10 of the best gender neutral gifts for newborns

Our gorgeous selection will appeal to baby boys and girls alike – and there's no pink or blue in sight

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There are so many beautiful gifts for newborns out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one. You might want something practical that could help the new parents, something traditional, an heirloom gift that will take pride of place, or something super entertaining for the baby.

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If you don’t know the newborn’s gender or if the parents have a neutral style, you might want to play it safe with a gender neutral gift. We have compiled a list of our current favourites – to include the practical, the snuggly and the enduring.

Here are our top 10 gender neutral gifts for newborns…

1. Matchstick Monkey Grey Gift Set, £29.95

Matchstick Monkey’s teether toys won gold in the MFM Toy Awards 2019. Judges praised its ergonomic and clever design and fun colours, so we would happily give this thoughtful gift set to a newborn.

It includes the Mini Monkey teether as well as a cute knitted monkey with a rattle in its tummy and ring to attach it to your little one’s pram or car seat. There is also a super-soft, organic cotton muslin that includes a silicon label for teething to complete the set – cute, practical and fun.

Available from: Matchstick Monkey, Amazon and Winstanleys Pramworld

2. Aden and Anais Classic Muslin Squares in Teal Paisley (pack of 3), £19.95

Chances are that new parents will be spending lots of time using muslins. They are used to comfort, mop up and provide a clean surface. These muslin squares (70cm x 70cm) from super-stylish brand Aden and Anais make perfect presents.

New parents might not think to splash out on themselves, but will appreciate their superior design and softness. Made from 100% super-soft cotton, they are quick-drying, gentle on baby’s skin and highly absorbent. They will be the gift that keeps on giving.

Available from: Natural Baby Shower, Aden and Anais and Bebeco

3. Blade & Rose Unisex Knitted Cotton Leggings in Weather, £10 

Blade & Rose is a fantastic brand for gender neutral gifts – its designs suit all kids, but are fun and bright enough to be special. We love that all leggings feature a design detail on the bum, perfect for those little nappy wearers. So if you’d rather not go for muted greys and earthen tones, have a look at these fantastic leggings for a gift.

Available from: Amazon, Children Salon or Blade and Rose

4. Hevea Mini Kawan Rubber Duck, £13.95

Babies are going to be introduced to bath-time at quite an early stage, so why not gift a little companion to keep them entertained.

This Hevea mini duck is non-toxic and plastic-free, and doesn’t have any holes for bacteria to settle in. It is painted with natural colours, and the tactile shape will delight babies.

Available from: Scandiborn, Amazon or Kidly

5. Kokoso Baby Gift Sets, from £15.99

Kokoso is a fantastic, eco-friendly brand that uses coconut oil to formulate a gentle range of baby products.

Its gift sets range from the Natural Baby Brush set to a Natural Bathtime set, and are presented in recyclable and compostable packaging. 

Available from: Kokoso, JoJo Maman Bebe or Daisies & Dinosaurs

6. JoJo Maman Bebe Fox Cuddles Gift Set, £24

Cute animal designs are inherently gender neutral, and this gift set is a great example.

Packaged in a cute box, it includes a snuggly comforter and towel in JoJo Maman Bebe’s popular fox design – a lovely starter set for new parents and babies.

Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe

7. Sophie La Girafe Sophiesticated – The Maracas Set, £24.99

All versions of the iconic teether and baby toy, Sophie La Girafe, come in a thoughtfully designed box that doubles up as gift packaging, so you can’t go wrong gifting the Original for £14.99.

But the brand now also offers some gorgeous sets that include blankets, comforters, or teethers. We love this Sophiesticated one, which includes the original teether giraffe and a tactile rattle.

Available from: Sophie La Girafe or Amazon

8. Sparks & Daughters Egghausted Pyjama Set, £35

We love the idea of gifting a mum & baby set, and this one really tickled us. Made in Somerset, it features a creative and brightly coloured design with a fun play on words.

You can also add a second sleep suit for a twin.

Available from: Not on the High Street

9. Peter Rabbit Moving Character Music Box, £20

Music boxes are great traditional newborn gifts, and this one is a lovely option that is good enough quality to last. Peter Rabbit is a popular gender neutral children’s character, and the music box plays the soft Brahm’s Lullaby.

The two little rabbit characters spin to the music, so be careful once your baby starts grabbing and chewing things, but this is a perfect present for parents and baby to enjoy together. It’s a charming addition to any nursery.

Available from: John Lewis, Amazon or Orange Tree Toys

10. The White Company Panda Baby Blanket, £39

This knitted cotton blanket (100cm x 75cm) has a monochrome design that is perfect for newborn eyes, and it’s wonderfully soft and snuggly to keep babies comfy. It has a cute panda motif, with one of them embroidered in terry cloth, a tactile little detail.

Available from: The White Company

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