I've signed up to give a present to a mum and baby in a women's refuge.... but now I can't think what to get them! I'm not sure what wouldn't be too rubbish especially after everything they have been through. Any ideas? Any and all help appreciated!
Maybe a basket of things that are practical but with some nice bits in too e.g. baby wipes, a small cuddly toy for baby, muslin cloths, a pack of nappies (if you know the right size), some biscuits or chocolates, sanitary items or a nice shower gel and body lotion, gift card for somewhere like Boots, notebook and pen so new memories can be recorded.....
Maybe the refuge could give you some ideas too as they'll have a better idea of the needs and wants of their residents.
I probably wouldn't get nappies and bath stuff for the baby in case they have allergies (eg Pampers wipes and Johnson's bath stuff gave my DS really bad eczema) Maybe things like soft books for the baby, a lovely blanket, a rattle, a nice teething ring etc.
My sister was in one over Christmas 3 years ago and she got so many gifts from kind strangers it was heartwarming! The best thing she got was toys for the baby, primark gift cards, chocolate.
When you’re in a refuge you’re not necessarily broke, most will have bathing/essentials as you get your full benefits it’s just the extra luxury bits that may be lacking so in my experiance, it’s nicer to get some fun bits to open!
So nice of you to do, When you’re in a situation like that, seeing kindness in strangers really can mean the world
I was thinking along the ideas of treats rather than necessities (will pop some of those in separately anway) I was thinking of an adult colouring book, pencils, chocolates, book, hot water bottle kind of things? Not sure if it will be a bit silly or not?! For baby I already have a couple of age appropriate toys and was thinking of blanket, cuddle teddy kind of thing. It is a local sign up but I will see if there is any national details anywhere. Thank you for the ideas, it broke my heart when I saw who I was asked to give to as you know what a hard time they are having as a new mum let alone with needing to escape to a refuge 😣