Is there anything more exciting than knowing a little one is on the way? As soon as you here, that the next thought is, what are the best congratulation gifts for expecting parents?
Parents-to-be need a lot of TLC before the baby comes, don't you think? We think it is a great idea to spoil moms and dads-to-be before their little bundle of joy gets the family party started. We also think it's good to just relax and enjoy the ride while enjoying some of the best congratulation gifts for expecting parents.
For all those friends and family members out there, it's time to jump on the congratulatory parents-to-be wagon by helping them celebrate before the big arrival. Congratulation gifts for parents-to-be are just the thing. Here are some really nice ways to say congratulations!
Yummy Chocolate Surprises
If there is one thing that moms-to-be totally appreciate, it's someone else's appreciation of her cravings, especially for chocolate. Gift baskets for expecting parents are like little ooh-la-la, tasty surprises to indulge in any time of the day or night. Here is a pretty classy chocolate idea that will knock her chocolate cravings out of the park. Don't walk. Run for this one.
Of course, every mom and dad prefer to keep snacking nice and healthy. It only makes sense to go the organic route for the highest quality food fare. Gift baskets for expecting parents that contain scrumptious, organic delights and sparkling non-alcoholic beverages is a lip-smacking way to go. Besides, it's just fun to get something organically delicious.
Bib or Onesie
A bib or onesie is always a great choice for a baby shower. New parents are going to be needing these by the truckload, as they seem to get dirty faster than they can be washed. These are also great because they can act as a fun call-out to something that the parents both enjoy.
Obviously, this will vary based on the family, but a sports team or favorite movie is always a great choice! You can even get custom printed bibs and onesies online, meaning that if you and the parents have some fun inside jokes, those can be added to the outside! Really, the possibilities and creative options for this gift are endless.
With everything becoming digital these days, perhaps a pregnancy journal seems like an odd gift. Years down the road, however, parents will be thrilled to have a real journal to sit and look through and reminisce about the early days. There is a wide variety of pregnancy journals available as well, so there is some choice available with this option.
Some pregnancy journals have a countdown tracker, where parents can count down the days until the expected due date – a fun morning routine. There are also journals with photo sleeves for ultrasound pictures, pregnancy photos, and so much more. This is a great way for expecting parents to preserve these special memories in a physical manner.
Having a baby is stressful. Preparing for a baby is also stressful. Thus, a great gift for expecting parents is a spa basket! This is also a fun DIY gift if you prepare it yourself. Start with a nice box or basket and be sure to line it with a fun fabric or batting material. Add a variety of fun and different spa items, such as bath bombs, lotions, candles, soaps, masks, and whatever else you can think of.
Don’t forget to add some masculine scented items for the husband as well! If you lack the time or DIY know-how to create this spa basket, gift cards or vouchers for spa treatments are also a great gift for expecting parents. This will give them some much-needed relaxation time before they enter an incredibly stressful period of their lives.
As a bonus, products like body butter or lotion can help an expecting mother with the stretch marks and dry skin that are an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. Bath bombs and other treatments can also help with some of the symptoms of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Body Pillow
Pregnancy body pillows are awesome and can be an absolute game-changer. Pregnancy takes a toll on the body and sometimes, especially during the last trimester, finding a comfortable sleeping position can be incredibly difficult. Thus, these can make it easier for an expecting mother to get a full night’s sleep, which is incredibly important as she may lose these nights once the baby is born.
This is the perfect gift for expecting parents! An added comfort that may help the expecting get a more comfortable night of sleep- for both mom and dad! This is a useful gift both expecting parents would appreciate.
This is a simple gift, but a timeless one. A sonogram or ultrasound is a couple’s first view of their new child; thus, it is usually a special moment in their relationship. This is not only a great gift in commemoration of the child, but it also commemorates an important moment in the life of the couple.
It may be difficult to get a copy of the sonogram pictures – even if they post them online, they may not be the best quality. Thus, you may need to find a creative way to get a higher resolution scan of the sonogram photos. The best way to do this, in my experience, is to enlist the help of those close to the parents to be.
