We’ve all been to baby showers for a first-time mother that are full of gifts of necessities, adorable little outfits, delicious food and silly games. Sometimes I love them, although sometimes I don’t love the forced interactions 😉 I did love my own baby shower(s) with my first born – it was fun and full of people I love. And, I was blessed with so many things that we needed (or wanted) to welcome our new girl into the world. A baby bath, cloth diapers, outfits in all sizes, a crib mattress, soaps/oils/etc, and the list goes on!
For the birth of my second child, my friends and family threw me another shower (sometimes called a sprinkle) since I was having a boy after our little girl. We received many cute boy outfits and books and other “normal” baby shower items – we are truly blessed to be surrounded by people that love us so much! Plus, any excuse to spend time with friends – especially after you already have at least one child – is very welcome!
Baby showers and sprinkles with traditional gifts are truly amazing. However, if you’re looking for a more unique way to bless a mama-to-be, whether she’s a first time mother or mom to many, here are some ideas for non-traditional ways to love on her 🙂
Freezer Meals: If you’re as blessed as we are, you will have meals delivered fresh and hot to you sometime within the first few weeks of life for your new little one. For us, our church organizes meals to be delivered every other night for 2 weeks. This is amazing – especially as you’re recovering from delivery/surgery and adjusting to your new family; cooking is one less thing to worry about. However, if you have children, you know how hard some days can be even after that initial adjustment period (like, maybe the next 18 years! lol) – wouldn’t it be amazing if you had a stash of freezer meals to fall back on if you couldn’t muster the physical or mental energy to make dinner on any given evening?!
Why not consider throwing a themed baby shower (or sprinkle!) for one of your pregnant friends? Instead of a gift of another sort, you can ask everyone bring their own version of a freezer meal to bless the new family! This task can be a difficult one to carry out if your mama-to-be doesn’t have a large freezer . . . but you can be creative! Do any of the guests have any extra freezer space you can lend for a while? You can deliver a stash every few weeks as space opens up for her. My own mother made us some freezer meals and left them here after one of my deliveries, so from personal experience I can tell you how amazing this gift is!
Spa Day: What pregnant woman wouldn’t want to be pampered for a day? (Ok, what non-pregnant woman wouldn’t want to be pampered either?!) There are two waysi see right away that you could proceed with this idea. One is to throw a themed shower (I did this for a friend once) where there are self-serve stations of pampering: nail polish, hand scrubs, face masks, steamed towels, etc. Of course, the guest of honor is certainly not responsible for doing any these herself – she is served by those who love her <3
Another option for this idea is to give her gift cards for local services (and go with her?). A mani/pedi, a prenatal massage, acupuncture, etc. I personally would take a massage as a gift any time: pregnant or not (hint, hint).
House Cleaner: I don’t like to clean my house ever, but when I’m run-down at 9 months pregnant or have a new baby in the house, I REALLY don’t want to take the time to clean my house top to bottom. I have a neighbor that was gifted a house cleaner with her first baby and she says it was the best idea ever! And, I have to admit, I was a bit jealous 😉 If you don’t want to spend the money on a house cleaner for your friend (which, honestly, I feel like is the best thing to do: who needs one more thing on their to-do list?!), you can gift them this yourself. Find a time that works best for them, and go do it! But, be sure to do a top-notch job, you don’t want her to feel like she has to go back and do it again after you leave! Get in every nook and cranny, mop, and scrub, scrub, scrub! And don’t forget the dishes 😉
Family Membership: With a new family come new routines, new free-time activities, and new expenses. Give them a gift that will continue for 6 months or more and help in all those areas! Find memberships that you think they would like. We personally have a family membership at the Museum of Science. But, ideas in addition to local museums are: an indoor play area, an amusement park, concerts/theaters, or sports season tickets.
Lessons: This one is more for those parents with older kids already at home. You can gift them lessons for gymnastics, ballet, violin, karate . . . whatever you think their child would love or is already involved in. To really step this one up: you can even take their child to and from their lessons. Heck, that’s half the reason I haven’t even considered registering any of our kids in lessons yet: the run-around!
Resources: Find a local resource that is appropriate for your friend that she would appreciate. Is she breastfeeding and would love a visit from a lactation consultant? Would she benefit from a postpartum doula? Or, if you live locally a great gift would be pre-paying her registration fee for some visits to Babies In Common for some of her lactation groups.
Newborn Portraits: You had to have been wondering about this one by now … as a newborn photographer I may be biased; but as a mother, I can’t recommend this gift more! I didn’t use another photographer for my first two children, and as a result I don’t have images I love of them from this age/stage! By my third baby, I had learned my lesson and hired another local photographer and am so pleased that I did! Now I not only have beautiful images of him at this precious (and short-lived) age, but images of me with him (!) and a family portrait with all five of us 🙂 Both things that I could not have gotten if I had not hired another photographer.
I have never heard of anyone regretting the decision to invest in newborn portraits, however I have heard from many mothers over and over again that do regret not having them taken.Professional portraiture can be an expensive undertaking, especially when you’re adding another human to your family! So, what better way to give a gift that lasts forever, than to give the gift of photography! Even if your friend has already scheduled their newborn session with me, you can still purchase gift cards that they can use to purchase their desired product after the session <3 Contact me to discuss your options for this spectacular gift 🙂
And now I want to hear from you! What other unique baby shower gifts can you think of? What would you have loved to receive as a new mother? I can’t wait to hear all the great ideas yet to come 🙂