When someone you care about has a new baby, you probably want to show them you're thinking of them. While it's always nice to get the parents gifts for their baby, sometimes it's even more thoughtful (and unexpected!) to get something thoughtful for the parents too. After all, they are probably too sleep-deprived and busy learning how to care for their little one to do anything nice for themselves. Here are four thoughtful gift ideas for new parents:
Session with a Newborn Photographer
The early months of a baby's life are so precious and go by way too quickly. A session with a photographer who specializes in baby photography will be very appreciated by the parents as well as grandparents and other family members. They will love having beautiful, professional photos of their baby when they were still so tiny.
House Cleaning Gift Certificate
New parents are notoriously frazzled and short on sleep, which means household chores can easily fall to the wayside. A thoughtful way to help them out is to surprise them with a gift certificate for one session with a housecleaning service. You can often find good deals on housecleaning on coupon sites like Groupon.
For a more budget-friendly option, make a handmade gift certificate good for one house cleaning and offer to clean their home yourself at a time that's convenient for them. Just having someone run the vacuum and clean the bathroom while they take care of the baby or rest will feel like a huge luxury.
Meal Delivery Service
While many family members and friends may bring by casseroles or lasagna, after a while the new parents may start craving something more fresh and healthy. One idea is to look in your area for a meal delivery service with healthy options and pay to have a meal or two delivered. Another idea is to bring by dinner and include things like a salad and pre-cleaned and chopped fruits and veggies that they can snack on whenever they want.
The Gift Of Your Time
While brand new parents may not be ready to leave their baby with a sitter just yet, they would probably be thrilled if you offered to come hold the baby for a couple hours to give them a break. Tell them they can use the break to take a nap, enjoy a bubble bath, read a magazine, go for a walk, or whatever they feel like doing. They'll be able to relax knowing you are in the same house looking after the baby.
By surprising the new parents in your life with one of these gifts, you will make them feel especially loved and pampered.