Gifts are so much fun to give during the holidays, especially when a new baby enters your family or circle of friends. While shopping for babies can be delightful, practical baby gifts will be more appreciated than others. This lens is about giving you ideas and presenting a variety of useful baby gifts.
Before deciding upon a gift, make sure you keep the new mom in mind. What is her personality? What could she really use? What is she missing when it comes to baby care? A close relative can probably give you some answers. Below are some of the top practical and popular baby gifts.
Wearable Baby Gifts – Baby clothes make great gifts, but since they are so popular to give, be sure to find out what clothes are needed. One of my very frugal cousins buys nice clothes at the end of the season, when they are on sale at most major stores. She also buys them a size or two larger than the baby wears, so that he or she has nice outfits throughout the year.
Free Baby Gift Ideas: Some of the best gifts are free, or almost free. Create a coupon for the new mom offering:
1. Free Babysitting
2. Home Cooked Meals
3. Laundry Services
4. Shopping Services
You can bet that your offer of service will be a big hit.
Books: One of my favorite gifts during my “adoption” baby shower was a collection of Winnie the Pooh stories. It was special because my mom and dad used to read the same book to me. You can’t go wrong giving a book to a new mom, especially one that means something to you. You can also find a book that you believe would be fun for the new parents to read. Dr. Seuss always brings smiles to both the parent and child’s face. Cloth and tactile books are ideal for younger babies.
Gift Cards: Giving a new mom a gift card will allow her to choose the perfect gift. While some like to give gifts of money, like an American Express gift card, others like to tailor it to the recipient. If she likes movies, give a movie gift card.If she love music, go for an ITunes gifts card. You get the idea.
What gifts have you given to new moms that have been truly appreciated? I would love to hear your ideas for creative, unique, practical, low cost, or just plain great gifts. Please post a comment with your suggestions.