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securegal Sun 03-Apr-11 19:46:06

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!

Marrow Sun 03-Apr-11 19:48:52

My best present when I had DD was a set of Molton Brown bubble baths. My boobs were too sore to have water beating down on them in a shower and I took lots of soothing baths.

silver28 Sun 03-Apr-11 19:59:33

Home cooked meals (courtesy of my mum) were greatly appreciated. She brought them round then buggered off (or stayed and held baby if he was awake and needed attention while we ate). That was great.

Also DH's niece went to supermarket for us to save us having to go for a big shop, which was v thoughtful of her.

In terms of luxury stuff, bubble bath is nice as marrow said. And lavender oil good too, to put in bath, as helps soothe bits (we had to make a special trip out to buy some). A special photo frame might be nice, as they'll prob have a gazillion photos of the baby before long. maybe even a digital photo frame if you're a big spender!

I'm sure there'll be lots of good suggestions on here soon!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 03-Apr-11 20:03:23

Kiehls baby stuff is gorgeous.
I also loved my cuddledry towel and swaddleme for the baby.
But for me, someone bought me an electric Elemis oil burner with some lavender oil which was so soothing.

Stephdelabriere Thu 09-Jun-11 19:06:56

Have a look at the NapNap website, it's quite cool. There are some great treats: green and luxurious. You could also get her a NapNap voucher if she is into washable nappies

feedthegoat Thu 09-Jun-11 19:13:16

Now it is not luxurious but my best friend made me a basket full of practical baby products, which as a first time mum I had not thought of.

It included many things I was grateful for at 3 am grin. It was things like Infacol, nappy cream, muslin squares, a pack of dummies (which obviously I hadn't bought because I wouldn't need them wink), wipes, a rattle, scratch mitts amongst others. It was great.

superjobeespecs Thu 09-Jun-11 19:38:08

i loved buying for my sis and best friend last year when they were pg smile my best friend i bought her wee girl babygrows vests a few outfits and popsys smile and my niece i bought bottles vests baby changing station babygrows from my DD baby blanket hello kitty teddy and gazillions more!! unfortunately my sis is a complete bitch and didnt appreciate just took advantage of my genorous nature and as im now 5 months gone and we dont speak very often i dont expect anything in return not that even if we were speaking i would as thats just the type of person i am smile and my best friend is always incredibly skint bills and debts take all her money so again i wouldnt expect anything tbh i bought because i thought OH and i werent able to have any more babs after DD so i enjoy treating other ppls i did it with my nephew too even to this day i still buy wee clothes for him and he's 4 and a half hmm should prob stop that lol. anyway best thing done for me was my aunt filled a plastic 'toybox?' with bottles bibs babygrows baby plates just everything for bab and gave it to me when we brought DD home it was fab smile

PukeyRag Sun 12-Jun-11 11:14:16

Ooh, I agree with feedthegoat, I think that would be a good idea.

I really liked my soothing bath stuff, Umi bath milk was lovely (nice and healing) and I also got given some Organic At Heart stretch mark cream, healing mummy and baby balm, and baby massage oil which are all really nice smile

Just stuff that makes you feel all nice and scrummy after you've been through what feels like pooing a melon grin (Sorry if that offends anyone!)

Cartoonjane Sun 12-Jun-11 11:15:39

I second cooked meals.

BikeRunSki Sun 12-Jun-11 11:22:12

Has she got a hobby that she is passionate about? My favourite new baby gift was a T shirt for DS that said "Cycling is in my Blood" (DH and I both keen cyclists). Simple but very thoughtful and personal. It was from Cafe Press and they have slogans on baby grows and T shirts of all sizes about anything!

And do her a "big shop" and throw in some nice ready meals, posh toiletries and cereal bars for by her bed, when she is too tired and hungry to get up.

Burt's Bees toiletries are lovely for mum and baby, they do a baby started pack.

sarahloula Sun 12-Jun-11 16:33:48

I don't know about anyone else but when my little one was born 8 weeks ago we got bought soooooo many clothes. We'd already bought her a fair bit and now her wardrobes are bursting at the seams with clothes she will grow out of any probably never wear. Presents I really appreciated were lovely books she can read when she's older.

stabiliser15 Thu 30-Jun-11 20:24:42

My SIL brought round a small storage box which matched our living room decor, with changing mat, wipes, pack of nappies etc so I could have a mini-changing station downstairs. It was fantastic and we still use it 5 months later so we dont have to run up and down to DD's changing table every time she needs changing. Possibly that's because we're quite lazy (!!) but it was one of the most thoughtful gifts we received.

