Further to a new baby in the house, I love getting gifts. There is a reason that the idiom "it's the thought that counts" is long-living. That someone took the time to set aside something for baby Eddie, no matter the item, touches my emotions. It shows that they care. The simple act of giving a gift, whether homemade or Jonathan Adler hippy couture, is the essence.
People have a lot of gifts to give, and it gets pricey, especially when you live amongst folks who have (k'h), many beautiful communal life cycle events to celebrate. People can't keep spending money when they have multiple brisses, weddings and bar mitzvahs a month. So they do what we all know happens in the dark recesses of home offices across the country: they regift.
jacket gift receipt required.
I am the first to admit that I regift items, but with baby things another alternative is to make a personalized, handmade gift. And you don't have to be a Picasso.
I am not a great artist. But I can hold my own with a glue gun and paint pen. I realize this isn't for everyone. And not everyone has the time; who does! But if you can swing it, most moms I know love something that says their baby's name on it. Especially when you already have all the baby gear you need. Who needs another plastic baby toy?
Here are some works in progress. They are personalized plastic storage boxes. You might know these babies, or better yet, you might be the recipient of one of these gifts. If so, I hope I didn't ruin the surprise. These boxes still need some silver accents added.
Look how cooperative Eddie was!