Post # 1
A friend of mine just had a baby a few weeks ago, so I was hoping to send some things to help her along.
I’ve got some essentials for the baby, but I would like ideas on what to get the new parents. Not baby-related gifts, but something for them that they can enjoy, or to help them unwind, etc. Has anyone received anything that they felt has really helped them along? FYI we live in different countries (she lives in the states), so whatever it is, I can only get it online! I’m spending $50 on diapers from amazon, so I was thinking another $50 max on the parents.
Post # 2
Maybe a gift card for a dinner out, or some other date night. Or else just send them the cash and tell them to do something fun with it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or anything like that, just to let them know you are thinking about them.
Post # 3
maocat : How about a giftcard to somewhere local with good food (that can be carried out so they don’t have to get a sitter)? Or a nice bottle of champagne to celebrate… You could get a really nice collage style frame for all the new pics they are likely to be taking of their new family… Essential oils would be nice if they are into that kinda thing- like a few different types & a diffuser (some scents can be very calming)… It’s kinda lame sounding, but a gift card to a laundry service would be pretty awesome! Other than that, maybe just essentials but nicer- like a new set of nice sheets (nothing beats new crisp sheets on the bed after a hard day)?
Post # 4
How about paying for house cleaning for a week or two?
Post # 5
What about a meal delivery/ grocery service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh so they can make quick and easy meals without having to worry about getting to the store?
Post # 6
I’d do a gift card for a resturant that has a carry-out or delivery option.
Otherwise, you could do a date night in type thing- like get a DVD and popcorn, or a new board game.
Post # 7
I would get food delivery, housekeeping, laundry service…
Post # 8
maocat : I would go for a gift card for take-away/delivery food, but skip the Blue Apron type things that will require them to put in any effort to make use of your gift. Maybe a massage or pedicure for the new momma if she enjoys those things? Otherwise are there any unpurchased items on their baby shower registry? I just had my shower and a few people gave me grief that I didn’t put enough things on it, and yet HALF of the registry is unfulfilled and most of it is the inexpensive stuff. The off-registry toys, books, etc. were all wonderfu, but yea…I really do need a changing pad, and some nursing bras, and breast milk storage bags, and diaper pail refills. Get her the un-sexy essential stuff that she really NEEDS and she’ll love you forever for it.
I personally would skip housekeeping services unless you know she has a person and you can just cover the cost for a couple of weeks. I was gifted a housecleaning service once and was not a fan. I have never found a cleaner that I thought was worth the cost and I’d rather not have to deal with a stranger in my house post-partum.
Post # 9
The best gift we got was food delivery. When the baby was around two weeks old, one of DH’s friends sent a text saying a meal would be arriving around 5 pm. He had sent a Greek feast from a local restaurant. It was amazing. We had leftovers for a couple days. That plus diapers is genius. I would not have appreciated a gift card to a restaurant at that stage (newborn). It was our wedding anniversary and we went to dinner and stayed out less than 2 hours because we were so tired.
Post # 10
i agree food or house cleaning.
Post # 11
maocat : Food. The kind that arrives at your house ready to eat (or only needs to be put in a Crock-Pot with no prep). I have a couple friends that gifted me some food and it was the best thing ever. I also would have been really happy with snacks that come ready to eat: cut up fruit and/or veggies, muffins, crackers, cookies, whatever you may know she likes. I am breastfeeding and the first few weeks I was always hungry, but didn’t always need full meals.
Post # 12
Gift card to get food to go
Post # 13
Gift certificate for couple massage
Post # 14
Someone gave Darling Husband a gift card to the grocery store by our house. In the first few weeks of Dear Daughter lift he made a lot of runs to the store.
Post # 15
YogaMama : my SIL has her own cleaning business and “gifted” us 3 weeks (2× wk) of cleaning for when we first bring the baby home. My husband thought it was weird but I think it will be very helpful!