By Claire James
With the pregnancy bug constantly in the air, there is a very good chance that you will know someone who is already pregnant or is at least planning a baby. Pregnant women mean shopping, but finding that perfect gift can be a real headache. Here are the best five gifts you can get any expecting mother and guarantee that she will love and appreciate them. The baby shower gifts I list can be used for any occasion but will be a particular hit for a new mom.
1. Nappies, diapers, call them what you will – they are boring, but they are brilliant as a gift and no one ever wants to give them because they are so dull, but this is a pity because every parent i know always talks about the nappies and practical presents before they talk about the fancy key chains and photo frames!
2. Layettes, blankets, socks and burp cloths. Chances are they are going to get tons of these. However, these gifts tend to come in newborn or 3 months sizes which after a few weeks probably won’t serve its purpose anymore. Making this a great gift is if you buy them in larger sizes. After a few months, mom still has brand new gifts for the baby to enjoy.
3.Pamper that new Mom. You can never go wrong with taking care of Mom, because quite often she gets overlooked at these occasions and more often than not she will certainly forget about herself! Let the new Mom get the star treatment she deserves and shout her to some indulgence.
4. Lightweight stroller and Baby Car seats are a necessity, and if you are the one who provies the gift – you will forever be remembered for your generosity. You can also get covers for the baby car seat to make cleaning them easier for the future mum.
Gift certificates. This is one of the best gifts you can get and although it may seem that no thought has gone into it, the opposite is in fact true because new parents often do not know what they need and so giving them the gift certificate for the baby shower is a very genuine way of letting them choose in their own time what is best for the new baby.
Tip: Clothing seems cute and adorable in the shops, but try and refrain from purchasing clothes as presents. Quite often the parents will be given a lot from friends and family, and will also want to go out and buy their own ‘adorable outfits’.
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