We get it—all your friends are having babies, while you live alone with your dog and the only person you are typically responsible for buying gifts for is your mother. Then, all the sudden, your friend or sibling has a baby and you’re stuck playing the role of auntie or uncle. With that comes the biggest responsibility of all: buying a kick-ass gift for baby’s first Christmas.
So where do you go when you have literally no idea how to purchase things for a brand-new baby? As a parent, I’ll tell you what we don’t want our babies to have: more sh*t we have to put away and that serves literally no purpose.
Check out these tips on what to buy so that new baby and new parents will be singing your praises loud for all the hear.
At the store:
224 E 7th St
Monday- Thursday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. (holiday hours may vary)
Located in the 7th Street Public Market, CLT Find has basically everything you need, from onesies adorned with phrases like “The snuggle is real” and coffee mugs stating the ever-true “Tired as a Mother”, to hand-knit stuffed octopuses. You are certain to find the perfect locally-made, baby-centric gift.
Average gift price: $18
310 East Blvd #2
Monday- Thursday 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Friday- Saturday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. (holiday hours may vary)
Cassie Carpenter is a beam of light, and her East Boulevard shop is the personification of her personality. With locally made items and super cute gently-used kids’ clothes, The Argyle Alligator has a great selection for new babies too, including adorable little booties. Oh, and tell mom about her Muffins and Mimosas gatherings that happen about once a month. That’s a gift in itself.
Average gift price: $10
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516 E 15th St
Tuesday- Sunday, 12-6 p.m. (holiday hours may vary)
This eccentric shop is located off North Davidson and 15th Street, and is filled to the brim with all kinds of baby goodies, like the ABC Charlotte book, handmade dolls made by DesignsbyMSusan and natural body care items. Step down the hallway for a warm beverage at Comic Girl Coffee or a doughnut from Move that Dough Baking Co.
Average gift pricing: $20
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This Charlotte-run-and-curated online boutique boasts the tagline “New norms for newborns.” Organic Cuddles’ clothing is organic cotton, which is perfect for new parents hoping to keep their little one free of impurities. Alongside their baby clothing, you’ll find cloth diapers, blankets and baby wraps.
Average gift price: Under $20
I love a feel-good kids book that leaves you knowing you’re making a difference. “Just Perfect,” written by Charlotte author Kimberley Mohns Roberts, is a book about self-acceptance and it is truly never too early to teach these values.
C5 Pro Tip: You can find this book at CLT Find and Argyle Alligator.
Opened after the birth of her son in January 2016, Catherine Wellington runs this site with about 15 different product lines, serving newborns to 6-year-olds. There are tons of clothing options, blankets and hair accessories, but I’ve got to admit, I’m just a little smitten with this knit donut rattler.
Average gift price: $20
Photos: CLT Find, The Argyle Alligator, Butteroni’s Emporium & Fairy Forest, Organic Cuddles, Blue Sage, Pexels