If there are new parents among your family or friends, you might want to take extra care choosing a present for them this upcoming festive season, as they will probably be living a sleep-deprived haze and will definitely appreciate a treat! There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the perfect gift for a new parent: on the one hand, they would probably be grateful for useful things for their baby, but on the other hand, you want to remind them that they still matter in and of themselves. Here are some ideas for the best presents for new parents this winter.
1. A meal kit subscription
With breastfeeding or formula prep, constant diaper changes, and the million other tasks that fill the life of new parents, very little time and energy is left for cooking, which is why it’s customary for kindly neighbors and visitors to drop off casseroles on the new parents’ doorstep. If you don’t live close enough to regularly drop off meals in person, however, consider gifting the new parents in your life a two-person meal kit subscription. Each week they will receive fresh ingredients with instructions on how to make quick, nutritious meals which will give them the energy they need for their busy lives without taking ages to prepare.
2. A pampering kit
Being a new parent is exhausting and all-consuming, and it can make you feel like you have lost your sense of self and you are nothing more than a caring and feeding machine for your tiny human. This is perhaps especially true for those who carry the baby in their womb for nine months, go through painful, drawn-out labor and childbirth, and then spend another year or more breastfeeding. Some of the best gifts for new moms, therefore, are beauty and skincare pampering kits which will help the recipient relax and feel like themself again. Every new parent deserves to be pampered every once in a while!
3. A teething necklace
If the baby in question is old enough to have started teething and putting things in their mouth, a colorful teething necklace might be a great gift idea if you want to combine practicality and style. Teething necklaces have chunky beads made of medical-grade silicone which is safe for babies to chew (as long as it’s cleaned often!). They are normally fastened through breakaway clasps which open up if the baby pulls on the necklace, to avoid hurting the parent’s neck. There is a huge range of teething necklaces out there to suit all tastes, styles, and color combinations!
4. A one-handed bottle prep accessory
Whether they are holding their baby, tending to another one of their kids, or multitasking, new parents always have their hands occupied. This silicone holder has a suction base that adheres to a table or counter, and makes it easy to warm up bottles and sippy cups using only one hand. Guaranteed to become a life-changer for parents who use formula or breast pumps!