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Household Items that Double As Last Minute Baby Gifts

If you are pressed for time around the holidays, you may have found yourself without a gift for your baby for various reasons— stomach bugs during crucial holiday shopping hours, exhaustion due to a husband who is not capable of breastfeeding (not his fault, I guess), or the knowledge that babies wouldn’t know a gift if it unwrapped itself right in front of them.

OR. Maybe you have older kids with very real holiday wants and desires, so you put the needs of a child who doesn’t yet understand the meaning of Christmas (TOYS! TOYS! TOYS!) on the backburner.

In any case, you’re in luck! Because your baby NOT ONLY could care less about your excuses, but he/she also doesn’t care about how much time and effort went into their gifts!

So I’ve put together a handy round-up of items that will occupy your baby while everyone else is ooohing and aaaahing over their balance bikes and iPad Minis.

Most, if not all, can be easily found within your own home and won’t cost you a cent!

(Just don’t let the baby see the iPad. Because that baby will settle for nothing less from that point forward.)


  • Velcro Wallet 1 of 9
    Velcro Wallet
    This was my first daughter's personal favorite. We kept one next to the changing table to combat a chronic case of "diaper change discontent".
    Image source: Sun Diego
  • Bottle of Aspirin 2 of 9
    Bottle of Aspirin
    This might sound dangerous BUT— I recommend using a plastic bottle with a childproof cap, emptying it out and filling it with loose change. DIY rattle!
    Image source: Amazon
  • Tennis Ball 3 of 9
    Tennis Ball
    Did you know that Andre Agassi's dad hung a tennis ball over his crib so he could practice following the ball with his eyes? TRUTH
    Image source: Free Extras
  • White Sock 4 of 9
    White Sock
    Simply take a black Sharpie and draw some eyes on the toes. Call it Casper and your've got yourself a supercool DIY ghost puppet!
    Image source: Home Health Items
  • Tupperware 5 of 9
    Tupperware
    Give your baby the containers that have long lost their lids. What else are you going to do with them?
    Image source: Wired
  • Old Blackberry 6 of 9
    Old Blackberry
    Charge that bad boy up and take an educational trip with your baby all the way back to 2007.
    Image source: Retrocell
  • Empty Water Bottle 7 of 9
    Empty Water Bottle
    It crackles, it shape shifts, it doubles as a wind instrument— if it also ate all the food from your fridge, I'd call it the cheapest babysitter EVER!
    Image source: Staples
  • Remote 8 of 9
    Remote
    Afraid your child will erase your backlog of Top Chef Masters episodes? Locate an old VCR remote or just remove the batteries from your current one.
    Image source: World Wide Satellites
  • Cardboard Box 9 of 9
    Cardboard Box
    Boxes are so effective, depending on your child's intelligence level, you may be able to use this gift fallback for the next eighteen years.
    Image source: The Daily Green

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