We all love buying cute onesies and baby socks for our expecting friends and family. I’ve been to several baby showers lately though and the mom-to-be received so many cutesy outfits, some were even duplicates! I know for myself that newborns wore basic sleepers most of the time. All of the cute outfits were wasted, plus they grow out of them so fast. So if you have a baby shower coming up or know someone having a baby, here’s a list of 5 unique gift ideas that your expecting friend will love!
Freezer Meals – Having ready to heat meals in the freezer is the best thing ever! Caring for a baby in the early days is stressful and tiresome. Being able to pull out a meal and pop it in the oven is such a relief.
Maid Service – Every mom could use a little help around the house! Most cleaning services offer 1-time services or gift certificates, making them perfect gifts.
Spa Day – It doesn’t even have to be a full blown spa day. Just a mani/pedi will make the pregnant/new mom feel 100% better.
Babysitting – One of the best gifts a new mom can get is an hour to herself. Pop by her house and offer to watch the kid(s) for an hour while she goes to Target and Starbucks. She’ll love you forever!
Cord Blood Banking – New parents have to make a million decisions about their baby; the choice to preserve your baby’s newborn’s stem cells is an easy one. Preserving newborn cord blood may give the child or an immediate family member (depending on the condition and other factors) the opportunity to use this resource for current cord blood therapies. In the future, there may be other potential applications, like regenerative medicine. Cord Blood Registry makes giving this very practical gift easy since they have a gift registry option where friends and family can contribute toward the cost of preserving newborn stem cells.
If you, or a friend, are expecting and interested you can get started by enrolling online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 888-240-1996 (you can also get a promo code for $200 off the initial fees by filling out your info here!) CBR ships the cord blood collection kit. You take the kit to the hospital on the big day and hand it off to the healthcare professional for collection after the baby is born, then call the medical courier for pickup. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
I also recommend watching THIS VIDEO that breaks down how it all works!
Do you have any pregnant friends or family? What are some other unexpected gift ideas they might love?