Welcoming a new baby is one of the most precious gifts! Though, new parents will adore these gift ideas, too! From a first tooth and curl jar to themed diaper cakes and personalized wooden blocks, these locally made keepsakes can help celebrate the holiday, baby, and the new parents all in one!
These gift ideas are a part of our Shop Local Series! To show our own love and support for small businesses, we encourage the community to shop local this holiday season. Not only can you find unique gifts for everyone on your list, but you can leave a lasting impact on the boutiques, shops and businesses that are found in our wonderful community. Go Valley Kids is not compensated by local businesses on this list, but instead, provide the ideas as gifting inspiration!
Warmies Scented Cuddle Pals from Sav-Half Cards
Little ones will love snuggling up with a Warmies animal. This cuddly gift comes in a variety of different animals such as sloths, puppies, frogs, llamas and more. Made of soft synthetic fur, they are also lightly scented with French Lavender and can be heated up in the microwave for 30 seconds to create an opportunity for an hour-lasting warm, cozy hug!
- Sav-Half Cards, W3192 County Road KK, Appleton
Ceramic Animal Coin Banks from Miller Clock Services & Sales
Gift a little monkey this Christmas – in the form of a ceramic bank of course! Miller Clock Services & Sales in Oshkosh offers a collection of sweet gifts, including animal banks, frames, cups and more, and they can even be personalized. For an extra special touch, find a coin with the year of the baby’s birth or adoption and include it in the bank for a sentimental twist!
- Miller Clock Services & Sales, 1820 S. Koeller Street, Oshkosh
Themed Diaper Cakes from Diaper Cake Dandyz
Cue the cuteness with a diaper cake from Diaper Cake Dandyz! The shop offers an impressive selection of themed diaper cakes, complete with socks, toys, photo frames, or other baby keepsakes. Order a pre-made design, like sports, animals, or patterns, or contact them to customize a special gift for the new parents and baby on your list!
- Diaper Cake Dandyz, 616 Ohio Street, Oshkosh
Personalized Monogram Blanket from Baby Bling Things Boutique
Wrap a new baby up in a soft, personalized blanket! The blanket is 30×40 and made of a polyester and cotton blend. It can be customized with a baby’s name, birth date, birth stats and more. Beyond nap time, the blanket is perfect for a stroller blanket, play mat or photo drop, too!
- Baby Bling Things Boutique, based in Kimberly
Natural, Locally Made Baby Food from Little Food Co.
One way to the heart is through a baby’s tummy, especially with delicious, natural purees from Little Food Co.! Created by a local mom/registered nurse, the food pouches are not only gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, plant-based and organic, but they are produced in the Fox Valley in Wisconsin’s first allergen-free baby food production facility! Order a collection of purees such as Appleberry Quinoa, Pear Banana Avocado or Spinach Apple Chickpea and more for a lucky little bub this holiday season!
- Little Food Co., 154 E. 2nd Street, Kaukauna
‘Prepared Parent’ Diaper Sampler Box from Diaper Dabbler
Diapers will be a well-received gift for new parents, as it is estimated that newborns go though nearly 300 diapers in their first month alone! Diaper Dabbler offers collections of environmentally friendly, store brand and mainstream diaper choices in a very convenient way. The sampler allows parents to find the best diaper for their baby, without the hassle. There are multiple sampler boxes to choose from, but the Prepared Parent option includes 3-pack samples of 24 different brands in one convenient box!
- Diaper Dabbler, based in Freedom
5-in-1 Carseat Canopy & Nursing Cover from The Vintage Garden
Keep baby warm and mom comfortable with a universal canopy-style cover, available in a multitude of prints and colors at The Vintage Garden! The cover is made of stretchy fabric, making it a helpful covering for highchairs, carseats, shopping carts, to block wind and the chilly elements, and during nursing. The shop also has a variety of other baby trinkets like pacifier animal plushies, loveys, and fabric bow wraps for little girls!
