Jump to content

What new baby gift would you appreciate the most?

  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 Moneypenny2014

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

A gf of mine is having her second daughter in a few weeks time.
My original thought was to buy her a $50 gift voucher from a local boutique baby shop that sells everything including linen, clothes, decor, carseats, feeding accessories, toys - you name it and its all really good quality stuff. Its my favourite store actually and I loved being able to shop there after my own DD was born with a gift voucher, especially as I was on maternity leave and funds were tight - it was nice to splurge out. I suspect she will be in a similar financial position. But is a gift voucher a little thoughtless and boring?
I also grabbed her some Huggies nappies that were on special at Woolies and then wondered whether instead of the voucher I should give her a decent sized basket of useful consumables - ie nappies, wipes plus some Moo Goo baby products like baby bath, shampoo, powder etc. Things that she will go through and will save her money buying. No dummies or bottles. Perhaps a little Kate Finn rattle, face washer and bath towel along with the consumables. But is this boring?
I didnt want to buy clothes given she already has loads of girls clothes from her firstborn and also as the two girls will be born roughly one week apart (plus 4 years) so will share the same season baby clothing too.
If someone gave you a gift would you prefer a good quality basket of nice baby consumables or a packet of nappies and a gift voucher?

#2 imamumto3

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

I like things I can use, so bath washes etc would be a great gift.  I like the idea of moo goo too.  my kids have very sensitive skin and j & j's products, that everyone tends to give we're just wasted.  I still have them sitting here from 7 1/2 years ago!

#3 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:34 PM


Unless you knew for certain that she was using disposable rather than cloth nappies, and unless you knew for certain the types of brands she was likely to use for consumables, I'd stick with the gift voucher.

We got given a lot of consumables with DD, ranging from very cheap brands to quite expensive brands. The majority of these we never used because we use cloth nappies and didn't use that much shampoo, baby wash etc.

#4 Chelara

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

I'd probably prefer clothes that you chose yourself I think. (Maybe just me though ). I wouldnt want the consumables or nappies as I will buy those myself but I wouldn't splurge too much on clothes iykwim. A voucher is nice but I got kind of sick of dragging dh baby shopping (I can't drive).

Edited by Chelara, 14 January 2013 - 08:35 PM.

#5 Fossy

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

I think both your ideas sound great, I recently gave a friend a gift of consumable items, although I didn't buy any washes etc as I never used them on my kids and ended up with a cupboard full.

I had spew rags, linosoh, baby panadol and nurofen, bonjella, sudocream, sofie the giraffe and a few other little things, I put it all in a nappy bucket.

I'd be super happy with a gift voucher too though

#6 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

I probably wouldn't give the nappies or consumables unless you know what her plans are.

What about a voucher for something for the mum and a couple of outfits or the rattle and towels for the baby?

#7 SplashingRainbows

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

I'm not a fan of consumables (love the nappy idea though)

My son is 2 and we are only part way thru our second bottle of baby wash/shampoo (it's a combined product). Didnt use powder. Only use one specific brand of wipes as most irritate his skin.... You get the drift.

What about:
- a special teddy that will be just the baby's (rather than hand me down toys ) or
- a good quality zipped up wrap (I think a lot of these were "newish" when I had my son a couple of years ago so she may not have any)
- vouchers for a company who home deliver meals or fresh groceries
- photo frames for just the baby's photos

If you'd like her to be able to choose the voucher sounds great.

#8 bikingbubs

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

the best thing i was given for #2 was a photo album! already had all the baby stuff and something i would have taken a million years to get around to getting myself!

#9 Tarantara

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Something somebody mentioned once which I think is a great idea - gettin nice new basic clothes for the 6month plus age - between solids and commando crawling my 9 month old son is currently trashing his day-to-day clothes. They are going to make pretty sorry, stained hand me downs.

#10 BlueEyedBeauties

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

A massage for her original.gif
Everyone gives for the baby.. So do something special for her

#11 Moneypenny2014

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

Thanks girls for your replies. I agree re the issue of baby products and brands and some not agreeing with babys skin or the mother perhaps not wanting to use them. I too am fussy which I why I like Moo Goo but you're right, what I like she may not - or she simply may not wish to use anything in the first place.
Fossy I LOVE the idea of putting things into a nappy bucket - that is brilliant!!
I will see what other replies I receive but perhaps I put the nappies, a baby rattle, face washer and towel and some other things (forget about the powder, baby wash etc) into a nappy bucket and give that to her instead.
We live in a rural area and to be honest whilst I love the idea of having food etc delivered to her I dont think there is anything available where we are and if it were I suspect it may end up bringing the cost of the gift up too much.

