So, a friend of yours just had a baby. And, of course, you want to get them a gift. But what do you get? If you're not a parent yourself, you might be at a loss. Fret not! This blog post will give you some ideas on what types of gifts to consider for the new parents in your life.

Types of Gifts to Consider

One option is to get something for the baby themselves. A lot of people go this route because it's easy and it's something that the parents will need. However, babies grow quickly, so keep that in mind when choosing a gift.

Some things you might want to consider are clothes, shoes, toys, or books. You could also go for a more sentimental gift, like a blanket or an album to put pictures in.

Another option is to get something for the parents. After all, they're the ones who are really going to be using it! A nice gift basket with some essential items like snacks, tea or coffee, and lotion can be greatly appreciated by new parents who are sleep-deprived and running on fumes.

Or, if you know the parents' style and taste, you could get them a piece of wall art or home décor for their nursery.

Finally, consider giving a charitable donation in the baby's name. This is a great way to show that you care about the family and their future without adding more "stuff" into their lives.

What Parents Like in a Gift for Their Newborn

As far as gifts for the baby go, most parents appreciate things that are practical and useful. Newborns grow quickly, so clothes that can be worn for several months are always appreciated (make sure you pick out clothes that are appropriate for the season!).

Items like diaper bags, bottles, burp cloths, and bibs are also great because they'll definitely get use out of them. And while every parent loves getting cute clothes and toys for their baby, try to avoid anything too fragile or delicate that won't withstand wear and tear (or drool!)

If you're looking for a gift that will stand out from the pack, consider one of these three unique and personalized baby gifts.

For the fashion-forward parent, consider a custom-made baby onesie. There are lots of companies that offer this service, so you can choose a design that reflects the parents' personal style. If you want to go the extra mile, you can have the onesie embroidered with the baby's name or initials.

For the parent who loves to read, consider a personalized book plate. This is a small label that goes inside the front cover of a book. You can usually find book plates at your local bookstore or online. Again, you can personalize the book plate with the baby's name or a special message from you.

Finally, for the parent who loves to cook, consider a homemade meal kit. This could include everything needed to make a healthy and delicious meal, including recipes and grocery lists. It's a great way to show the new parents that you're thinking about them and that you know they're going to be busy!

What Not to Buy for a Newborn

Parents generally know what they need for their newborn and don't need much help in that department. So avoid getting big ticket items like strollers or car seats unless you know for sure that's what they want/need.

Also steer clear of anything fragrant (perfumes, scented candles, etc.), as many newborns are sensitive to smells.

Some parents don't like it when people give their babies noisy toys. Although it seems like a fun gift, these toys can become annoying very quickly!

When picking out a gift for a newborn baby, think about what the parents will need and appreciate. Practical items that are useful now and in the future are always great choices.

And finally, don't forget that mom and dad need some time alone with their new arrival! Unless you have been explicitly asked to babysit, resist the urge to offer your services just yet – they'll let you know when they're ready for company.


When you've decided what type of gift you'd like to buy for the newborn in your life, or if you need more help coming up with ideas, check out my blog Gifts for Baby's First Christmas.

Picking out the perfect gift for a newborn baby (and their parents) doesn't have to be hard. Just remember to consider what types of things the family might need or want – things that are practical and useful are always appreciated.

And try to avoid anything too fragile or smelly! With these guidelines in mind, you're sure to find just the right gift for the special occasion.