- The Vintage Garden, 119 E. College Avenue, Appleton
Mom & Baby Yoga Classes from Yoga Elements
Give new parents a special opportunity to connect with their baby and discover energy, flexibility, and balance! Order a gift certificate for a class from Yoga Elements for a unique gift. The class involves a series of gentle poses and massage techniques that can help colicky or gassy babies, too, and is geared for babies age six weeks to crawling.
- Yoga Elements, 1981 Midway Road, Menasha
First Tooth & Curl Keepsake Jar from Thornberry Cottage
Parents can savor the precious firsts with a small stacking keepsake jar! The jar, colored in an off white and grey, features a separate section marked with a simple embossed “First Tooth” or “First Curl.” Not only is this a modern nursery decoration, but it is a previous gift for every parent!
- Thornberry Cottage, 345 Cardinal Lane, Green Bay
Whimsical Handmade Baby Hats from Made by MEE Shop
Perfect for photos and to stay snuggly warm this winter, the Made by MEE Shop offers a large collection of crochet and knit hats and gifts for babies and children. From characters to animal-themed creations, there is something adorable for every little one! The shop also welcomes special order requests, making it an extra special opportunity to gift something amazing!
- Made by MEE Shop, based in Appleton
Novelty Baby Bibs from Hoot & Co.
Add a little humor to mealtime with absorbent novelty bibs from Hoot & Co! The bibs feature Velcro closures on the neck in addition to adorable phrases like “Tank Full” and “Keep Calm and Carrot On.” The bibs are made of a cotton and spandex blend and are designed for babies 3-12 months.
- Hoot & Co., 103 E. College Avenue, Appleton
Personalized Wooden Blocks from Appleton Trophy & Engraving
Order a set of Personalized Wooden Blocks as a special keepsake and toy combo for the new bundle of joy! The wooden blocks are laser engraved with details of the newborn’s birth, or can be ordered with milestones, names, or any wording of your choice. The natural wood finish is beautiful and timeless and makes a wonderful gift for baby’s first Christmas!
- Appleton Trophy & Engraving, 2401 N. Richmond Street, Appleton
Baby’s 1st Ornament from The Frame Workshop
Celebrate baby’s arrival this holiday season with a beautiful glass ornament made in Neustadt, Germany from The Frame Workshop! The shop offers a variety of baby-themed gifts, including little baby shoes, or three-ornament gift sets. Gifters can even introduce a new tradition for new parents of adding a new ornament to their family tree each year!
- The Frame Workshop, 430 E. Northland Avenue, Appleton
Fleece Carseat Poncho Cape from Tutus by Trisha
Keep kiddos safe and warm with a Fleece Carseat Poncho Cape, made from double layered fleece. The capes are custom sized to each child’s measurements, are reversible and available in virtually any color or print! The capes feature a cutout area for baby’s head with a hood, and are a great alternative to thick, puffy jackets while riding in carseats for appointments or shopping. Trisha also custom designs adorable tutus for little ladies, too!
- Tutus by Trisha, based in Black Creek
Baby’s Wow Wagon from De Pere Greenhouse & Floral
Bring on the welcome wagon this holiday season with a beautifully themed arrangement from De Pere Greenhouse & Floral! The little red wagon, available for both boys and girls, makes a sweet keepsake that doubles as nursery décor. The gift comes filled with yellow Spray Roses, Red Miniature Gerberas, Matsumoto Asters, white and yellow Daisies, Spray Chrysanthemums and Solidago. The floral shop also offers other gorgeous baby-inspired arrangements including flowers in a majestic unicorn vase!
- De Pere Greenhouse & Floral, 1190 Grant Street, De Pere
Electronic Gift Card from The Lullabye Shop
There are so many gifts that can be helpful to new parents, and thankfully, The Lullabye Shop offers electronic gift cards, redeemable for hundreds of in-store and online items! Stop into pick up one of the many treasures or send parents on their own shopping spree to find a carseat, crib, nursery décor, crib sheets, blankets and more. The shop features the largest selection of baby and children’s furniture in Wisconsin, making it a one-stop shop for a multitude of baby needs!
- The Lullabye Shop, 2144 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton