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Knowing what to buy new parents can be difficult. They might get a lot of things they need from their baby registry, so here are a few ideas for thoughtful gifts for new parents that they may not have considered, but that will definitely be appreciated!
Thoughtful Gifts for New Parents
All of the new parents I know wish for things like a clean house and a cooked meal, but if you’re looking for gifts for new parents that can be wrapped and/or shipped, here are a few suggestions that will be appreciated.
When nothing else will get baby to quiet down, the Baby Shusher – The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies will! My friend recommended this product to me years ago and we got one when my daughter was born. Sometimes, when my daughter would go on one of her legendary screaming fits, the white noise emitted by this little machine is the only thing that would earn us a few minutes (seconds?) of quiet.
New parents probably aren’t looking for something else to do, but My Life Story So Far provides parents with a way to share their story to pass down to their kids one day. Those early days are hectic and hard to remember, so this will help them keep track of some of the things they don’t want to forget!
My best friend came to visit shortly after my daughter was born and she brought with her a custom family portrait she had commissioned from Reenie Sue. (Full disclosure: I went to high school with Reenie Sue’s owner, Maureen.) This portrait is one of my favorite things ever as it showcases such a special time in our lives since we’d moved into our new house and had a baby all within the same week. I absolutely love that this picture captures that in such a personalized way and I’m certain that a piece like this would be a treasured gift for any new parents.
Don’t worry if you’ve missed the boat on shopping. We’ve got you covered with these 15 last minute gift ideas, and yes, they’re actually things people will want!
We’ve just about made it to Christmas and I’ve gotta tell you: I’m pooped! This has been one of the craziest holiday shopping seasons in recent history! There have been sales upon sales upon sales. And then, when I thought there couldn’t be any more sales or coupons, well, there were more.
This is the home stretch though and if you’ve got shopping left to do at this point then you are most likely planning on heading out to the stores to do it in-person. Or, perhaps you’re going to buy online and pick up in-store, which is another great option! If you’re still committed to shopping online, however, here are 15 last minute gift ideas that can still be purchased and sent to your recipients without them ever having a clue that the gift *might* be a last minute purchase!
15 Last Minute Gift Ideas
Sending Kindle Books as a gift – you can even pre-schedule delivery so that they “arrive” on Christmas morning – couldn’t be easier or more thoughtful (assuming your recipient is a book lover). If you’re unsure what book to send, consider sending the recipient YOUR favorite book.
Another great option for your favorite book lover? A subscription to Kindle Unlimited, which costs $9.99 per month and includes access to more than 700,000 Kindle books!
Vouchers from Deal Sites
Sites like Rue La La, Gilt City, Groupon, and Living Social offer discount vouchers that can be redeemed at various stores. For instance, one of my absolute favorites that pops up on Gilt City from time to time is $25 for $50 at Vosges Haut-Chocolat. $50 worth of chocolate? Yes, please!
If time is short, check out these sites to see if they have any giftable vouchers available. I promise you that the recipient will love being able to go on a mini shopping spree!
Was there any doubt that subscription boxes would make this list?! There are so many box options available that you’re sure to find something for someone on your list and the best part is that nearly every box is available as a one-time thing, or in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
Some of my recommendations include:
- PopSugar Must Have Box -for any woman
- Hammock Pack -for any woman needing a vacation
- MunchPak – for anyone wanting to try treats from around the world (check out my MunchPak review)
- Bark Box – for those with dog children
Personal Styling Services
For your favorite fashionista (or fashionisto… what’s the word for men?!) there are personal styling sites like Stitch Fix (check out our Stitch Fix review) or Le Tote (check out our Le Tote review) for women and Trunk Club, which now offers options for women and for men. A box from any of these sites will contain a selection of clothing items tailored to the recipient’s taste.
If you’re looking for inspiration for stocking stuffers for men, you’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find way more than 100 different ideas, all of which cost less than $10!
No holiday gift guide would be complete without a list of stocking stuffers, so this year we went all out and came up with this list of 100+ Stocking Stuffers for Men!
Each year I have the hardest time coming up with ideas for stocking ideas, so I used to toss in a couple of magazines and some candy and call it a day. Instead of following that same path I decided to sit down and come up with a list of interesting, useful, fun, and/or kitschy gifts. And, even better, each of the items below costs less than $10!
Personally, I always try to make the small gifts as useful as possible. A gag gift or two is fine, but money spent on stockings can add up quickly. A stocking doesn’t have to be expensive, just be sure to think – is this something that will actually get some use and/or be appreciated or is it something that will go to waste? If you wouldn’t buy someone a full-size gift you think they wouldn’t use, no sense stuffing their stocking with things they won’t use either. Many of the items below can be found at your local store, but links are provided below for hard-to-find items or for those of you who prefer to do your shopping online.
This year, check out our list below and avoid stuffing those stockings with coal! (Well, unless you’re talking about coal-shaped chocolate!)
Stocking Stuffers for Men
If you’re planning a visit to Chicago, you’ll love the Kinzie Hotel, which is a boutique hotel offering the same amenities as the large hotels but at a fraction of the price.
Though we moved out to the suburbs earlier this year, it’s important to us that our children know and appreciate the city. Chicago offers so many different opportunities – from world-class museums and theatres to great sports teams and some of the best food in the country – that we want to make sure our children experience. Our kids are still young so we are just now building our family traditions, but one thing I’d like to do each year is spend a couple of days in Chicago around the holidays.
There’s nothing like Christmas in Chicago! Michigan Avenue is all lit up, the Christkindlmarket is in full swing, and the holiday window display at Macy’s on State Street is a sight to behold. In the future, if we’re lucky, I’d love to set up an annual meal at Macy’s Walnut Room, but that’s a tough nut to crack (hardy har har) because everyone wants to eat by the giant Christmas tree!
This year, my parents are in town and were able to watch our daughter, so my husband and I took our son out for a night in Chicago and a stay at Kinzie Hotel. We didn’t get out and do much this year after we checked in, but thanks to the amazing views at Kinzie Hotel, phenomenal room service, and Holiday North Pole Express Package, we didn’t need to go anywhere!
The Holiday North Pole Express Package is a wonderful treat for anyone visiting Chicago around the holidays! When you book this package, you’ll receive two ornaments, Millennium Park ice skate rentals, and a visit from our North Pole Sweets Express. Because my son is just two, we skipped the ice skate rentals but we definitely enjoyed everything else!
I’d never stayed at Kinzie Hotel before, but check out the view from the bed! If you love a good city view (and who doesn’t?!), you won’t be able to look away from the windows.
We brought a few toys for our son but didn’t need them. All he wanted to do was look out the window and watch the world go by! Seriously, this is a million-dollar view!
I wanted a snack after we got to the hotel, and while I was just expecting to grab something from the minibar, I was beyond thrilled to learn that every night they offer snacks and drinks in the lounge. The adult beverages aren’t free, but the snacks are – they even bring out dessert! There was enough food (my image only has a portion of what was available) that you could easily make a meal of it if you wanted. The lounge itself was a great gathering place!
After grabbing a drink and a snack, I headed back to our room for the main attraction of our stay: the holiday bar cart!
If you book the Kinzie Hotel Holiday North Pole Express Package, you’ll not only receive two tickets for ice skating at Millennium Park, but they’ll also bring a bar cart to your room that’s filled with holiday goodies! The cart has hot cider and hot cocoa, as well as a few adult mixers for those who choose to indulge. There are also cookies, mints, and candy canes, and they drop off ornaments that you can decorate as a family!