16 Gift Ideas For Expecting Parents & Pregnant Moms
If you know expecting parents this holiday season, we’ve made it easy!
We’ve compiled great gift ideas for expecting parents to take the guesswork out of it for you.
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Best Gift Ideas For Expecting Parents and Friends
Your pregnant friends have been carrying a human for months; they deserve presents.
#1 Future Keepsake: Baby’s Hand or Footprints
Memories are one of the best things you can give to a new parent.
Purchase a gift card to a ceramic studio like Paint, Glaze, and Fire or Ceramic Cafe so that they can take the baby in to create a footprint tile or plate to be cherished for years to come. Or visit Courtney’s Studio Art to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.
Or, you can make this MistleToes Christmas craft with your new-mommy friends.
#2 Give Playtime at a Play Place
New moms are always looking for things to do with their babies. You can find TONS of indoor play places around KC.
#3 Classic Toys
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I spent time reminiscing about toys from my own childhood. Some would call them vintage.
Much to my surprise, and excitement, several of these classic (“vintage”) toys are still available.
#4 Mommy-Spa Visit or 3D Ultrasound
If you’re gifting to an expecting parent in their first or second trimester, consider purchasing a gift card for an ultrasound, prenatal massage session, or Lamaze class.
Birthing Beyond specializes in comprehensive Lamaze childbirth education, certified breastfeeding education, certified Dona International labor (doula) support, and DONA International Birth Doula Training throughout the KC metro area.
A prenatal massage or images of their unborn child can be cherished for a lifetime.
You can also check out Birth it Forward, they are a great group that provides doula and childbirth education services. Plus, when you hire them, 20% of your fees will support low- or no-cost services for local families.
#5 Baby’s First Swim Lessons
Infant swim lessons are important.
Teaching an infant to be comfortable in/around water is a lifelong skill that will benefit them forever. Infant swim lessons will help protect your friend’s or family’s new child. What better gift?
Purchase swim lessons from any one of the local YMCA locations. These are great for new and expecting parents to use with their babies.
#6 Books Establish a Love for Libraries
One of my favorite gifts that I ever received when I was pregnant with my daughter was a bookshelf for her nursery.
Having access to books will set a child up for a lifetime of learning.
A custom bookshelf and materials from the local library are great gifts for expecting parents. They can continuously have age-appropriate books as their baby grows.
Pro-tip: Mid-Continent Public Library offers free library cards and tons of resources for the whole family.
#7 Practical Nursery Items
There are not-so-fun gifts that expecting parents need. We know there are gifts that are more show-stopping than a diaper pail or a baby grooming kit.
Although that matching outfit for mom and baby or those tiny Nike sneakers are adorable, it’s the practical items that will actually aid in caring for a newborn.
Functional gifts parents will love in 2023 are:
- Muslin Swaddle Blankets
- DockATot Deluxe+ Dock
- HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi-Function Travel Backpack
- Delta Children LX Deluxe Portable Baby Play Yard With Bassinet
- BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original
- Playtex Diaper Genie Complete
- Spectra S1 Plus Electric Breast Pump
- Graco Soothe ‘n Sway LX Baby Swing
- Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding Starter Kit
- Graco Modes 3 Lite DLX Stroller
#8 Adorable Outfits
You can’t go wrong with clothing.
Babies grow so fast that expecting parents can’t keep up with the new sizes. Cut down on shopping trips with outfits for different ages and sizes!
You can also grab gift cards to different baby stores or even Target, so parents are prepared to purchase clothing as their baby grows.
Finn + Emma’s catalog *almost* makes me want to have another baby.
Their line of gender-neutral clothing makes for great gift ideas for parents who are waiting to reveal whether their sweet baby is a boy or girl.
Or for those parents who love all things KC, consider grabbing great baby items like onesies, puzzles, and bibs from Made in KC.
#9 Something that Grows with Baby
Some of the best gifts for new and expecting parents are those that can grow with their children.
Transitional items like bouncers can be turned into toddler chairs. Or, this La La Lounger really offers a bigger bang for your buck. I especially love the La La Lounger because of its ease of use.
As the parent of an older toddler, I love that the La La Lounger can be used as a floor cushion for reading, relaxing during movie nights, or snuggling up with siblings (or parents). With a retail cost of under $100, it’s a great gift that can be used for years and years.
#10- An Entire Wardrobe (for LESS!)
Surprise the mom-to-be with a full wardrobe for her new baby by shopping consignment sales.
Many of them offer steep discounts for baby items like clothes, toys, shoes, and accessories. You can save up to 90% off retail prices by shopping these sales.
Here are some that we recommend:
- Just Between Friends Overland Park Sale
- Just Between Friends Lee’s Summit Sale
- Kid’s Closet Connection Blue Springs Sale
- Kid’s Closet Connection Lee’s Summit Sale
This is an affordable gift for expecting parents, AND you get to do a little shopping spree for the new baby.
#11 Food Delivery Gift Cards
Sometimes, cooking can just take too much time, and effort, and as a new parent, you just don’t have the energy a lot of the time. Give the parents gift cards from places like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and more to get their favorite meal delivered.
#12 An Amazon Prime or Walmart+ Membership
These memberships allow for free shipping on pretty much everything the new parents will need. Walmart+ also offers discounted gas and free in-home grocery delivery from a Walmart employee.
#13 Meal Kit Delivery Services
If new parents are really up for eating out at local places, consider a meal kit service. Fresh meals are delivered to their home with everything needed inside. All they have to do is follow the instructions.
#14 Professional Services
After baby, mom and dad will need a night out to reconnect and take a breather from feedings, diapers, and everything else. Buy a gift certificate from a trusted sitter service or offer your available days where you can step in and help. Another service that would be greatly appreciated is cleaning services. There are great services you can hire a housekeeper as well as laundry services.
#15 Family memberships for KC
One great gift for new and expecting parents is memberships to local family-friendly attractions like the KC Zoo, My Play Cafe, and more. We have a guide that is full of memberships that have great places to take baby.
#16 Family Photos
Whether it is at the Picture People, JC Penny, or your favorite local photographer. Give the gift of family portraits to the new parents.
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