15 best Christmas gift ideas for 6 to 12 month olds

Your baby’s first Christmas is a special one! So it’s understandable if you want to buy them the perfect gift (or two). But what do you purchase a little one who’s still learning to walk, talk, and play? We’ve got you covered: here are 15 great Christmas gifts for 6 to 12-month-olds. 

The ‘keep it at the grandparent’s house’ gift

Vigkids Kids Teepee

Play tents or teepees – they can go by a few names – are so fun for little ones as they learn to play a bit more independently. You can tuck all sorts of toys in there, and it’s their own little area to muck around as they please. The only downside? They can take up space! Hence why it’s a ‘leave at the grandparents’ house’ gift…

We love this Scandi-look teepee from Vigkids. It’s handmade, adorable AF, and features options to add on cushions, a leaf-shaped teepee ‘topper’ (yes, they’re a thing), and a teepee mat (yes, also a thing – who knew?). 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Etsy

The developmental play gift

Mushie Stacking Cups

Not only are Mushie’s Stacking Cups just gorgeous to look at, but they also help develop your little one’s organization and motor skills too. (We love a gift that does it all.) They’re designed in Denmark, 100 per cent BPA/PVC/phthalate-free, and can even be taken in the bath. The cups come in a set of eight and in a range of muted colors (trust the Danes to keep kids’ toys looking chic). 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Metro Baby

The ‘just for fun’ gift 

Hipkids Grey Ball Pit

Ok, we’re sure that somewhere, deep down, you’ve got fabulous memories of playing in a ball pit or two as a kid. They were so fun! Why not bring that to life for your babe? While they’re perhaps too young yet for a play center-sized pit, you can buy mini ones for home. Hipkids’ ball pit has an easy-to-remove, hand-washable cover, is made from non-toxic foam to prevent bumps and bruises, and comes with 200 durable balls that are just the right size for little hands to grasp. You can also customize your order, choosing the color of the balls that’ll sit within. 

Buy it here. (If you’re in the US, you can find a similar ball pit here.)

Source: Hipkids

The ‘busy little baby’ gift

Baby Einstein Musical Mix ‘N Roll 4-in-1 Activity Walker

Babies are perhaps the busiest little people we know. Seriously. Which makes Baby Einstein’s multi-use activity walker a must-buy. It’s got a DJ-table interface (so fun), plays a range of sounds and languages (we can vouch that it’s not super offensive, and has an adjustable volume button!), and can be used in a variety of ways: for floor play (as your baby learns to sit up), as a table (as they learn to stand up), and as a walker (as they learn to toddle along). 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Kidstuff

The ‘busy little hands’ gift 

B. toys One Two Squeeze soft blocks

By six to nine months or so, your little one is starting to grasp toys and play with them. Meaning B. toys’ One Two Squeeze soft blocks are a wonderful gift for a baby in this age group: each of the ten blocks in the set features a hand-sculpted image of a number/shape/animal on each side (for texture), and your little one can stack ‘em, chew ‘em, play with ‘em in the bath, and so much more. 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Amazon

The lights and sounds toy gift 

VTech Learn and Spin Aquarium

VTech’s Learn and Spin Aquarium is as cute as it is appealing to little ones. It features an aquarium-scape that moves and spins as you or your little one press the spinner on top, as well as three buttons that sing a song or introduce animals/colors/numbers when activated. In addition, it has an adjustable volume switch, and we can confirm its sounds aren’t too irritating (a win because you’re likely to hear them a lot!). 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Kidstuff

The best baby book gift 

That’s Not My Puppy

If you’re not yet familiar with the ‘That’s Not My…’ book range, here’s the 411: they’re touchy-feely books that showcase different animals and items with a funny little textured section on each page. And goodness, they’re so fun for little kids. That’s Not My Puppy is just one of the titles in the series, which features more than 50 books and covers what feels like every animal and object under the sun (not quite, but you know what we mean). 

Pro tip: if you’ve got a pet at home, see if you can find the animal in the series to match. Cute!

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Amazon

The ultimate playtime gift

Pineapple 4 Kids Waterproof Baby Swing

Right, baby swings. As the name suggests, they’re little swings designed to hold little people. You can set them up indoors, in your garden, at your home, or at your little one’s grandparent’s house. And they provide oodles of entertainment (and a break for you, mama, from holding your babe). 

