It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and for good reason. For children, the magic of the holidays is unparalleled. Christmas lights add colorful warmth to the night, the scent of cinnamon and pine is everywhere, and holiday traditions bring so much love and festivity to the entire season. Whether the holidays make you think of warm sugar cookies fresh out of the oven, sharing a meal with your loved ones, lighting the menorah with a blessing, or watching It’s A Wonderful Life on VHS, it’s these warm memories that bring excitement and nostalgia to the end of the year. As adults, we may find that the holiday magic we experienced as children has become less magical and a lot more hectic. Between cooking for Thanksgiving, setting up your tree, and finding the perfect presents for your loved ones, there’s a lot to handle! Even if gifts are your love language, finding the right gifts can be tricky. Luckily, we put together a gift guide for your family, so you can pick thoughtful presents for the ones who matter most.
GIFTS FOR THE 0-6 MONTH OLD BABY
If we’re being honest with ourselves, no baby actually needs a gift. Will they understand it’s a gift? No. Do you want to get them one anyway? Yes! Somehow, it seems wrong to leave out the littlest member of our family during gift-giving season, even if they don’t know the difference.
1. Tiny Love Magical Tales Black & White Gymini
The first six months of your baby’s life is pretty much diaper changes, breast/bottle feeding, and a lot of napping. But, playtime is also a major part of your baby’s development and is actually crucial for your little one. A play gym like this one has high-contrast images and hanging toys, which is perfect for this youngest age group, when your baby is most attracted to high-contrast visuals and is learning to reach or bat at toys.
We don’t joke around when it comes to baby sleep. A sleeping baby means happy parents, so this gift is really a win-win for the entire household. Wintertime can also leave you worrying whether or not your little one is warm enough, but if you’re tempted to tuck a blanket over your baby, hold it right there. Blankets aren’t safe for kiddos under 12 months old, but the alternative is actually better: a sleep bag. Not only can you rest easy about your baby being warm and cozy in the softest material known to man, you’ll also be wowed by the material’s temperature-regulating properties. A sleeping, comfortable, safe baby means really happy parents.
3. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
If you’re not a fan of things that light up and make noise, you may opt for a more Montessori-friendly music maker like a rattle. But, there’s something about this specific toy that makes it such a hit among babies. It plays 10 classical melodies and lights up merrily. In the land of loud, light-up baby toys, this one may actually be one of the most tolerable. Trust us, you’ll end up humming along to the familiar, catchy tunes!
4. Kyte BABY Bamboo Jersey Cardigan
Three words. Babies. In. Cardigans. If that didn’t make you go awww out loud, then you’re either anti-cardigan or you’re lying. This cardigan is made from soft, stretchy bamboo jersey, and is truly the perfect layering piece for cold weather. Disclaimer: Dressing your baby in this cardigan may cause cuteness overload. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
This right here might actually be the best gift for a baby, hands down. Babies love nothing more than being held by their parents. Nothing is more natural than mom and baby being close—it’s the whole reason that skin-to-skin has so many incredible benefits. Unfortunately, one of the hardest things about becoming a parent is trying to get day-to-day activities done when your little one is crying to be held. Babywearing is a game changer. It leaves your hands free to do whatever you need to do, while keeping baby close and content.
GIFTS FOR THE 6-12 MONTH OLD BABY
This book is a classic for a reason. The concept is simple, and the result effective. Babies love looking at people’s faces, especially those of other babies. Teach your little one emotions and expressions with this beloved classic.
2. Where’s Spot Board Book by Eric Hill
If you’re looking for another timeless book, look no further. Even little ones with no attention span are captivated by this interactive board book. Each flap reveals a silly animal surprise, which entertains littles who enjoy games like peek-a-boo.
Your little one may not yet be interested in fashion, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy this bamboo footie. Super soft, buttery fabric is gentle on even the most delicate skin, which means even babies with eczema can wear this comfortably. Supreme breathability also ensures that your little one stays at the perfect temperature without risk of overheating.
Although your baby may not be able to stack these cups yet, they can still use them for open-ended play, while working on their fine motor skills. These cups are thoughtfully made for littles, and come in beautiful, muted tones that won’t look garish in your home.
5. Kyte BABY Toddler Bath Robe
Even though the product name says “toddler” in it, the smallest size actually fits little ones who are 6-18 months. You may not have known you needed a bath robe for your baby until now. The bamboo terry is soft, absorbent, and antibacterial, which makes it the #1 choice for post-bath care. In our opinion, it’s never too early to start self-care!
