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#1 Oilucy

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

Honestly...

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 Oilucy

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 Oilucy

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 Oilucy

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 Feral Alpacas

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.




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