19 Sentimental Baby Gift Ideas Inspired By Family History and Traditions

Updated: July 15, 2020
Looking for a sentimental and personalized baby gift? Look to the family history, traditions, and culture of the parents to be for gifts that will leave a lasting impression.
19 Sentimental Baby Gift Ideas Inspired By Family History and Traditions

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Looking to give something a little more personal than a baby blanket or book off the registry for an upcoming baby shower gift? Turn to family history, heritage, and traditions of the parents for unique and personalized new baby gift ideas that they’ll treasure for years.

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While many parents may register for items that need to be handed down or upgraded as their little one grows old, these traditional and family-inspired gifts for baby girl and baby boy will be held onto by the family for years to come and may become family heirlooms.

Our Top Picks

Best Gift For Namesake Babies:  Name Stories Classic Name Print
Best Gift For Memory Keeping:  Baby Keepsake Box
Best Personalized Toy:  Kids Personalized Three Name Wooden Puzzle
Best Gift For Religious Families:  Baptism Gift for Girls Personalized Keepsake Box
Best Gift For Beauty Lovers:  Things Remembered Personalized Silver Baby’s First Brush and Comb Set
Best Gift For DIY Fans:  Dimensions Stamped Cross Stitch Kit Baby Animals Birth Record
Best Gift For Decor Lovers:  Things Remembered Personalized Picture Perfect Musical Photo Snow Globe
Best Gift For First Time Moms:  Sterling Silver Mom and Me Double Heart Bracelet Set
Best Gift For Sentimental Parents:  Personalized Baby Keepsake Box
Best Gift For Shutterbugs:  Malden International Designs My First Years Beaded Picture Frame
Best Gift For Writers:  Growing You:  Keepsake Pregnancy Journal and Memory Book
Best Gift For Food Lovers:  Krysaliis Sophie Sterling Feeding Spoon
Best Gift For Practical Parents:  Children's ABC Block Custom Engraved Piggy Bank
Best Gift For Parents On The Move:  Portable, Roll-up Height Chart
Best Gift For Christmas Lovers:  Baby's First Christmas Ornament
Best Gift For Cozy Nights:  Personalized Baby Quilt Blankets
Best Gift For Artsy Parents:  Pearhead DIY Family Handprint Frame and Paint Kit
Best Gift For Honoring Family:  Heirloom Recycled Teddy Bear
Best Gift For Book Lovers:  Put Me In The Story Personalized Books

Name Stories Print
Name Stories Print
Product Price
$25.00

Best Gift For Namesake Babies

Especially if the child’s name has a unique family connection, this customizable name origin print is a great way to showcase the history of where it originated, how and why it has withstood the test of time over the years, and even allows a space for personalized text at the top.

Keepsake Library
Keepsake Library
Product Price
$84.95

Best Gift For Memory Keeping

Gone are the days of losing their first lock of hair or tooth, hospital baby bracelet, sonograms, sweet notes, and more. New parents can keep everything tidy and organized with this baby keepsake library box, complete with drawers, vertical files, and mini envelopes. They’ll never lose a thing.

 

Customized Wooden Puzzle
Customized Wooden Puzzle
Product Price
$54.99

Best Personalized Toy

Wooden toys will stand the test of time over certain plastic options, and this puzzle is something the new parent and baby will treasure! Especially if the parents have shared the name with you in advance, this Indiana-made gift is something they will be able to hold onto for years to come.

Engraved Baptism Box
Engraved Baptism Box
Product Price
$44.95

Best Gift For Religious Families

This handcrafted glass box featuring metal edge detailing can be personalized with a name and date of baptism, and will definitely hold up over the years. The decorative feet add to the vintage look of the box, which is pretty enough to decorate with and practical enough to use as storage for jewelry or tiny trinkets.

 

Sterling Silver Baby Brush Set
Sterling Silver Baby Brush Set
Product Price
$45.00

Best Gift For Beauty Lovers

This elegant sterling silver-plated set includes a vintage-inspired brush and comb which may even remind you of your own childhood. For an added touch, you can customize the brush with a note, the baby’s name, or birthdate.

