I have stuffed toys to thank for kicking my butt into gear and starting this blog over a year ago. So many stuffed toys. I wanted to provide a place where all of you lovely people could visit for baby and kids gift ideas that aren’t just soft and fluffy. Of the 51 stuffed toys in our house, I have only purchased 2 of them. That’s a lot of fluffy teddies, bunnies, giraffes and other creatures lovingly given as gifts, sitting around gathering dust.
One of my earliest posts was about newborn gift ideas. I wanted to find out if I was the only one inflicted with stuffed toy pick-up hell so asked for feedback from my ever-awesome Mums Group. I count myself as very lucky to be part of such a lovely and supportive group. We’ve all stuck together since that first day nearly 6 years ago when we walked into our local child health centre, bleary eyed and daunted at the prospect of being in charge of a little human.
So what were the gifts the lovely ladies in my Mums Group received when their bubs were born that they most loved (and actually used)?
- Picture books
- Good quality baby blankets, large muslin wraps and sleeping bags
- Soft flannels
- Play mat “with overhead hanging things”
- ‘Baby Love’ book by Robin Barker
- Padded trolley seat for supermarket trolley
- Soft hooded towel
- Pack of old school blue line white flannelette nappies (used on change table, feeding cloths, burp rags and more!)
- Voucher to a day spa for Mum
- Champagne – “Always useful”
And what were the items they didn’t find as useful?
- Stuffed toys
- Bad quality muslin wraps
- Shoes for little babies that didn’t stay on (ok if they were larger sizes that they could grow into once crawling and walking)
- Clothes that were too difficult to use due to lack of stretch or type of closure
- A dummy clip to attach to clothes – “never used”
You can read the full post here and also discover 13 of my favourite gift ideas for newborns.
One of my favourite gifts when Mr TT arrived was given to me by my Mums Group. The Little Bonbon ‘Love Hearts’ blanket has been such a practical gift. I still use it to this day. It’s reversible, made of a soft cotton knit so isn’t too thick and is the perfect size for a pram or floor play. Mr TT still uses it if we are out and about and on his bed at home. An added bonus – the bright and bold design isn’t too babyish for a “big boy” like him!
Little Bonbon has a beautiful collection of baby shawls, blankets and children’s throws and I have given a number of these to my “new mum” friends over the years.
Thanks to Little Bonbon, I’m giving away a ‘Love Hearts’ blanket in red/white valued at $49.95. To win, simply tell me in 25 words or less what gift you love to give a newborn or new mum. You can enter by commenting below or on the post on my Facebook page.
Terms and conditions – This giveaway is only open to Australian residents. This giveaway closes at midnight AWST on Wednesday 9 September 2015. The winner will be contacted on Friday 11 September 2015. One entry per person. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged on their creativity by a panel who will decide the winner.
GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED
For more gift ideas for babies and new mums, visit Gift Grapevine on Pinterest where I have a board dedicated to gift ideas for babies. You might also want to check out my post on Great books for 0 – 2 years olds. Books always make great gifts!