It’s hard to find the perfect gift for a new baby. I often go the route of buying clothes that are a few sizes too big for the baby to grow into. Which is great and all, but sometimes it’s nice to buy something unique. A gift with a little bit of Jewish flair, perhaps? If you’re in search of something special, let Kveller be your guide to the most awesome, fun, and special presents for the newest bundle of joy in your life:
1. One word: Onesies.
M is for matzaball? B is for bagel? It’s just too cute.
Or if, let’s say, you’re meeting the baby just before Hanukkah, this Got Latkes? bib is a must-buy.
And if you happen to be a bubbe, this onesie has your name literally all over it.
2. Just because your baby can’t decorate their room doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
I’ve been eyeing this Laila Tov (goodnight in Hebrew) nightlight for years (I really don’t know why I haven’t bought one yet).
This giraffe hamsa is a super cute way to ward off the evil eye.
But my very favorite is this silver mezuzah by Emily Rosenfeld. Her work is just gorgeous and I love how simple, yet meaningful, this piece is. You’d truly be buying a piece of art.
3. Forget the Alphabet. Bring on the Aleph Bet.
It’s always fun to buy toys for a new little one. Some friends bought us these Hebrew alphabet blocks when my son was born and he loves playing with them. It’s like learning the alef-bet by osmosis!
Or you could buy soft Hebrew letters—great for younger babies to chew on. This homemade set from Etsy looks perfect to me.
I am also very intrigued by these soft stacking blocks, as self-storage is a huge benefit for families in living in a smaller apartment.
4. It’s not too early for Torah. Or Shabbat.
One of my go-to presents is this soft-stuffed Torah—it’s just cute and cuddly and I love that it teaches kids that they can get up close and personal with Torah. (Yes, I’m a Jewish educator. Couldn’t you tell?)
If the stuffed Torah isn’t your thing, try a soft Shabbat set instead.
Or a hard Shabbat play set!
5. Don’t forget the Yiddish.
My last recommendation is an adorable board book by our friend Laurel Snyder, “Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: BabYiddish”. It’s sweet, adorable, and it’ll teach you a few classic and useful Yiddish words. Parents love it, and grandparents plotz over it. (Buy the book and you’ll know what that word means!)