Marion Dane Bauer's magical children's book The Christmas Baby tells the tale of Jesus, but links it with your own baby's arrival too.
For some hard-core Christians, this is too much and bordering upon heresy. It implicitly suggests that your child is as beautiful, loved and miraculous as Christ Himself.
Christians who actually took notes when Jesus spread the Word will love the underlying message; and will revel in Richard Cowdrey's glorious illustrations.
But this isn't the only book with the same title for small children. I've included the second one, by Sally Ann Wright, to avoid confusion.
Bauer's book is aimed at two year olds, while Wright's is for those aged three and above. Therefore I'm not sure it belongs in an article about gifts for babies and toddlers!
Wright's The Christmas Baby is again about the birth of Jesus Christ, but with no reference to the human child reading the book.
Two nice touches are that the front cover doubles as an advent calendar, while the illustrations inside are pop-up.
A Child's Bible illustrator Honor Ayres also created the images for this one.