Every parent knows the feeling: you tear off the gift wrapping and find another outfit for your newborn. Or another book. Or another toy. Those are definitely popular (and comprise most of Amazon’s top 100 baby gifts). But those outfits are cute for maybe 1 week and then never fit again.
Rather than giving something that won’t last very long, why not make a real difference for the growing family? Without spending a fortune, it’s actually quite simple to send memorable, practical, and cool baby gifts:
Remember the Big Day
Newborn demands often make it difficult for new parents to capture those precious early moments. A gift certificate to a photo service such as shutterfly.com or tinyprints.com can be used for photos, baby announcements, and more.If you’re more adventurous, you could make a baby photo book using pictures the parents shared.
Or help them remember what else was happening around the world that day with a framed reprint of the New York Times front page on the baby’s birthdate.
Pay for College
With the cost of college rising, every little bit helps, and now it is very easy to contribute to junior’s college fund. Over the last 1-2 years, several online gift registries have emerged that allow friends and family to easily contribute to a child’s college fund. GradSave is reportedly the largest, and they make it easy to send electronic college gift certificates to parents. In 20 years when junior is a college junior, you’ll feel good about helping him/her get there.
Gadgets to the Rescue
Babies are messy and fussy, and parents sometimes need gadgets to help them through. When kids spill, a good wet-dry vacuum can be a life saver. Many parents have no idea how much easier a wet-dry vacuum is than a bunch of paper towels for cleaning up after baby accidentally spills her milk all over the living room floor.Similarly, sometimes it can be difficult to understand why baby is crying. That’s when a baby cry analyzer can be super helpful. The device reportedly identifies 90% accurately what’s bothering baby based on the type of cry. It’s like a pocket dictionary for parents trying to understand their babies.And don’t forget about gadgets for baby. Consider toy vacuum cleaners so that the little one learns how to help around the house in a fun way. Or a learning laptop so that baby can practice her shapes.
By giving gadgets, you’re guaranteed a good laugh when the presents are opened, and don’t be surprised if you get a call a few months later thanking you for how useful that wet-dry vac turns out.
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Typical Baby Gift Cost
Grandparents in the US spend an average of $72 on baby gifts for their grandchildren. How much do you typically spend?
There’s no need to go overboard. As we have seen, it’s possible to find cool and practical baby gifts without spending a fortune.