Best 'new baby' gift(48 Posts)
I was wondering if all of you lovely ladies could give me some advice. My best friend has given birth to a lovely little girl today and I wanted to buy her something to say congratulations. I don't have children and am aware that she is likely to be inundated with bunches of flowers. I'd like to buy her something luxurious for her, and something for baby, but would like to give her something that she'd actually really like. What were the best presents that people bought for you? What do people who just had a baby really want (apart from sleep)?? Thank you so much in advance!
i got given a changing bag containing gorgeous gifts Petit Bateau babygrow, Jellycat bunny , Burt's bees set and Charbonnel +Walker chocolates) from The Essential Bag Company when I went on maternity leave in February - the best gift I got!
I also ordered one recently for a close friend who had a baby and she also said it was the best gift she got! here's the website www.essentialbagcompany.co.uk
Best gift for me was a cheese hamper! I spent my whole pregnancy complaining about all the cheeses I couldn't have so when I gave birth my boss (!) sent me an amazing cheese hamper - it was highly appreciated!
Don't get baby clothes or if you do pick them in a bigger size, at least 6-9 months. Everyone gives clothes...
I'm seeing a lot about SassyBloom on here today too. It's almost like someone is being paid to talk about it
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The best gift I got when I had my DD was a Babymel changing bag from The Essential Bag Company (www.essentialbagcompany.co.uk). It had loads of gifts inside - I got a Petit Bateau babygrow and bib, a Sophie La Girafe, a yummy mummy mug and a Burt's Bees starter kit and some charbonnel & walker chocolates. It was such a good gift that I've just ordered a bag for my sister in law. The bags are not cheap (I paid £110 for the bag and the contents) but everything is really high quality and it was my favourite gift of all the ones I got.
Gift vouchers are now available on www.dotiformummy.com allowing new mums to book a home visit from qualified specialists for mummy or baby. Mums absolutely love them because they can choose from such a wide range of specialists such as maternity nurses, sleep consultants, nutritionists, Pilates teachers, reflexologists etc
My best presents by far were lovely hand cream, as a mum you wash your hands a thousand times a day and a voucher to do hand prints at a pottery painting place.
When pregnant I joked to my mum that people needn't keep buying blankets as presents as I was overrun with them. My baby is now a week old and they are all in the wash except 2 of them! I now need more blankets!
Love my moby jersey wrap/sling
Free hands to do what I want and comfy happy baby. Was a god send and I bought one second hand for 20 quid when I was pregnant from FB. You can get them new for 35 quid. Proper useful present
When my first was born my best friend got me an adorable embroidered teddy bear with all of her birth details on it, now we've got one for each child. They're going to go in their memory boxes and something we keep forever.
The best things I recived where frozen home made dinners. All you want is decent food but you don't have the time and energy to do them yourself (my DH can make food, just not "decent" food. So when my friend brought round a carrier bag full of frozen meals I nearly cried.
Also lovely shower gel, rich hand creme and hand painted cushion with my babies birth details. My DD was born six years ago and it still holds pride of place in her bedroom. Here is something similar I found on DaWanda en.dawanda.com/shop/TheOliveBranch
It will be great if you'll give her a baby thermometer, baby backseat mirror or baby backseat. Because I am sure these stuffs will be very useful for your friend.
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New baby scan artwork. I didn't know what to do with my DD's baby scan. When it was framed it began to fade. I then put it in an album but it got lost in piles of baby photo's. Having translated many other images of him into glass i decided to create a copy of his scan within a piece of unique glass art. After doing one for my DD I found lots of other people requesting them. I now hand make them to order for £48.
My best friend have birth last week.
She has been inundated with clothes and the such.
I did her a little gift box and put in it a magazine, nice candle, hand cream, bar of chocolate, lip balm and even a scratch card. I bought her DS a little jelly cat teddy.
I went round there at lunch time and took with me freshly made healthy sandwiches from a local sandwich shop. I even got a jam one for her older Dd.
Her and her DH thought it was the nicest thing. Baby was a week old any meal thinking of getting stuff together is time you aren't with your children, or resting or cleaning and they were so thankful.
I also took some grapes and strawberries etc.
I love a nice colourful pram blanket in washable soft cotton. Also if it's a first child a few baby toys/ teethers are nice. Flowers, chocolates and sweets etc would probably be appreciated too!
My best friend bought my son a dumbo teddy (baby friendly) from the Disney store. That was four years ago and he still holds it.
I loved anything bath like. Bombs, butters. Lush is amazing, some of there boxes they do are lovely, you can ask them about new mum stuff too.
My favourite present was one I requested myself - a very soft silk velvet dressing gown in a larger size than normal. It is very comfy, didn't rub on my csec scar, and looked nice enough that I didn't mind visitors seeing me in it.
Jo Malone bath oil is always good for a bit of luxury.
DH and I quite often send new mums a hamper of pregnancy "forbidden fruits" - nice wine, pate, soft cheese, etc - if she's the sort to appreciate it.
Amazon vouchers for e-books and DVD box sets - I found both invaluable during long broken nights. Another new mum and I used to joke that our babies would have some sort of Pavlovian response to The West Wing theme tune, as we watched so much of it during night feeds.
Are you sure she has been inundated with flowers? I ask because no-one, including DH, sent me any and two years on I'm still little hurt. Actually no-one gave me anything (the aforementioned dressing gown was actually a Christmas present), which was fine, but I would have liked some flowers.
The best things I got was a super soft fuzzy blanket for baby and meals I could just pop in the microwave. Also, I didn't realize how much I liked the diapers I got for a gift until I needed them.
But the very best best thing I got was 3 days of SLEEP while my husband took over baby duty so I could recover once we got home from the hospital.
My friend gave me an apple tree on the birth of each of my children. Now strong and sturdy they started to produce fruit when the kids were toddlers and they loved picking the apples- we still get hundreds of fruit in autumn. THe kids love having their own tree- they have been lovely gifts which still go on giving many years later.
One of my friends gave me a grocery shop but it was full of things I hadn't been able to eat and drink while pregnant. It was bliss-champagne, pate, brie etc!
I got so many lovely things including something called "the birthday year book" m.gettingpersonal.co.uk/gifts/birthday-year-book.htm
which was one of my favourite presents ever.
I also got a plaque with DS name, birth date, time and weight which is in his room and looks fab.
We got lots of clothes too which were all gratefully received but I'm quite picky so you may risk getting something that she is not too keen on.
For me my best friend bought me a bottle of my favourite wine (couldn't wait to drink it!!) And some beautiful earrings which every time I wear I think back to the week after DS birth.
Does she have a Pandora or similar charm bracelet as you could get her a charm?
Have a look at The Peekaboo Baby Company. I just bought my friend a baby gift box from here and she loved it. Full of really good quality products and lots of choice as well. I think the website is www.babybox.biz
I don't know what it's called, but my aunt bought a fleecy blanket that goes inside the car seat/pram with holes for the straps so you can wrap baby up and then (and this is the genius part) you can take them out still wrapped up warm and put them down to sleep without disturbing them!
My mum bought me gift vouchers for my favourite shoe shop as she knew that after 9 months of sensible shoes I was absolutely pining for heels!
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