30 Best Gifts for New Dads in 2021

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video and Movement Baby Monitor

Amongst all the excitement about a new baby, dads are often forgotten, whilst mums get baby showers, pregnancy massages, antenatal classes and baby groups, similar initiation rituals are sadly lacking when it comes to dads. This is a shame because dads are now more involved in raising kids than ever before, and in fact, some families are made up of only dads, we think that the transition into parenthood is a big shift that deserves some kind of recognition and celebration.

Here we’ve collected some of the best gifts for new dads available in 2021 to give you an idea of something that you could give a dad amidst all the gifts for mum and baby. Some are practical gifts to help with baby care whilst others are more focused on dad, making him feel special and appreciated.

30 Best Gifts for New Moms in 2021

Niimo Pillow for Nursing Breastfeeding

If anyone needs a bit of a treat it’s a new mom! The early days of motherhood are both magical and utterly exhausting, often at the same time. With emotional highs and lows and physical challenges to overcome (think sleepless nights, carrying the baby around, healing from labour and delivery) it’s only right that moms should get a few presents!

With that said, knowing what to buy can be difficult, whilst some moms are going to love practical, baby-related items that will make their life caring for their little one just a little bit easier, other moms may be in need of a bit of pampering and something that’s just for them. We’ve brought together 30 of the best gift ideas for new moms in 2021 to help point you in the right direction, with gifts from a range of categories so you can choose what will suit the mom you’re buying a gift for best.

Best Outdoor Playsets and Toys in 2021

Little Tikes Picnic on The Patio Playhouse

Being outside is really beneficial to babies, toddlers and children because humans are designed to spend much of their time outdoors as hunter-gatherer societies would have. This outdoor lifestyle would have allowed for plenty of fresh air and sun-exposure which are important for our health; for example, sun-exposure causes the body to produce vitamin D and without regular exposure to natural sunlight we risk becoming deficient in this important vitamin which increases bone density. As a result of less time being spent outdoors, some health services now recommend supplementation from birth to avoid the risk of rickets, a condition that had been on the rise.

As well as vitamin D, being outside causes the human body to produce more serotonin the ‘feel-good’ or ‘happy’ hormone that prevents depression and eases anxiety. For children, in particular, being outside helps to set their circadian rhythm, or wake-sleep pattern, and what parent wouldn’t like a child who slept more at night!? Physical play is incredibly important for children’s overall health and development and this tends to happen more naturally outside. However, many children are quite resistant to the idea of simply going on a walk, so you may need to find some ways to encourage them to play outdoors and stay active. That’s where these toys come in, we’ve brought together some of the Best Outdoor Playsets and Toys available in 2021 so that you can encourage children out into the great outdoors. Before we get to the list of outdoor playsets and toys, here are a few features you should look out for when selecting what to buy;

Best Learning Toys in 2021

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Everyone wants to help their children to be the best they can be, and often that means supporting them through their educational journey. We might think about lessons and books when we think about ‘learning’ but toys have an important, even vital, role to play in learning for the majority of children. Learning through play is what children are designed to do and as such, research has shown that it is incredibly effective. Through play, children develop a whole range of dispositions and skills that underpin their learning throughout school and life.

The use of educational toys can help to enhance learning through play and allow children to develop skills like problem-solving, social skills, communication, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, imagination and can also build the foundation for more academic subjects like mathematics, literacy, science and technology. We’ve brought together some of the best learning toys in 2021 and highlighted the ways in which they can help children to learn. So, here are some of the best learning and educational toys by age group;

30 Unique and Fun Baby Shower Gifts

Unisex Newborn Non-Slip Boots

It can be difficult to choose a baby shower gift with so many different products available and vying for attention! Whether you’re a parent yourself or don’t have your own kids yet, buying a gift for a baby shower can feel pretty overwhelming with so many options to consider.

It can be tricky to weigh up whether to buy a gift that will be useful for the baby, or something that will benefit the parents and then whether to buy something practical, sentimental or fun. Different families will have different feelings about gifts so it’s important to check in with them as to what they’re expecting, whether they have a registry and try to understand their priorities. For example, some mums may not want gifts for themselves and are relying on the shower for baby essentials, whilst others may be a bit fed up that everything seems to be about the baby and relish a gift for themselves. We’ve covered a whole range of different products in this list so there are options for babies and parents which will suit a range of different personality types too.