#12 Moneypenny2014

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

Thanks girls for your replies. I agree re the issue of baby products and brands and some not agreeing with babys skin or the mother perhaps not wanting to use them. I too am fussy which I why I like Moo Goo but you're right, what I like she may not - or she simply may not wish to use anything in the first place.
Fossy I LOVE the idea of putting things into a nappy bucket - that is brilliant!!
I will see what other replies I receive but perhaps I put the nappies, a baby rattle, face washer and towel and some other things (forget about the powder, baby wash etc) into a nappy bucket and give that to her instead.
We live in a rural area and to be honest whilst I love the idea of having food etc delivered to her I dont think there is anything available where we are and if it were I suspect it may end up bringing the cost of the gift up too much.

#13 Moneypenny2014

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

Blueeyedbeauties - your idea of a massage also made me think about a voucher for a facial - thanks!
I have some great ideas to think about now

#14 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Baby keepsake things. DD2 has heaps of toys and clothes handed down from DD1, and she got some teddies, but DD1 was given a little pewter set to put her first curl and first tooth in, a moneybox, a bracelet and brooch, and a jewellery box. DD2 was given none of these things, so I have used the vouchers some people gave me to buy these things.

#15 PrincessPeach

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:47 AM

When my SIL had her second I bought her a couple of new baby towels & face washers, plus some new bibs & a teddy just for the baby.

She was increadibly happy with it as everything was useable.

#16 Jax12

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Terry cloth nappies for spew rags were invaluable when DS was a newborn and were hard to find where I was living (country town), so these were the best gifts I got.  Another who rarely used baby powder/creams/shampoo etc.  Sounds like you have put lots of thought into this and your friend is very lucky!

#17 lozzylots

Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

I love both ideas. A workmate gave me a big bag full of products she loved to use on her girls when they  were born which was practical & personal at the same time IMO. But I also loved being able to splurge in shops with a gift card when I normally wouldn't have been able to afford/justify the expense. It's completely hypocritical but I don't like to give gift cards but LOVE receiving them  wink.gif

#18 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

I love gift vouchers but wouldn't want it for a boutique baby store. I'd personally prefer a coles Myer voucher lol. I don't wash my 15 month old with soaps or washes, except for his hands and feet if he is dirty and I've never washed his hair with shampoo or conditioner (just water) so bath products are a waste for me.

Oh and I hate massages so wouldn't like a massage voucher.

I would just go with the bag of ideas, you can't please everyone and most people are grateful for what they receive.

#19 w-emma

Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

I think a gift voucher - whether to a boutique, myer or David Jones is a lovely thought.  My favourite gift to receive is a restaurant voucher.

#20 MAGS24

Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

I found the best thing for a newborn was polar fleece blankets, Ergo Cocoon Bag or some clothes. A gift voucher would have been nice but I would probably just have bought blankets, Ergo Cocoon Bag, or baby clothes anyway.

#21 raone

Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

My favourite gift as I myself get really bad eczema was Moogoo products.

My sister got me the moisturiser, udder balm and bath wash. Plus a set of sheets for the cot and a tiny teddy much more suited for a baby to cuddle. Then when it was confirmed that he did have eczema my mum got him some Moogoo eczema cream and more bath wash for xmas.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show Brisbane (4-6 March). Register online now to save $20!

11-year-old delivers baby sister - then goes to school

Schoolgirl Caitlin Burke was the only person on hand to help deliver the newest member of the family when her mum went into labour at home.

Toddler blind in one eye after drone accident

An 18-month-old boy lost his right eye when he was hit by an out-of-control drone.

Parents seek biological child after embryo mix-up

A New Zealand couple are seeking answers after their embryos were swapped in a mix-up at a Thai fertility hospital and their surrogate gave birth to someone else's child.

Samsung's fix slammed as 'deficient'

The "plastic bag and tape" fix applied to at least 63,300 faulty Samsung washing machines has been slammed by an expert as "deficient".

Dad orders surrogate mother to abort baby

A man who is paying a surrogate mother to carry his child has demanded the woman abort a baby, or face financial ruin, after learning she is pregnant with triplets.

10 toddler playrooms that will blow your mind

For many of us a playroom for our children is a pipe dream; for others it's a reality. Here are some playrooms that will blow your mind.

A love letter to my mother's group

We spread picnic blankets in the shade of the acacia trees and, while the babies fed or slept or lay gurgling, we talked - about poo.

10 mocktails for an alcohol free Christmas

Facing the holiday season with a bun in the oven can mean passing up some Christmas traditions. But whip up one of these delicious 'mocktails' and all you will be missing out on is a Christmas hangover.

When you can't let go of your 'baby stuff'

Do you still hold on to your 'baby stuff' even though you think your family's finished? Evelyn Lewin explores why we do this, and how to move on.

Woman faces abuse for not wanting children

A woman who admitted she did not want to have children was mercilessly bullied and forced to shut down her social media accounts as a result.

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

ABC Shop perfect for Christmas gifts

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.