Start a new family tradition of choosing an ornament for your child with a special one for baby’s first Christmas. Is it possible your baby will like the box and bow more than the bauble? You can bet on it. But you’ll love hanging this ornament for years to come, and showing your child the first ornament you picked for them. Here you’ll find 10 of our faves to put on the tree in 2017.
Star Light, Star Bright
Show that you love your little one to the moon and back with Land of Nod’s Baby’s First Moon ornament. A soft stuffed moon (in bright white, soft pink, or baby blue) holds a twinkling, dangling set of stars. The biggest star, with the year in elegant scroll, serves as a reminder of this special occasion.
Available at landofnod.com, $17.60.
Put a Ring on It
A simple, vintage-style brass bell with 2017 engraved on the side is perfect for ringing in the holiday season. From Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand by Chip & Joanna Gaines, this lovely ornament is also super-affordable at under $5.
Available at target.com, $4.99.
Ready for Your Close-Up
Add a collection of four photos of your little one’s most memorable moments to the sides of this 2″ wooden cube. The non-photo sides feature festive ornaments on a white background and stars on a red background. This ornament also makes a great gift for proud grandparents.
Available at shutterfly.com, $29.99.
In the Palm of Your Hand
Make a hand-sized memory of this year’s Christmas with Personal Creations’ handprint ornament kit. The red ribbon can be personalized with your little one’s name and the year. Warning: This one may bring a few tears when you see how quickly your baby’s hand grows from year to year.
Available at personalcreations.com, $24.99.
2017 may be the year of the unicorn, given its current popularity. Commemorate it with this personalized ornament featuring a magical sleigh-pulling unicorn on one side, and glittery gold stars on the other. If unicorns aren’t your speed, pick a similar round porcelain ornament featuring a llama bearing gifts, a quirky snowman making friends with a dinosaur, or a cat and dog with a decorated tree.
Available at landofnod.com, $12.80.
This sweet round ornament made of glossy white-coated aluminum is an adorable way to celebrate your first Christmas as a trio. Whales swim under a shiny red ribbon, and your family’s name goes on the bottom. If whales aren’t your style, Etsy seller Happy Cat Prints also offers fierce T. rexes or cuddly hedgehogs, many available in groups of four or five for bigger families.
Available at Etsy store Happy Cat Prints Co., $18.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
A classic porcelain rocking horse comes ready for hanging on your tree, with a silky ribbon, red saddle and sparkling gold hooves. This one has room for your baby’s full name and birth date on the bottom.
Available at hallmark.com, $24.95.
Pottery Barn Kids’ silvery locket has space for two photos of your wee one, and a tree-ready ivory ribbon. For an extra-personal touch, monogram your baby’s initials on the front of the locket.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, $15.
Go Against the Grain
This rustic wood ornament is embossed with a golden tree and awaits your little one’s name. Etsy seller Wood Life Prints’ ornament features a banner with the words Baby’s First Christmas waving across the front of it, along with sparkly stars and mittens.
Available at Etsy store Wood Life Prints, $19.95.
If your baby loves bathtime, snap up this duck-shaped wooden ornament that can be personalized with your baby’s birth stats. If ducks aren’t your style, Etsy seller Wood Bee Love also offers elephants, owls, hedgehogs, lions and more, all with an included twine hanger to place on your Christmas tree.
Available at Etsy shop Wood Bee Life, $10.21.
Which ornament best suits your style? Let us know in the comments.
— Oz Spies