Your baby’s first Christmas is an exciting time, although he/she may still be too little to remember anything, it’s a festive time to create precious memories for the whole family.
With a newborn in our family (our third boy!), I’m once again looking out for unique ideas to make it a special celebration for us this year. Here I’ve listed three of the best ideas I’ve found, including a list of my top product picks for each one. I love featuring Australian makers and creators, so you’ll see a lot of that in this article.
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1. Personalised Christmas Bauble For Baby’s First Christmas
Nothing says first Christmas tradition more than personalised baubles to commemorate the occasion. Many families even make it a yearly tradition and collect the baubles each year as keepsakes to record the growth of their kids.
For an extra special touch, there’s no better place to look for Australian personalised Christmas baubles than on Etsy, the handcrafted marketplace. Below, I’ve listed my top picks of Australian crafters on Etsy, with some very unique and gorgeous Christmas decorations that’ll make you swoon.
By CandyBarSydney | Peakhurst, New South Wales
By therusticatheart | Brisbane, Queensland
By WoodenLettersAU | Noosaville, Queensland
By CreatingMonkies | Melbourne, Victoria
By EightOneCreative | Colac, Victoria
By SugarloafDecorDesign | Rockhampton, Queensland
2. Baby Christmas Outfit For Australia Summer
For fun and colourful personalised baby gifts, Wollongong-based Bright Star Kids offers a huge range of personalised items for home and school supplies, including gifts for baby boys and gifts for baby girls.
Here are my personal favourites for personalised Christmas outfits for baby’s first Christmas:
With several adorable designs to choose from, these onesies are printed locally to ensure top-notch quality and fast shipping around Australia.
If you have more than one child in the family, you may want to consider personalised matching outfits for them. The styles include baby onesies as well as T-shirts, and range from newborn size up to size 8.
Australia’s summer can be gruelling and sometimes it gets too hot to even wear anything. In that case, a personalised baby bib might be a good idea, it allows for a festive declaration without overheating the baby.
What’s an outfit without shoes to match? The Mini Charlie collection by Walnut Melbourne is a chic range of soft sole baby shoes, coming in a range of classy urban unisex designs. At just $14.95, these lightweight cotton canvas shoes are perfect for baby’s first Aussie summer.
3. Educational Wooden Toys
Wooden toys are great eco-friendly gifts for baby’s first Christmas, especially as they’re made from natural materials and safer for little hands and mouths.
I’ve put together some of the most interesting designs I’ve come across, sorted by age:
Christmas Gifts For Babies Under 1 Year
Le Toy Van is a UK family business and a multi-award winning toy company that ensures fair trading at every stage of their production and ethical conditions for their workforce. Their gorgeous wooden toys are made using sustainable wood and non-toxic paint.
Below are a few of their best products for young babies, encouraging manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, and developing motor skills.
Best Toddler Toys For 1-3 Years
Toddler years are a time of curious minds and busy fingers. Lime Tree Kids based in South Australia has one of the widest range of wooden toys, educational toys, and STEM toys. Below are some of my top picks for toddlers.
I love that this isn’t just a simple ride-on, it also functions as a shape puzzle and mini toy storage. I can see how this is a toy that can grow with my kids and they can use their imagination to find different ways of playing with it.
Fun colours and playful music, what else can be better! This bright toy caught my attention immediately just because it also has the added element of trains and tracks, which my boys absolutely love.
Technically not a toy, but this table can become a big part of playtime, functioning as storage as well as landscape for their imaginations. The tabletop is reversible with different landscape designs on each side.