Best baby gifts and keepsakes

Gift your baby a beautiful keepsake present, something you will both treasure for many years, a keepsake that can be given as a christening present or kept in your own family for a lifetime

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1. ‘Hello World’ Baby Hamper, The Baby Box Company, £60, MadeForMums Awards Gold  Winner

Treat yourself and your little one to this gorgeous hamper full of baby-focused treats and gifts.

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There’s plenty to unpack from each tried-and-tested box, with top-quality goodies for new arrivals such as Lamaze Captain Calamari – babies will love the bright colours and interesting textures. Keep flaky newborn skin soft and comfortable with the organic massage oil, ideal for after bathtime.

The hamper also takes care of their first outfit, with a white bodysuit, plus a specially designed romper suit and matching stripy hat. There’s an Aden & Anais muslin to catch any dribbles.

New mums (and dads) aren’t overlooked here, so when you have a few minutes to yourself dive in and enjoy organic a trio of indulgent bath truffles – just drop into a warm bath and relax.

This is just what you need to add a little pampering to those busy first few weeks with a new baby.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the ‘Hello World’ Baby Hamper:

“This would be an amazing gift to receive. In terms of quality and quantity, this product surpasses expectation. It’s hard to say what my favourite item was as it covered all bases: baby care, entertainment for the baby, high quality clothing and not forgetting a luxury treat for the weary parents too. A premium gift for a very affordable price. I’d be proud to send this to family or a friend.” Mum of 2, Natalie

“Really gorgeous gift for any parent to be. It was presented beautifully and the contents are of wonderful quality. I really loved it.” Mum of 3, Dawn

You can buy the ‘Hello World’ Baby Hamper from The Baby Box Company


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2. The Nightlight Craft Kit, Mum-Made by toucanBox, £14.95, MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner

Mum-Made’s silver award-winning Night Light helps you turn a nursery essential into a special memory. Your little one will want to keep it long after they stop needing the light on at bedtime.

Everything you need to make this lovely light is included in the box, along by illustrated, step-by-step instructions. The materials are high quality and handpicked, in neutral colours that will suit most bedroom themes and décor.

Mums can customise the light as much as they like to make it extra-personal (such as adding your child’s name), and there are even additional materials in the box to allow for any mistakes you might make.

It’s a simple way to make something special for your little one with all you need in one tissue-wrapped package.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about The Nightlight Craft Kit:

“This adorable kit combines creating a beautiful memento with a nightlight, and I love that versatility. It is so gorgeous, beautifully presented and warms my heart! What a lovely idea and a special gift for mums to be.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

“Loved it. It came in a really cute packaged box wrapped in tissue, so everything looks beautiful from the get go. A very easy to use set that has everything you need included. The instruction booklet was easy to follow and I had no problem crafting the item. I was really pleased with the results.” Mum of 1, Charlotte

You can buy The Nightlight Craft Kit from ToucanBox here


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3. Newborn photography session, Small Prints Photography, from £95, MadeForMums Awards Joint Bronze Winner

Afternoon tea, antique props and unlimited studio time – Small Prints Photography’s newborn photography session is the Rolls Royce of new family gift experiences. Several thoughtful details impressed our judges, helping this package win joint bronze place.

Only one session is booked per day, giving parents a relax and supportive environment to feed and soothe their little star between poses.

While the experts pose and photograph the baby, mum and dad can indulge in afternoon tea and refreshments – a rare treat when you’ve looking after a newborn.

There’s a new gift registry service so parents can direct well-wishers to their registry page to gift them a memory-making session. You’ll have access to online galleries so you can share the pics easily with your friends and family, and the state of the art on-line proofing software means parents can revise albums at their leisure.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Newborn photography session:

“It is evident that Small Prints Photography provide a high-quality service, for not only the newborn and their parents – but for the siblings also. I liked how they have another room in their studio for siblings to stay, and how there is no time limit on the session, as this allows for feeding. This service seems to have thought of everything.” Mum of 2, Natalie 

“An unforgettable and emotional experience for new families, with a beautifully crafted book of photographs to cherish over time. The photography experience is clearly designed to make families feel comfortable and nurtured, while the final product of the photo book is a stunning reminder on those newborn days.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim 

You can buy the Newborn photography session from Small Prints Photography

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4. A Bag Filled With Love, Grow Monkey, £42.99, MadeForMums Awards Joint Bronze Winner

Our joint bronze winner is this lovely gift for parents looking to create long-term memories from their little one’s childhood.

