With Easter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to order a gift for baby’s first Easter whether it’s your baby, grandchild, nephew, niece or even a friend’s baby. Chocolate might not be a part of their diet yet, so dropping a few hints to the grandparents might save you having to scoff the unwanted eggs - not that it’s much of a hardship.
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What should I buy?
Easter themes this year are traditional with lots of chick and rabbit items but there really aren’t any set rules when it comes to buying the perfect gift. With Spring around the corner, there might be something for the garden your tot would enjoy more than another cuddly toy - though there are some incredibly cute cuddly options!
How can I make it special?
Getting something personalised is a lovely way to create a keepsake your little one can keep for years to come. We have found some great personalised items that would make the gift feel extra special.
The roadmap out of lockdown means that by Easter, hopefully, two households can mix in a garden or up to six people from multiple houses. A special outfit to wear for the occasion could therefore be the ideal present as you finally get the chance to introduce your baby to family and friends.
If your baby is nearly one, they might enjoy a simple hunt in the garden with older siblings - there are some great ideas for a garden hunt here.
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Featuring lots of Beatrix Potter’s famous characters, like Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, this fun-loving story is bound to keep your baby entertained. Published by Warne as a board book, your little one can safely handle each page, turning for you at bedtime. This would be a lovely starter book to get your tot into the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter or would make the perfect gift. Available on Prime shipping- it’s also the ideal present if your gift hunting ends up a little last minute!
We love the personalised touch with the wheels forming the letters of their name. Suitable from 12 months, this would be a beautiful gift that could be played with for years to come. The pastel colours make it look stylish in the corner of their nursery too! Personalisation is free and the wheels can take up to six letters so if the baby has a longer name, you could always opt for their initials instead.
A bronze winner in the baby toy category at the 2021 Mother & Baby awards, this cheeky looking teether is a great practical present your baby will love. There are also some different animal options to choose from including a mega cute elephant.
Product tester, Kerry Burt said: “It makes my life a lot easier as it helps keep my daughter entertained. She likes the feel of the product on her gums as well as being soft it is also good for soothing her gums.”
This colourful wooden set will keep your little one entertained for hours. Recommended for 18 months and over, it would be a great gift to pop on a shelf to brighten up their nursery until they are old enough to play with it. There are seven sets of animals that can be stored in the ship along with Noah and his wife.
This lovely little gift set includes the touchy-feely book ‘That’s not my lamb’ by Usbourne. It also comes with Blade and Rose’s incredibly cool knitted leggings that feature a lamb on the bottom. The set would be great to ship directly to the recipient for a lovely Easter surprise, especially if you can’t be with them over the Easter break-hint hint! In sizes 0-6 months to 3-4 years, you can easily find the right fit.
We are big fans of Tomy Toomies hide and squeak eggs, so a stackable version to add to the collection got us very excited! Each egg can be stacked on top of each other and they also make bird sounds. Suitable from six months, the eggs make a great alternative to a chocolate egg this Easter. The bright colours and numbers on the side will also make it a useful educational toy as they get older.
This adorable hare would look great sitting on the shelf of your baby’s nursery. At 22cm high, beans inside mean it stays sitting up by itself. Our top tip is to secretly buy two so when it becomes the favourite snuggly toy, you can easily swap it out to wash it. If you haven’t read Sam McBratney’s ‘Guess How Much I love you’ to your baby yet, we highly recommend it too!
Suitable from 12 months, this funky ride on would be a great choice for your baby’s first Easter gift as it would get a lot of use over the summer months. The four legs keep it completely stable as they scoot along, aiding their balance and fine motor skills. Who doesn’t love a practical gift your baby will want to use every time they see it?
This stunning set would look so cute for your baby’s first Easter. Available in sizes 0-3 months to 18-24 months, the soft cotton material is light for the warmer season, but easy enough to layer up with a vest underneath and cardigan over the top. The sweet bunny on the pocket gives off a great Easter vibe and the floral top underneath is so pretty!
The ears are everything! This lovely, animal-themed bag would make a beautiful gift for a baby ready to pack for days out over the coming months. For an extra £5 you can personalise it with up to a generous 12 letters. If we are being completely honest, really it would be a gift for you right now as at 26cm wide and 31cm high, it would easily go on your back or under the pram too- just saying!
Letterfest based in Devon does the most beautifully illustrated stories that can be personalised. Available in either a soft or hardcover, this story is delightful and made all the more special with your child’s name appearing in it. You can even include a typed message on the inside cover. We love that it is something that can be enjoyed for years to come at bedtime or even put away for Easter each year.
Look at its little face! We think this is an essential purchase for your baby’s first Easter, purely because it is so unbelievably cute. At a dinky 11cm, this little guy would be easy to post too, if you could bring yourself to package him up. Like all Jellycat cuddly toys, he is the softest thing in the world so will feel lovely to snuggle with. He also chirps when you squeeze his belly.