30 Gift Ideas for Newborn Babies in 2021

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

With such an array of gifts and gadgets on the market shopping for a newborn baby can quickly become overwhelming! If you’re looking to buy a gift for a newborn baby, or their parents, here’s our top piece of advice; skip the cutesy outfits. These cute little newborn outfits definitely look like a great gift but in reality, they get worn for just a few weeks and are often fussy and difficult to put on. Plus of course, babies come in a huge range of sizes so “newborn” may swamp some babies whilst being far too snug on others.

Instead focus on buying more practical items that parents can use for a number of months to help as they take care of the baby, some toys which will suit the baby once they get a little bigger or some nice keepsakes that can be treasured. In this list we’ve brought together 30 of the best gift ideas for newborns in 2021 to give you some great ideas;

Best Dinosaur Toys 2021

Vanplay Take Apart Dinosaur Toy with Electric Drill

Dinosaurs have fascinated adults and children alike for many years. They’re a really popular interest for children whose imaginations are captured by the idea of these giant, prehistoric reptiles and many children enjoy learning the names of dinosaurs and absorbing a wealth of knowledge about the creatures size, eating habits and habitats.

Some parents worry that an interest in dinosaurs leads to violent or aggressive play but it is the exciting, powerful nature of dinosaurs which often appeals to children and imaginative play, even when it seems aggressive is a safe space for children to experiment with different kinds of feelings and emotions. In this regard dinosaur play can be very helpful, and it has tons of other benefits too! In learning about dinosaurs children learn to follow their own independent interests, research skills, often listening or reading, memorizing facts and then using them in play. As well as all of this, children are introduced to ideas about classification, mathematical measurement and often hone their speech and language skills practicing all those complex names! In short, dinosaurs are a great interest for children as this interest has so many different learning opportunities.

Best Robot Toys 2021

Best Robot Toys

Robots are an exciting toy that children have been interested in throughout the years, but as technology has moved on robots are now becoming part of our everyday lives; think self-checkout at the supermarket, robot vacuums in the home, or even the robots used in production lines producing things like car parts. As we move into the future it’s likely that robots are going to do more and more; self-driving cars are already being explored and as this industry booms more workers will be needed, so building the skills needed to work in this sector is a smart move.

Children are innately attracted to robots perhaps because they seem to cross a boundary between animate and inanimate, they are not human and yet they are strangely recognizable and sometimes even seem friendly. As such many children dream of having a robot friend, or at least a robot servant to do their chores and homework for them! But playing with robots has many more developmental benefits than simply getting jobs done or having fun. Playing with robots can help to increase children’s skills with using technology, build coding or programming skills and increase understanding of cause and effect. Here we’ve listed some of the best robot toys for 2021 by age group and highlighted what to look out for when buying for each age group too.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 6-Year-Old Boys 2021

Hudora Nest Swing

6-year-old boys can be a mass of contradictions; on the one hand they start to go to parties, play dates and school events by themselves, and on the other hand they crave the security and comfort of home and parents. It is a time of change.

Whilst many 6-year-old boys will develop some kind of hobby or interest indoors, such as board games, video games, or construction activities, they also still have tonnes of energy and will crave and need time outdoors. As school steps up and becomes more classroom-based this time outdoors becomes even more important. Around this age lots of parents seek to involve their child in sports to keep them physically active and healthy.

If you’re looking for a gift for a 6-year-old boy there are plenty of options based on indoor and outdoor interests. We’ve put together a list that incorporates a variety of these ideas so that you can find the perfect gift for a 6-year-old boy that will also benefit his development.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls 2021

Apollo LED Roller Skates

At age nine, buying gifts for young girls gets a bit more challenging as they are a bit too old to be considered a child, but a bit too young to be a teenager. In order to make your gift-giving a little bit easier, I’ve rounded up 30 gifts my kids either own and love or are asking for in 2021.

In many ways 9-year-olds still need the support, comfort and structure that they had from their families as children but they are also becoming much more independent and able to carry out a wide range of activities without so much adult support. When you are buying a gift for a 9-year-old this new-found independence means that an even wider range of options are available as they are able to have a go at more complex tasks. This list has been put together to support you in choosing a gift for a 9-year-old girl with plenty of varied ideas.