Know someone who is expecting a visit from the stork sometime soon?  Well I do and it got me thinking about baby gifts.  Sometimes when we are faced with getting a baby gift for someone, it can be overwhelming.  It’s hard to know what the couple may or may not have and we usually don’t like to flat out ask someone what they want or need.  Well, to me there are a couple of gift ideas that you simply can’t go wrong with.  Let’s talk about those now.

There is that group of baby items that you can never seem to have enough of as a new parent.  Here is a partial list that will hopefully inspire you.  Diapers, burp clothes, bibs, swaddling blankets, Onesies, footed sleepers, little tee-shirts, hooded baby towels, little washcloths, wipes, diaper cream, baby wash, baby oil…the list goes on.  There is no getting around it, new babies are a messy business! Think back…how many times a day did you change your new baby’s clothes, bedding, diapers, and on and on.   I don’t know any new parent who wouldn’t love getting a few extras of any of these items.

That being said, those items can also can seem a little impersonal.  So how can you easily remedy that?  Well, what I did was take a picture frame that I had on hand and personalized for the new little one.  It’s easy, fun, and affordable.  What more can you ask for?!  I knew that the new mama to be was going for a fun cowboy theme and thanks to Facebook, I also knew the basic color scheme!  Yay for social media! 

Anyway, I took this information and used it to create this cute little picture frame to include in the basket of goodies I assembled as my gift.  I also found a great canvas storage bin to use as a gift basket (in coordinating colors!) so that will also be useful storage for baby’s items as well!

Here’s what I did to personalize the picture frame:

This is the 5 x 7 frame I had on hand

I embellished it with braided rope that I dipped in paint to match the nursery color scheme 

I embellished it with braided rope that I dipped in paint to match the nursery color scheme 

I added the "cow spots" with some black stickers I had and just cut the shapes and applied them to the frame

I added the "cow spots" with some black stickers I had and just cut the shapes and applied them to the frame

Here’s how I assembled the whole gift package:

Here is the completed basket.  The cute tote is a gift in itself.  I used raffia as filler in the basket and just played with the arrangement until I liked the way it looked.

Here is the completed basket.  The cute tote is a gift in itself.  I used raffia as filler in the basket and just played with the arrangement until I liked the way it looked.

You could do something other than a picture frame like making a cute wall-hanging plaque with new baby’s name or use some cute glass floating picture frames and stick-on numbers with baby’s birth date. If you sew, you could get a cute piece of fabric and cute letters of baby’s name and sew them onto a cute receiving blanket, bib, or bath towel.   Any of these ideas are simple, affordable, and fun.  Remember gifts don’t have to be expensive and if you actually put your personal touch on part of the gift, it will mean all the more!

This may seem overly simple, but sometimes the best ideas are just that….simple.  I think in today’s world, we sometimes tend to over-complicate things.  So, the next time you find you are in need of a baby gift, remember some of these ideas and hopefully inspiration will strike for you! 

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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