination.

$ 79.97

VTech Ultimate Alphabet Activity Cube

This colourful cube is the ultimate activity centre for babies and toddlers alike. Each side is full of fun for little ones to explore and they’ll love pressing the buttons to learn about numbers, shapes, animal names and sounds.

$ 185.27

Little Baby Bum Singing Storybook

This soft, singing storybook for babies features five popular nursery rhymes. The interactive pages are illustrated with bright and colourful characters and play captivating music—perfect for singing along.

4. For 12 to 18 months
$ 18.79

Egg-Shaped Palm-Grip Crayons Set

Encourage your baby’s artsy side with these washable food-grade crayons that are easy for small hands to grip. Unlike standard crayons, they’re also difficult to break.

$ 24.97

Mega Bloks Build 'n Create Blocks, 250 Pieces

Building blocks may seem like simple toys, but it’s amazing what kids can create with them. These Mega Bloks are big and easy to stack and assemble, so they’re perfect for kids as young as 12 months.

$ 39.97

Little Tikes First Slide

This Little Tikes slide is just the right size for tots to experience a safe, fun thrill. Parents will love that it folds and unfolds in seconds for easy set-up and storage.

$ 5.97

Playtex Paw Patrol Cutlery Set

Encourage independence during meal-time with Paw Patrol–themed cutlery. The shallow spoon and fork make scooping small foods easier.

$ 22.97

Fisher-Price Little People Recycling Truck Musical Toy

Tots on the move will love this push-along recycling truck and its cute songs, sounds and phrases. It comes with one figurine and three play pieces that kids can lift and load into the truck.

$ 49.97

Little Tikes Cook ’n Grow BBQ Grill

Tiny chefs will be in their element playing with this realistic BBQ and the seven grill accessories that come with it. It can also be configured at two different heights, making it suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.

$ 109.97

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

This spacious water table is sure to make a splash. Kids will love pouring water into the waterfall tray and then watching it shower down through the multiple mazes and spinners.

5. For 18 to 24 months
$ 24.97

Munchkin Bento Toddler Lunch Box

Prepping daycare or preschool lunches will be a breeze with this five-compartment Bento box. Even picky eaters won’t be able to resist the perfectly portioned foods they’ll find inside.

$ 27.70

Little Feminist Board Book Set: Artists/Pioneers/Leaders/Activists

Foster the little feminist in your family with portraits and stories of women who have made a historical impact on the world, from pioneers and artists to leaders and activists.

$ 34.97

VTech Glam & Go Puppy Salon

Teach responsibility early on with this pampered pet puppy. Kids can wash and groom their pup and enjoy 100 songs and sounds.

$ 49.97

Cry Babies Fantasy Jassy and Nila

Nurturing toddlers will feel so grown-up as they care for Cry Babies Jassy and her adorable pegasus pet—both of which cry real tears. Jassy wears unicorn-themed pjs and comes with a pacifier to help soothe her. The doll is available as Dreamy, with lighter skin and blonde hair. (For more pretend play, check out these 16 top baby dolls.)

$ 14.97

Nûby Bath Time Toss

Help young kids hone their hand-eye coordination with this fun bath-time game. They’ll love tossing the rings on the floating octopus’ tentacles as they soak in the tub.

$ 38.99

Learning Resources Smart Snacks Number Pops

We all scream for ice cream! Kids can practise their numbers and matching skills as they pair these 10 ice cream pops with their corresponding shells.

$ 52.88

Melissa & Doug Blue's Clues & You! Rainbow Stacking Puzzle

This innovative puzzle encourages fine motor skills and problem-solving. Plus, it doubles as an imaginative game where little ones can pretend play with the wooden figures included (Blue, Magenta and Blue’s house).

$ 159.99

Little Tikes Go Green Cozy Truck with Trailer

Made from recycled plastic and packaged in recycled materials, this “green” truck is easy on the environment and a great toddler gift idea for encouraging young ones to reduce, reuse and recycle. Adventurous kids will have fun loading the detachable trailer with leaves and other outdoor discoveries. (These 24 ride-on toys for kids are also adorable.)

6. For 2 to 3 years
$ 31.96

Play-Doh Ice Cream Truck Playset

For kids three years old and up, this Play-Doh ice cream playset comes complete with five colours of modelling compound, baking scoops, cones, cups and more. There’s even a truck with a window where they can serve their homemade creations.

$ 197.98

My First Balance-to-Pedal Training Bike

A balance bike is a fast, easy way to get kids comfortable with two wheels. The pedals simply fold in and out for an easy transition between Balance Mode and Pedal Mode. Adjustable handlebars and an adjustable seat allow the bike to grow with your kid.

$ 15

Disney Winnie the Pooh 13-Inch Plush

Super soft and oh-so-cuddly, this lovable teddy is the perfect companion for fans of the Disney franchise. C’mon, who could resist that friendly Pooh-bear smile?

$ 41.98

Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer for Kids

This realistic washer-dryer comes with so many fun accessories and interactive features like storage baskets, a tumbling drum and dials that turn. Plus, pretending to do chores like laundry helps toddlers gain a sense of responsibility.

$ 18.33

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

Shape sorting is fun and develops key skills. As kids pop each of the 12 shapes into their corresponding cutouts, they’ll also be practising their fine motor skills.

$ 56.97

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart, English Version

Little ones are sure to serve up something sweet with this imaginative ice cream cart. They can practise following instructions by referring to the cute animal order cards or have fun creating something all their own.

$ 12.38

LeapFrog Blue's Clues & You! Play & Learn Thinking Chair

Blue’s Clues lovers will be thrilled to receive their own Thinking Chair. When they sit down, they’ll hear Josh invite them to play and have to use their logic and problem-solving skills to find and solve clues.

$ 27.97

My Sweet Baby Crawling Baby

With realistic features and removable clothes, this baby doll is ideal for toddlers who like to play pretend as Mommy or Daddy. It even makes life-like baby sounds, can move its head and really crawls! Additional accessories can be purchased separately.

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Melissa is a freelance lifestyle journalist and mama to one. She has written about everything from beauty and health to finance and food for national brands such as Best Health, CBC, Reader's Digest and Refinery 29. When she's not parked in front of her laptop, she can be found playing with her four-year-old daughter, training for a 10K or nurturing her veggie garden (a newfound passion!).

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