It’s official: the holiday season has finally crept up on us. If you’re like us, still frantically shopping for each name on your Nice List - you came to the right place! While it’s easy to buy toys for each tot on your list, it can sometimes be challenging to find the perfect present that's tailored to celebrate and honor children in LGBTQ+ families.
Our Top Gifts Picks for Kids with LGBTQ+ Parents
We’ve pulled together a list of gifts for kids of LGBTQ+ parents. While there are a few rainbows sprinkled in this mix, our main goal for this list was to make it as thoughtful and inclusive as possible. Whether you’re shopping for a newborn, a little reader, or a family with a baby-to-be, we’ve got you covered.
Without further ado, let's dive into the gift ideas and get some holiday shopping checked off your list!
1. A onesie with a mission
All of these onesies, pacifiers, tees, and other goodies struck our eye because they’re absolutely adorable. We’re partial to this onesie designed for a brand new pea added to a pod, or this "created with love" onesie for any baby whose creation story involves IVF (pictured above). Another favorite? Their "Two dads means a lot of hugs and squishes" onesie. How sweet!
However, the premise behind PeaTree Clothing Co. is even sweeter. This small-batch, sustainable clothing company was founded by two sisters after their own gay uncle built his family through surrogacy. When shopping for baby shower gifts, Sam and Jess realized that all of the cutest baby bodysuits were designed with messages specifically for heterosexual couples and knew that needed to change!
Based on their support of LGBTQ+ rights and sustainability, all of their onesies are 100% organic cotton, gender-neutral, and hand-sewn in the Los Angeles, California area. Don’t you love when your gift supports a good cause and is so cute?! Click below to shop:
2. Curl up with a good book
Everyone is familiar with the Mommy, Mama, and Me series and And Tango Makes Three, but have you checked out our lists of LGBTQ+ children’s books and top LGBTQ+ kids books featuring characters of color? If not, be sure to hop over there next for more great literary gems for little ones.
Our book picks featured below have LGBTQ+ characters, and help little ones explore themes of pride, same-sex marriage, and gender nonconformity. Plus, we threw in some fairy tales for great bedtime reading!
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
Every bookshelf deserves a good fairy tale – and this LGBTQ-inclusive tale will delight both you and your child. This modern fairy tale includes important key elements like royalty, a quest, a monster, and of course, true love.
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
After seeing a group of people dressed up as mermaids one subway ride home, Julian lets his abuela know that he wants to dress up, too! You and your little one will both love this story for its exploration of (and happy departure from) gender norms, individuality, and love above all.
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Bring it back to basics with this bright and beautiful book that explores the ideas of love and family. It shows that the most important thing that makes a family isn’t the way its built, or how many mommies or daddies it has, but the love that holds it together.
3. For the tiny revolutionary
"This is your life – don’t live by someone else’s rules. If you want to have a child, have a child." This is the philosophy behind Tiny Revolutionary, a company founded by two moms, that encourages children to be kind, courageous, and socially responsible.
Their t-shirts and onesies are adorable, and there are even some tailored for those families lovingly built through adoption (like this Chosen t-shirt).Teach the little one in your life to always stand up for what they believe in. Click below to shop a selection of Tiny Revolutionary tees.
4. Document their creation story
If you’re thinking of gifts for a baby-to-be or a couple who is expecting around the holidays, or even someone with a child already in their heart and home, what better gift than My Lifebook!
Created by a social worker who often works with families using a sperm or egg donor, My Lifebook allows parents to weave together a loving narrative about how your child was born in your heart and finally arrived home with you. This gift is one for children of all ages to admire and refer to over the years. Click below to learn more and grab one!
5. Alexa, play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Not to be too on-brand, but this handmade Montessori sorting toy stimulates creativity in little (and big) kids of all ages. In addition to being a beautiful addition to any playroom, this fun ball and cup toy encourages the development of fine motor skills. Bonus: it can double as a booksh`elf or coffee table decoration for parents when the kids are not at play!
Click below to purchase.
6. Dreaming of a warm weather wonderland
If you’re looking for a gift (or a lovely gift suggestion) that will give children and families something to look forward to, how about a trip to Family Week?
This annual gathering in Provincetown, MA, is the largest annual gathering of queer-identified families in the world, with opportunities for children and parents alike to build community, get involved, or just relax on the beach. Family Week 2023 is planned for July 20-29.
The weather outside may be frightful, but a summer vacation to look forward to can make the months fly by.
A Little Holiday Cheer
Whether you're an LGBTQ+ parent or simply want to celebrate the LGBTQ+ families in your circle, we wish you a very happy holiday season from all of us here at Gay Parents To Be! If you're gearing up to start your own family-building journey in 2023, know that we're here to support you from start to finish.
Schedule a consult now to get a head start on the new year!