Unique Handmade Baby Giftsby Tiffany Silverberg
Preparing for a baby is a special time. Whether it is a first baby or one of many, each new life is so exciting and so full of promise and questions. Commemorate that special time with a handmade baby gift. A custom or personal gift is a testament to the relationship you share with the blossoming family and to your love for that little one.
Many moms register for specific gifts, making baby gift shopping a breeze. Putting together a handmade gift may take more thought and time, but it may be worth it. Depending on the price of the supplies you use, your homespun gift may save you money. If you have a number of loved ones having babies at the same time, customizing gifts for each can save you a lot of money. Homemade gifts also send a message to the family that you know them well and consider them important enough to spend time, rather than just money, on a gift.
Homemade baby gifts should be useful and personal. Items, such as clothes, blankets, decorations or toys, have obvious uses and don't leave the mother thinking "Great, now what do I do with it?" If that's the case, you might as well get her diapers she can use. It should also be perfectly formed for the new child. You can include whatever you know about the child, from its sex to its name, on the gift. This will also serve as a keepsake.
Depending on your talents, you can make homemade baby gifts in a number of ways. You can knit or crochet blankets, toys, sweaters, socks and other fabric coverings. You can also use soft fabric to make nursing cover-ups and receiving blankets. To make them individually customized, embroider the baby's name, nickname, an inside joke or quote or sports team.
How To Decide
To make sure the handmade is perfect for the family, think about the relationship you have with them. Hobbies or interests you have in common may be perfect. For instance, if you enjoy boating or fishing together, you can make a soft fabric boat, with his name or your local area written on the side. If you are unsure about the colors or interests the family wants for the baby and the nursery, look through the registry and take note of colors and items you see.
What Else You Can Do
Fabric items and handcrafted items aren't the only homemade items you can give as a baby gift. Photographers can take pictures of the family or offer a baby session. Artists can create items for the nursery. Even cooks can put together a custom set of meals for the family to enjoy after the birth, including a little book of the recipes.
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