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Meaningful Gifts for New Parents: A How-To Guide

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It’s officially the holiday season and that means gifts! Choosing gifts for family, friends, coworkers, and hosts can create overwhelming stress during what should be a magical and peaceful time of year. Many of us struggle to choose the perfect gift, especially for new parents!  It puts a lot of pressure on a person!

Fear not, we’ve uncovered some helpful tips that will help you pick meaningful gifts for new parents and everyone else on your list.  So, skip the stress and lines at the mall and instead spend some time introducing your children to the magic of the season. Create special memories to last a lifetime!

  1. Stop obsessing about price tags. And by that, we mean that the best gifts in the world aren’t necessarily the most expensive. Many people get caught up in how much they spend on each person as proof of their love. Just get that out of your head! Don’t focus on spending a certain amount or ensuring there’s a fancy brand name attached. Instead, go to tip #2.
  2. Make it personal. Too little thought about a person’s interests and passions results in gifts that sit in the closet or are regifted! Consider products which are connected to favorite childhood memories like homecooked meals, cozy family times playing games, or watching a family favorite movie. Thoughtful gifts are usually some of the most coveted!
  3. The best gifts are useful. Some parents just have enough “stuff.” If you’re struggling to find the perfect present, consider giving a practical gift instead. Focus instead on gifts that make parent’s lives easier. Think about what you used the most as a new mom or dad when selecting gifts for recent parents.
  4. Give a gift that makes a positive ecological impact. It’s important that each of us do our part to protect the earth and people on it. Some great tips are to look out for products which can transcend little ones growing phases by growing with them, or which have inseparable non-recyclable and recyclable materials. Taking some extra care to select products that are earth-friendly and sourced/created ethically will give you even more warm fuzzies when you give them.

Unfortunately, the holiday season in America is one of the biggest creators of waste in our country. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans produce an extra one million tons of household waste per week, including 8000 tons of wrapping paper and 2.65 billion holiday cards!

Consider to recycle or reuse wrapping paper when possible and lookout for gifts that are low impact, well made, and useful. Waste reduction doesn't have to mean settling for less, rather it just means becoming a more conscious gifter. 

We hope the above tips help bring holiday joy to the parents on your list!