Before having children, I used to love buying for my friends’ little ones but I’m not sure now whether the selections I made were good or not. Now I’ve got one (and a half) of my own, I definitely have a firmer idea of what I’d want and hopefully have got better at present buying for children. Having just had Christmas (where we got lovely stuff from all our family and friends for Alexandra), it brought to mind a few pointers that I thought I’d share:
- If you’re planning on having children of your own in the future (or already own some) then beware, people could return the favour if you always buy super noisy toys! (I did actually buy a couple of noisy toys myself this year but most the ones we got were quiet, result.)
- I found while I absolutely loved getting clothes for Alex when she was born, some of the presents which were the most helpful were full of useful little bits I might need along the way but have forgotten to get (or not known about). Now if a close friend or family member is having a baby, I like to put together a little pack with things like Calgel, Snufflebabe and other products we’ve tried and loved.
- Buy bigger sizes. Whilst having lots of newborn outfits is absolutely adorable, it’s great when you also get some bigger sizes, firstly because they grow out of the first size stuff so quickly but secondly because it can suddenly be a big expense when they get to six or nine months and you’ve got nothing as everyone bought tiny stuff.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. I’d much rather someone ask me what Alexandra wants or needs then end up with something she won’t get a lot of use out of. My sister said at Christmas that one of my friends always buys Alex really great presents – it’s because she asks me what she wants!
- Don’t overuse the selotape – Alexandra is just getting to the age where she can help unwrap her own presents, but it’s much easier when the person has only used a couple of bits of selotape rather than the whole roll. Someone said to me they used to put their kids’ stuff in tissue paper which I think is a fab idea as they’d love ripping it all up to get to the present.
- I just asked Dylan what his top tip would be and his response was: ‘buy an empty box. The kid will be love it and you’ll save a ruck of money’.
Harriet, Alexandra and bump x