Any gift received by a mother-to-be
is always appreciated, whether large or small, costly or inexpensive,
thoughtful or generic. However, it’s safe to say that the
gifts the new parents will remember the most come from the people
that make the effort to purchase or create a truly unique baby shower
gift. At a shower, the gift is, of course, the most important part
of the celebration, and if you take the time to give something from
the heart, the event will be even more special for the mom-to-be.
Now, don’t think that to be memorable, a gift has to be outrageously
expensive. Whether you choose a present which is for the baby, the
new mother, or both, there are many unique options. You can also
consider giving a gift that both parents can use – even the
grandparents. These are the core people in the new baby’s
life and they need all the support and thoughtfulness they can,
both before and after the birth.
One way to give a useful, but personalized gift, is by purchasing
regular baby items and having them embroidered or personalized in
some way. Ideal for this are clothing and fabric items, such as
t-shirts or sleepers, bibs, blankets, and hats. They can be monogrammed
with the baby’s initials, or the family crest, or any special
design you choose, becoming keepsakes that the entire family will
treasure. If you are talented with yarn or fabric, consider making
a blanket or wall hanging entirely by your own hand.
Another unique gift, most appropriate for baby girls, is to give
a tiny pair of hypo-allergenic gold earrings or some other piece
of jewelry (keeping in mind, of course, that it will likely have
to be held for a few years for safety reasons).
A fun gift for the parents-to-be is a set of custom-made t-shirts
with a sweet or funny saying on them – you could even make
a tiny t-shirt to finish off the set. An idea might be for the father’s
shirt to read “Papa Bear,” mother’s to read “Mama
Bear,” and, of course, the new arrival’s shirt would
say “Baby Bear.”
An even more practical option would be to embroider or personalize
a diaper bag or large tote, pre-loading it with diapers, bottles,
wet wipes, or anything you think they will find useful. You can
also put together a gift basket for baby, mom, and/or dad, making
them either baby- or relaxation-focused.
For example, the baby basket
would likely be filled with burp cloths, bottles, and a rattle or
other toy. Mom’s basket could be lined with an extra-large
maternity shirt for the last few weeks of pregnancy, and filled
with relaxing items like bubble bath and a gel eye mask. Dad’s
basket might be a diaper tool kit, with step-by-step instructions
so he has no excuses for not helping out (a pair of earplugs might
make a nice addition).
Whatever you decide to give as your unique baby shower gift, be
sure to take the new parents’ tastes and style into consideration.
You’ll surely come up with a special present that they will
remember – and appreciate – for years to come.
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