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15 great gifts you can get at Carter's under $25

Can a baby own too many jumpers?

15 great gifts you can get at Carter's under $25 Credit: Carter's

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When it comes to shopping for babies (and let’s be real—their parents), clothing makes a great gift. Babies are growing like, constantly—I don’t have children, but I did babysit for about 15 years, so I’ve seen my fair share of kids growing out of jumpers, shirts, and pants within months of receiving them.

Parents appreciate receiving clothing, and when it comes to children’s clothing retailers, Carter’s is among our on-staff parents’ favorite stores. Our executive editor TJ Donegan swears by Carter’s footie jumpers, while parenting editor Anna Lane loved their matching family pajamas.

If you’re shopping for young children or their parents, check out some of these great finds from Carter’s you can get for under $25.

1. This adorable cable knit sweater dress

Cable knit dress
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This dress works great for photos and holiday parties.

Cable knit is one of the most popular holiday sweater patterns, and for good reason—it’s chunky enough to keep toddlers warm, but elegant enough to make for great photos and formal occasions. Pair this sweater dress with white leggings and black buckle shoes and you’ve got a toddler ready to star on primetime TV.

Reviewers say this dress is both comfy and stylish, but a handful warn that it can run big, so keep that in mind as you shop.

Get the Cable Knit Sweater Dress for $21

2. This sassy holiday-themed onesie

Sassy onesie
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If you know a baby that appreciates a good pun (or should), this onesie is a must-buy.

This charming baby’s onesie is one of Carter’s bestsellers this holiday season, so act fast if you want to nab one for your favorite little one. This particular onesie comes in two styles: a sassy green one (pictured here), and a black New Year’s one (that says “Baby of the Year 2020”). The long sleeves make it great for layering, while the graphic makes it super-sweet for adorable holiday ‘grams. Reviewers say this onesie is very soft and fits true to size. This is an online-only product, so don’t expect to find it in stores.

Get the Sleighin' It Christmas Collectible Bodysuit for $5.60

3. A snuggly hooded sloth jumpsuit

Sloth jumper
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This sloth jumpsuit is as precious as the real thing.

Personally, this is my favorite outfit on the Carter’s site. Something about the fuzzy material and cheerful sloth-faced hood warms my heart, like when I’m seeing Baby Yoda on the screen. Reviewers say this jumpsuit is versatile, with some using it as pajamas, outerwear, and even playtime wear. They also note it’s very warm, making it a perfect gift for any kiddos up north.

Get the Hooded Sloth Fleece Jumpsuit for $8

4. These amazing jersey tees perfect for winter

Abominable snowman shirt
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Are abominable snowmen supposed to be this cute?

When I was a kid, abominable snowmen did not look like this—and they certainly didn’t know how to snowboard. Alas, these fictional monsters are way cooler nowadays, which means today’s youths get to proudly represent them. These long-sleeved jersey tees are made from the same cozy material as many of Carter’s shirts, pants, and blankets. Plus, it comes in 13 designs, so if the kid on your list isn’t a fan of winter-loving monsters, there are more graphics to choose from.

Get the Abominable Snowman Snow Yarn Jersey Tee for $9

5. These tiny baby bear booties that will make you coo

Baby booties
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These tiny booties are the epitome of adorable baby clothes.

Look how cute these tiny booties are! These crochet booties are made for newborns, so pick them up for the new baby in your life. The neutral color allows them to easily match nearly any outfit, so you can gift them with a brand new onesie, or gift them on their own and rest easy knowing they’ll match nearly everything in the baby’s wardrobe.

Get the Bear Baby Booties for $9

6. This jumpsuit that’s perfect for pup lovers

Dog jumper
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Anything with a dog on it is a great purchase.

From the front, this onesie is pretty eye-catching—who doesn’t love color blocking?—but once you see the puppy on the baby’s bottom, it’s hard to resist buying a stack of these jumpers. The zipper makes it easy for the baby to get in and out of the onesie, while the hood keeps their ears protected during windy mornings. Unlike many other jumpers though, it doesn’t have footies, so consider gifting a pair of socks along with this onesie.

Get the Hooded Dog Jumpsuit for $8

7. These hilariously random t-shirts that are just too cute

Funny shirts
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Is it generational? Is it me?

