A few years ago, like many (type A) first-time moms, I created a baby registry of carefully selected, must-have baby items. Our list was minimal compared to most, and we were fortunate to receive (or buy ourselves) everything. That being said, for both of our babies, we also received a lot of non-registry gifts. Most were clothes and blankets (seriously, so many!), some were returned/exchanged/donated, and a handful made this list of the best baby gifts we never asked for!
This gift came from my husband’s friend, who first called to ask what kind of diapers we were using. He told us that they still had unopened gifts from their daughter, and they wanted to get us a baby gift that we’d definitely use. A couple of days later, the largest box of diapers arrived at our doorstep, and I didn’t have to buy another diaper for months! I know this isn’t the most fun gift to buy (although Honest Diapers are totally adorable, and Seventh Generation now come in patterns too), but it was the best gift to receive.
Lands End Monogrammed Canvas Tote Bag
This was a gift for my second daughter, who is just over 2 1/2 years younger than my first, and of course, the same gender. We already owned all of the baby gear, supplies, and clothes that we need; and now, we have this great big tote as the perfect way to bring everything with us, any time that we leave the house for more than just a quick outing.
Personalized Puzzle Step Stool
Over the past three years, this stool has served as both a toy and a learning tool, has kept doors open and shut, has been a nightstand beside my daughter’s toddler bed with tissues and water when she’s sick, and is currently in the bathroom continuously moving from the toilet, to the sink, and back again. When I first opened this gift, I thought it was cute, but never would have guessed how much we’d use it. Check out Julie’s DIY stool (and more great gift ideas) here.
I’m a firm believer that a child can’t have too many books, especially because they come in so many shapes, sizes, story lengths, and page materials. Not to mention, the number and variety of topics and themes. Check out FCMB kids’ favorite books or this BabyList guide for Baby’s First Library for some popular titles. My only suggestion is to include a gift receipt; we rarely receive duplicates, but when we do, I find books are surprisingly hard to exchange.
Restaurant Gift Card
On one of my mother-in-law’s early visits, she brought us a restaurant gift card, and hoped that we’d get a chance to treat ourselves to a date night. Let’s be honest, that’s not always easy to coordinate with a newborn! Instead, we ordered in dinner, four Fridays in a row. I love date nights, but as a new mom, no cooking and no dishes were a real treat!
What’s the best baby gift you received (and never asked for)?