Baby gift registries are becoming an increasingly popular option for baby showers and celebrations to welcome a newborn into the world. A gift registry not only takes the stress out of finding a present but it also ensures that the new mum and dad won’t double up or miss out on essential items.
Many gift registries can now be found online which makes the whole buying process convenient and even easier when the transaction can take place in the comfort of your own home. Some gift registry services also offer you the option of selecting items from several different stores.
Here are a few tips if you are compiling your own baby gift registry:
Boring Essentials: Don’t be afraid to include all those boring nuts and bolts of babydom, such as burp cloths, diapers and nappies. These baby gifts may not be as glamorous as the sterling silver baby gifts but they are definitely something you will use on a daily basis.
Price Range: Try to include options for all budgets or those who are not immediate family or not in your close circle of friends. Smaller items could include: photo frame or album, or kids books.
Partial Purchase: This can be ideal if you have a group of close friends who would all like to pitch in on a bigger or more expensive item such as a stroller or crib/cradle/cot. Great idea for showers!
Treats for Mum or Dad: Don’t feel guilty about selecting a few relaxing or special treats for yourself. These gifts could include a massage or spa treatment or maternity clothes.
Duplicates: Selecting the same item twice can be a good idea, especially if you know the baby will be spending time at another location, such as at the grand parents or at a work environment.
Think Ahead: A complete baby gift registry usually contains items for baby’s first year, but don’t be afraid to include items that may be useful for a little later on.
Some of the most popular online services for a baby gift registry include: BabiesRus, Target Baby, Baby Depot and Walmart.