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Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Parents-to-be

December 12, 2016

Do you know what the life of soon-to-be parents is really like? Hard. It’s hard to do things like go grocery shopping, clean the house, even eat or sleep. Food aversions, heartburn, morning sickness, and fatigue put a big wrench in regular daily activities. And once that baby is here, it’s going to be tricky to learn to adapt their daily routine to the new little boss in the house. So while other last-minute gift guides will tell you that your expecting friends want a cute picture frame or a sports-related onesie for their bun-in-the-oven, here is what they REALLY want that you can order or buy for a last-minute occasion.

Groceries

Seems weird, but if you showed up with a few bags of groceries to stock their fridge and pantry, they would probably cry in delight. Seriously, just head to the grocery store and grab the basics plus some treats. It is so hard to get to the store when you’re super pregnant, or working full-time, so this will save them so much time and effort.

External Hard Drive

This is truly what every new parent needs: more room for their pictures. There’s nothing worse than opening up your camera to take a picture and getting the dreaded, “Cannot take photo: your storage is full” notification. Of course, they could always opt to pay for more storage each month, but even then the photos seem to just stay on the phone. Gifting them an external hard drive not only gives them a place to safely store all those photos, but will motivate them to actually save them and organize them… another task new parents are not-so-good at remembering.

Photo Shoot Voucher

Another case of the good-intentions-gone-to-waste is the newborn photo shoot. Every parent thinks of this and plans to do it, but because of time, money, fatigue, etc. this usually gets bumped off the list once baby arrives. But always regrettably. So do them a favor and buy them a photo shoot with a nice studio that they can redeem at their convenience. They’ll cherish the photos forever.

Owlet Baby Monitor

Do you remember every gift that specific people gave to you? Probably not. But if you give your friends an Owlet monitor, they will remember and thank you for it for the rest of their lives. Owlet is designed to notify parents if their baby’s oxygen level falls out of range. But this Smart Sock does so much more than just that, it brings peace of mind and a good night’s sleep. The gift of a well-rested new parent is priceless, and once they realize just how taxing it can be to care for a new little human, this will be the gift they cherish the most.

Prenatal Exercise Class

So remember how your pregnant friend is super tired, probably sick, likely very achy, and definitely longing for her pre-pregnancy energy? Acknowledge her current predicament by gifting her a punch card or membership to a prenatal exercise class. The benefits of exercise during pregnancy (when authorized by a doctor) are undeniable, and your friend will be grateful for the chance to get some safe physical activity in and hopefully improve some of her ailments.

Restaurant Gift Card

Soon-to-be and new parents are usually budgeting a little more carefully than before, as they prepare for all of the added expenses that come with a new member of the family. Because of this, they may have made cutbacks when it comes to recreational and leisure activities. A gift card to a restaurant they like would be a super thoughtful gift that they would be thrilled to receive.

Adventure-friendly Baby Carrier

The late-night conversations of soon-to-be parents are often filled with dreams and ideas of family trips, adventures, goals, and prospects. Help make their plans a reality by gifting them an adventure-friendly baby carrier, like an Ergo 360 Carrier.  A stroller isn’t always practical for outdoorsy adventures, but a nice sturdy baby carrier can last them until their baby is well into toddlerhood. Carriers make hiking, and even strolling through the mall, so much easier.

Chatbooks Subscription

Remember all those pictures the new mom and dad are going to take and likely do nothing with except post to Facebook and Instagram once in a while? Chatbooks makes creating a physical photo album just as easy as uploading a picture to social media. They can link their Facebook or Instagram, or even just their phone’s photo album, right to their Chatbooks app and it will automatically fill up 60 pages with those pictures in order. If you have captions to the photos on your social media, it will fill those in on the pages of the album, too. Super-fast, super-easy, super-cute, and super affordable.

Author Info

Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as __angelasilva__

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The Smart Sock comfortably wraps around your baby’s foot to track heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically-proven pulse oximetry. The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay but will notify with lights and sounds if something appears to be wrong.

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