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If you’ve been invited to a baby shower or have friends who are welcoming the arrival of a new baby, it’s important to start thinking about gifts as early as possible. The big items, like the crib, high chair and pushchair, may already have been purchased, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute in a useful and thoughtful way.
Communicate With the Recipients
Ask your friends what they need. It really can be that simple. New parents often need a lot of help preparing for the baby’s arrival, and they will often prefer useful gifts that they know they’ll get the wear out of. Ask other friends and their family members about the presents that have already been bought. It’s doubtful that the new parents will need two of the same item. If you’re buying clothes for the baby, think about whether the parents already have plenty of garments for the first few months. If so, perhaps you should get bigger sleeping suits and other outfits so that the child can grow into them.
Personalized Baby Gifts
It’s not all about the amount of money you spend when it comes to buying baby gifts. If you want to do something more creative, why not create a collage of photographs of the parents throughout their relationship that the baby can appreciate as they get older? You could also use Scrabble tiles to spell out the baby’s name, pin them to card and have this framed. Birthstone jewellery is another great idea, particularly if you have the budget to get a high quality item like a bracelet, pair of earrings or cufflinks. The baby may not be able to wear these items immediately, but they will come in useful on 16th and 18th birthdays.
Don’t be afraid to go for something a little out of the ordinary when choosing baby gifts. If the parents are religious, you could pick something with a biblical theme, like a Moses basket. You can buy beautiful wicker cradles from retailers like Lollipop Lane.
Something for the Parents
New parents need presents too! A high quality bottle of wine or port can be an excellent gift, or a token for babysitting so that they can go out for dinner or to the cinema without worrying about the baby. You could also organise friends and each make an evening meal for the first couple of weeks after the birth, as the parents may not have time to cook.