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Buying a present for the new baby of a friend, colleague or family member can be tricky.
Her parents are likely to be inundated with gifts from well-wishers, and nobody wants to contribute something that will go unused or unappreciated. So, what's the best gift for a baby girl that's thoughtful, useful and that, let's be honest, won't break the bank?
Getting something essential that the parents will definitely need and use is a good way to make sure your money isn't going to waste. Check around with fellow friends and family to make sure you don't buy something that someone else has already chosen. Or, if you want to go the extra mile, a personalised gift is a nice touch. There are tons of companies out there that will paint, print or embroider a baby's name on a teddy bear, blanket or piece of art.
Alternatively, you could choose a present that celebrates your relationship with the parents of the baby you're gifting it to, something that alludes to a memory you've shared or an inside joke. These days, more and more people are choosing, upon the arrival of a new baby in a family, to buy gifts for the parents rather than the newborn. A newborn baby can barely see, let alone appreciate a thoughtfully-chosen gift, so why not treat the parents to something that will make their lives easier instead?
If you are a parent yourself, think back over your own experience and consider what you would most have liked to receive when you started your family; was there anything you always wished you'd had?
Whichever route you decide to go down, we've got a gift for you. Take a look at our best baby gift ideas for girls and see which one looks best!
Our Top Choice
Instax Mini 9 Camera, Ice Blue
Giving new parents a means of creatively documenting their child's life is, we believe, the best gift you can give. In the age of smartphones and social media, it's likely that a new baby will be documented to within an inch of its life, but there's something so much nicer and more meaningful about a picture you can actually hold. This cool instant camera takes nostalgic, sepia-toned images that parents can treasure immediately, pin up around the house and give out to friends and relatives. It even has a selfie mirror, so parents can easily take pictures of themselves holding their little one.
- Price: £64.99
- Image size 62 x 46mm
- Close-up lens
- Selfie mirror
- Carry Strap
Most Unique Gift
Spin Collective Personalised Metallic Star Map Print
This personalised star map is a truly unique gift for a baby girl. A circular print depicts a map of the stars as they appeared in the sky on the day, time and location of her birth. Add the baby's name, the coordinates of where she was born and whatever else you like underneath for a final, personal touch. The pretty foil print comes in silver, gold, grey and rose gold so you can choose the design you like best. A great choice if you're looking for meaningful baby girl gifts with sentimental value.
- Price: £30
- Personalised map/text options
- Available in A4 or A3 sizes
- 4 different metallic foils
- Framing option
Best For A Luxurious Gift
The White Company Cashmere Star Baby Blanket
Yes, most new babies will be gifted a dozen blankets, but will they be gifted a dozen cashmere blankets? This pram-sized throw from bougie baby-shower-favourite 'The White Company' is unbelievably soft, beautifully designed and comes in a chic gift box. It's a bit pricey (it is pure cashmere, after all), but it's a special item that is sure to be recognised and appreciated by new parents.
- Price: £125
- 100% cashmere
- Comes in gift box
Best Gift For The Baby That Has Everything
FROMLUCY 'Welcome To Your World' Personalised Baby Book
Giving a personalised gift is a great way to show you care. This beautifully-designed book full of whimsical illustrations allows you to add a baby's name, a special dedication message and several personalised details, making it a truly distinctive gift option.
- Price: £22.50
- 21cm x 21cm
- Personalised details can be added throughout
- Soft-back books come packed in a matching envelope
Best For Families On A Budget
Aden + Anais 100% Cotton Musy Squares, 3-Pack
Muslin squares are a simple gift, but they're so useful that any parent will be grateful to receive them, and the beautiful 'seafaring' design of this 100% cotton pack from Aden + Anais is lovely. The cloths are soft, gentle and truly multi-functional; they can be used as blankets, wipes, bibs, as a breast feeding cover, as burp cloths ... the list goes on and on.
- Price: £19.95
- 100% Cotton
- Super absorbent
- Machine washable
Most Useful Gift
Blooming Bath Lotus
Looking for more unusual baby gifts? This fun alternative to a baby bath tub will have new parents sitting their little baby girl amid the petals of a lotus every time she needs a wash! Made from a soft, baby-safe material and perfectly-sized to fit in the sink, this flower is designed to stop babies slipping around in the water, and is sure to make bath time safe, straightforward and super cute. Expect a slew of adorable pictures of your gift in use!
- Price: £37
- For babies 0-6 months
- 33.66 x 11.43 x 33.66 cm
- BPA Free
- Machine Washable
Best For Something Different
Audible Gift Subscription, 3 Months
A new parent is going to be spending a lot more time at home whilst taking care of their baby, which, despite rose-tinted depictions of the delights of new parenthood, can be both a bit lonely and boring at times. Why not give the gift of audio entertainment to help them pass the time? Happy parents make for happy babies (so it's basically a baby gift), and the benefits of listening to an audiobook are endless. They can soothe, entertain, distract and intellectually stimulate, and can be easily popped on as a parent goes about their child-caring duties without diverting their attention too much from the task at hand. Winner.
- Price: £23.99
- 1 credit per month for 3 months
- Special deals on extra audiobook purchases
- Exclusive access to free Audible podcasts
Best For Expecting Mothers
Mama Mio Tummy Rub Routine Bundle
A pregnant body undergoes an awful lot of changes; this luxurious skincare bundle from Mama Mio is designed to soothe, soften and rejuvenate growing bumps. The set includes a gentle exfoliating scrub, a butter and an oil, so expectant mothers can treat themselves to an entire revitalising routine, whilst connecting with and caring for their changing bodies and protecting themselves against stretch marks. An indulgent treat to bestow on the mother-to-be in your life.
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions of baby girl gifts then why not take a look at these adorable baby sleepsuits, or for something different take a look at the best kids' paddling pools on the market.
- Price: £54
- Tummy scrub, butter and oil
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Dermatologically tested
- Recyclable packaging
Originally from Manchester, Olivia has spent the last couple of years living between Toronto and Vancouver. She now works as a freelance writer in London and loves literature, travel and eating anything sweet. Her love of spending time with children began when she worked as an au pair in Paris.