Baby Shower? Office farewell for maternity leave? What’s the best group gift??
Set it up on Group Together in five minutes. We invite your friends to chip in, send reminders, keep track and then send you the collected money and group card with everyone’s messages and pics.
Tip: “What am I? Chopped liver??”
Don’t forget a little something for the other sibling? (Not a drum set!).
Here’s 10 of the best group gifts:
1. ASK HER!
Ask her what she’d really like? A whisper in her ear, or ask her advice as if it were for someone else. Most pregnant women have a long list of things they’d love. Ask her if she’d like something for her, for the baby or even something that’s not a thing – a pre-bub holiday, a treatment?
2. Photo shoot – pre or post baby
Courtesy of www.JustinePerl.com
Parents take 1 million baby photos, but how many are great? Let a professional take a couple of shots that are worthy of sharing and keeping forever. Buy a voucher from a photographer nearby and let your friend choose the timing – pregnancy, new born or first year. Get a combo of digital and prints so your friend can keep them close and share with the world.
If you’re in Sydney’s east, Justine Perl Photography, based in Bondi, has a huge clientele of new mums and families. She can take shots in her studio or at home, with or without props. She has packages starting at $300.
3. SLR camera
A smart phone is certainly the handiest camera and video. But for brilliant photos of babies, there’s two issues. First, there’s a delay so you tend to miss the shot. This is an issue once the baby is on the move. Ask anyone who’s tried to catch the shot of the child blowing out the candle on the first birthday cake (d’oh!). Second, you can’t get the close up of their sweet soft skin, tiny toes and whispy hair like with an SLR.
Note: most people never move out of auto mode so you mightn’t need the top of the range.
4. Massage or beauty treatment that’s “maternity safe”
5. Nursery furniture
6. Personalised jewellery keepsake
Like something more personal? Maybe wait till the baby’s been named and get a piece of jewellery engraved with the child’s name. Look at etsy.com or Melbourne based Personalised Jewellery for Mum or UberKate
Tiffany & Co. also make lockets, key chains and jewellery that can be engraved.
7. Baby bag
Kate Spade lined “diaper bag”
It sounds ridiculous to need a special bag to carry baby gear in. But those tiny little babies need a huge amount of gear – change of clothes, bottles for some, nappies, wipes etc. And the thing you need is ALWAYS at the bottom of the bag! These baby bags can make you feel less out of control (well, a little anyway). According to savvy and stylish mummy blogger Amy McEntee of Eat Raise Love, Kate Spade has the best mix of chic on the outside, practical on the inside – all lined for the inevitable bottle spill.
Also, if there’s money left over, a chic little bag for your friend’s make up feels like something for her. She mightn’t be splashing out on herself for a while.
Check out these minimia’s from www.miaitalia.com for $89.
8. Dinners delivered
Maybe you’ll create a roster of people to bring dinners, but that’s a big effort and quite personal. If you’re up to it Meal Train can help you schedule everyone. If it’s better for everyone to chip in a bit and pay someone to cook and deliver, there are companies that deliver home made fresh or frozen healthy, gourmet meals for adults or families with young kids. Try Dinner Ladies in Sydney’s east for a series of dinners or load the freezer up for months. Imagine!
Photo from www.DinnerLadies.com
9. Gifts (flowers + mags) every month that she’s on leave
In the beginning, there are loads of flowers and gifts, but then you can feel quite forgotten on maternity leave. How special to receive a bouquet every month or a magazine subscription. Any florist that’s local will set it up as a gift voucher, dating whenever you like. Or go online to Gift of the Month Flowers or magshop.
10. A night nurse or baby sitter vouchers
We (Julie and Ali) both had twins and more. We’d have traded every present we received for a couple of nights sleep care of a night nurse! Call an agency in your area and check references carefully. It’s not cheap but worth GOLD! In Sydney, try Mums Best Friend
Go to the www.grouptogether.com. We walk you through a quick and easy set up. Then add the list of friend’s emails you’d like to invite to contribute or copy the link to share any way you like. It’s ideal for office chip ins for group gifts, birthdays, get wells, farewells, engagements gifts etc.
We’ve all lived through (or heard) the horror stories of trying to get your baby to sleep through the night. Both Ali and I are mums to twins so we