5 Ideas for Thoughtful and Unique New Baby Gifts
Ok, I admit. I tricked you with this title a little bit. When we think "new baby gifts" we think of gifts FOR the baby. But actually the items I'll mention are for the parents who are having a new baby. Because, let's face it, they're the ones that really need the gifts. So, if you really want to support and encourage the exhausted, hard-working parents of a new baby, read on!
Here is what you really should consider if you want to give a thoughtful and unique new baby gift.
Cloth Diaper Service Subscription
Most of us want to save the planet and our babies' sweet little bums. But, a stock of high quality cloth diapers can get pricey. And then there is the yucky matter of washing them. Ta-da! A subscription for a cloth diaper service solves that dilemma! You put your stash of used diapers out, they pick them up and deliver clean ones. Simple as that! Genius, really.
Grooming Service Certificate
Parenting young children has this way of putting our own self-care pampering on the back burner. A gift certificate for a haircut, manicure, pedicure, barber shave, means the appointment has to happen. A fresh new look is sure to be much appreciated and even bring a fresh new perspective when mom-ing and dad-ing starts to feel overwhelming.
Self-Love Care Package
Giving a fun new mug, box of tea, cozy socks, Netflix gift card, a pack of cards, bath salts, and a little encouragement to slow down, and take it easy is a really touching gesture. I love this breakfast basket idea from Elle, Olive, and Co. and this New Mama basket at Mommy Like Whoa for inspiration in putting something together. Or head on over and check out my Boxes of Sunshine, beautifully packaged collections of bright and uplifting self-care items that can be shipped to you or directly to the mama.
A Good Dose of Humor
Parenting is certainly not all ribbons, bows, sunshine, and rainbows. There's a lot of crying, frustration, bodily fluids, and very little sleep. Sometimes the best gift to give parents with a new baby is a hearty dose of reality and humor. This list at HuffPo of honest cards for parents are super hilarious. Pick out your favorite then include a list of funny movies or stand-up comics for the new parents to check out on Netflix.
Date Night Encouragement
Give parents with a new baby a nudge to remember to spend time together. Offer a gift card for dinner or free babysitting. If they'd rather stay home (because, sweatpants and slippers) give this at-home date night in a basket idea from The Dating Divas.
If you know someone having a baby, I'd love to hear if you choose to bestow any of these fine gifts on them. Do you have other ideas? Let me know those too!