We love this offering from Pineapple 4 Kids. It’s waterproof, meaning you can use it inside or outside, features a hypoallergenic pillow and little beads for play, and is made from gorgeous beech wood. 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Etsy

The educational play gift

Wee Gallery Animal Alphabet Cards

A gift that’s cute and educational? Yes, please. Wee Gallery’s Animal Alphabet Cards are made from sturdy board and feature striking black-and-white illustrations of animals on one side and letters on the other for a fun visual learning experience. We love that they appeal to a range of ages, too – the high contrast images will be a hit with young babies, whereas the letters will captivate older babies. 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.) 

Source: Wee Gallery

The musical gift 

Hape Beaded Raindrops

Playing with different sounds is so fun – and educational – for your baby. It helps them learn about their environment and that they can make sounds happen – e.g., when they shake a rattle (or a rainstick, in this instance), it makes noise. 

Hape’s Beaded Raindrops rainstick will stimulate your little one’s senses with its soothing sounds and allows them to try making noise for themself. Perfect playtime, we say! 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Amazon

The practical gift

Attipas Baby Walker Shoes

Between the age of 6-12 months, it’s likely your little one might start to stand up and potentially even take their first steps (eek!). So one of the most practical gifts you can buy a baby in this age group? Their very first walking shoes! 

We love these shoes from Attipas: they’re shaped like a sock (so they’re nice and light and easy to put on) but have rubber on the base (for extra grip). They’re durable, washable, and come in a range of patterns and colors too. 

Buy them here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Attipas

The ‘buy me 5 minutes peace’ gift 

Twitterpated Mighty Mouse busy book

Mama, this gift ~ should ~ buy you at least five minutes of peace and quiet. In theory. What is it, you ask? It’s a gorgeous, handmade, felt busy book. 

Like busy boards, busy books are designed to keep your little one’s hands and mind occupied with sensory activities that develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more. And thanks to their convenient book size, you can use them at home or on the go (for a little quiet while you’re drinking your coffee at a cafe). 

Twitterpated’s Mighty Mouse busy book contains an interactive cover and four engaging pages, and it comes presented in its own drawstring bag. How special! 

Buy it here. (Note: this product ships globally – yay!)

Source: Twitterpated Instagram

The ‘sleepy-time’ gift

Liewood Agnete Cuddle Cloth

From about seven months of age, your little one might appreciate a soft toy, like a cuddle cloth, a lovey, or a comforter, to provide comfort and connection when away from mom and dad (especially when they’re asleep). 

Liewood’s Agnete Cuddle Cloth is made from lovely soft organic cotton and comes in a range of colors. Pro tip: do consider buying two, so you’ve got a backup should your little one lose their cuddle toy. 

*Important info* 

According to Red Nose, it’s advised to keep soft toys out of your baby’s sleep environment until at least seven months of age. This is because soft toys can cover your baby’s nose and mouth and interfere with breathing. 

Buy it here. (Note: this product ships globally – yay!)

Source: Liewood

The sentimental gift 

Manhattan Toy Soft Cloth Baby Photo Book

Ok, this gift is just too cute. Manhattan Toys’ Soft Cloth Baby Photo Book is a fabric book with five plastic sleeves for you to fill with snaps of your family and friends (or pictures of animals, colors, or numbers if preferred). It’s designed to help babies learn to recognize those around them and is adorable AF. We love that it features a fabric loop, too, so you can attach it to your stroller for viewing on the go. So sweet! 

Buy it here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Amazon

The stocking stuffer gift

Pickle & Olive Baby Bandana Teething Bibs

When teething, your babe will likely drool a lot and want to chew on everything. So, Pickle & Olive’s Baby Bandana Teething Bibs are a must-buy for any little one expecting their chompers – they’re made from absorbent cotton and feature a silicone teether on the front tip that your baby can just reach down and pop into their mouth as they please. How handy! They also come in solid colors to match most outfits. A perfect stocking stuffer for babies, we say. 

Buy them here. (Or here, if you’re in the US.)

Source: Amazon

Time to make your Christmas shopping list (and check it twice), mama. We know these gifts are sure to please!

Read next: 15 best Christmas gift ideas for 0 to 6 month olds and 9 gift ideas for daycare educators.

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Red Nose, At what age it is safe to introduce a comforter (with dummies attached) into the cot?

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