Post # 1
My best friend is pregnant and I want to do something really thoughtful or special for her as a baby shower gift. of course I’m terrible at all things creative and sentimental and was hoping I could find some ideas here. So what were your best gifts? Or ideas you’ve seen online? She’s a very important person to me and I want to really get/create something to reflect that!
Post # 3
I love buying people children’s books. It’s really fun to look through the kid’s section at my local bookstore and remember my childhood favourites.
Post # 6
We gave our SIL’s a voucher for a massage as well when they were pregnant or had given birth. The baby gets lots of gifts so we thought it was nice to get the mum who was in the later stages of pregnancy or dealing with a newborn something to pamper them as well. You can get massages that specialise in pregnancy or one that she can use after the baby is born too.
Post # 7
If it is a first baby I sometimes do a safety themed gift.
A baby gate for the stairs or to close off a room once the baby is mobile
Baby proofing locks for kitchen and bathroom cupboards
power strip covers
TV and DVD guards
plugs for electrical outlets
cord windups for Venetian blinds if they have those in the home
etc etc etc
Post # 8
As someone who is having her shower this weekend, I’d LOVE to get spa vouchers. Prenatal massages, pedicures, facials, and waxing are all things I’d spend a voucher on in a heartbeat–partially just because you start feeling so uncomfortable near the end of your pregnancy that it’s nice to be pampered… it’s also nice to have the peace of mind that my bikini line will be neat and my feet will be pretty when I go in to give birth.
I’d also love to get a post-birth survival kit, including maybe a girlie DVD box set for the long hours of breastfeeding, restaurant vouchers, coupons for cleaning (i.e., laundry, 2 hours of whatever you need), and coupons for babysitting.
Post # 9
I got my SIL a really pretty robe from Etsy that she can wear before and after the baby. http://www.etsy.com/shop/silkandmore?section_id=13475609
Post # 10
@UK Bride: +1000 Post-birth survival kit! What a brilliant idea!
I say go with her idea, it’s unique, fun and will definitely come in handy! Throw in a back massager that she can have between her back and the couch for when she’s breastfeeding for an hour every 2 hours 🙂 The coupon thing is adorable, and you can also have it for quick trips to the grocery store when her H is back at work and she needs something, and definitely the babysitting for a couple hours too.
Post # 11
I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but I think a thoughtful gift is one that she wants (ie: from her registry). I think recovery kits are cute for other people, but I personally wouldn’t want one, and I’d be a little bummed if guests at my shower spent a bunch of money on cutesy things that I don’t want/need.
Of course, that really depends what your BFF is like, but if she went to the trouble of making a registry it’s because she either needs or really wants the stuff on the list.
Post # 12
I agree with bunnymama. Get her something off the registry. New moms spend hours and hours researching and changing products on their registry. You can always add to it with coupons for babysitting, gift certificates for them, hot meals delivered after baby is born… Etc. The recovery kit is a good idea in theory, but I would be embarrassed to open that at a shower, and by the time my shower came around I already bought most of that stuff when I came across deals in the store.
Post # 13
When it’s someone really close to me who’s getting married or having a baby (sister, best friend) I like to do one really nice thing off their registry (like $100+) and something that’s more sentimental. Your friend will really appreciate having one less expensive thing to have to buy, and make it something she will use every day (like a high chair, crib, bedding, etc.). She will always think of you when she uses it! Then, I would do something like UKBride suggested and put together a post-birth recovery kit. Her suggestions are great and not expensive!
Post # 14
@MrsCreeToBe: I love the spa type gift ideas. A girl I work with had a baby recently and she was so thrilled that someone had given her a gift certificate to get infant photos taken with a professional photographer. She has some of the photos in her office and they are absolutely adorable!!
Post # 15
This isn’t sentimental but I love giving gifts that focus on the mama after delivery. I always include at least something cute for the baby – a cute outfit, toy off the registry. But, I also include some stuff for mama – cute & comfy nursing pj’s, nursing cream, nursing pads, maybe some nice lotion or a candle, etc. Stuff to make her feel pampered and care for.
Post # 16
@MrsCreeToBe: I work in infant care, so I talked with ALL the women who work in infants (a combined 32 years of experience between the 4 of us), and we made a list of our favorite thing that new moms wouldn’t know.
So I got her:
A package of NUK pacifiers (she registered for Soothies, which most babies can’t latch onto properly)
Bibs that snap in the back, instead of velcro (Velcro causes back-of-the-neck irritation, snaps don’t)
A small, soft half-animal/half-blanket toy (we called them Lovies, I don’t know what they’re really called. But the kids LOVED them, and they made day-care drop-offs WAY easier)
A re-usable water diaper (so she doesn’t have to spend $10/pack for 5 disposable water diapers)
Two easy-access onesie dresses (a pretty dress with three snaps under the skirt so you don’t have to mess around with a diaper cover)
There was a bunch of ther stuff, too, but that’s what I remember!