Post # 1
Background: My sister and brother-in-law had a baby last March. He is in law school and she has a full time job teaching. Baby is now 8 months old. I am trying to figure out christmas presents early this year, but I’m stumped when it comes to them. I know I will probably buy clothes for the baby, because I have an unhealthy obsession with little baby clothes, haha.
My first idea was a gift card to a restaurant for a date night type thing, but I know they already feel like they don’t get enough time with their little girl as it is (and she’s growing SO fast!!!) and taking a baby to a restaurant is not so easy. What would you have wanted when you were taking care of your first little one?
Post # 3
Date night!!! Offer to babysit (if you’re close) restaurant gift card is a great idea.. also SPA DAY! Couples massage, etc.
Post # 4
Honestly, aside form a massage/spa treatments, I don’t really care if my siblings get me gifts anymore. Our Christmas gifts have essentially become trading gift cards of equal value. We are all kind of at a point in our lives that if we want something we buy it. Unless I come across something that really makes me think of them I don’t think I will do xmas gifts this year. Also, I am a bigger fan of experiences rather than things. If we are all in the same city around the holidays I would much rather us all go get pedicures together or something.
Post # 5
Maybe a gift card for house cleaning to take a load off of their shoulders, or an IOU to go do a few hours of chores so they can go for a walk or to a museum with the baby? It sounds like you’ve noticed they really value QT with their baby right now, so if there’s any way you can find to help them achieve that, go for it!
Post # 6
what about a voucher for some kind of parent-and-tot class, like gymnastics or baby swim classes?
Post # 7
Actually taking an 8-10 month old to a restaurant isn’t too bad! I remember doing it. They’re old enough to sit in a high chair, but not old enough to want to run around. You may want to check if the restaurant you have in mind has high chairs, but at least where I live (Australia), most seemed to. (Also, if your country’s laws don’t enforce this this yet, check it’s non smoking). It’s not the same as a long, leaisurely night out alone of course. But if you think the 3 of them might like a night out without the cooking, it could work. Otherwise you could offer to babysit as well.
Post # 8
Gift certificate to get family photos taken. You can get them done at many different places for reasonable prices.
Post # 9
@lilone4403: what she said!!!! i would love that as a gift
Post # 10
I offer to babysit my nephew and they have taken me up on it! A great present too is the parent tot class. My sister and I bought for our sister a session. Its a great gift because they don’t need more toys, clothes, etc.