Sandy Vohr Leather Animal Bookends
OK, so this isn't a newborn essential. But, as a special newborn gift, I think it's hard to beat. This is what I gave my daughter for her first Christmas, and I also think they'll be a standby baby shower gift. These things are HEAVY, high-quality, hand-made, and likely to be in the family for a long time. My newborn's aunts (all college age) said they would even have brought them to college with them. Tough to find a gift that's both a good nursery decoration and keepsake that image sensitive girls will keep with them through college. I originally found these at Barney's New York but wound up searching online and ordering direct from the artist. She's very friendly and responds quickly to order inquiries.