Gift Guide: Baby's First Christmas

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New parents want to treasure the memory of baby's first Christmas.

There are plenty of gift ideas for parents and babies to help mark the occasion, from picture frames, memory books and keepsakes that document baby's first year to personalized Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas-themed outfits and much more.

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Baby's First Ornament

Trim the tree with a special keepsake ornament, a traditional way to mark baby's first Christmas and remember it for years to come. A footprint or handprint ornament kit is a special way to capture your baby's tiny fingers and toes.

Pearhead Baby Hanging Keepsake (Pictured); $14.95; Available at Amazon.com

BabyPrints Ornament; $12; Giggle.com

Baby's First Christmas Carriage Ornament; $19.95; Lenox.com Lenox offers a wide selection of classic styles dated 2011, from a carriage to a rattle, including many that can be personalized.

Waterford 2011 Silver Baby's First Christmas Ornament; $39.99; Available at Amazon.com

Baby's First Christmas Silver Hand Stamped Ornament; $28; Etsy.com And there are dozens of affordable options at Etsy, including this hand-stamped ornament, that can be personalized.

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Keepsakes and Decorative Items

Pillows, quilts and memory boxes can be personalized with baby's name and birth date.


Birth Announcement Pillows; $80; Uncommon Goods These birth announcement pillows are a wonderful way to commemorate your baby's birth date and stats on an item that's both unique and useful.

100 Good Wishes Baby Quilt; Starting at $99.95, Red Envelope This cotton quilt has 100 wishes for baby, such as virtue, charm, candor, confidence, enchantment, vigor. It can be personalized with baby's name and birth date. According to the website, it was inspired by Chinese tradition of celebrating a child's birth with a quilt of wishes made by family and friends.

Chamois Stroller Blanket; $29.00 – $39.50, Pottery Barn Kids This chamois quilt from Pottery Barn Kids can be embroidered with your baby's name and birth date for an additional $7 and is available in a variety of colors. Measures 30" wide x 40" long.

Birth Year Box; $45; Uncommon Goods, This birth year box is a great way to gather all your baby's mementos from the first year.

PHOTO: Little lion Baby book
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Memory Books

It's not too late to start a memory book or "brag book" for a baby born in 2011, to track milestones, information about mom and dad and photos and keepsakes.

Baby's First Book; $68, Rag and Bone Bindery Rag and Bone Bindery offers a collection of beautiful handcrafted baby memory books or "brag" books. The books are ribbon-bound, and have 24 fill-in pages such as "How Mom and Dad met", "How we picked your name", "The Big Day" and more. The book includes a envelope to hold clippings from baby's first haircut and other mementos.


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First-Year Photos

There's no shortage of photo-themed items and frames to mark baby's first year. Photo sites like Shutterfly and Kodak Gallery offer countless items, from blankets and journals to coffee mugs and mouse pads.

First Year Frames allow you display monthly photos for your child's first 12 months, and versions can be found at many different price points and retailers.

Pearhead Time Frame (Pictured); $24.95; Available at Amazon.com

Silver Leaf First Year Frame; $62; Pottery Barn Kids

And of course you can mark Christmas Day with a themed picture frame, like this one from Giggle.com.

PHOTO: Red reindeer one piece jumper and my first anywhere chair Sherpa from Pottery Barn Kids.
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Snuggle Up With Santa

Even if they only wear it once, there's nothing cuter than babies in soft and cozy holiday PJ's on Christmas morning.

Red Reindeer One Piece; $29.50; Pottery Barn Kids This cotton one-piece with an embroidered reindeer on the front will keep your little one cozy and warm. Personalization is available on the back of the one-piece on the bottom flap for an additional $7.

Carter's Santa Sleep 'N Play; $13.20; Amazon.com This one-piece says Baby's First Christmas and has Santa feet.

Baby's First Christmas Santa and Sleigh Bib; $19.99; Amazon.com

Baby's First Christmas Funny Long-Sleeved Onesie; $18; Etsy.com This funny onesie reads "Dear Santa, Other Than That Whole Colic Thing, I've Been Really Good! P.S., It's My First Christmas, So That Helps, Right?" It can be personalized with baby's name.

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