Do you have friends or family members who are soon-to-be parents? Are you looking to get gifts for them (or the baby) that won't go to waste? Have you been wracking your brains wondering if the parents would really appreciate a diaper cake? Bambino is here to help with these 4 tips on how to gift sustainably for parents of newborns.
Ask if they have a baby gift registry
This is, by far, the best you can do to ensure that your gift is useful, and that the parents themselves or another loved one hasn't already purchased the exact same item. While repeats of some items can be very helpful (baby wipes anyone?), others may go to waste if purchased in doubles (one baby doesn't need two white noise machines to fall asleep, for example).
If the parents don't have a baby gift registry, your asking might prompt them to create one. If you're in luck, then all your baby gifting woes go out the window!
You can't go wrong with edibles
(if you know what the parents like to eat.)
Here's one category where duplicates definitely don't matter. Consider taking care of the parents' meals for a week, or a month if you can afford it. If the parents have already hired a confinement nanny or a helper who will take care of their meals, send them their favourite snacks instead.
If you're worried that they'll have too many things to consume, you could go for options like ice cream or dried goods and treats, which can be kept for a longer time. It's useful to remember that you don't have to send them something within the child's first week, or even first month of birth. They'll still need tender loving care even after those first few days!
If you are purchasing a gift several months after the child's birth, you may be tempted to buy something for the child. If so, know that babies don't eat solid food until at least 6 months of age. Even then, parents have differing opinions on what to feed their children, so make sure you find out what their preferences are before making your purchase.
Books! Books! And more books!
Here's another category where "the more, the merrier" applies. The more cautious among you might still want to ensure that you don't purchase titles that have already been bought before, but if you avoid popular titles like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" or "Goodnight Moon", you should be pretty safe.
Aside from the previous caveat, you can be certain there's no such thing as having "too many books". Once the child grows out of them, the parents can pass them on. Books are a great gift, particularly since it is the content inside them that matters. As long as the words remain legible, you can still derive great pleasure from them.
Gift cards for products or services
Instead of purchasing an item for the soon-to-be parents, you may want to consider going with a gift card or voucher instead. We offer gift cards for our subscriptions at Bambino, which can be redeemed up to three months from the date of purchase!
Aside from individual services like ours, you can also choose to purchase gift vouchers from departmental stores or places that sell a variety of products. While some may believe that gift vouchers show a lack of thought on the part of the person gifting, such gift vouchers actually allow the parents-to-be to select and buy what they need, when they need it. Instead of having to make additional storage space in our already tiny Singaporean apartments for a few packages of diapers or tins of powdered milk, parents can purchase the products when they run out instead.
We hope these gifting tips for newborn parents have been helpful in getting you to gift items that will actually be used.
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