I know many of you may already be thinking, “just follow the registry,” but sometimes it’s okay to stray. For example, if you really know the gift recipient or want to gift something a bit more personal than registry items, I think you should be creative and practical.
It’s also a great idea to gift a new mom with something you absolutely couldn’t live without in your nursery or diaper bag. After all, they may not even know about your must-have item and wouldn’t have known to register for it. Finally, it’s also a great idea to combine a registry item with some personal items as well. I thought I’d share a recent example of a gift I created for a dear friend with all of you as an alternative to standard gifting.
A few months ago, we celebrated one of my very best friends with a lovely baby shower for her and her soon to arrive baby girl. This friend and I met roughly 15 years ago at Penn State in a communications class and we also worked in Disney World together during one of our college summers. She was one of my bridemaids and I was also one of hers. Today, we are still the best of friends and it was so exciting to be expecting our babies together. She also happens to be an only child like me, so I knew a gift she could share with baby would be perfect. After all, all of us only children love presents we can enjoy, too!
Since my friend’s favorite color is navy, I was thrilled to find a gorgeous, practical baby bag for her at TJ Maxx. It didn’t look like a traditional baby bag, but who wants that?? No one…it’s best to find a bag that has style, pockets, and can be easily wiped.
Then, I hand made her a Penn State/hot pink minky dot fleece baby blanket. One of my friends gifted me similar blankets for all of my kiddos and they turned out to be the best blankets for road trips and movie nights. I found the pattern at JoAnn Fabric. I’m sure most of you have seen these, but in case you haven’t, no sewing is involved. All you need is the fabric, scissors, and time.
Finally, I added some of my favorite diapers to the pockets and some baby towels and wash cloths. I also added a tiny patent leather purse for baby’s first purse, so that she had her very own bag, too.
It was a great hit with the mommy-to-be and like a true only child, she even used the bag before baby arrived. Since then, my friend gave birth to a healthy, happy baby girl and now the bag has no-doubt been converted to a true baby bag.
Bottom line…if you know your guest of honor, don’t be affraid to stray from the registry, but remember to follow their taste and style, not necessarily yours.