(Closed) Baby Gifts or Money for FSIL’s First Baby? Opinions Please

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Use this link and see if there’s a paint it yourself pottery store near her. I used to work at one and there wasn’t a parent who didn’t love adorable baby footprints on a piece of pottery. I gave a gift certificate to a couple recently and was told it was the best present they got so far.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I can say from experience that when it comes to a baby, a gift is so much more fun to receive than money. It is just so sweet to see all the little baby stuff. Maybe give them something more decorative and less functional? Do you know the baby’s name? Maybe a plaque or sign to hang in his/her room with their name painted on it, or some monogrammed bibs or onesies? I loved seeing stuff with my baby’s name on it when I was pregnant because it made her feel like a “real person.” A friend monogrammed some bibs for me and I cried when I opened them because it was such a personal gift. And sweet little stuffed animals for the nursery are always welcomed.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that an embroidered baby blanket is a nice idea. I have sent this Pottery Barn Kids blanket to several friends, and they loved it. I’m not sure if PB ships international, but you could always have it shipped to you and then you could box it up and send it to her with a heartfelt card.

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/chamois-stroller-blanket/?pkey=gthmperbab

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/satin-trim-blanket/?pkey=gthmperbab

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

When my husband’s sister in law was expecting we knew we wanted to gift them one of the bigger ticket items. Either a stroller or car seat. So we called them up and asked them if they had a brand or model they preferred. Which they did so we took that information and purchased one online to be shipped direct to them.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d say money. Your far away plus if you think she’ll already have everything she’ll need then why buy her something that she may not need, want or already have? I feel like it’s a waste of money to buy people presents if you don’t know for sure they want or need something.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

Did she have a baby shower of any kind?  Perhaps she’s registered somewhere, and you aren’t aware of it?   Can you send her an email or call her and ask if she’s registered?  (or ask her hubby)?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I really hate the idea of money between family. 

There are so many baby things that are needed and they don’t have to be the best quality.  Little things like feeding spoons, outlet covers, etc all those things add up. 

Does she have a registry so you can get ideas?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would only give money to family if they’re not well off, which it doesn’t sound like the case here. get her somethign meaningful…pp’s have great suggestions!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve also put together a “baby’s first library” package with 5 or 6 of my favorite children’s books. I write a dedication to the baby in the front covers. That has always been a big hit.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mightywombat– that’s a really cute idea, too!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

If you want to get her cute baby stuff, I feel like etsy might be good for this- even if it’s not super expensive, the fact that it’s unique and handmade gives the items their own kind of cachet, so you don’t have to worry about whether it’s up to her expensive tastes. True that you can’t really return it, but if it’s clothes or toys or something that she doesn’t NEED, I feel like she’ll be less likely to return it anyhow. You could get her clothes for a slightly older age (I’ve heard friends say that they had tons of newborn clothes from showers, etc. but once they needed sizes 6 months and up, their resources were a lot more limited) or some nice handmade wooden toys or something. My father-in-law’s go-to baby gift is really nice handmade wooden bookends, since he figures other people probably got the baby tons of books 🙂

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Since it sounds like she has such specific tastes I’d vote for cash, it’s a gift no one ever turns down. 😉

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