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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Baby’s First Christmas: Top Gifts from Friends and Family

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Buying for a baby’s first Christmas can be hard for friends and family, especially when your new addition is only a few weeks old. Of course, we want to buy a token gift – after all, it’s their first Christmas – but what on Earth do we buy? For the first few months of a baby’s life, they don’t want anything except for what they’re getting – love, interaction, milk and plenty of sleep – so it’s no wonder that new parents and their loved ones struggle to think of ideas.

Some people decide against spending oodles of money on a newborn who won’t remember anything about their first Christmas; others stick within a budget that they can afford. As a baby progresses into her toddler years, learning to crawl and shuffle and being interested in toys a little more, buying Christmas presents is a little easier. Here are some ideas that you can provide to your family and friends if they ask you for gift inspiration this Christmas.

Useful Items

Perhaps your baby has only been in the world for a few weeks and you still have things to buy, or maybe you have put off buying certain things because it’s money you could do without spending. Christmas is the time to offer these ideas to others so that they can give something that you’ll find useful.
If your baby is sleeping in his own bed, you might like them to have a baby mobile for their cot, or perhaps they’re showing an interest in finger food and you’d love a Bumbo that has a table attached to it – now’s your chance!

Sentimental Keepsakes

If there’s one thing that would be appreciated as a Christmas gift, not just this year but as they grow, it’s keepsakes. Of course, when children are young, their interest in sentimental items is minimal but when they’re a bit older, they’ll love to look back on the things you saved.
Perhaps a ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ bauble or a little money box with a Christmassy inscription on it – there are plenty of thoughtful items available on the high street, and online, nowadays.

Clothes and Toys

These are always the go-to choices for Christmas gifts. After all, there’s no such thing as too much, is there? Ask for clothes in the next size up and think about the weather that they’ll need the clothes for, or take a look at the age-suitable toys on the market and give them an idea of what you think baby would love.

You don’t have to spend much at all at Christmas, on baby or anyone else in the family; after all, it’s the thought that counts!

Image source: Eva Cristescu on Flickr



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