(Closed) What to buy BIL for a baby gift?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A car seat is something they’ll need.

A swing is nice to have (find one that plugs in, not battery-only).

Post # 4
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

What about a glider with a foot rest? My SIL has one and she loved it.

Post # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I vote for larger items that they really need and can use for an extended period of time. I like the idea of the car seat, but would also consider a nice stroller (unless they really want to wear their baby literally everywhere they go) or maybe a portacrib/playpen (moms seem divided on this).

I know this isn’t a tangible item, but I would consider gifting a monthly subscription through Amazon for necessities such as diapers and having them delivered. Since they’re in financial difficulties, I’m sure that would be really helpful.

Post # 6
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like the idea of the diaper subscription, it seems like the most helpful thing for a couple with financial difficulties.

You might want to consider getting BIL at least a little something for himself for his b-day… maybe take them out to dinner, a t-shirt, an iTunes gift card, whatever… you probably have some idea of what he would like. I suggest this for 2 reasons: 

1) when money is tight, little indulgences are more valuable

2) with a baby coming, and their family needing a lot of help, he is probably a bit overwhelmed with the “get serious, you’re a dad now” dialog. That’s true, and important, but he’s still an individual. Having his birthday subsumed in the becoming-a-father thing isn’t the best way to make him feel treasured by his family for being who he is.  

Just my 2-cents, and I admit I haven’t read all the backstory, so forgive me if I am way off base. Good luck!

Post # 8
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@texasbee:  what about a gift card to a baby store where they might register? That way you don’t have to be the one deciding what they get – it might not be the style/color/item they would choose – and you’re still getting them something baby related?

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