My guide to gifts for new mums and dads
Buying the perfect gift for a new baby can be a difficult endeavour. You want to buy something useful, but not something the parents have already bought themselves. You also don’t just want to wander into Baby Gap on your lunch hour and buy the first mini person outfit you see (everybody else does that). Nor do you necessarily just want to buy a gift card (although these can be very useful, too).
Having just been through this myself, I thought I’d compile a list of the things that people gave me or things that I think would make good gifts. But before we get into that, let me first tell you what not to buy: flowers. Yes, they are pretty, but believe it or not, the time it would take to prepare them and put them in a vase is time that new parents don’t have. And when they die, they’ll end up sitting around turning brown and stinking up the kitchen because the new parents don’t have the energy to dispose of them. That should give you an indication of how tiring and all-consuming becoming a new parent can be. Moving on…
Lunch or Dinner – Hands down, then best gift you can give is a meal. If they don’t have time to deal with flowers, they’re definitely not going to have time to cook for themselves. And good nutrition for parents is actually important for a number of reasons: mother has just been through a traumatic bodily experience and needs to heal. Also, her body requires good nutritious food to produce all the breast milk to feed baby (if she is breastfeeding). Whatever you do, don’t turn up empty-handed. Bring anything from snacks to a whole meal and you will have friends that love you for life.
Muffin and cupcake assortment – If your new parent friend is in the London area, this is a great gift. One of the girls in my NCT class received one of these and it lasted her for ages. Not only can she eat them, but she can also serve them to anyone who pops in to see the baby.
Biscuiteers – The lovely people at Cosmo Bride and You & Your Wedding sent me this great tin of biscuits. I pretty much was addicted to them, right up to the last one. I actually considered ordering myself another tin because I liked them so much.
Nappy cake – This was a great gift from my friends at Eloise Mama. It looks like a wedding cake, but it’s made of nappies (very useful) and it also had some bath soaps in the centre. It’s definitely a different sort of gift and will make any new mum smile. You can search for the term “nappy cake” on the Internet and loads of suppliers and styles will come up.
Babygrow flowers – Another novel idea, this is a “bouquet” of flowers with organic baby clothing in it, instead of blooms. Again, it’s high on the uniqueness factor.
A box of Trumpette socks – I loved the box of cute Trumpette socks I got, sent from my friends in Scotland. Baby has definitely got the sassiest feet in the Wimble-land! Here is a link to a UK supplier.
Cuddly toys – Apparently, cuddly toys are the most popular baby gift. I liked the range on this website, especially this owl, as well as this website. Quirky and fun. Also, I liked this toy, which crinkles when baby plays with it. Babies love the crinkling!
Clothing – My advice when buying clothing as a gift for a new baby is to buy for 3-6 or even 6-12 months, keeping in mind the season in which the clothing will be worn. Newborns grow out of their clothes quite quickly and babies start out all different shapes and sizes, so bigger is better. And buy something the parents would never buy themselves. One of our clients in the studio bought us a wonderful Baby Dior dress for her to wear at 6 months. She’s going to look so cute and super trendy in her little couture.
Family photoshoot – Okay, I have to say it! A photoshoot makes a great gift for new parents. Our baby has already been in our studio twice and I absolutely love the images. Please go to our website on www.juliaboggiostudios.com to get a gift box or call on 0207 042 9777.
Of course, there are loads of other things you could buy, but I thought this would be a good starter for ten, as so many people don’t know what to get, especially if they aren’t parents themselves.
Please do leave comments with any gifts that you have received that you particularly liked.