So I’m a parent now and, as everyone said it would, it’s totally changed my life. My whole schedule now revolves around this tiny person who needs me for literally everything from feeding her face to cleaning her butt.
Holiday shopping with a newborn is a lot less “browsing stores for hours looking for the perfect gift” and a lot more “buying most everything online or shopping with a really specific list and plan.” On the flip, my in-laws want to know what I’d like for Christmas, but there’s not much I need right now other than a few consecutive hours of sleep and maybe some food that I don’t have to make.
New parents of tiny babies are a weird bunch because we’ve become social recluses out of necessity, spend hours each day speaking in baby talk, and have generally lost touch with the outside world. If you have a friend or relative who has a little one, you might be befuddled about what to get them. Diapers? Vodka? More baby clothes? I’ve got you. If anyone wants to buy me these things, I would not be opposed…
Hungry Parents of Hungry Babies
You know what you barely have time for once you’ve got a baby at home? Healthy meals. All our focus is on making sure the baby is eating well and we barely have time to cook for ourselves.
- Take the pressure off of what to make for dinner with a gift subscription to HelloFresh and send all the ingredients for a healthy meal to their doorstep!
- Order healthy and yummy treats for the whole family with a Graze box gift subscription.
- Send something sweet to look forward to after the baby goes to bed, a Cookie Every Night subscription from Mouth.
- No tired parent has the time to hit the liquor store, so treat them to a Gold Medal Wine Club gift subscription.
Baby-Free Date Night
Want to win a new parent over for life? Offer to babysit so they can have a relaxing date night with their significant other or a night of quiet relaxation on their own.
- Book a hotel room close to home with Hotels.com. That way, the parents can get some alone time and some solid sleep time, but still be close enough in case of an emergency (or if they decide they need to come check on the baby).
- Nothing like the best lesbian movie ever made, Carol, to set the mood…
- …and an edible wax candle that turns into massage oil for some solo or partnered relaxation.
Exhausted Parent Pampering
At the end of the day, we could just use some extra comfort. That’s all.
- Every second of sleep counts with a baby who doesn’t sleep through the night. Help a new parent make the most of every moment in their bed with these super warm, super comfy, super sleep-inducing fleece sheets.
- A portable heated back massager will help release the tension at work, at home, or wherever and whenever a free fifteen minutes presents itself.
- I guarantee you new parents don’t have time or resources to buy fancy, yummy bath products, so treat them to a relaxing sensory experience with this coconut body scrup from the Body Shop. The next time they find a hot minute to take a shower, they’ll thank you!
- This is the perfect adult coloring book to blow off some steam after a long day soothing a fussy baby.
Baby Stuff, Duh
We all know what you really want is to spoil our baby with gifts. FINE. At least make it something useful!
- When I was pregnant, one of my friends who has a kid told me to get lots of zip-up sleep’n’plays. We only half-listened. Now, we understand. Zip-up footie sleepers are essential and every parent who has already received way too many gifts of clothing will still appreciate a zip-up sleep’n’play. This cute dinosaur sleeper with dino feet is adorable.
- The VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is the perfect educational toy to grow with a kiddo from infant to toddler.
- The Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in-1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo is great for a tired parent with an active baby. It lets mobile little feet run around safely and converts to a toddler table when they’re older.
- File this one under weird stuff I didn’t think we’d use, but we can’t live without. The Bath Luve washcloth keeps a newborn baby warm while getting a bath. You could just use a washcloth, but it wouldn’t be as cute nor would it cover their little bodies so perfectly.