When it comes to shopping for babies and toddlers, there’s a very real chance that they’ll love the wrapping as much as (if not more than) the gift itself. But don’t let that deter you, aesthetically minded caregivers and family friends, from finding the perfect present! We’ve rounded up 14 joy-sparking ideas for the 3-and-under set that will help inspire their rapidly developing passions and budding love for good design—from beautiful floral-print textiles for snuggling newborns to customizable climbing structures for little ones who are already on the move.
For the Small-Space Dweller
Active-play toys can get bulky and take up precious square footage—but not these minimalist wonders. The indoor-outdoor swing and ergonomic rocker (both made using wood from responsibly managed forests) fold up or pack down for easy storage when not in use.
For the Old-School Creative
Plant-based playdough created by a preschool teacher that’s dyed with beets, turmeric, and other all-natural ingredients (in case they sneak a bite) makes for a captivating stocking stuffer. While a lo-fi turntable that plays 10 classic kids’ songs is the antithesis to all the screen time—and a portal straight back to parents’ analog days.
For the Newly Arrived
Instill an appreciation for gorgeous textiles at a (very) early age with these botanical patterned beauties: an heirloom-quality quilt screen-printed by hand and an infant lounger covered in the Arts and Crafts–era classic pattern Strawberry Thief by William Morris (available starting November 9).
For the Mini Mover and Shaker
Have the kids began scrambling up the sofa, balancing on the coffee table, or constantly adding on to their epic fort? Gift them a modular climbing structure in fun colors you can mix and match yourself, or a builder’s station where they can dream up whole new structures.
For the Cozy Nester
Fun decor pieces that could easily pass for grown-up design—like this witty handwoven wool rug and voluminous chair with back book pocket and option to personalize—is an invitation for kids to make a statement when shaping their interiors.
For the Little Host
A modern wood dollhouse encourages imaginative play and doubles as a sweet piece to hold your wee one’s favorite objects. (Bonus: It can be stored flat.) And this line of earth-tone bowls, cups, and trays only looks like covetable sculptural ceramic—it’s actually made of break-proof silicone and easy for small hands to grasp.
For the Retro Lover
A fun dose of nostalgia takes a night-light and balance bike from standard issue to extra-special (and gift-worthy). Both are designed with wood and meant to stay in the family for the long haul—your little one might pass them on to their little ones someday.