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Florabella · 28/01/2014 20:35

My friends will be bringing their little boy home next week (16 months) and I want to get him/them a present to mark the occasion, but I know that the little boy shouldn't be inundated with new toys etc going into his new home. Any bright ideas? What would have been good for you when you had just adopted?

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Hels20 · 28/01/2014 20:46

We were given lots of books and puzzles - he had plenty of boy toys (like trucks) but no doing toys and v few books. I was v grateful. He was 2.5 though - but your friend could
always put them away for 3 or 4 months.

Otherwise - just your support and maybe a home cooked meal! The other thing I found - being a first time mother - was how dry my hands got - and was really thankful
for some hand cream!!

Happiestinwellybobs · 28/01/2014 20:52

I would second the books idea. We also received a lot of 'the next size up' clothes for DD, which was great. She arrived with some clothes, and we got to buy some too in all the excitement, and then she had a ready made wardrobe six months later :)

Kewcumber · 28/01/2014 21:01

vouchers for mothercare and and offer to shop with her. I just loved feeling able to legitimately shop in Mothercare (it wore off when shoe shopping for a 6 year old started Wink )

Florabella · 28/01/2014 21:05

Thanks for the ideas. I think books might be best. I know he is coming with plenty current clothes, and for next size up clothes he'll be getting all my little boys clothes, so he'll probably have too many of them! Vouchers would be good too.

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excitedmamma · 28/01/2014 21:12

Hi.. I'd suggest having a look at The Priddy Gift Co

she has a lovely 'adoption' range which are beautiful to mark the occasion...

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Hels20 · 28/01/2014 21:13

My boy loved dinosaurs - got into them at about 22 months. Also - he loves "Giraffes can't dance" book - has a v sweet message about how everyone is different but everyone can find their "something" which makes them special. A nice message for any child but particularly an adopted child.

Hels20 · 28/01/2014 21:15

Oh yes - I second "Dig, dig, digging". My boy is also obsessed with the Hungry Caterpillar! Nice that classics are still read.

My friend also bought me the cardboard version of "Guess how much I love you." Again - my boy loves me reading that...

crazeekitty · 28/01/2014 21:24

An IOU for two hours of laundry / shopping / ironing. I'm not being flippant.

A digital photo frame if you want something the family can enjoy for a long time to come.

namechangesforthehardstuff · 29/01/2014 19:34

Does anyone know 'If kisses were colours'? Lovely lovely beautiful board book.

TeenAndTween · 29/01/2014 20:50

Our most useful present was paintpots!

For that age I'd go with, finger paints and large sheets of low quality coloured paper. Or bubbles.

Nice chocolates / biscuits etc for the parents to unwind with after the LO is in bed sleeping like and angel.

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