GIFTS FOR THE TODDLER
Young kids get very attached to comfort objects like blankets, so why not give them the softest, best blanket ever created? Luckily, our Toddler blankets fit the bill. Luxuriously soft, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and breathable are just a few descriptors for these bamboo blankets. The material naturally regulates temperature, which keeps your mini-me perfectly warm all night long.
2. Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Baby and Toddler Toy
If you’ve ever enjoyed popping bubble wrap, you’ll understand the appeal of this popping toy. It’s a sensory experience for little fingers, and an activity that they can do on their own. If you’re anticipating a long car ride, take this toy along for some quiet entertainment
If this picture makes you feel super nostalgic, you’re not alone. This toy car has been around for decades and is sure to be a favorite for years. Cute and clever, the car’s foot-to-floor design grows with your little one. Assembly is a little complicated, but 100% worth it.
4. Melissa & Doug First Play Children’s Jungle Wooden Activity Table for Toddlers
This fun activity table features 8 different activities that help your toddler hone their fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. Built from wood for sturdiness, it can also be used for littles who are cruising, but not quite yet walking.
5. Kyte BABY Long Sleeve Tiered Dress
If your toddler loves spinning and twirling, this tier dress is the perfect piece of clothing to do just that. Soft and perfectly stretchy, this dress grows with your rapidly-growing little.
GIFTS FOR HIM
We’re big believers in pajamas and loungewear. You know when you get home after a long day and it feels so good to get out of your jeans and into your comfy lounge clothes? Yeah, bamboo loungewear is elite. When you think comfy, you think soft and stretchy, right? Because that’s what comfy is. You don’t want to wear something scratchy or tight when you’re relaxing. Our clothes are designed with exactly that in mind, and trust us when we say there’s nothing like coming home and changing into this insanely soft jogger set.
2. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
These earbuds are a great gift idea for the man in your life who enjoys working out. Wireless, comfortable, and sweat proof, these are sure to stay put even during the most rigorous of activities.
3. Kyte BABY Adult Quilted Blanket
Kids aren’t the only ones who deserve soft blankets. Blankets are sacred. They’re what you wrap yourself in when you’re sleeping—the most relaxed and vulnerable state you can be in. Men tend to run hotter at night (thanks to a higher metabolic rate), which can make sleep uncomfortable without the right blanket. Because bamboo is three degrees cooler than cotton, and also highly breathable, this blanket has the power to make hot nights a thing of the past.
4. The Specialty Craft Cocktail Kit
Once upon a time, before the kids and all the responsibility, you may have enjoyed going out for drinks with your significant other. Now, a hectic schedule of work, dinner, bath, and bedtime routine means a lot less downtime. These specialty cocktail kits are a wonderful way for him to enjoy his favorite drink without the hassle of getting all the ingredients or going out. Cocktails like a G&T are easy enough to make, but the really good ones are usually too complicated to bother with at home. Luckily, these kits are a thoughtful and fun gift for even the busiest of parents.
5. Cuisinart Vertical 16” Charcoal Smoker
This charcoal smoker is for the meat-lover who’s always wanted to smoke his own brisket. The vertical barrel design not only makes it easy to maintain a consistent temperature, it’s also space-saving for small backyards. Cook your meat and vegetables just the way you like it with this beginner-friendly smoker.
GIFTS FOR HER
1. Kyte BABY Women’s Tiered Dress
Mommy & Me outfit. That’s it. That’s the present. What is it about being a mom that suddenly gives you the need to match with your child? We don’t know, but we’re all powerless to it. This adult tiered dress matches the toddler version so you can take the most adorable Mommy & Me photos with your mini.
2. Kyte BABY Women’s Lounge Robe
Our lounge robe is perfect at every stage of motherhood from pregnancy to delivery and after. Cut from bamboo rayon, this soft, silky robe glides over the skin like a dream. It’s an especially comfortable option for C-section mamas who have a hard time with waistbands during recovery.
3. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Camera
In a world where everything is now digital, there’s something to be said about nostalgic items like instant film. Not only is it a medium for those who love photography, it’s fun for everyone. Just make sure to order plenty of film along with the camera!
4. iRobot Roomba i3 Wifi Connected Robot Vacuum
A household appliance may not seem like the best gift, but this robot vacuum allows you to check one chore off your (probably) very long list. Not only does it have powerful suction that works on even pet hair, it connects to Google Assistant and Alexa so you can control it via voice command. Life with kids includes a messy house, and cleanup can be a challenge to maintain during busy days. This makes it a whole lot easier.
There’s something about stepping out of the shower or bath and into a bathrobe that instantly makes you feel like you’re in a spa. This bathrobe is made from plush bamboo terry, a super soft and absorbent material that cuts down drying time. It’s the perfect gift for the busy, exhausted mom whose self-care time is long overdue.