Once you have a good scan, it is important to pick a frame. This will obviously depend on the taste of the parents, as well as the style of their house. Try not to pick anything overly garish or boring – rather, a frame somewhere in the middle.
Finally, the humble diaper bag. This may seem like a boring gift, but I promise you, it isn’t. When you have a newborn, one diaper bag is not enough, nor is five. There seems to always be a need for more diaper bags. They also get dirty at a seemingly impossible speed, making it difficult to keep up.
There are tons of different varieties of diaper bags as well. Some are small, minimal, and sleek – whereas others look as though they could carry a week’s worth of supplies. Like the bibs and onesies, there are also a ton of different customizable options for a diaper bag. There are sports options, military options, princess options, and so much more.
It can also be fun to make a themed diaper bag filled with things for the parents that they can use before the baby arrives. This can be paired with other options on this list, such as the spa basket. Consider hiding a gift for the parents within the diaper bag, making this an even greater and more special gift for them. They surely will appreciate this and you.
Way to a Man's Heart
It's only right that everybody gets their fair share of goodies when it comes to congratulation gifts for parents-to-be. That especially includes dad. We're talking everything from all the snacks a guy could want to creative sports-themed items to cool things for all kinds of indoor and outdoor men. We love it when men get in on the congratulatory action. No matter what, the gift has to be cool. Cool means going for personalized gift ideas that speak to a man's heart.
Savory Meats and Cheeses
Traditionally, one of the best congratulation gifts for expecting parents are hearty meat and cheese ensembles. The rich and spicy savory flavors say, wake up noses and taste buds, like nobody's business. Plus, it doesn't hurt that these filling choices make great snacks or meals for any time of day. Don't forget. Mom will also want some of that fresh chocolate from the other gift basket for dessert.
Themed Gift Baskets
Who doesn't love fun, funny or creative themed gift ideas for expectant parents? Being parents means holding on to as much humor as possible before, during and after the baby's arrival. We're talking about having a little fun with western-themed appetizers and desserts that will lasso even the pickiest buckaroo.
Spicy Little Numbers
Moms and dads-to-be will both enjoy getting in on this fiery congratulatory gift action. Friends also love giving gifts of tangy, spicy snacks with that snap-to flavor, too. There is always one parent who can't go a day without some chips and salsa. Fret no more. We've got your spicy number.
Great Gifts that Aren't Food
Food items are fabulous gifts that everybody loves. Then there are the non-food items that are just as irresistible. Something that parents-to-be can use before, during and after the sweet bundle of joy arrives. Having a great way to carry all the necessities for baby and parent means having a multi-functional carry-all bag to cover all the bases. Where parents-to-be are concerned, we are on to those multi-tasking needs.
A Little Side Note
For those best buddies, favorite aunts, involved uncles and everyone else who is searching for the perfect gift to give their favorite parents-to-be, there are so many amazing ideas to get the gift-giving ball rolling. Food items, planters, fabulous gift baskets with stuffed toys and succulent treats just keep on keeping on. But, the ideas don't stop there.
Plan a night out with the parents-to-be, even if that means staying in. Super easy gifts like pretty barware, coaster sets, and cutting boards rank right up there at the top of the gift-giving list, too.
Moms love things that make her job simpler when entertaining. But don't forget to make it witty and entertaining. Super creative serving dishes for appetizers just might do the trick because of their whimsical and functional sides. Think cheese and cracker accessories.
Dads love things they can either sink their teeth into or use in favorite places. Whether casual or formal, swagger counts as much as a gift's usefulness.
Food for Thought
Parents-to-be are still the same people they always were. Now they are excited for a whole new reason. Some parents want to accentuate the magic within the experience of becoming parents. Congratulation gifts for parents-to-be help them feel special with and are such a great way to express your excitement for them. Think thoughtful. Congratulatory gift-giving is a joy because there is so much togetherness to share and celebrate.