OK I get the connection between “karate” and “carrot,” but I have been staring at this “Taco Attack” shirt for a while now and I don’t quite get the connection between sharks and tacos. But you know what? It doesn’t matter what I think—kids are into this shirt. Reviewers note that this long-sleeved jersey tee, which comes in 13 patterns, is a hit with children.

8. This enchanting set built for future ballerinas

Tutu set
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I didn’t have much coordination as a baby but that didn’t keep me away from tutus.

This delightful two-piece set makes a great gift for little girls, especially if they enjoy grabbing new textures, like the tulle of this tutu. And once they get sick of wearing pants (we’ve all been there), the pink bodysuit underneath is adorable enough to wear on its own. This set has nearly 200 5-star reviews on Carter’s, with reviewers saying it’s cute and comfy, and the tutu is machine washable, too.

Get the 2-Piece Polar Bear Bodysuit & Tutu Pant Set for $8

9. These fantastically fuzzy dino slippers

Dino slippers
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Who could say no to these incredible dinosaur slippers?

These baby dinosaur slippers are great for pairing with footless onesies and two-piece pajama sets, but more importantly, they’re just incredibly charming on their own. Reviewers warn that these run big, so size down accordingly. The elastic cuffs help them stay on during sleepy times, while the fuzzy interior keep babies’ feet warm at night.

Get the Carter's Dinosaur Slippers for $11

10. This kitten dress I wish I owned

Kitten dress
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I want to pet each cat on this dress.

If you know a cat-loving toddler, this dress is a must-have. It uses graphics of real kittens, while many other toddler dresses use drawings instead. Reviewers say the dress is very soft, which is good because if I were a toddler wearing it, I’d spend most of the day stroking it, trying to pet the various cats. This dress also comes in pink, adorned with unicorns instead of kittens, in case the toddler on your list prefers mythical animals instead.

Get the Cat French Terry Dress for $12.80

11. These lovely PAW Patrol tees for the superfan

Paw patrol
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Can a child own too much PAW Patrol merch?

PAW Patrol is one of the most famous TV shows among toddlers right now, so opt for gifting a soft tee with one of the main characters happily smiling. Reviewers say this shirt is a hit among giftees. It comes in four styles, some of which are glow in the dark. Just make sure you’re ready for big smiles when you gift this one—you’ll be seeing lots of them.

Get the PAW Patrol Tee for $9

12. This cozy woodland critter sweater

Fox sweatshirt
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Look at this happy fox! He’s so warm and cozy!

This fleece sweatshirt makes an incredible addition to any toddler’s wardrobe (and frankly if it came in bigger sizes, it would look great in mine, too). Reviewers say this sweater is cozy and warm, making it perfect for the winter. It pairs perfectly with colorful leggings or classic jeans, and bonus points if you can find a matching green scarf to gift along with the sweatshirt.

Get the Fox Fleece Sweatshirt for $12

13. This warm cardigan with built-in ears

Sherpa cardigan
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These cardigans are so soft you’ll want to pet the baby like a small cat.

This highly rated Sherpa cardigan is well-regarded among Carter’s reviewers. It’s lined with Sherpa fleece, so it keeps children warm during cold temps, but many user reviews note that they run small—so size up! And can we just take a moment to acknowledge the bear ears? They don’t offer much function, but they are absolutely precious.

14. These footie pajamas with the happiest corgi ever

Corgi jumper
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I want to adopt the corgi on these footies.

Footie fleece pajamas are among Carter’s best-selling products. This particular pair comes in six patterns, all of which zip from chin to ankle and feature footies. The happy corgi sporting a winter hat makes this set a great choice for holiday gifting—can you even look at that pup without smiling? Our executive editor TJ Donegan, father of two little ones, says these fleece pajamas make great gifts, as parents are always looking for more pajamas for their kids.

Get the 1-Piece Corgi Fleece Footie PJs for $8

15. A knit bear cap that keeps babies warm and stylish

Bear beanie
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It’s official—cute animals and babies are meant to be together.

This knit cap makes a great stocking stuffer for the babies on your list. It only costs $10, but it features a sweet bear face and two sewn-on white ears. The knit yarn makes the hat perfectly soft and warm, which is exactly what you want when bundling up a baby for the outdoors. Plus, reviewers say the gray color matches almost any outfit.

Get the Knit Bear Cap for $10

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