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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I am expecting my second child, as many of you know already. I am not due for like 6 months, but people are already asking me if a) anyone is having a baby shower for me and b) what do I need and or want.

I feel bad asking the people I love to spend money on me. And I am a realist. Sure, who doesn't like to receive gifts? But I love gifts from the heart the most. (Now, if you really want to buy me like a crib or a infant car seat or diapers or wipes I would love that too, but you know what I mean!)

So, in honor of the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, I have a few ideas of things that would mean a lot to any mom to be that can be given really inexpensively if not for free.

When I had Rolf several of my neighbors took the time to prepare meals for my new family. This touched my heart in a way I could never describe in words. I still get teary eyed when I think about how surprised and grateful we were to have a home cooked meal delivered to our house when we were exhausted and trying to cope with our new family.

This time around I am not afraid to tell my friends and neighbors that while gifts are appreciated and would mean a lot to us, if they really wanted to do something for us, they could do something as simple as help me take my dogs outside after my c-section or bring me my mail. A gift of time will be remembered for years to come. When I had Rolf, a friend came over and mowed our grass out of the blue. I was shocked to arrive home and see someone mowing our grass, and touched to see it was a dear friend who simply waved and said "Go enjoy that baby you two!"

I would love to have someone give me the gift of a hug. Hormones and emotions will take over for a while, and just having someone wrap their arms around me for a minute can make all the difference in the world.

I would love to receive letters or emails from friends, to keep me connected to the outside world. A new baby is time consuming and phone calls are wonderful but sometimes hard to manage. Having the ability to read at my leisure would make me happy and keep me feeling normal and remind me of how important friendship is in life.

I have asked a few dearies to loan me a favorite book, I love to read, and when I had Rolf I found that reading to him helped me talk to him and fill the time of recovery with something that kept my mind busy with things other than worrying about being a mom.

When I had Rolf, everyone had advice. Advice is nice, and while people mean well, it is not always helpful. The gift of reassurance would be one of the best gifts I could imagine receiving this time around. To hear someone say "You are doing fine," or "Trust your intuition," would go a lot further than hearing what I am doing 'wrong'.

Finally, something as simple as stopping by to visit and maybe paint my toenails, or keep an eye on the kid(s) while I grab a shower would be like a million dollars to me, or most new moms.

I hope this post helps you give a gift from the heart to a new mother in your life.


23 comments:

  1. I wish I lived closer so I could bring you meals, walk your dog and get your mail for you. Great tips. A gift from the heart really is the best gift

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  2. I agree a gift from the heart is the best ever.When I had cancer and went through chemo my family did everything for me.It made me thank God for how much He has blessed me.Back to baby shower.I'm trying to win baby stuff to fill a basket for my daughter's best friend who is having twins.I'm also going to put in a couple of free mommy time coupons in there.She already has a 3 yr old and 1 yr old so she's going to need all the help she can get.I also like to get a baby tub and fill that with bath products,like Baby Magic,wash clothes,hoodie towels.
    If I lived near you I'd definitely help you but I can send hugs & happy emails to you :)

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  3. The est figt for a baby shower is to give the gift of time and give some meals

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  4. I think the best gifts are providing a meal, doing grocery shopping or doing their laundry. That way, the new mom and dad can concentrate on the new baby and maybe get some well needed rest.

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  5. Yes, I agree with Colleen, The best gifts are practical gifts that actually 'help' the new family with daily living. Great post by the way!

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  6. My best idea for baby shower gifts are essentials like diapers and wipes! I wish I would have gotten a Boba Wrap or Ergo as a gift as well... definitely nice to have! Woombie swaddles are also great! :)

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  7. Gifts of food that can be frozen would be great.

    Roy

    lawnmowerdad@yahoo.com

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  8. I have always made a gift basket with the necessities like diapers, wipes, baby wash and lotion,bottles ect..i also try to include recieving blankets and an outfit..Most showers i go to are family or close friends so i usually know months ahead a new baby is coming so its easy to pick up these items one or two at a time so when the shower happens I have everything ready to go.

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  9. It wasn't a baby shower gift but when my sister was in the hospital I baked her her favorite cookies and brought them when I went to visit her and she said that was the best thing ever because she was hating the hospital food and she shared them with visitors too which she loved. For her shower I had made a clothesline and pinned all baby clothes and socks on it. It came out so cute

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  10. When i give a gift i add a card that says a free night of babysitting, cooked meal, and house cleaning

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  11. It's those simple things moms need most. I know we were given 2 baby showers for our first child, and were overwhelmed with gifts, so much that we couldn't use all of or didn't need, etc.

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  12. Meals. :)

    sherry717 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  13. I think a good baby shower gift would be diapers; it helps the parents to spend less on it.

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  14. A gift card is always a wonderful idea to one of the mother's favorite stores!

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  15. Making homemade meals for a new mother is so important! Also being there and helping them in the first weeks is so important. My sister and I helped my sister last August with her and my new nephew. She is in her 40's and it was tough. I was glad to help her!

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  16. Food and diapers as those are always a necessity!
    Georgiana

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  17. My best idea is making a gift. I usually make bibs, burp cloths and receiving blankets as a matching set!

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  18. Gifts of time are great :) I also think gift cards are good, since beyond the obvious necessities, you won't always know what you'll need until after the baby is born.

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  19. I always offer to take the other children for a day so mommy & baby can rest

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  20. My mom often gave diapers for shower gifts. It's not glamorous, but it probably comes in handy once the baby is born.

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  21. I love all your ideas, terrific! I just bought my niece for her baby shower, some natural cleaning products, and gentle and natural baby care products, like shampoo, lotions, etc. Also baby wipes are a great gift.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  22. We have a friend just had a "Diapers & Wipes Party" for their second child. They invited families to the party. Husbands, wives, kids, aunts, uncles, etc... Good times with great memories! :)

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