The large keepsake bag is filled with five canvas envelopes and 35 pre-printed cards for mums and dads complete over time, representing five different years of baby’s life.

Use the ‘My Family’ cards for family members to handwrite their favourite memories from the year or offer advice. Each ‘My Year’ card can be filled with your baby’s month-by-month adventures, and you can record special baby facts on the ‘About Me’ cards.

Each year, pop the cards into the envelope supplied, along with photos, USBs with videos, souvenirs, travel tickets, cards, and items from family members.

When it’s completed, write your child’s name and a date they should open the bag on the wooden heart tag, and watch their face light up as they explore these precious memories.

What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about A Bag Filled With Love:

I wouldn’t add or change anything about this product. I think the price is just right and would highly recommend it. I have already told friends and family about it and I am even looking to buy one for my daughter.” Mum of 2, Sarah

“This is a lovely keepsake to keep track of your child’s younger years. It does involve a bit of work, but the more effort you put into it the more precious the gift becomes when you eventually present it. Overall it would be a lovely present to receive if you had a new baby.” Mum of 2, Elaine

You can buy A Bag Filled With Love from Grow Monkey 

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5. Love, Keep, Create, from £28.00

Ever wondered what to do with those old, much loved baby clothes – well send them to: LoveKeepCreate to create beautiful keepsakes from those beloved baby grows!

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6. Baby Bunting Kit, Buttonbag, £25

Another clever and unique keepsake for a new baby or little one’s birthday, Buttonbag’s pretty box is packed full of everything you need to create four metres of nursery bunting, with extra space to add baby’s name and birthday. 

The kit includes pre-printed 100% cotton flags, cotton tape, threads scissors and a needle kit with instructions on how to make your own personalised bunging and a gift tag and ribbon so you can present it as a gift

Buttonbag claims the kit will be easy for beginners and more experienced sewers and can either be machine or hand sewn. 

 You can buy Baby Bunting Kit from Hello Baby

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7. The Day You Were Born, From You to Me, £20

Create a unique book containing personal information about your baby, or niece, or goddaughter or grandchild. The information includes: where baby was born, how much they weighed, zodiac sign, birth flower, Chinese year, moon phase, birth weight, full name, birth tree and dedicated message to the baby. 

The Day You Were Born book has impressed our judges in the past at every stage from the service, to the product to the delivery.

This is the perfect, personalised gift to give to your own baby to remember that magical day they came into the world, for you to read together and for them to keep forever – or as a christening present. 

You can buy The Day You Were Born from Journals Of A Lifetime 

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8. First Adventures New Baby Memory Book, & So They Made, £19

This beautiful memory book makes a lovely gift for new mums, which they can pass on to their little ones when they’ve filled them up.

Each cover displays the statement, “The Very First Adventures of”, followed by a personalised adjective, name and date of your choice.

You can fill the inside up with story-telling keepsakes such as letters, photos, notes, tickets, cards – and choose from books with only plain pages or include transparent envelopes to store mementos. Available in A5 and A4 sizes.

You can buy First Adventures New Baby Memory Book from: & So They Made 

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9. Personalised Baby Keepsake Box, £36

From your hospital wristband to their first curl, you can store all of your baby’s trinkets in this beautiful silver keepsake box.

Beneath the cute raised icons on the silver lid is space for a 6×4” photo of your little one, and you can personalise it with their name.

You can buy Personalised Baby Keepsake Box from My 1st Years

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10. Mothercare Grey Duo Frame Impression Kit, £22

This easy-to-use kit creates a lovely reminder of just how wee your little one is. Use the soft clay inside to make an impression of their foot or handprint, and pair it with a special photo in the double wooden display frame. 

You can buy Mothercare Grey Duo Frame Impression Kit from Mothercare 

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