The arrival of a new baby is a time of great joy and is marked by gift giving by family and friends. Many expecting couples register with various stores online to take the guesswork out of finding the best gifts for baby.
However, not all couples do so, or even know themselves what items will be in most demand once the new baby arrives. Depending on a person’s budget and how close they are to the happy couple, there are a variety of appropriate gifts which new parents will appreciate without you having to spend too much money.
Decide first if you want to buy baby consumables that will be used up almost as soon as the infant arrives, or prefer to purchase a gift that will be more long-lasting, such as a baby keepsake. You might do both depending on how close you are to the couple and what your budget is. Decide what you can realistically afford and then start shopping for the best bargains.
Diapers, diaper wipes, baby soap, baby lotion, burp cloths, bibs and layettes will be needed several times a day for at least the first month. Layettes will usually include a hat, blanket and booties. They will come in a variety of prices and styles, from inexpensive and fun, to elegant and formal enough to be used for a child’s christening or other special occasion when people will want to dress up baby to show him or her off.
Attractive baby baskets and starter kits with all these essentials organized for you at one low price are an easy way to gift these items without spending too much money. But don’t be lured by gift basket sites which charge a fortune for shipping and handling unless you need to send the gift out of state. Otherwise, if you will be seeing the couple and their newborn in person, consider shopping at your local warehouse clubs for all the essentials and pack them yourself in a pretty wicker basket with a colorful bow. An inexpensive stuffed animal can be the finishing touch and will also serve as a keepsake to remind them of your thoughtfulness.
Continued in Part 2