Jdore Sat 02-Jul-11 18:47:17

A cleaner for 6 weeks .... very very thoughtful & practical my brother grin

Jojay Sat 02-Jul-11 18:51:42

Definitely food, stuff that needs no preparation and can be eaten one handed.

Thorntons mini brownies and mini millionnaires shortbread go down well.

ScaryFairy28 Tue 30-Aug-11 17:45:31

I'd have loved some Inch Blue shoes for DD.

yellowflowers Mon 12-Dec-11 09:17:58

A blanket. We'd bought cot blankets but ones for pram hadn't crossed my mind.

PeelingmyselfofftheCeiling Mon 12-Dec-11 09:58:27

Another vote for food.

Handcream for her - my hands are in bits from all the washing.

Gorgeous blankets from organics for kids are among my favourite gifts we received.

Baby clothes in the next size up - one morning she'll wake up and nothing will fit her dc because they've grown overnight!

Black and White social baby books - fascinating for young babies.

haddock1976 Mon 12-Dec-11 10:04:19

I always send some smelly bath stuff, a lavender candle, a small teddy and for the father a bottle of something I know they drink be it port or scotch. If they are family then I'll throw in a waitrose or m&s voucher for food too.

Never bothered with flowers.

yellowflowers Mon 12-Dec-11 23:17:56

I also liked the books people gave that were copies of their favourite books.

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Emigrated Sat 21-Sep-13 17:30:32

Milkscreen! Also a cd of womb noises in case it helps the baby settle.

windywoo26 Sat 21-Sep-13 20:01:29

I was given a selection of luxury ready meals and desserts from Cook! They can be ordered online to be delivered. They were wonderful in the first few days. As others have said lovely smellies to make you feel a bit pampered are wonderful. A lady I work with gave me some lovely chocolates with an instruction that they were to be eaten during night time feeds. Made me feel so much better at 2 in the morning!

Bodicea Tue 08-Oct-13 04:39:21

I would appreciate mamamio products or nice food.

Love the cleaner present someone suggested. If i didn't already have a cleaner that would probably get my vote as best present.

LadyFlumpalot Tue 08-Oct-13 08:31:31

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!

GemmaB2011 Thu 06-Feb-14 10:46:59

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

Daiso Sun 02-Mar-14 07:44:06

I got so many lovely things including something called "the birthday year book"
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?

AntoinetteCosway Sun 02-Mar-14 07:51:21

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!

atthestrokeoftwelve Sun 02-Mar-14 08:09:11

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.

PrincessBabyCat Thu 24-Apr-14 05:45:57

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. smile

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.

TheBookofRuth Thu 24-Apr-14 06:33:31

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.

FreeSpirit89 Fri 16-May-14 09:14:38

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.

mewkins Fri 04-Jul-14 21:36:07

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!

bubalou Tue 12-Aug-14 16:39:52

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.


AlxCreations Sat 18-Oct-14 20:32:08

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.

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SarahLDixon00 Mon 08-Dec-14 18:11:00

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.

mummymilkbar Mon 16-Mar-15 20:48:45

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

Tiredmoomin12 Thu 19-Mar-15 11:25:44

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.

boloriabullet Thu 23-Apr-15 20:01:22

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 smile

RL20 Tue 28-Apr-15 18:17:12

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!

Mangobubbles Tue 05-May-15 16:11:04

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.

TaliaGeberovich123 Thu 28-May-15 12:22:58

Gift vouchers are now available on 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

fishybits Thu 28-May-15 15:32:29

Travel sleeping bag

goldie2088 Fri 05-Jun-15 21:15:10

The best gift I got when I had my DD was a Babymel changing bag from The Essential Bag Company ( 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.

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TarkaTheOtter Wed 10-Jun-15 13:10:28

I'm seeing a lot about SassyBloom on here today too. It's almost like someone is being paid to talk about it hmm

janeelliott Tue 23-Jun-15 23:50:57

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...

mhayes12 Wed 19-Aug-15 20:44:54

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

coopersarah1 Mon 28-Jan-19 22:03:28

These are lovely handmade gifts -

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Starfish83 Thu 23-May-19 09:44:40

Following x

coopersarah1 Mon 22-Jul-19 16:02:08

Fabric photo albums are lovely. Buy a voucher so they can make up their own when they have some lovely newborn photos -

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