With my little one’s first birthday just around the corner, I thought I’ll write a series of posts on ‘First Birthday Preparations’ based on my personal experience. I’ll be writing on how to plan in such a way that everything is simple, easy and meaningful. So keep an eye on my blog page!
In fact, I’ve already started the series with this first post- i.e. Meaningful Return gifts!
Kids love gifts. In fact, I still love receiving them :p But let’s face it, hunting for good return gifts can be a painstaking task especially when you’re planning your child’s birthday too.
The fact that most parents settle for water bottles, lunch boxes etc., proves their exhaustion. Hence I’ve complied a list of meaningful gifts for you so that your daunting task becomes easier!
I’m sharing 10 return gift ideas which are so appropriate and useful that the kids will thank you for your choice! 🙂
1. Piggy Bank
Giving a piggy bank will not just help them learn the value of money but also encourage them to save some and buy things of their choice.
Price: You’ll find them in a variety of designs and shapes starting from ₹150/- or even lesser.
Here’s the amazon link of one such piggy bank for your reference.
2. Learning Toys
Toys play a cardinal role in both physical and mental development of children. So why not give them good wooden learning toys and send them back home not just with a huge smile but an opportunity to learn something new?
Fisher Price, Skola, Brainsmith etc. have some great options in this segment.
Price: ₹325/- onwards
3. Play doh
Play doh and clay helps in making their motor skills stronger and their eye-hand coordination better. It’s loved by both young and older kids and hence is a great option if you have a mix of kids of all age groups.
Price: Staring from ₹125/-
Here’s the link of one such kit for your reference.
Using chalkboard not only saves paper and money but also helps a lot in building their fine motor skills. Though they look old school but these days you get a variety of them in different shapes and even personalisations.
Price: ₹100/- or even less
Here’s a link of one such store which makes chalkboards for return gifts and otherwise too.
5. Indoor Plant
Teach kids to grow a plant early on not only gets them fascinated but also makes them love and value the food they eat and plants they see.
Here’s a link for one such indoor plant service in India.
6. Colouring Book
Art captures the imagination of kids and sparks their creativity. You can get simple colouring books with organic colours for little kids and mandala books for older ones.
Price: Starting from ₹149/-
Here’s the link of one such book for your reference.
7. Height Chart Wall Decal
Or any decal, actually.
I’m a sucker for cute things and wall decals are my favorite! They easily spice up any corner of the room and make it lively.
Price: 169/- onwards
Here’s the link of one such cute height chart wall decal for you!
8. Slime Kit
Playing with slime is very beneficial in building their sensory skills! Not only kids love it but adults find it stress relieving too!
Price: ₹130/- onwards
Here’s the link of one such slime set for your reference.
There’s no gift like a book. Need I say more? You can give any classical bedtime book to younger kids and engaging activity books to older ones.
Price: ₹100/- and above
10. Skipping Rope/ Frisbee/ Cricket Bat/ Badminton Kit
Basically anything that encourages them to step out and play. Kids these days are glued to gadgets and there’s nothing better than gifting them the joy of outdoor play!
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From the overwhelming experience of holding a fragile baby for the first time to the exhaustion of night long cries and cluster feeds, the first couple of months of motherhood are an emotional roller coaster! In my opinion, if there’s one group that deserves all the love and pampering in universe, then that’s the group of new moms!
If you know of someone who has recently delivered a baby and if you’re looking to gift her something special and unique, then look no further. We’ve got you covered!
Here’s a list of unique gift ideas for new moms for you:
1) Nursing Pillow:
Though breastfeeding may appear to be a beautiful thing, the initial weeks aren’t very beautiful. Why not make this journey of a new mom super comfortable? You can gift a nursing pillow which has both a soft side and a firm side. This way, the mother has the choice to use whatever side she is in the need of. Get one which also has a adjustable belt to keep the pillow in place.
2) Breast Pump:
If you’re buying a gift for someone who’s planning to resume work after her maternity leave, the best thing to give her is a Breast pump. It comes very handy for moms who have a career to pursue but don’t want to compromise on their child’s health and nutrition.
3) Arrange for a Nanny or a Househelp:
Though this sounds funny and weird, but it’s the best gift you can give to a new mom, especially the one who’s put up alone or has negligible help. Cleaning the house and running routine errands would be the last thing a mother would want to do in her free time. We can reduce her stress by arranging for a househelp or even a nanny. There are several online sites which now provide with services like these in India.
Cost: ₹3000-10,000- Depending on the services and number of days you choose.:
4) Nursing Cape or Outfits:
Breastfeeding comes with its own set of highs and lows. A mother has a complicated clothing situation in order to feed. But you can ease that situation by gifting some cute nursing essentials. A soft bra that’s easy to unhook, a comfy cape to cover the baby or a warm outfit that opens easily when it’s time to feed are some great options for those tricky situations when the baby wants his food and the mother’s not in the right state to feed however she wants, like in a supermarket or a public vehicle.
5) Pampering Sessions at Home:
A spa package is a wonderful gift but sometimes it is better to gift some good products that a mom can pick up anytime to pamepr yourself. You can gift a good eye cream for dark circles, a soothing moisturiser or a full facial set. There are many more pampering options she would definitely appreciate. Brands like MamaEarth, TheMomsCo. etc make some fabulous mom-centric products.
Alternatively, you can also arrange for a spa or a manicure-pedicure session at home for the tired mommy. You’ll find several home salon-service providers these days. It’s easy, convenient and which mom won’t like that?
Cost: ₹150/- and above
6) Professional Photoshoots:
This is my personal favourite! You can surprise the new mom with a specialises mom-baby photoshoot for them! Ofcourse, consult her before you schedule it. These photos will become a lifetime memory for her and she’ll always love you for it!
Cost: ₹5000/- and above
7) Baby Carrier:
Carrying the baby in the arms can be physically exhausting and even painful at times. What better than gifting her the joy of BabyWearing? Choose an ergonomic carrier which will provide both the baby and the new mom with comfort and class.
Featured here is Soul’s Basic Cotton Full Buckle in the shade- Lapis
Cost: ₹1500/- onwards
8) Food Baskets:
Easy, ready to eat foods are a good gift for a new mom who hardly has time to prepare a meal. So one can prepare a basket with fruit, nuts, granola bars, ready to eat munchies, soup packets and anything that a mom can eat quickly. She’ll love you for this.
9) Baby Monitor
If the new mom stays alone with the baby all day and is a work from home mom, then gifting her a baby monitor is a great idea. This way, she can work in peace while keeping an eye on her baby without being physically present all the time.
10) Your Time:
The gift of time to a new mom is priceless. You can go to her place and take care of her baby for sometime while she relaxes or takes a shower or gets a pedicure done. There’s no gift that can beat this one!
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