I love giving gifts. I get super excited about giving someone what I think is a really thoughtful gift. The older I get and the more life experiences I tuck under my belt, the easier it is to give thoughtfully. When picking out a gift, I like to try to put myself in the other person’s shoes and if I have gone through a similar experience, well then, picking out a thoughtful gift is not that hard.
Today I want to talk about a few non-traditional baby gifts. After having two babies, I can look back and consider what would be so great to have known to be useful from the very beginning.
Custom Tummy Time Quilt - I mean, this is a no-brainer coming from me, right?! My mom gave us our tummy time quilt when my first born was 6 weeks old. We were in the middle of moving from Louisiana to Georgia, our movers got held up in transit, and we didn’t have furniture for quite some time. That quilt started it’s life with my baby as a very essential landing pad when we had nothing more than our arms for him. Once our home goods were delivered and we could put him in the bouncy seat or swing, we still put him on the quilt because that became HIS spot. I've said it so many times, baby quilts are workhorses. With their function and portability, they are like the swiss army knife of baby and kid land.
iPhoneography Classes for Dad - Ask every single mom you know, and I am willing to bet you 98% of them are dissatisfied with parental representation in the family photo album. All of my mom friends, heck all of my married friends, have the same complaint, husbands just don’t take pictures. This isn’t meant to bash the fellas, I’m just observing a trend and taking the bull by the horns. My husband once said that he just doesn’t know how to take good pictures with the phone like I do. So, let’s cut that argument off at the knees and sign that daddy-to-be up for a local or online iPhoneography class and get some treasured moments with mamma beautifully preserved in the family photo album.
A Cordless Floor Vac - Ok, ok, this is not your average baby shower gift that everyone oohs and ahhs over but it is the one that will make them go, “Uh-huh, that’s smart. I remember the time my youngest kid dumped the entire can of oatmeal on the floor while I was trying to get shoes on number two so we could get number three to school on time.” I bought this cordless vac when my son was 9 months old and it was hands down one of the smartest family purchases I have ever made. These days, I am pulling that thing out 4-5 times a day and I give myself a little pat on the back every time. It’s also a really great fit when you have young kids because when they “help” (and they will) it is an appliance they can wield (sort of).
In-Home Documentary Photo Session - I work with a photographer here in Charlottesville and she has recently shared a couple of these documentary home sessions and they are AMAZING. When I had my kids I was a bit paralyzed with each one of them. I had no desire to go anywhere or do anything other than be in the house with my baby. I am always so impressed by the mammas that can not only wash their hair and dry it but put on make up and attractive clothing for themselves AND their entire family in order to take studio newborn photos. I have never done maternity or newborn photos but if I decide to go for baby no. 3, I will most definitely call Firefly Photography for an in-home documentary session that beautifully catches life in all of it’s homey gloriousness. So for the mammas out there that are like me, find a local photographer that does similar work and meet them in their comfort zone with a gift that I guarantee, she will treasure forever and ever, amen.
Do you have any non-traditional baby shower gifts you love? Please share! I love getting creative!