New life is a time for celebration. When a baby is born into the family, it’s important to celebrate this wonderful event, and the tradition in most cultures is to provide the family with baby gifts. These baby gifts are typically intended to help the family provide for the new baby and commemorate the event itself. Making sure that you get the right gift can make a world of difference in demonstrating your closeness to the family and make their transition into parenthood a little easier.
Picking the Needed Baby Gift
When you pick out a baby gift, it isn’t just to make the family’s life easier. It’s an opportunity for you to show the family how well you know them and how excited you are to be a part of this celebration. This means that it is a good idea to make sure that the gift meets a need. Diapers, for instance, are always considered great baby gifts because every new parent can use them. Onesies, bibs, socks, and other similar items are excellent because they meet needs. It’s best to throw in at least one needed baby gift to ensure that the parents have what they need. It’s not considered tacky to ask what the parents need most. Some friends even go in together to help make larger purchases for a family. Remember, if this is the first child, there will be far more needs than if the parents have already had a couple of children.
Picking the Sentimental Baby Gift
Sentimental baby gifts are a great way to show how well you know the family. These are very popular and vary from the personalized blankets to the scrapbooks with precut templates. These gifts can be handmade, which gives them an additional element of sentimentality. These gifts are even better when they are sentimental and usable. However, this does not mean that baby’s first ornament and baby’s first picture frames are not welcome additions to the gift selection.
Picking the Service Gift
Even if money is not tight, service gifts can be a great way to give something special to the family. Service gifts are typically certificates or coupon books with services that you provide. These range from the ever welcome offer to babysit to custom nursery decorating or gourmet dinners delivered to the parents’ home. These gifts are best suited to helping the new family cope with the new arrival and make the transition. Depending on your relationship with the family, you may need to set up a definitive date to give these service gifts. Some families are a little uneasy about “inconveniencing” their friends. So even though it might be a difficult day and the family might really be able to use a night without cooking dinner, they aren’t going to ask for it. It will also help you to know when you need to give the gift and prepare for the gift accordingly.