November 7, 2007

2007 Holiday Gift Guide: Baby

I'm still trying to roll out as many gift guides as possible over the next few weeks so everyone can get their shopping done early (especially important with handmade items). Next to young adults, babies are really hard to shop for. They're little, delicate and can't articulate what it is they need or want (except that they want to eat every inanimate object they come across). I've pulled together some suggestions for great holiday gifts for Baby - I hope you enjoy!

For the baby that has everything, these Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks from House Industries (the local font foundry that is responsible for getting me interested in graphic design & typography) are a great way to introduce art at an early age. The Sky King pedal plane with optional rocker (shown) is a toy that grows with baby. Starting at around $389, it is definitely an investment but having a toy that may last years vs. months is priceless.

Knit rattles are a beautiful alternative to the standard silver rattles and won't bonk baby in the head when they flail about (via cool mom picks' Safer Toy Guide - a must read for any mom). If you know a modern momma who likes to prepare her food fresh, think about getting this on-the-go food masher. It comes with a spoon and masher which store easily in the bowl (via babyology).

You might have noticed from the Holiday Gift Guide for Kids that I tend to favour gifts that combine aesthetics and education. These french flash cards from Buy Olympia are so pretty and colorful that I want to string them up and hang them! Other colorful items are these glass baby bottles from wee*go (via babygadget). With all the concern over the nasty germs that hang out on plastics their design is both attractive and clean. I could spend hours on Oompa Toys. This rolling snail is my pick for baby - so cheery and bright! I think wooden toys are a truly beautiful gift for children, don't you?

These simply put burp cloths and onesies are made from 100% Peruvian cotton and make the perfect plush present for a newborn. Of course, with winter weather, you'd want to include some of these Baby Legs to keep baby's legs nice and warm. Another lux gift for baby is this Baby Bum gift basket. The presentation is beautiful and for being handcrafted it is a total STEAL (via AT: nursery). In addition to the aforementioned body suits, we have a great variety of wall art. I'm always talking about the custom silhouette canvases so I'd like to mention that we do have other types of personalized wall art like this sweet green bird from Paper Menu (a new addition to our family).

Of course, what nursery is complete without a mobile? I think mobiles are great for all ages but I had a hard time finding one that was just for baby. I'm a fan of modern design and all, but I don't think I could ever hang some abstract oblongs over a crib. I looked all over to find a mobile that was both fresh and fun and I think this bunny mobile does the trick. It may be a bit cute overload for some so check out all of romp's mobile offerings.

I know I've already featured one set of blocks, but these bi-lingual baby blocks are not only works of art, they're educational. This classic child's toy is available in English, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek and Hebrew. Wow! Of course, being a crafty gal myself, I love to find great items on etsy. This adorable animal blanket from one lucky baby looks snuggly and chic and I love the animal print.

For my final selection, I give you the Mozart ball. This round wooden ball is definitely a toy to be kept away from baby's prying hands (that key is a little too tempting), but would be fun to play with as it spins, rolls and sings its way across the floor like a more upscale happy apple. I totally want one!

I think that wraps it up! Stay posted for more Holiday Gift Guides!