Adventures of Supermommy

June 11, 2010

Gift Basket Ideas

Filed under: Gifts, Tips and Tricks — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 3:45 am

Gift baskets are awesome.  Especially when you put them together yourself, tailored with the person you’re giving them to for the specific occasion, with things that you’ve found that make your life a little easier.  I just made a post about Fels Naptha soap, because I’ve found that even though it’s hard to find in my area, it’s worth its weight in fine chocolate.  (Gold would be a little too much of an exaggeration here.)

Tip number one: If you’re giving a gift that runs on batteries and they are not included, get some batteries.  It’s almost cruel to give someone a gift that they can’t get right to it!

Most of these things you can find at Wal-Mart or a drug store.  Some of it you can make yourself if you’re crafty.  Some of it is really cheap but very thoughtful and some is more expensive.  So, pick and choose whatever you like from the following “recipes”.

Baby shower/new baby/toddler gift “baskets”.  If you know that your parents-to-be are going to be getting plenty of the usual stuff (i.e. clothes, baby towels, blankets, sheets, bottles, toys, etc.), here are a few ideas for the extra stuff that most first time parents might not think to get unless they have help from a veteran super-parent:

  • For the “basket”:  Who says it has to be a basket?  Get a laundry basket, a storage box (you can never have too many of them), a laundry hamper, a small pail, a washtub, whatever.  Notice the laundry theme? Parents to a LOT of laundry, having a pail or washtub around is nice to soak really bad messes until they can be gotten to later.  If cloth diapering, get a bucket with a lid to put the soiled diapers in until wash time.
  • Alternate container idea: If the parent has somewhere to plant it, get them a small tree or bush that will grow and hang small things from it (pacifiers, rattles, hair bows, baby socks, etc.).  They get the gifts that decorate the tree and they can plant it in the yard and watch it grow as their child grows.  Sweet, isn’t it?
  • A bar of Fels Naptha Soap
  • A bottle of Mylicon drops (gotta have ’em, they’re magic)
  • A bottle of each infant’s Tylenol and Motrin (or their equivalent generic brands, they work just as good)
  • A bottle of adult Tylenol and/or Motrin.  When baby screams at you for a while, or you’ve been chasing them around, you’re gonna need it on hand.
  • A couple of cloth diapers for emergency-we’re-out-of-diapers scenarios
  • A bottle of witch hazel (because it doesn’t burn as badly as alcohol on boo boos)
  • Some no-sting liquid bandage spray (I’ve used it myself, it is perfect on skinned knees)
  • Night-time baby bath and lotion-it really does help baby sleep better
  • No-scratch mittens
  • If you know they don’t have them already (duplicates are just fine, we can never find them when we need them, luckily we have more than one) A pair of screwdrivers and sturdy scissors.  The scissors are to help unpackage toys and such and just about all baby toys need a screwdriver to change the batteries.
  • BATTERIES.  Parents go through lots of them.  So many toys need them.  Get them a few sets of rechargeables and a charger.  (Most of our girls’ toys run on AA’s.)
  • A pacifier and pacifier clip.  See Ashley’s Binky Clip tutorial at Make It and Love It.
  • If you know your mom-to-be is going to breastfeed, get her a tube of Lansinoh Nipple cream.  Also, warn her that that stuff leaves a greasy mess on your clothes, so a box of nursing pads would be nice, too.  I prefer the Johnson’s brand myself.
  • Another for a breastfeeding mother: A nursing cover.  Here’s another pair of Ashley’s tutorials at Make It and Love It.  Here’s her nursing cover.  I made mine without a pattern, but I wish I would have made it more like hers.  OR you could just make a set of these clips (they clip onto a blanket) and make it easier to hide things in public.  Basically, if you sew at all, go to her site.  She has wonderful ideas for just about everything!
  • If they’re having a boy, a “pee pee tee pee” or “Wee wee wigwam” looks like a great idea.
  • Baby laundry detergent.  All actually makes a Baby variant that smells great and works wonderfully, but I can only find it at K-Mart these days.  I’ve even started making my own laundry detergent (I know, I’m a geek).
  • A 7.5 watt light bulb.  Turns just about any lamp into a night light.  Great to leave one little lamp on for some gentle light when you’ve got to get up in the middle of the night a few times to feed the baby.

Okay, that’s enough baby stuff.

Housewarming: Know someone moving out on their own for the first time?

  • Container:  A kitchen trash can, a laundry basket, a box, whatever.
  • A First Aid Kit!  Tylenol, Ibuprophen (generics are fine), Bandages, Witch Hazel, Rubbing Alcohol, Peroxide, Neosporin, a thermometer, stomach medicine of choice (I hate the pink stuff, the smell makes me gag), etc.  I’ve given a gift like this to my husband (before he was my husband) and he told me how greatful he was for this.  Not only was he sore from all the heavy lifting and physical labor, but he had a few bangs and scrapes and needed a little first aid, too.
  • Basic Tool Kit: Hammer, Phillips and Flat head Screwdrivers, Pliers
  • A set of picture hangers and cup hooks
  • A flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter
  • Household cleaners – Window cleaner, bathroom cleaner, toilet brush, broom and dust pan or swiffer, multi-surface cleaner, dish soap and scrubbers, etc.  Don’t forget a roll or two of paper towels!
  • Bug Spray
  • Duct Tape.  ’nuff said.
  • A Bar of Fels Naptha Soap.  See previous.
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cord
  • Fridge magnets
  • A pair of scissors
  • Notepad and pens or pencils
  • Batteries.  It sucks to not have them when you need them.

Getting a car?

  • Container: A car-wash bucket OR a case of some kind that can be kept in the trunk.  I keep my emergency stuff in my old backpack from college just to keep things tidy
  • Jumper Cables
  • Maybe not for everyone, but for some people: Small first-aid kit: Ice pack, bandages, blanket, latex gloves, gauze, etc.
  • Road flares
  • Car washing soap, Sponge and other car care needs
  • *Tip: I know some people that want to keep the inside of their car smelling nice.  They throw a dryer sheet underneath the driver’s seat.  Smells great!  When it stops working, just get a new one.  The heat in the summer here in Georgia definitely makes it work.
  • Just for fun, throw in a pair of fuzzy dice or an air freshener
  • Personalized license plate (if they have somewhere to put one)
  • Duct tape.  This stuff has saved lives.  Literally.
  • Bungee cords
  • A pair of scissors (you never know when you’re going to need them) and/or a pocket knife.
  • A key chain, of course

These are just the tip of the iceberg, my friends.  I’ll post some more gift basket suggestions later on, but as it is, it is late and we’ve finally got both the munchkins to sleep.


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