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The arrival of a new-born baby is a joyous occasion, not only for the family, but also for friends and relatives. Gifting something to a new-born baby can be a bit confusing, especially for those who don’t have any experience in this field. Everyone may like to gift something that is exclusive and cherished by the parents of the newborn baby.
20 Unique Newborn Gifts Ideas
Here is a comprehensive list of 20 unique new-born gift ideas:
1. Baby’s Clothes
You can choose baby’s clothing items like mittens, bibs, vests, caps, booties. Keep in mind to buy only cotton clothes. Avoid synthetic fabrics.
2. Baby Diapers
You can never go wrong with gifting diapers. Disposable diapers of many reputed brands are available in the market. You can also buy cloth diapers if you are environment conscious. Bear in mind to buy the age-appropriate size of diapers.
3. Baby Bath
New moms may feel anxious about bathing their newborn baby, as they seem very fragile. So, gifting a baby bath can certainly help them in this task. You can buy the portable kind, which makes bathing the baby easier and more practical.
4. Baby Photo Album
New parents are sure to love this gift. Gifting a baby photo album can help parents record all the first-year milestones of their baby. They can paste pictures and footprints of their baby, along with personal details like the birth weight of the baby, the time he/she was born, and so on, for memory’s sake.
5. Baby’s Swaddling Cloth
Baby’s swaddling clothes and baby sheets can be another beneficial gift, as babies tend to make a lot of mess. Hence, draping sheets are always needed in large numbers. Again, do remember to buy the cotton ones.
6. Silver Jewellery Items
Traditionally, gifting silver items to the newborn baby is considered auspicious, as silver metal has several health benefits. You can gift anything, from silver bangles or anklets, to silver glasses, bowls or spoons.
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7. Rattlers and Musical Toys
The market is full of exciting choices when it comes to rattlers and musical toys for newborn babies. Not only are they available in adorable designs, but are also peppy and soothing, which is a sure shot entertainer for the baby.
8. Baby’s Bed Linen
Baby’s bed linen also makes for a great gift. Baby’s bedding sets are available in attractive designs. Choosing a quick dry variety is a good idea. You can also go in for the latest fad, sleeping bags with cute motifs, for the newborn baby, which are sure to keep the baby snug.
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9. Baby’s Room Decor
Gifting items for the baby’s room décor can be a fun idea. You may have no trouble choosing from a wide selection of things, like picture frames, wall stickers, baby room lighting, height charts, rugs and carpets, drapes, etc.
10. Cot Mobiles/Play Gym
11. Baby Carrier Sling
You can pick a baby carrier sling or a baby carrier. Both make for practical gifting. Do keep in mind the age recommendations while buying the sling, as smaller babies usually require extra neck support.
12. Baby Pacifier/Teethers
New parents can find comforting their baby to be quite a task. Baby pacifiers may make just the right gift, in that case. Baby pacifiers and teethers come in different animal characters. Make sure that they are the non-toxic kinds.
13. Baby Skincare Products
You can gift a set of baby skincare products, which include foam shampoo, baby body lotion, massage oil, baby soap, diaper rash cream, baby wipes. As babies have sensitive skin, ensure that you buy products designed specially for babies.
14. Baby Furniture
You can buy a piece of baby furniture for gifting, dressers or changing units, nursery rocking chairs, travel cots, etc. Baby furniture is available in different styles and finishes.
15. Teach My Baby Kits
Teach my baby kits can be a multi-purpose gift idea, as they contain teaching things like first word, body parts, numbers, colours, and so on. Such kits may also include finger puppets, soft playing blocks, CD/DVD sets of rhymes, etc.
16. Feeding Essentials
Feeding products, like baby bottles in different sizes, along with extra nipples, can make an ideal gift. You can also fashion an assorted gift hamper including bottle brushes, bottle covers, bibs, sippers, breast pumps, and breast pads.
17. Diaper Bag
A one in all diaper bag, which can accommodate disposable diapers, tissues or baby wipes, a changing mat, diaper rash cream, and a sanitizer, can be a handy gift for the new mom.
18. DIY (Do It Yourself) Gifts
You can use your creativity to gift something handmade, like a knitted sweater with matching socks and cap, a quilted blanket, or stuffed toys. You can also personalise the gift, with the baby’s name. Newborn baby girl gift ideas can include stitching traditional wear like a lehenga. Newborn baby boy gift ideas can be a stitched kurta with a jacket.
19. Baby Proofing Kit
Parents will be required to baby proof their house as the baby grows. You can present a baby proof kit, and the parents can baby proof their house when the time comes.
20. Gift Cheque
In case you don’t have enough time to buy a gift, you can offer a gift cheque, too. The new parents can use the money any way they wish to.
Things to Consider When Picking a Gift
With the varied options given above, it is essential to keep certain factors in mind when picking a gift for newborns. Here are some features that your gift should have.
1. Practical Usage
There are many things that a newborn requires, and parents will definitely be grateful to people who gift them something that they can actually use. This helps them cut costs and saves multiple trips to the store. Parents can never have too many of diapers, feeding bottles, or toys, so these could be great ideas.
2. Sentimental Value
Another direction you can go in while picking out a gift is the emotional route. You could consider a scrapbook or personalised clothing, etc. Something that helps store memories or is personalised to the baby can be kept in the future, and remind them of these months of nervousness, excitement, and happiness.
Most babies only need one of each thing, so parents would have already bought a stroller and cot. However, anything that amps up these basic items is a good idea, such as a travel cot etc. Make sure that your unique gift is still useful or sentimental, though.
Choosing a gift for a new-born baby may not be an easy task. Keep in mind that whatever gift you may pick, it is the thought and gesture that counts, in the end!