The best baby gifts that they’ll actually get use out of

Because nobody wants another impersonal baby gift hamper

array of baby gifts
(Image credit: The Little Worne Store, The Little White Company, Amazon)

 Hands up who has a friend, relative, or friendly neighbour that’s expecting a little one in September. Yep, thought so. 

September is the busiest month for newborns (there must be something in the air in January we reckon), so by the law of averages you’ll probably have at least one baby or two to buy a gift for soon.

We have gift guides for loved ones who have started a new job, are into astrology, or just love to cook, but gifts for newborns are another story entirely. 

Baby registries make shopping for gifts so much easier, but what to do when there isn’t one? Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work and rounded up the sweetest, chicest, and (most importantly) genuinely useful baby gifts that won’t sit unused.

 There’s a plethora of choices when it comes to picking a present for a newborn, but there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing. 

Firstly, how close are you to the new parents? If you know their personal tastes then it’s probably safe to get their little one a customised gift. Otherwise, we can’t stress the importance of a gift receipt enough. 

While it’s tempting to pick up all the adorable baby outfits you lay your eyes on, soon-to-be parents are probably already swamped with freshly-gifted clothes, plus their little one will usually grow out of the ‘newborn’ size before they get a chance to wear them all.

Beyond this, new parents will probably already have more personal items like baby bottles and car seats sorted, so we’re here to provide the fun, cosy, and truly aww-worthy gifts that are still really practical. 

From gorgeous personalised jumpers that they can treasure forever to the chicest muslin wraps we’ve ever laid eyes on, here’s our definitive list of the best gifts for newborns that they’ll actually get loads of use out of. 

And when it comes to retailers, you can't go wrong with stores such as John Lewis, Fenwicks, Selfridges to name but a few.

The best newborn gifts to buy now

Valeza Bakolli
Junior Shopping Editor

Valeza Bakolli is Marie Claire’s Junior Shopping Editor. She previously worked at BuzzFeed, where she honed her skills in all things shopping - from gift guide curation to being first on the scene to feature the latest fashion and beauty drops. She’s made it her mission to encourage people to shop mindfully and with purpose. That’s why she dedicates hours of her time every day to finding the best products online so you don’t have to - from small and sustainable businesses wherever possible, of course.