Sometimes buying an interesting gift for someone else’s child can be a bit of a minefield. While toys and clothes are often popular choices, it means that most children already have a wardrobe full of clothes and a room full of toys (which probably won’t last longer than a few months!) If you want to give a gift that is more lasting and holds greater meaning you have to think a little outside the box.
There are several websites that offer personalised cards, photo books and even baby grows so you can give a gift with a little extra personality. A printed photo book can be a great way to document the baby’s childhood – and embarrass them when they’re older! You could also use an engraving service to add a special message to a silver money box, spoon or a piece of jewellery to create a unique keepsake.
For a gift idea that really is out of this world, naming a star can be an unusual and symbolic gesture. It’s a gift which surprisingly doesn’t cost the earth and you receive a certificate confirming the name of your star and a map of its location. This can be a great way to mark the birth of a new baby or a milestone birthday.
Another gift idea which would see the child through to their adult life is a 100 year diary. You can buy these online and they come with plenty of space to document all the important details of the child’s life. The parents can keep track of their baby’s early years before passing it on when they’re all grown up so they can continue writing themselves.
You don’t have to spend a lot to come up with a gift that is unique and sentimental. Babies receive so many gifts that it can be difficult to come up with an idea that no one else has thought of. While it can be tempting to opt for clothes and toys, giving a gift that is a little more meaningful can be more rewarding for both you and your young recipient.