We Indians have a tendency to give cash/shagun instead of gifts, at every possible occasion. But isnt that so impersonal? People are not likely to remember the amount of cash you gave on a special occasion. But a thoughtfully chosen gift might remain etched in the recipients memory for long.
The birth of a baby is one of the happiest occasions in a womans life. This is the time when a woman needs and deserves a lot of caring and love. In spite of the happiness that her new baby brings, post-partem depression might leave a woman high and dry. Thankfully you can try to cheer her up with a great gift for herself and her new baby.
Here are some great and practical gift ideas for the new mom and her baby.
For The New Mom
Relaxation gifts like pamper bath baskets in lavender or rose.
A collection of aromatic candles.
An appointment at a luxury spa.
Gourmet chocolates and cookies to ward off those blues.
A DVD on fitness for New Moms.
A nursing shawl/ nightdress.
A digital camera to catch all those first moments.
A DVD set of the hit comedy series Friends, or any other that she might enjoy.
A baby-printed shoulder bag, to carry diapers, milk bottle, pacifier etc when she ventures out of the home with her baby.
A dinner reservation for the new parents at a fancy restaurant along with an offer to take care of the baby at home.
The best gift for a new mom (who is suddenly saddled with a lot of responsibility) is heartfelt care and attention. So offer to chip in and help her through the first few months of motherhood.
For The New Baby
A hamper of baby oil, soap, shampoo, cream and talc.
A collection of small and cuddly soft toys.
Teether /pacifier/pacifier holder set.
A pram or baby carrier.
A crib/jhoola for the baby.
Decoration for the crib like hanging stars, chimes etc.
A baby blanket + baby pillows.
Bath and bed linen for the baby.
Baby album/record book.
A savings account opened in the babys name. You can make regular investments for the baby.
You could also invest money in one-time options like an NSC or a KVP in the babys name.