Gift for the babies should be such that they are unique and stand out amongst other gifts. The gifts should be of use to the baby. Personalised gifts for the baby requires much of thought and ideas. Here we have listed few gifting options.
Your best friend has just had a child.
That's good news usually. But you are stumped, as you just do not know
what to give the new entrant. What can you give someone so very tiny? I
mean you do not even know him or her as yet. What is he or she like and
what will he or she like? The two questions are related.
If it is the baby of an acquaintance
or a distant relative, it is much simpler to choose. You can give just
about anything from diapers to rompers and from silver coins to gold. But
if it is someone special like a close relative or friend, then the task
gets tougher as you want to choose something quite unique. Well at this
stage it is safe to stick to what you think the parents will like.
Believe it or not, my friend delivered
last year and I yet have not seen her baby, because I did not want to give
the regular goods. I was looking for something special. I have managed
to meet my friend but not the little one, and my friend thinks less and
less of me each week. By now she is sure that I am quite callous and uncaring.
But stupid seems more like it. Now, she decided to name her baby girl 'Tara'
which means 'star'. This solved half my problem. The next couple of months
went in searching for the perfect star, which I finally found in the shape of a silver pendant on a chain. Now I can finally go see her next week.
Well, this seems like a good idea.
If you know the name of the baby, you could give name-related gifts .
Pearl - a pearl ring, necklace or pearl
Tara - just about anything in the shape
of a star.
Mala - a chain or rosary.
Chand or Chandni - a moonstone, or anything
in the shape of the moon.
Hira - a diamond or solitaire.
Kamal or Rajiv - a silver lotus.
Jyoti, Deepak, Prakash - a light or
Payal - anklets
You are always safe with clothes
baby dresses or frocks
t.shirts and shorts
booties or shoes
Johnson's gift set and toiletries
soaps and shampoos
a pack of facecloths, napkins and towels
Items you can knit or make
are highly appreciated.
a hand-knitted shawl
a hand-knitted sweater or cardigan
a patchwork blanket or quilt
a ready-made kit for the mother to knit
Silver is in
a small bowl and spoon
a small glass
a coin or spoon with birth details embossed name, time and date of birth, etc.
a pendant with the initial or even
sacred pendants, with a tiny knife or
anything culturally known to protect the child
a small idol of God
a sacred amulet ( typical of the Indian
bangles or anklets for a baby girl
'surma-daani' a silver stick and a
bottle containing 'kaajal' or kohl. It is supposed to be cooling for the
zodiac sign (rashi) pendants.
birthstone set in silver
Choose from a wide variety
Duplo safe baby toys from Lego
toys that make noise like rattles
headrests or pillows in animal shapes
Practical parents hope for
( Especially if you have a group
of people to pool in for it )
a high chair for feeding.
a folding chair
Play it safe
a piece of gold or a guinea
a piece of silver
cash quite simply the safest and most
appreciated of the lot.
Well, that is all for now. I
wish someone had been there to give me a few tips a year ago. But as they
say, it is never too late. Please do write in with a few unique suggestions
or gift ideas that have been omitted here. They will be most appreciated.
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