Gift giving around new baby time is quite common, even outside of the baby shower. Thinking back to the gifts we’ve received as “Congratulations on being parents’, there were great gifts that were useful, thoughtful and downright genius – I’ve compiled some of my favorite ones that I’ve received, and some of my favorite ones to give.
Stuck for gift-giving ideas? Here are my favorite
Nursing Cover (Well… For First Time Moms)
The nursing cover that I received as a gift when I was pregnant was Olivia was handsdown the best gift that I received. As a first-time-mom I was conscious of breastfeeding in public for the first few months until we both got the hang of it – and that’s usually the case. The second time around? Easy peasy, no nursing cover needed.
The Gift of Dinner
Whether you are going to cook them yourself or provide the new family with a gift certificate from Simply Supper, so they can pick up a package of six or twelve meals, this is going to be much, much appreciated on those nights that don’t come with very much sleep. Prices start as low as $100 for six meals, and you can choose gluten free options too. That’s one gift I know I much appreciated.
The Gift of Produce (and Chocolate)
Spud.ca is one of the new awesome delivery services to Edmonton and area, you can get fresh produce and snacks delivered to new parents that might be feeling the time crunch when getting the grocery shopping done. Stick in a couple of Jacek chocolate bars and choose some of the delicious treats, or apple juice (our favorite) and have the box delivered to the new parents. They’ll even leave it on the doorstep if you’re not there.
Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets
Aden and Anais swaddle blankets are kind of a splurge, but they’re a gift – and what’s more thoughtful than blankets that just get better and better. They’ll be used until the kid is a toddler and the bamboo blankets just get better with time (They’re handsdown one of the best baby purchases I’ve ever made). Plus, they can clean spit-up, wipe up juice from the floor, swaddle even the most giant of babies and are warm enough for summer. You can’t get much better than that. We’ve been using the same blankets going on four years, and they’re as soft as ever. We’ve recently even passed some of our few-years-used ones on to be used by a new little cousin, that’s how long they last!
Shine Up the House
Maybe I am just dreaming when it comes to this one, but I think that the go-to gift for every new mom that I know is going to be a house cleaner. Imagine everything being cleaned at the same time in those early days? Bottled washed, laundry started and kid-messes cleaned? Oh, has there been a better new-mom or dad gift idea?
Are you more of a practical gift giver? Seriously, you go through a lot of baby wipes. And? They last forever. The Kirkland brand is bigger and those packages and containers seem to disappear into toy bins and every other corner of the house. Come bearing a box of wipes and it’s one of the best $20 bang for your buck gifts that you’re going to give. Get them on sale and they’re even cheaper.
Find something that the new parents haven’t watched or that you know she would. I don’t know about you but I spent a lot of hours up in the middle of the night, bored, watching nothing but infomercials when Olivia decided that she was going to have an all-night-eatathon and no one was online. A gift subscription to Netflix, with a few suggestions about what to watch is a great new mom gift.
A Subscription Box for Mom
Mom and Baby Boxes: You can choose the age and gender of the infant to get gifts delivered for Moms and for Babies. It’s fantastic and filled with green options, toys, chocolate and items that you may never have tried. Plus, who doesn’t like getting mail? You can go for a koala crate for older siblings or a beauty or snack for box for the new mom.
A Date Night
We had a terror of a baby that liked me and only me. No one wanted to watch Olivia because it was an all hour long scream-fest. Even if the new parents have one of these fantastic-everyone-hating babies, offer to watch the baby while they go out for date night – and by date night, I mean grab a meal quickly without having to sshh and bounce a baby. When they ask? The baby was easy, cooed the entire time and you’d love to do it again.
Note: I am appreciative of all gifts. I like to give gifts (that don’t suck) you know, when I’m organized enough. This post is meant to be funny, so find the funny, and embrace all the gifts (even the ones that suck) and remember to say thank-you. No one is going to fault you for no thank-you note, you just had a kid.