Choosing a gift for new parents can be tough, particularly if you’re not a parent yourself. Straightforward options such as onesies, nappies, soft toys or a Sophie Le Giraffe (the teething toy de jour) will always be a hit, but if you want to step it up a notch, here are some of the most trending gifts for 2020, to suit all budgets.
Gift ideas for the baby
- A personalised name blanket: Namely Co take baby blankets to a whole new level. They are made to order (allow 4-6 weeks), simply choose the colour of your choice and add the new bubs’ name. Available in a cotton weave or luxe cashmere.
- Baby shoes: Even though shoes are mostly for show/weddings/photo shoots for the first few months, a babes first pair of shoes is a really sweet sentiment. Our most popular styles are our High Top baby boots or our Slides – both styles come in a range of colours and unisex options. If you’re buying for a newborn, we suggest choosing size 6-12 months, so they can grow into the shoes and be worn as they start to move around a little more.
- A hairbrush: Rock & Ruddle hairbrushes are both practical and will remain a keepsake for years to follow. They are made of super soft boar bristles, come in a range of classic patterns and are available in two different sizes.
- A personalised toy box: We love these Australian made Jack & Jill boxes. They are handmade in Victoria and come in a range of colours and sizes. You can add the child’s name or any letters of your choice to toy boxes or keepsake boxes.
- Swaddles: These large cloths (often made of muslin) have so many uses: wrapping your baby, wiping up spew, for privacy when breastfeeding, shading prams and more. They are really handy and you can’t have too many. Aden & Anais have a beautiful range and most new parents will appreciate how lovely they are.
- A classic money box: Our picks are Georg Jensen or a classic Tiffany & Co silver moneybox. They’ll look beautiful in any child’s room and you can also add your own message with custom engraving.
Gift ideas for parents
- A massage or beauty voucher: You’ll hit all the right notes with something special to pamper the new mum. Not only will this gift deliver a pick-me-up and some relaxation, it also gives the gift of time away from home and a break from the baby.
- Wine, cheese & chocolate: A memorable moment after having my daughter, was when my good friend arrived with Vueve, an assortment of cheeses, quince paste, crackers and chocolate dipped strawberries. My hospital room looked like the David Jones food hall. We devoured the lot one night after leaving hospital and it was bliss. Even sweeter was tasting food and not wanting to hurl after nine months of the voms (that’s another story).
- A homemade meal: We arrived home to a freezer full of lasagne, chilli con carne and frozen garlic bread. We more than happily ate the same thing on rotation for two weeks and it made our lives as new parents so much easier. A food subscription such as Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon can be a great way to help with easing the dinner pressures.
- A stocked fridge or a cleaner: Filling up a fridge takes a huge weight off in those first few days. Or organise for a cleaner to come as a once-off before the new family arrives home, or regularly for a couple of weeks.
If the new baby has a sibling, a present for the big brother or sister (depending on their age) can make them feel more involved – books, dolls or toys will no doubt be a hit.
Gifts to avoid…
- Flowers in hospital: ONE bunch is lovely, and really appreciated, but when it turns into more than a couple and you have no way of keeping them alive or space to put them, it’s a bit stressful. Plus you have to transport them home, in your car, with a newborn, in what is most likely the most stressful car trip of your life. Then you have to live with dead flowers and pollen all over the floor for six weeks because you are too tired to throw them out.
- Large toys: Again, transporting them home can be a pain and they aren’t always practical in the newborn days. Save these gifts for first birthdays.
- Newborn size clothing: It’s likely the new addition has a million tiny sized onesies and outfits already. Buying clothes in a size or two up is a great idea – it will be so handy for the parents as their child rapidly grows out of their clothes.
Let us know about your favourite (or not so favourite!) gifts that you’ve received!