That first Christmas after the birth of a living baby after loss is such a special and emotional time. Whether you are shopping for your own rainbow baby or looking for a gift for a loved one’s new rainbow baby, we have collected our favorite gifts below. Celebrate the family’s journey with these meaningful gifts for a rainbow baby’s first Christmas.

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Rainbow Baby’s First Christmas

1. Rainbow Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

PALS 2023 Commemorative Christmas Ornaments - Rainbow Baby's First Christmas

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This darling personalized rainbow Christmas ornament is one of PALS 2023 Commemorative Holiday Ornaments we’re offering this year. It can customized with baby’s first name, and will be a treasured gift for a family with a new rainbow baby. Each year, as they put this keepsake on their tree, they’ll remember that precious first Christmas with their baby born after loss. Orders close on December 10th to ensure holiday delivery, so don’t delay in ordering.

2. Rainbow Christmas Stocking

Rainbow Christmas Stocking from Target

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This sweet knit rainbow Christmas stocking from Target makes such a thoughtful gift for a rainbow baby’s first Christmas. Aren’t the pom-poms just adorable?

Cozy Rainbows

3. Rainbow Swaddle Blanket and Hat Set

Miaoberry Designs Rainbow Swaddle Blanket Set

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This lovely rainbow organic muslin baby swaddle blanket and hat set from Miaoberry Designs is a favorite here in the PALS community. They are so soft and snuggly for new babies and make beautiful keepsake photos.

4. Rainbow Heart Zipper Footie

primary.com rainbow hearts footie pajamas

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Another favorite product in the PALS community are these rainbow heart zipper footies from Primary.com. The organic cotton is so soft, and the hearts are just so sweet. They’re also available in two-piece PJ sets for older kiddos. And, bonus, everything at Primary.com is currently 30% off, so buy a couple in different sizes for baby as they grow.

5. Rainbow Sprite Snuggler

Rainbow Sprite Snuggler from Slumberkins

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Looking for a sweet and meaningful snuggler to gift a rainbow baby for Christmas? Slumberkins’ Rainbow Sprite is the perfect gift. The snuggler comes with an affirmation and board book. This gift is soft, beautiful, and an acknowledgement of the baby who came before.

6. Rainbow Sleep Bag

Gunamuna Rainbow Sleep Bag

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For the baby who is too big for swaddles, this Gunamuna rainbow sleep bag makes a great gift. It’s sweet, warm, and follows safe sleep guidelines. And, bonus, you can choose to give back to PALS with your purchase of any of the products from Gunamuna’s rainbow collection.

Rainbow Baby Toys

7. Rainbow Stacker Toy

Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stacker Toy - Favorite Gifts for a Rainbow Baby's First Christmas

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The Rainbow Stacker Toy from Melissa & Doug is a classic toy that makes a great first Christmas gift and is a small rainbow baby acknowledgement.

8. Rainbow Name Puzzle

Rainbow Name Puzzle

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Looking for a rainbow keepsake gift that can grow with baby? Gift this personalized rainbow name puzzle from Busy Puzzle on Etsy, available in pastel and primary colors.

Rainbow Name Puzzle

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9. Cuddly Rainbow Activity Toy and Teether

HABA rainbow teething and activity toy - Favorite Gifts for a Rainbow Baby's First Christmas

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We love this very tactile teether activity toy from HABA. It’s a slight nod to the rainbow and baby will love it for all the textures, rattling sounds, and chewing possibilities.

10. Rainbow Baby Activity Gym

Rainbow Baby Activity Gym from Crate & Kids

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This sweet cloud and rainbow activity mat from Crate & Kids will bring hours of playtime for baby and is a small nod to the family’s journey to this first Christmas with their rainbow baby.

Meaningful Picture Books

We love reading picture books to our children born after loss. They make a great gift anytime–Christmas is no exception. Here are a few favorites to consider.

11. It Had to Be You board book by Loryn Brantz

It Had to Be You by Loryn Brantz

It Had to Be You is a precious love poem to a new baby. Loryn Brantz wrote and illustrated this simple and striking board book for her daughter, who was born after a miscarriage. While the book has wide appeal, it is extra special for families who have experienced loss and infertility. “For every one of our wishes, for every bump along the way, now that you’re here, we’ve known all along…it had to be YOU!”

12. All the Colors of Christmas, written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by Gillian Gamble

All the Colors of Christmas by Matthew Paul Turner

Looking for a holiday-themed book with a nod to rainbows? All the Colors of Christmas by Matthew Paul Turner celebrates the Christmas season, particularly the colors the infuse the holiday and all of the memorable sesnsations and experiences–including a festive market, sledding, and nativity scene–connected to those bright hues. (This book does have Christian religious themes.)

13. Dear Rainbow Baby, written by Samantha Gassman and illustrated by Timothy Lange

Dear Rainbow Baby by Samantha Gassman

Dear Rainbow Baby by Samantha Gassman is a precious letter to a much-hoped-for baby after loss, told through the seasons of the year. “One day in early spring, I dared to wonder again. Like a seed, the idea grew, stretching wild and free. So hopeful was my heart, as I dreamed of a you.” With beautiful watercolor illustrations, and a rainbow tucked in each illustration, the simple and meaningful verse draws the reader in.

See our full list of Favorite Books to Read to your Baby Born After Loss for more ideas.

The holidays can be an emotional time for loss families, even after the birth of their baby after loss. Acknowledging their journey through a gift will mean so much to them.

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