15 Must Have Educational Baby Gifts For This Christmas

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Do you want to get your baby something educational this Christmas? If you are, I have put together a list of gifts that I feel are very worthwhile.  Many of them can even be used as your baby grows into a toddler.  The free play toys are great ones that will grow with your kids, such as the blocks, pots, and pans, cutting food and farm animals.

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I have used many of these toys with my own kiddos, and have found them to be educational and interactive. If you have one of the gifts below, I would love to hear your thoughts! Happy shopping!

Baby 6-36 months


Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl

  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Teaches alphabet, shapes, and number
  • Lights up

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Sis Toy

  • Says more than 100 words (words, parts of the body, shapes, colors and more
  • Sings music (many nursery rhymes, including the alphabet)
  • Responds to baby’s touch
  • Supports different stages of development (can change stages by holding down on one foot)

VTech Magic Star Learning Table

  • Learn about colors
  • Teaches nursery rhymes
  • Fine motor
  • Gross motor (Baby is able to stand and walk around the table)
  • Pretend play (driving and making phone calls)
  • Will grow with your baby (converts to a standing table)

Melissa & Doug Match and Roll Shape Sorter

  • Develops hand/eye coordination (fine motor)
  • Promotes Shape/color matching
  • Develops problem-solving skills
  • Durable

Peekaboo Soft Activity Book

  • Engaging (what’s underneath each flap?)
  • Soft & Durable

Pound and Roll Wooden Tower Toy With Hammer

  • Great for fine motor skills
  • Discuss colors
  • Figuring out the correct amount of pressure
  • Engineering (watching the ball go down the series of ramps)

Musical Farmyard Cube Learning Toy

  • Crinkly sounds
  • Teaches animal sounds
  • Different textures
  • Soft & Durable

Zany Zoo (Wooden Activity Cube)

  • Develops Fine motor skills (open/close, up/down, flip/turn, zig-zag)
  • Displays Alphabet

Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel Pots and Pans and Let’s Play House! Wash and Dry Dish Set

  • Great for pretend or role-playing
  • Emulate real-life kitchen dishes
  • Durable
  • Will grow with your baby

Vtech Musical Rhymes Book

My daughter absolutely loves this book! My sister-in-law had one, so I knew I wanted one and when I saw one at a garage sale this summer I snapped it up! Worth it.  She would sit in her walker in the kitchen and turn the pages back and forth as I cooked dinner. It has been such a lifesaver!

  • Plays nursery rhymes
  • Interactive
  • Lights up
  • Develops fine motor (things to move and push)

Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs)

  • Endless hours of fun
  • Great for pretend play
  • Cooperation/collaboration
  • Very Durable
  • Will grow with your baby


VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker

  • Interactive
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Piano keys that play music
  • Shape sorting
  • Lights up
  • Role play (with making phone calls)
  • Plays over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases
  • Will grow with your baby (converts to standing play)

Melissa & Doug Latches Barn Toy

  • Great for pretend play
  • Discuss animals (sounds, lives, behavior, diet, and more)
  • Develops fine motor skills (different latches)

Melissa & Doug Cutting Food – Play Food Set With 25+ Hand-Painted Wooden Pieces, Knife, and Cutting Board

  • Develop hand/eye coordination (fine motor skills)
  • Discuss different foods
  • Promotes role-playing
  • Will grow with your baby

On the Go Water Wow! Reusable Water-Reveal Activity Pads, 3-pk, Animals, Alphabet, Numbers

These are a great gift because they aren’t messy.  All you need is water. Parents will love you! Each picture is activated by water, so there is no mess involved! They are great for the car and plane. We took several Water Wows with us on our trip to Colorado this summer and they were awesome!

  • Teaches alphabet/numbers
  • Develops understanding of colors
  • Very Engaging
  • Drys quickly


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5 Replies to “15 Must Have Educational Baby Gifts For This Christmas”

  1. I highly recommend those wooden block sets! We have several and all 3 of my boys have played with them since they were little (and still do)! You can add dinosaurs, monster trucks, farm animals, etc. and the imaginative play never stops!

    1. I love toys that spark imaginative play! They are timeless. When we visit my parents my son likes to play with the blocks. He makes up makebelieve towns and drives his cars down the “streets”. I have fond memories of using the same block set when I was a kid.

  2. Love the fish bowl!!! My baby loves to play with water… I think this could be a great gift! And the soft book is a must have. Great ideas!

    1. Thanks Tayrina! I love the soft books too!

  3. Wow, these are some fantastic educational gifts for sure.

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