It’s the thought that definitely counts as much as the gift, especially when it’s baby’s first Christmas. Instead of another bib or binkie, go for one of these local finds, which will remain in the heart and home of your children till they pass it on to theirs.


1. Baby curl keepers, New Orientation, $4.95


2. Sugar Doodle Kids blue sleeper pajamas, sugardoodlekids.com, $29 (Remind your child that his or her first gift helped feed a hungry child. Sugar Doodle Kids donates a meal with each pair purchased.) 


3. Gotz Favorite Friends playdoll, Georgell Doll Shop at Gardner Village, $94.95


4. Monogrammed pewter cup, New Orientation, $56.50


5. Bling Bling bow, babyblingbows.com, $12–15


6. Press Back rocking chair, The Wood Connection, $80 (unfinished), $136 (stained and glazed)


7. Brio classic figure 8 train set, The Tutoring Toy, $49.99


8. Silver-platted rattle, New Orientation, $18.95