A baby’s 1st birthday is usually the most anticipated birthdays since it marks his 1st year of existence in this world! Surprise the parents with a special hamper and make sure to include these items in your gift.
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Baby hampers have been growing in popularity recently due to the fact that new parents love them.Mum and baby get to use every item, and you get the “oohs” and “aahs” of aunts and uncles who thought they couldn’t have gotten a better gift than the one that you got.
Baby hampers are a creative spin on a timeless gift giving tradition.
There’s an unlimited range of choices out there; hampers in different sizes, colours, themes, designs, and combination of items. No two hampers are alike and you are guaranteed to find one that is just as unique for the baby; but if you want to make it extra special, customisation is the way to go. This means you will be building your own baby gift hamper with the items that you selected and wrapped yourself.
Don’t have an idea what to include in the baby hamper? Why not make a call or a visit and fish for some ideas from the new parents? Having a quick chat with them could give you an idea of what they would like to get or better yet, why not just ask them straight ahead? This ensures that the money you spent to purchase the gift is put to good use.
If there’s no way you can get in touch with the parents or you’d rather surprise them, here’s a list of some ideas to help build your very own baby gift hamper:
- Body care items
- Sunscreen lotion
- Rash ointment
- Grooming items
- baby hairbrush
- nail clippers
- cotton swabs
- Practical items
- baby bottle
- bath thermometer
- bath towel
- wash clothes
- bathing sponge
Anything which you feel is useful on baby can be placed inside the hamper. It doesn’t even have to be baby items. It can be something that mom and dad could really use after having just had a baby. Below are some of the things you can add:
- Gift certificate to a spa
- A voucher at a local restaurant
- Bottle of perfume
- Photo album
- Scented candles
- Magazine subscription
It’s good to reserve at least 1-2 items for the parents in the hamper. It shows that you also thought of them while making the baby gift. After you have gathered the items, place them all in one big container. It can be any of the following:
- Cloth lined basket
- Plastic bowl or a bucket
- Baby bath tub
- Canvas storage box
Arrange the items in the baby gift hamper and if you want to make it look stuffier, place cotton balls, cloths, diapers or boxed wipes at the bottom. This creates the illusion of the hamper having more items than there really is. Be as creative as you want when wrapping the baby gift hamper. If not, you can employ the help of a friend who’s good at gift wrapping or get ideas from websites that sell quality gift hampers in Australia or in your local area. There’s a rich source of baby hamper photos to take inspiration from.
You don’t have to include all these items in the baby hamper nor does all of it have to be in the same category. You can pick one for each to include in the baby hamper. Only get the items which you feel will suit mom and baby best. The parents who receive it will appreciate the thought that went behind the gift and will be able to use all the items in the gift hamper. Did we miss any item? If there’s anything you’d like to add, let us know in the comments