I Need YOUR Shopping Help!

by Lisa on July 15th, 2009

This is a little strange, I suppose, but I am 27 years old and NONE of my friends have babies. Not a one.

That’s all about to change though next month when the wife of one of my best male buds from high school gives birth to their first baby – a girl named Samantha!

I’m really excited for the two of them, and really excited to meet their daughter. (I’m also really excited to see my friend, who is currently stationed overseas in Bahrain, but has hopefully planned his two-week furlough next month to coincide with his daughter’s birth!) But here’s the thing – I’ve been fretting about what to get them for the baby! I have never purchased a baby present for a close friend and I have no idea what to get them.

As you all know, I hate registries of any kind. I’d like to get them something that is personal and unique.

Do any of you have any suggestions? Are any of you new moms? What is something you would have loved to have received? Do you have any retailers or Etsy stores that you always frequent when buying baby gifts?

Please – I’m open to any and all suggestions!! :)

Picture courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/akbuthod/ / CC BY-ND 2.0

23 Responses

  1. Kristine St Clair says:

    They sound like a military family. I too was a mom, with a soldier stationed overseas. He made it home JUST in time for the birth and left 2 weeks later and the greatest, most precious thing I recieved when my son was born. A gift certificate to have photos done of us as a family. A friend of mine found a great photographer on the web. Inquired about pricing and basically bought us a package. We were able to set up the dates for a week after the baby was born.

    Being that he was only home for those two weeks and had 6 more months of his deployment to go, those were our first photos as a family. And pictures of your newborn are pricless, because they don't stay that little for too long. Everyone envy's the pictures of my husband in his uniform holding our tiny boy in the palms of his hands. The photographer did an amazing job.

  2. Emily B says:

    I recently bought baby gifts from Roisin Fagan, who makes baby clothes (hand-dyes, prints and sews the fabrics) – she has some gorgeous pinafores for little girls. Her website is http://www.roisin.ca

  3. Heather says:

    All of these are great suggestions – the picture idea is spot on. As the mom of three boys – ages nine to four – I am pulling from the practical side of life (which I wasn't there for my first, but you learn quick!) Diapers are really needed – and in a variety of sizes they do grow quick!
    I would also suggest a first aid kit that includes tylenol, teething gels, and gripe water..you might be able to make this cheaper by collecting all the stuff yourself, just look at the ready made ones as a guide and go from there – believe me, in those early days (and *really* late nights when nothing seems to be open) will be when the little miss hurts or is just plain cranky. This kit will be a life saver esp if they don't have any of it ahead. ALSO, coupons for you to come over and help new mom with a baby while she naps or goes shopping? As a new mom, so many times you feel tied to the little one and wonder where YOUR life went. Crying? Well, chances are that the cries of the little one won't bother you as much as mom – and even if she b/fs (breastfeeds) you could time it so that she can feed the little one, and go for an hour to the library or wherever. Again, sometimes we as moms forget to ASK for help, but if it is volunteered – or better yet, lands in our lap b/c you show up and tell mom that she needs to get a shower, spiffed up and go out for a coffee you are going to watch little miss – she may not be able to tell you – but trust me when I say that is the biggest thing you can do for her.
    Lastly, just going and spending time with mom…it's great for her when she feels like she can 't get out due to sleeping and eating schedules and it also prepares you to help others out when the time comes – it will also make you more aware of what you need to do when your time comes. Gadgets are good, thoughtful trinkets can even be passed down, but really, the gift of time and attention goes and lasts so much more. Save the special gift for when Samantha can appreciate it too.
    Good luck!