Post # 1
My best friend tried to hide her pregnancy at my wedding, but I had my suspicions. Today she finally called and announced the news that she’s 12 weeks along. I am so, so excited for her. They’re having a girl and now I am trying to refrain from buying all the things. What are your favorite gifts? Practical or cute… leaning towards cute since she would never splurge on cute clothes or gadgets for her or baby.
I’ll just be chilling over at Etsy. 🙂
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
My usual routine when I know I will be attending a shower is to collect onesies and present them in a cute basket that can be used in the nursery. For example: when my SIL was pregnant I collected onesies for her and my BIL’s favourite sports team, unique stuff off of etsy, disney store stuff (Minnie Mouse is a longrunning theme in my niece’s life) and one of a kind stuff from craft shows and consignment shops. I also staggered the sizes so she could have cute and unique things to wear as she grows.
Post # 3
A gift basket full of books is a cute yet practical gift that not many people think of and can be enjoyed for years to come.
Post # 4
midnightsnow : If she’s only 12 weeks, how does she know she’s having a girl?? Usually the earliest they can tell is 14 weeks and it should be reconfirmed 20 weeks to be sure. I would just hate for you to buy a bunch for girl stuff for no reason lol.
Babies are expensive, so if you know it will be easy for her to buy the big ticket items herself (stroller, car seat, crib, etc.) then go cute. If you think she could use help with the big items see if you can go in on it with someone else. You could get her nice diaper bag if you want to be fancy or you could just get her a bunch of cute baby clothes 🙂
Post # 5
DonutGirl33 : They can tell you the sex as early as 8 weeks now with a blood test. It’s actually more accurate than a 20 week ultrasound. All your suggestions are great. I think the nice diaper bag is a great idea. 🙂
Post # 6
cclove : Ah, I’ve heard of that, but I didn’t think doctors were actually really using it yet unless there were other issues … It hasn’t been offered to me in either of my high risk pregnancies and no one else I know has used it. Weird. But hey convenient!
Post # 7
It’s crazy how fast technology changes and updates. Just a few years ago when I had my son we had to wait until 20 weeks. It’s so exciting that it’s possible to know sooner.
We got clothes in a variety of sizes which was SUPER helpful with our baby. One of the things we did at the baby shower was have people decorate onesies in a variety of sizes so for my son’s whole first year we had these beautiful onesies decorated by friends and family just for him (I would totally do that again).
Diapers are always a wonderful gift, too!
Post # 8
DonutGirl33 : I think they only started using it more recently. My friend who was pregnant 2 years ago wasn’t offered it. But my doctor says it is now considered standard practice. (At least where I live it is).
midnightsnow : does she have Pinterest? Maybe you can find something she really wants on her Pinterest board.
Post # 9
My best friend and I both bought each other the same baby swing. We wanted to get one of the big gifts out of the way for each other.
Clothes are kind of overrated IMO. They wear them for such a short period of time, and they usually end up with poop or spit up on them, so I wouldn’t spend a lot on any piece of clothing.
Post # 10
The best gift I received was a patchwork quilt in my nursery theme. I adored it and still have it 9 years later!
Post # 11
I tend to get 3 different gifts: something for mum (spa voucher/flowers/nice chocolates); something physical for the baby (a cute outfit for eg); and then cash or a gift card (which they can use for the boring but essential bits like nappies/food/formula).
Other ideas (depending on how much you’re spending) could be matching jewellery for mum and baby (to put away for when she’s older); a new-born or maternity photo shoot; or something that can be kept (love the idea above of the patchwork blanket; a nice photo frame could also work). Or yes, buy something extravagant. One thing though: they grow so quickly and get given SO many clothes than they may not get much use out of it, and if they’re more practical they may see that as a bit of a waste (only you know your friend).
Also, when I buy clothes I always buy either 3-6 months, or 6-9 months, and everyone so far has been super appreciative of that as they get inundated with clothes for new borns/0-3 months, and then don’t have much for when baby is bigger.
Post # 12
one of my besties got us a life insurance policy that my little one will be able to cash in or keep at 18. Sounds boring or possibly morbid but she’s thinking about his future which we love. A new parent survival kit is always a good idea with a coupon for free babysitting.
Post # 13
I would also give 3 things – especially if it were to my bff. 1) Gift certificate to a 4D ultrasound place that they can use in the 3rd trimester for a priceless 4D pic of their little one before she is born. 2) A cute outfit along with Goumiboots (baby booties that can’t be kicked off by the baby thanks to their velcro closure). 3) Gift card
I would also ask if they have a baby registry that I could take a look at, and if they do I would probably consider replacing the outfit and boots with something they won’t outgrow quite as quickly such as a swing, rock n play, pack n play, bouncer, etc.
Post # 14
We got sooo many clothes in tiny sizes (0-3 months and 3-6 months), as well as lots of little baby socks and things like that. If you’re going to get clothes, I’d probably get 12 months+ in size. If they have a registry, maybe wait and see what hasn’t been bought–usually the more practical stuff, and get that. People were incredibly generous getting us some of the larger items (pack n play, stroller, car seat), but no one seemed to want to get us the smaller, more practical items, like the Nose Frida. In addition, if they tell you the name they’ve picked, you could get one of the personalized books, like “Lost My Name.”
Post # 15
I also think clothes are overrated. Between my mother and Mother-In-Law I don’t even NEED anymore baby clothes! If she has a registry, I would buy somethin off of that b/c you know she wants it.