Baby & Toddler

23 Holiday Gift Ideas for
Baby & Toddler Bookworms

by Janssen Bradshaw

Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan

Is there anything more exciting than that first holiday celebration with your baby? There’s something magical about wrapping those tiny little gifts that you’ll remember forever.

And then that second holiday with your toddler is just as good as they start to absorb some of the excitement of the season, even if they’re not quite old enough to know what all the fuss is about.

I’m inclined to think, of course, that the best gifts are books and we’ve gathered up some wonderful suggestions for your baby and toddler that they’ll love long after the decorations are packed away.

And because we love all things book-related, we’ve added a few fun suggestions from Out of Print — they make the most delightful book-inspired products that are perfect for pairing with a book.

Let the holidays begin!

  • Madeline Bodysuit

    For all the Francophiles out there or anyone who loves cute little Madeline, this is a necessity.

  • Corduroy Bodysuit

    As a grown-up, I’m not as interested in snuggling a little stuffed bear, but I’m DEFINITELY interested in snuggling a little baby sporting a stuffed bear bodysuit. Plus, the red color is so festive!

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    by Maurice Sendak

    I love adding classics to my baby’s book collection (or someone else’s book collection!) and there are few books more universally beloved than Where the Wild Things Are. For 50 years, this Caldecott winner has entranced children and adults alike, and there’s just nothing quite like it. Even now, hundreds of readings later, that line “And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all” gets me every time.

  • Where the Wild Things Are Bodysuit

    For your little one who is loved best of all, this is the perfect wardrobe addition. Add tights or leggings for cooler days or wear it alone in the summer!


  • Elephant & Piggie Tote Bag

    My toddlers adore having a bag of their own to put their library books in or to fill with rocks in the backyard. A tote bag is ready for any adventure and when your favorite characters are on the front, well, that’s just a special bonus.

  • My First Songs

    by Random House, illustrated by Tom Brannon

    I don’t have a great singing voice (even that description might be a flattering exaggeration), but I love singing to my babies as I put them to bed or while we’re playing on the floor or driving in the car, and nursery rhymes are the perfect place to start. This collection features the beloved characters from Sesame Street and is an ideal book for teaching your child the classics.

  • Books Turn Muggles into Wizards T-Shirt

    A toddler might be a little young to introduce to the wonders of Hogwarts, but it’s never too early to start teaching them about how magical books are. And that “Lumos” is a very useful spell for middle-of-the-night feedings.

  • For the animal lover who never met a dog, bug, or kitten they didn’t love:

  • The Very Eric Carle Treasury

    by Eric Carle

    A treasury is a perfect holiday gift — it gives the recipient several books in one, plus it really helps a new reader get to know an author, which is so valuable. There’s nothing like going into a library or bookstore and recognizing a book you know to make you feel like a reader from the very beginning.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Socks

    Nobody likes a baby with cold toes, and these Hungry Caterpillar socks are the perfect way to keep them cozied up! Add these to The Very Eric Carle Treasury for the perfect recipe for a snuggly afternoon.

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog Socks

    A giant dog to sit on your feet might be warmer, but if you don’t have that luxury, this set of toddler socks is a close second!

  • Curious George Bodysuit

    Is there anyone more active than Curious George? I can’t think of anyone! This sweet yellow bodysuit is perfect for the baby who is just as active as that curious little monkey.

For more great holiday gift ideas, head on over to Out of Print!