It’s the most wonderful time of the year … that is, if you relish tracking every cent that’s being spent on holiday gifts for each person on your too-long list. But if you’re like most of us, finding gifts that won’t break the bank (or make you lose your mind) is a task that’s dreaded each and every holiday season.
That’s why we’ve taken some of the pain out of holiday gift-giving with our annual list. Here are gifts under $50 for for babies, 0-12 months.
All of them are guaranteed to produce smiles, for gift giver and receiver alike.
Oh, baby! Are these local gifts perfect for your little one or what?
Raising a bilingual baby (bebé?) has never been easier, thanks to these gorgeously illustrated books that also teach colors and first words in English and Spanish. Forget those language appswe want to learn to count with Frida Kahlo! Find this toy locally at *play in Logan Square. $9.99 each, 0m+.
Lil Libros books
Is there anything cuter than a miniature firefighter? We don’t think so, which is why these BPA-free silicone bibs top our list. And they’re dishwasher safe and have a built-in crumb catcher, so your little hero always looks fresh from the firehouse. Find this toy locally at Moore Toys & Gadgets in Wheaton. $20, 6m-3.
Make My Day On-Fire baby bib
These adorable toys, from forest creatures to sea life, add character to any nursery. And they’re extra-soft, perfect for tiny hands. But best of all, they’re handmade by Peruvian artisans who receive a fair wage, proving that good deeds can never start too early. Find this toy locally at Moore Toys & Gadgets in Wheaton. $40, 0m+.
Blossom Inspirations Seahorse
This staple of the `80s has been updated for the 21st century, but it still helps babies reach developmental milestones. The black, white and red color scheme is perfect for a newborn’s vision, while the flexible rings help develop their grasping reflex. Plus, it’s perfect to toss in the diaper bag for babies on the go. Find this toy locally at Galt Toys + Galt Baby in downtown, Lincoln Park and Skokie. $19.99, 0-12m.
NogginRings Reaching &Grasping Rings
It might look like a work of art fit for display in your living room, but it’s actually a rattle and teether all in one. And if the colors entice baby to try to cram the bright toy into their mouth, you can rest easy knowing the paint is non-toxic and water-based. Find this toy locally at Galt Toys + Galt Baby in downtown, Lincoln Park and Skokie. $19.99, 3m+.
Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads
They may not know Scoop, Muck or Rolly yet (they’ll get there, we promise!), but we have a feeling your little one will fall in love with these brightly colored trucks. And you’ll love the heirloom-quality wooden construction, which guarantees it will stay in good shape until they leave toy trucks in the dust. Find this toy locally at Becky & Me Toys in Evanston. $42, 6m+.
Manny &Simon Loader Push Toy
Nothing is worse than getting stuck on the Kennedy with a crabby baby in the backseat. Be prepared for that disaster with this shape sorter (no sharp edges!), whose crinkly flaps, bright colors and textured blocks will keep their attention at least until you reach the Byrne Circle. Find this toy locally at Galt Toys + Galt Baby in downtown, Lincoln Park and Skokie. $19.99, 9m+.
Melissa &Doug Take-Along Shape Sorter