Baby registries have made buying a gift for a baby practically fool proof. The parents-to-be have hand selected a myriad of items that they have deemed desirable. All you have to do is print it out, select the item and pay. Piece of cake.
But what if you want to go rouge? You want to do something that is special, thoughtful and unique. Because do they really need one more blanket or pack of onesies? Here are some ideas that we thought might be just the right amount of unexpected.
Help the new family take something off their plate (pun intended!) and consider gifting them a gourmet meal service. We like www.sendameal.com, which has special meal gifting packages. At least for one night, they won’t have to worry about groceries or cooking. You may also consider getting a gift certificate to their favorite take-out or restaurant (that delivers).
Getting a postpartum doula is truly a unique gift. Essentially you are gifting an extra set of hands on deck! But these hands are expert ones that can help with so much. Many doulas will help with infant care, laundry, meal preparation, breastfeeding support, emotional support and light housekeeping. It can really help ease a new mom into a routine. www.dona.org is a great resource to find doula services in your area.
How excited would you be if you got a nice box that had a bottle of Noddle & Boo’s Elasticity Oil and a gift certificate for a massage? If she chose to redeem the massage postpartum, you could even get extra brownie points for offering to watch her baby while she took an hour to pamper herself.
Gifting a new mom sessions at a ‘mommy and me’ style class is a great idea for first time moms. It’s a great way for moms to start relationships with other moms and a great way to bond and learn with their new baby. These classes are readily available in most communities. Gymboree also has a wonderful class programs for all ages.
Of course there is always the option of gifting something that you personally love like Noodle and Boo’s Newborn Gift Set!