Baby Keepsake Gifts

New Baby / Baby Shower

It is a long-standing tradition to mark the occasion of a new arrival with celebrations and undoubtedly one of the most joyful occasions for gift-giving!

Originally an American tradition, baby showers have increased in popularity all over the world, although in some places the party is not celebrated until the baby is born as this is considered bad luck. By convention, the purpose of a baby shower is to help parents get the things they need for their baby, such as clothing and toys, and to celebrate the event.

Baby shower traditions are fast-changing: while it was originally a women-only social gathering (and still is in some places, such as Latin America), it is now very common to have both genders attend the celebration. Also, baby showers used to be given only for a family's first child, but these days they are also held for subsequent or adopted children.

Usually the shower is given for the expected parents by someone else, as opposed to the parents hosting it. This person is often the mother's maid of honour or the bridesmaids. As there are no rules as to when, where or how baby showers are to be held, this is purely a question of personal preference of the parents-to-be.

Gift ideas

Gift Basket: New (Baby) Job

Fill a gift basket will all sorts of "baby equipment": cotton, baby wipes, baby oil, diapers, baby powder, baby shampoo, etc. Add the message "Congrats on your new job!". If this is for a new Dad, why not use a workman's toolbelt instead of a basket? Don't forget to add a clothespin for his nose for a bit of additional humor!

Baby Gifts: Baby monitor

New parents will be very worried about their little gem, so why not give them the gift of peace of mind and buy a baby monitor. That way, the parents will be able to get some rest in their own room while baby sleeps. The monitor will let them know if the baby needs attention without them having to constantly get up to check. A thoughtful gift for all new parents.

Diaper bag

Help the new parents juggle baby's paraphernalia with a washable diaper-bag. Include some baby essentials like diapers, wipes and tissues for the parents on the go.

Gifts that moved people

Car

Elaine, 40 got this from her parents and said:

The car I was driving was hit or miss as to whether it would start. My parents gave me a new car so I'd have reliable transportation. It was very thoughtful.

Symbols

Clothes

Clothes are often used as a symbol of the very essence of the human being.

Turtle

Turtles embody the earth's energy and are a symbol of patience, good health and long life. They are attributed curative powers and will ensure that pregnant women have an easy pregnancy and delivery.

Windmill

Air symbolises the spirit and the wind represents intangible vitality.

Quotes

Every child begins the world again....

Henry David Thoreau

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone

A baby is a blank cheque made payable to the human race.

Barbara Christine Seifert

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.

Elinor Goulding Smith

Babies are such a nice way to start people.

Don Herrold