The next time you are invited to a baby shower or christening, give a gift that will be meaningful to the parents, as well as something the child will treasure as she grows. Here are a few creative ideas for baby gifts.
1. A letter from the President. It’s a little known fact, but every new American baby can receive a welcoming card from the President and First Lady. All you need to do is write to the White House to request it: Send the baby’s name, birthdate and address to: The White House, Attn: Greetings Office, Washington, DC 20502-0039.
2. A keepsake box. A beautiful carved wooden box, personalized with the baby’s initials, can make a great place for storing treasures, such as the first snipped lock of hair and the first lost tooth.
3. A book about the baby’s name. Find an attractively bound book and use it collate all the information you can find about the baby’s name, including its meaning and origin and profiles of mythological characters and famous people who have shared it. You might also wish to add information about the baby’s birthday, such as the first page of the local newspaper or The New York Times from the date of the child’s birth.
4. A treasure chest of advice. Write down pieces of advice that you think will be useful to a growing child on pieces of paper (or gather such advice from friends and relatives). Then roll them up and bind them with ribbons. Store them in a small wooden chest.
5. A beginner’s guide to everything. Use an attractive, child-friendly book to create lists of good starting points for finding out about the world. Include book recommendations on different subjects, lists of websites and advice on which relatives and friends of the family can help with different sorts of question.
6. An ever-growing ark. A simple Noah’s ark toy can be made extra special if you go on to supply new animals for it on special days throughout the child’s life – starting, of course, with big ones which can not be easily swallowed.
7. A lifetime magazine subscription. Several leading magazines offer lifetime subscriptions, so why not take full advantage by getting them early on? Even if the baby isn’t ready to start reading right away, he or she will later enjoy having these things to look back on. Visit the magazine’s website or call the subscription office listed in the latest issue to find out if the magazine of your choice offers such a subscription.
8. A star in the sky. Name a star after the baby and he will always know he is special. He will be able to gaze up into the night sky and know that somewhere out there is a world of his own.
Once you have made the right selection from these unique and special baby gifts, don’t forget that there’s one more thing more special than all the baby gifts: your time, attention and love.
Jamie Jefferson writes for Susies-Coupons.com and Momscape.com, where you can register to win free gift certificates for top online stores. Get the latest coupons on discount baby items and more ideas and coupons for Baby Gifts.