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Avoid the Obvious When Giving a New Baby Gift

When someone you care about is expecting or just brought a baby home, your first instinct, after congratulations and wanting to see their precious little bundle is going to be, “What gift can I give that will be different from all their other friends’ gifts?”

It’s absolutely legitimate and thoughtful to consider something they’re definitely going to need, like going in with other friends to buy a car seat or stroller. But, we’re here to tell you that unless the parents (or parents-to-be) are really financially challenged, they’re going to want to choose their own car seat, stroller, crib or better mobile décor. You could then buy a bunch of different sized diapers – but you don’t know if they’ll want to use cloth or paper. You might consider a diaper washing service. However, you just don’t know what their plans are.

When you’re looking for baby gifts (and who wants to give used or old gifts, anyway?), you want that practicality but also a lot of cuteness and better way to present something that will visually be impressive. You can shop online for some beautiful choices of new baby gifts.

In addition to the special and unique nature of beautifully presented box of baby gifts, you may want to supplement it with something very unusual. If you are particularly close to a family with a new baby, you’re likely going to want to gift them before the baby is born, likely at a baby shower (and for family members, you may even want to give them “a little something” when they share their big news). You’re also going to want to bring something when the baby arrives to congratulate the family. And, finally, if you’re this close to the parents, you may be invited to a christening or bris – and all these take place before the baby’s first birthday!

Here are some unique gifts:

Wood

While wood building blocks are a classic dating back generations, today building blocks are not only available in the traditional letters of the alphabet or barnyard animals. We’ve seen blocks in foreign languages (including, for example, in Spanish, Mandarin, Sign Language [we’ve seen them in ASL] and Hebrew). There are also building blocks with nursery rhyme quotes on them – you can read to your baby as you play. There are also building blocks featuring the 118 elements of the periodic table – and before you dismiss this as too “Tiger Mom” or “so Millennial,” they’re actually a great way to introduce the basics of chemistry. You may have a budding scientist who’ll take to the very brightly coloured blocks printed in non-toxic paint like a baby Pasteur.

Knit

In addition to baby-sized hand-knit version of trendy adult caps (think pink “kitty ears”), there are lots of fun items available. If you have someone you know well who also knits well, you can ask them to make you, for example, booties in the shape of and with the design of footballs, or with the earmarks of ballet slippers. Additionally, a fun way to swaddle a baby and hop on a trend is to buy or have one made: a mermaid or merman tail! Paired with a simple white onesie or “T,” it’s an adorable look.

Readers

One thing just about every parent is going to do with their baby is to read to them, before naps, and likely every single bedtime. Babies and toddler will develop favourites, and if you have a children’s author you particularly like or whose message resonates with you, consider getting a matching set (they are easy to help decorate a room and don’t look cluttered) of the hard cardboard baby books. Authors beloved by parents and children and who write positive empowering messages include: Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Baby Einstein, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and of course, Sandra Boynton.
These are some unexpected baby gift ideas you may have never thought of. Stay unique by giving parents-to-be with these gifts.

 

Creating Customized Gifts for Friends

Coming up with impressive gifts for family members and friends can be challenging. If you are tired of getting your friends the same common items for special occasions, then consider these fun ideas instead. Friends and family members will be delighted to see the effort that you have put into these gifts.

Give Favorite Items
One unique idea is to gift your friends with a bag of your favorite items. You can put your favorite lipstick, perfume, body lotion and other small items in a gift bag and pass out to friends. If you want to host a party, then you and your guests could each contribute one of your favorite items to the bag. Each guest would leave with a gift bag full of new items to try. You and your friends would all have the chance to find new products to fall in love with.

Become Crafty
You can also try to create a personable gift for your friend or family member. Creating a gift gives you an opportunity to make a customized item. For example, if your friend loves pug dogs, then you can use pug fabric to make a tote bag, pillowcase or other item. The options for designing a personalized gift are almost endless. You could also monogram your gift. A quick online search will yield dozens of ideas that will help you create a perfect gift.

Host an Exchange
One way to make giving gifts even more fun is to host a gift exchange. You and your friends may want to play some type of game to exchange your presents. For example, you can play a game where everyone brings a gift and then recipients are given the chance to steal gifts from one another. Other games also allow for trading or exchanging of gifts. These fun games can become holiday traditions among groups of friends or family members.

Giving gifts to family and friends is an exciting part of special occasions. Whether you are celebrating a holiday or a birthday, you can take the opportunity to express appreciation for the special people in your life with a thoughtful gift.

 

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas: Toys, Games & Timeless Treasures

Looking for a special gift that lasts a lifetime? How about giving stuff that has nostalgic meaning to the recipient? Maybe you need a fun toy to keep the little ones busy during a party or something for a gift exchange perhaps? Then look no more because here are some great and unique options to help you make someone smile this holiday season.



Dreidel Launcher Toy – $3.95


Custom Filigree Name Necklace – $95.23


Time For 1 Glass Ultimate Wine Bottle – $19.95


The Original Basket Case Headband Hoop Game – $9.95


Basketball Tabletop Game – $34.95

Unique Christmas Gift Idea For the Keyboard Player

Giving a keyboard might be a very lucrative choice for the holidays especially if the money is scarce. However, if you’re lucky enough to have keyboard at home or has a plain one that needs extra accessories, then a music rest will be perfect gift for the keyboard player at home.


PHOTO CREDIT: MUSICIANSFRIEND.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: MUSICIANSFRIEND.COM

A music rest is an accessory you add to the keyboard if yours does not have one. It helps the music sheet in place for easy reading.  There are also some 88-key digital piano that can be compatible to some music rest brands like Williams Service Parts Allegro music rest. It can be snapped easily in place to secure your music sheets. And it costs only $22!

Easy To Make Chocolate Truffles

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Chocolates and flowers will abound that special occasion and most of these commodities will fly off the shelves.

Common things we give our special someone for Valentine’s Day are chocolates and flowers. Some folks get their special lady a nice jewelry depending on the budget. If you are trying to be pragmatic about the whole Valentine’s Day gift giving thing, why not make your own gift? How about an easy to make chocolate truffles?

Here’s a recipe from Allrecipes.com that you can follow. You can make it your own by adding other flavours to the mix, even incorporating fruits or flavoured jellies. Make it your own and make it special for those special people in your life.

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What you need:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.

(Recpe from Allrecipes.com/photo from pinterest)

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