Customizable Cross Stitch Kit
Customizable Cross Stitch Kit
Product Price
$15.99

Best Gift For DIY Fans

Feeling crafty? This cross stitch kit comes pre-stamped with the sweet jungle and flowers design for easy crafting, simply stitch away and add in the baby’s name! Just purchase a frame for easy wall art display in the home or use in a birth announcement.

 

Snow Globe
Snow Globe
Product Price
$55.00

Best Gift For Decor Lovers

Not only is this a sweet piece of decor that will complement just about any nursery theme the new parents have planned, it will be something the little one will want to keep with them for years to come, and maybe even pass on to their children.

Mom & Daughter Bracelet Set
Mom & Daughter Bracelet Set
Product Price
$36.99

Best Gift For First-Time Moms

This mommy and me bracelet set made of sterling silver and rhodium plating will be something you’ll both cherish for years to come! Especially if this is mom’s first baby girl, this special gift that’s safe for mom and baby to wear is bound to be loved.

 

Personalized Keepsake Box
Personalized Keepsake Box
Product Price
$39.99

Best Gift For Sentimental Parents

While you may want to hold off on gifting this until after the baby shower so you can customize with the birthdate, a sweet keepsake box is a wonderful way for new parents to hold onto tiny momentos they won’t want to lose, and the baby will eventually want to see once they get older.

First Year Baby Photo Frame
First Year Baby Photo Frame
Product Price
$19.95

Best Gift For Shutterbugs

Parents will be able to easily store monthly milestone snaps of their little one and watch as they grow up without needing a photo album, 12 picture frames scattered in different places, or strictly digital copies.

 

Baby Keepsake Pregnancy Journal
Baby Keepsake Pregnancy Journal
Product Price
$23.49

Best Gift For Writers

The specific details and exact memories of pregnancy are bound to fade over the years, but mom will be able to write out all of the best moments in this special journal, which you’ll love to look back on as a family in years to come.

Sterling Silver Spoon
Sterling Silver Spoon
Product Price
$68.09

Best Gift For Foodies

Packaged in a beautiful gift box, this 4” engravable sterling silver spoon with shiny finishing makes for the perfect Christening or birth gift for little new arrivals, and will hold up for years to come.

 

ABC Block Bank
ABC Block Bank
Product Price
$35.14

Best Gift For Practical Parents

This piggy bank features letters and animals, plus the ability to customize with 1-2 lines of text such as the baby’s name and birth date. You’re quite literally giving them the building blocks to start saving from a young age!

Roll-Up Growth Chart
Roll-Up Growth Chart
Product Price
$24.99

Best Gift For Parents On The Move

Preserve memories of growing up with this beautiful keepsake growth chart that moves where you go. Gone are the days of marking height inside a door thanks to this fully portable option, which you can use on the ground for babies and hang on the wall as they grow up.

 

Baby’s 1st Christmas Ornament
Baby’s 1st Christmas Ornament
Product Price
$35.95

Best Gift For Christmas Lovers

Especially for little ones born close to the holidays, parents will be thinking about ways to commemorate their child’s first Christmas, and this classic ornament will become a treasured addition to their tree for years to come.

Monogrammed Baby Quilt
Monogrammed Baby Quilt
Product Price
$59.99

Best Gift For Cozy Nights

This high-quality 36” x 46” quilt is perfect for tummy time as an infant, and eventually sleep as they grow old. With scalloped edges and a custom monogram available in a variety of colors, this is a classic gift.

 

Handprint Frame
Handprint Frame
Product Price
$19.99

Best Gift For Artsy Parents

They won’t be little for very long, so soak up the tiny days while you can with this high quality DIY handprint frame that makes for the perfect piece of wall art, complete with four paint colors and a black marker to preserve the early days forever.

Heirloom Recycled Teddy Bear
Heirloom Recycled Teddy Bear
Product Price
$79.95

Best Gift For Honoring Family

To honor a family member who has passed on, this collectible stuffed animal repurposes old clothing and fabrics into cuddly teddy bears. While this isn’t a toy the little one should be playing with, this is the perfect gift for them to later connect to a family member who is no longer here.

 

Personalized Book
Personalized Book
Product Price
$34.99

Best Gift For Book Lovers

There are a number of books available for you to add personalization to, including original stories as well as stories from your favorite characters from books and TV. Your little one will cherish this book forever and may even pass it on to the next generation.