Post # 1
One of my best friends is due to have her second baby next Friday (though I think she’ll go early). I’m already planning on making them a bunch of frozen meals so they don’t have to worry about cooking but I also want to throw together a gift for them, too. I’d go the baby outfit route but this is their second little girl so the last thing they need is more cute clothes. Besides, I’d like to do something that the whole family can enjoy (her husband also happens to be DH’s best friend – we set them up!) so I was thinking about making a “family comfort basket” sort of thing. So far all I’ve come up with is comfy jammies for everyone and I’m drawing a blank on everything else. What else could I include that won’t totally break the bank but still sort of fit the theme? I thought about making it into a movie night basket but thats what I made for my girls as their Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts for our wedding (of which she was one) so I don’t really want to repeat that.
Post # 3
Microwave popcorn, those tube-type popsicles, fun-size chocolate or candy bars.
Maybe a couple fun card games or board games?
Post # 4
I would include a gift for big sister. Maybe a gift card to a nicer fastfood place (something nicer then Mc D’s, but something they can run and grab quick),I swear shit hit the fan in our house everytime oldest Dirty Delete was hungry:). This sounds so sweet of you to do for her. I always through in a little caution about preparing meals, unless you know for sure they all aren’t super picky eaters, this can be tough.
Post # 5
My best friend had her first baby recently and I did a Mommy basket for her, since I knew she would get lots of baby gifts and frozen meals already. I included some tabloid magazines (that I know she reads all the time) and some parenting magazines so she’d have stuff to look through while breastfeeding or taking a nap/rest, some snacks for when she was busy with baby and was hungry but didnt have time to make something for herself, they were mostly healthy but a few treats too (fruit, homemade muffins, chocolate, fruit snacks, candies, and some hot chocolate mix which she drinks every day), also included some pampering stuff like a nice scented candle, some body butter and some warm fuzzy socks. And I included a picture frame that said “Family” on it for their first family picture. I thought of PJs but didnt know what size or what style she likes so figured fuzzy socks would be easier. She loved the basket and had to fight off her hubby to stay out of it!
Basically I just thought of stuff that would be handy for an overwhelmed first time mom or things I know she likes and put together a basket. I delivered it the first time we went to visit after they got home from the hospital. Then I did “baby stuff” gifts for the baby shower a month later, so I still got to buy a cute baby outfit etc.
Post # 6
Hand sanitizer, hand wipes, household snack foods, travel size snack items, maybe some precut fruits and veggies. Anything that is easy access and ready to go. Some babies are easy peasy and others are not. It is great you are willing to put together something for them.
Post # 7
@ieatunicorns: I made them meals when their other daughter was born and my friend still raves about how how amazing of a gift they were. We were actually at lunch not too long ago and she said “just throwing this out there… if anyone wants to do anything nice for us after the baby is born, those meals would be pretty awesome!” while looking directly at me. I guess her husband has been asking for the one chicken dish that I made them for months. So yea, they’ll like ‘em and she’s already expecting it so I can’t turn back now, lol.
Thanks for the suggestions ladies. Lots of good stuff to choose from!
Post # 8
I like the idea of doing gifts for the family instead of just for baby- everyone always gives baby clothes & such. I bought my sister some nice chocolates, a bottle of sparkling grape juice to celebrate their new LO (she’s nursing & not drinking again yet), and a GC for her to get a new mommy haircut (she’d be waiting to go because she didn’t want to make a hormonal decision on a hair cut while she was pregnant). Mom & Dad would also probably appreciate some gourmet coffee, a few months netflix subscription, board games they can play as a family (depending on the age of the older daughter), maybe a gift certificate for a family portrait session…
I like the idea of a GC for family meals- I know I have friends who LOVE chik fil a because it is a “healthier” (slightly) fast food place & the play place is always clean & fun.
Post # 9
@UpstateCait: Good because I can not tell you how often make food because “that’s the thing to do” and have no idea what the people actually like. If you need a taste tester, I of course would be up for the job:)
Post # 10
@UpstateCait: Some food gift cards are awesome, and if she’ll be nursing-anything she can eat with one hand… New slippers, anything to help with laundry washing and if they have iPhones or iPad, maybe a gift card so they can download some tv or movies to watch when they’re up all night 🙂
Post # 11
@thewheelsonthebus: Good call on the slippers! Definitely think I’ll add those.
So far I’m thinking…
- Jammies for the family
- Slippers for mom & dad
- 3 month Netflix stream subscription
- Gourmet popcorn that they like
- GC to a local pizza place they order from
As for what I’m making them (all will be frozen)…
- Special delivery chicken
- Chicken enchiladas
- Stuffed chicken cordon bleu
- 2-3 kinds of homemade mini muffins
- Maybe some scones if I can figure out how to make them between now and then
Post # 12
I know this might be a stretch, and I don’t know what kind of parents they are, but a friend just gave me a similar basket. In it was 2 handmade gift certificates for my bonus son (I don’t know how old their daughter is) for her to take him out on special dates. One was a dinner and movie date and the other was for this local bounce house place and an overnight at her house. He was so excited and for me, it was nice to know I can cash them in, when I need some free babysitting.
Post # 13
@UpstateCait: Scones are super easy, I’ll email you some good links tomorrow. 🙂
Also, please order one of all of that to arrive to my house around August, ha!
Post # 14
@UpstateCait: I think all of this is fantastic from you!
Post # 15
@mwitter80: Their daughter is only 1.5 and they don’t really trust her with anyone but her mom at this age. Great idea though! If only she was a little older.
@thewheelsonthebus: I’ll be waiting for your email! 🙂 And haha, you got it!