Do you have to buy a baby gift? It seems at least once a month I’m picking up something for a colleague at work, an acquaintance, or close relative. Too many times, I’m short on time and ideas, which usually leads to a misappropriation of funds and some sub-par gifting.
Over the years I have found a few go-to Web sites that help make gift-giving a little easier. Red Envelope (www.redenvelope.com) has great baby gifts. I’m completely partial to the ABC bookends in silver that come with three starter books. The bookends can even be monogrammed. Its on the pricey side, but they also have more inexpensive gifts from plush toys, to blankets, and frames. For smaller gifts, like a unique onesie and bib set, online craft marketplaces like Etsy and PaperNStitch are great go-to’s that won’t break the bank. Just be sure if you’re not familiar with a vendor to read the profile and check the rating before purchase. And if you have any questions about wash-ability or material used, feel free to send them a message--reputable vendors will respond within a day or so and will be kind and accommodating.
Of course, there’s always the popular retail stores that sell online (and ship with gift-wrapping) like PotteryBarn Kids, Carters, Gymboree, and GapKids. When buying a gift online, I’ve learned that having a budget in mind, ($20 for acquaintances, $35 for close coworkers, $50 and up for close friends and relatives) helps keep the buying in check, I’ve also learned that shopping from one of these sites and having them wrap and ship it to the new mom or mom-to-be is, at least for me, priceless.
What’s your baby gift go-to?