12 Designer Favorite Gift Ideas for a Dreamy Nursery

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WORDS BY Sara Watson

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Published on October 17, 2021

Every parent needs a little help getting the nursery just right before welcoming a little one into the family fold. Fortunately, our roster of Havenly designers includes several moms who have been there, done that — with grace and good taste — when it comes to creating a beautiful, functional nursery. Whether it’s their first rodeo or kiddo number three, parents will appreciate these stylish baby gift ideas to decorate their nursery.

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1.Florette Busts, Set of 3 // 2. The Emily & Meritt Star Ceiling Mobile 3. Baskets // 4. Pouf // 5. Linen Toddler Quilt // 6. Milestone Baby Blanket // 7. Walker // 8. Modern First Year Gold Frame // 9. Etched Wooden Blocks // 10. Baby Beads // 11. Travel Play Mat // 12. Gather Poster

Smart Storage

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OK, so storage isn’t necessarily the most exciting gift but parents know: nurseries need storage. Little ones come with a barrage of items that need corralling, from toys and books to diapers and pacifiers. That’s why our designers recommend baskets for function and a dose of welcome organic texture. This set of 3 comes in three different sizes to stylishly hold items of varying shape and size, and this lidded basket allows parents to throw toys and bric-a-brac right in while still looking polished.

Stylish Toys

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Most parents know that a sea of cheap, plastic toys is inevitable. But you can help make a difference (for them and the environment) by gifting stylish baby toys built to last. For a dose of hygge style, gift this cute wooden play gym in soft, Scandi-inspired colors. A sturdy stacking ring toy in elevated colors would be a welcome nursery gift as well. Finally, our designers love this educational set of numbers crafted from sustainable bamboo — style as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Thoughtful Keepsakes

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Sometimes, it can be hard for parents to let go of items, even when those baby clothes are long past the point of fitting. So, why not gift a thoughtful keepsake that they can rightfully hang on to for years and years to come? This Winnie the Pooh first-year frame tracks a year’s worth of memories in one sweet, beautiful spot. For parents who simply can’t distill those early days into a handful of photographs, give the gift of an entire photo book. Our designers love Artifact Uprising for its minimalist vibe. Looking to gift something equally sentimental with a little less work? A super-soft, embroidered baby blanket is just the ticket. Havenly designers think this Peter Rabbit heirloom baby blanket is simply the sweetest.

Sweet Nursery Decor

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With a little one on the way, the nursery gets all the styling focus, and so chic baby decor is always an appreciated gift. Our designers like this polished gold shelf, which, frankly, would look great in any adult bedroom as well. Add a frame or book of your choosing to make it a complete look. Another idea is to add a splash of soft color and texture to the walls, through this woven tapestry (it would look especially sweet above a crib). Finally, this giant stuffed giraffe adds a menagerie quality to a little one’s nursery. It makes a statement from the newborn days and is sure to be a cherished toy as they grow up. (It’s also become a celeb kid must-have, gracing nurseries from supermodel Ashley Graham to Kourtney Kardashian and Nicky Hilton.)

Preparing for your own little bundle of joy? Check out our nursery design ideas and create your own peacefully perfect space with the help of our expert designers.

Words by Sara Watson