Diwali’s almost here and you’re probably busy with gift shopping and wrapping. All that energy in the air, it’s just fun, isn’t it!!
However, thinking about what to give all your loved ones can be a little confusing, especially with so many options available these days. And when your loved one is a little 6 month old, it can get even more baffling! After all, what does one gift an infant who can’t talk or walk?
Don’t worry, we have the answer! Here, we list out for you 15 gift ideas for babies and toddlers, in the form of hampers that are easy to get and assemble yourself. So let’s not waste any more time and dive straight into the list!
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15 Diwali Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
Gift Ideas for Babies (0-6 months)
1. Bath Time Basket
For a baby, bath time isn’t just about getting clean, it’s an adventure! And if it’s a boy, this love for baths will only last till he reaches the school years, so make it fun while you can! For a bath time basket, you can get some basic supplies like towels, washcloths and soap or hair/body wash along with fun elements like bath books and tub toys, and pack it all in a colorful bathtub!
2. Bed Time Basket
Bedtime is a special time for most parents of newborns. It’s when everyone winds down and forgets the day’s stresses. A bedtime basket will make this time extra special, when you fill it with the right stuff! A fluffy blanket, sleep suits and calming products are essentials. A musical mobile also helps to create a lovely environment.
3. Grooming Basket
Newborns need to be well groomed too!!! Many parents do buy their own grooming products, but they’ll run out soon enough! When putting together a grooming basket, try to put in some special stuff that not everyone will think of. Include a baby manicure set along with a cute book about dressing up.
4. First Library
It’s never too early to start reading!! A first baby library is a gift every parent will appreciate, and is the perfect start to encouraging a lifetime of reading. Get classic first books which have been loved through the generations. We’ve picked a few here, but you’re sure to find more!
5. Meal Time Gift Hamper
Babies below 6 months are unlikely to have started solids yet, but that doesn’t mean that parents can’t start preparing for it! Gift a lovely basket with some mealtime essentials that babies and parents are both sure to love! Be careful to choose products that are BPA free and easy to clean. Don’t forget a fun little book about food!
Gift Ideas for Babies (6-12 months)
1. First Foods Hamper
Okay, so this is the age to start feasting! By now, most parents have got their mealtime supplies, so you can gift them a hamper of healthy, home made first foods, made of assorted cereals, lentils and dry fruits. Babies are sure to enjoy these compared to store bought baby food mixes!
2. Travel Essentials Basket
These days, parents don’t wait too long to travel with their babies, and rightly so! If you know the family to be travel buffs, then a travel essentials gift basket is perfect for their little jet setter! Include essentials like wet wipes, mosquito repellent as well as comfort accessories like this fluffy and cute pillow!
3. Winter Care Hamper
Winter’s coming, so a winter care hamper for a little baby will be perfect this Diwali. Don’t stick only to woolens and thermals, think about winter skin care too! Get some cute inclusions like an absolutely adorable pair of boots and gloves!
4. Motor Skills Kit
Babies develop at a very fast rate, and this includes their fine and gross motor skills. So get a little baby a motor skills gift hamper, full of toys that help exercise his little fingers, hands as well as his brain. And don’t forget books – there are several interactive books you can find out there that have different textures as well as snaps, buttons and flaps for baby to explore on his own.
5. Rainbow Gift Basket
Newborns can see only a few colors, but within the next few weeks, their eyesight develops tremendously and they can see all the wonderful colors of the world. Babies are particularly drawn to bright colors, so get them a rainbow gift basket, full of toys, books and accessories that are bright and cheery!
Gift Ideas for Toddlers
1. Art and Craft Kit
A one year old child has enough dexterity to handle a crayon, so now’s the perfect time to let her exercise those muscles with a pipe cleaner or a pair of scissors. There’re a lot of options for an arts and crafts kit, so this is one of the easiest to put together! Just be sure you opt for safety scissors and non toxic glue and paints. If the child is still putting things in her mouth, you may want to avoid smaller things like googly eyes.
2. Activity Hamper
Kids these days are spending lots more time in front of a screen and very little time outside. So encourage a little toddler to get some exercise by giving him an activity hamper full of toys that require a good deal of moving about! Keep them age appropriate, but go for strong, good quality toys that won’t cause accidents.
3. Musical Gift Basket
Most toddlers can follow a simple tune and love making one of their own! A musical gift basket will make any 1-2 year old very happy, though the same might not be true of the neighbors!! This is a gift that’s perfect for a home that has multiple kids or where cousins and neighbors frequently come to play. When it’s about putting on a musical show, the more the merrier!
4. Cars Gift Basket
Most toddlers have a favorite vehicle by this age, usually cars, trucks or trains. If you know what your recipient is into currently, get him a gift basket full of vehicle goodies! This is a more open ended gift and you’ll find t-shirts, books, toys, mugs and more in the theme of your choice.
5. Dora the Explorer Gift Basket
Dora is a favorite among toddlers and preschoolers, and it’s been that way for quite a while now! If you know a little girl (or boy) who loves her daily dose of Dora, then gift her a Dora gift basket and watch her face light up! Now isn’t that what the festival of lights is all about?
Of course, with some more thought, you can find many more ideas for gift baskets, but if you’re running out of time, these ideas should help. A carefully put together gift hamper is much more fun than one big toy, especially for kids, who think of it like a treasure trove of gifts! So this Diwali, try something different and make a lovely, personalized gift basket for that little boy or girl in your life!
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