You may have seen my posts on gender neutral gifts to buy a three year old (and more gender neutral gifts to buy a three year old). I had a lot of positive feedback on those, but one comment asked me to please please write a list of gifts to buy subsequent children and I’ve been mulling the topic over since. What do you get for a younger sibling when their brother or sister has already been given the standard ‘new baby’ gifts?
So, in a fine display of blog wankery I turned up at my friend’s house to visit her and her lovely new wee baby but before I did anything else had to take a photograph of all the stuff I brought over for her so I could put it on this blog. My initial plan for this post was to prove that I practice what I preach and, when going to visit a new mum, took over the recommended present for baby, present for older sibling, a meal and cake for the family. However, I was rendered so horrified by my display of blog-mindedness that I had to share how much it’s taken over my thoughts!
As you may have seen I was recently inspired to do a post on a Top 10 gifts to buy a new baby. Now, although this is super handy when going to visit this hypothetical infant, I do have to make the point that the gifts suggested there are in no way gifts for the mother (with the possible exception of Ewan the sleep sheep, if he works as he ought). So here are ten really excellent gifts you can buy a new mum to make her feel special, treated, looked after and not merely the battered incubator & milk bar for a new human.
My sister’s boyfriend’s sister (convoluted connection I know) is due her first baby any day now and I was getting my brain picked for suggestions of really good presents for her and for the baby. Seemed like a good topic for another lovely ‘list’ blog post so here we go – some of my top picks for babies! (And not forgetting something for the new mums, here are some really excellent ideas just for them.)1 – Ewan the sleep sheep – A cuddly sheep that lights up with a soft red glow and plays a range of soothing heartbeat-themed white noise tracks. Not only has this been such a hit in our house that we have one for each child and The Boy still uses his, but the customer service is truly fabulous – speedy, helpful, good sense of humour! My number 1 top pick!
So, people who know me know I can get pretty ranty about the gendered stereotyping to which we subject our children. As the proud Mama of (now) both a boy and a girl I suspect I’m only going to get more strident as they grow and develop. The Boy, so far, has been given a pleasing mix of types of toys, most of which I would describe as ‘gender-neutral’ but all of which I suspect would be described by shops and manufacturers as ‘boys’ toys’. It makes me fume that construction toys, vehicles, puzzles and the like are just for boys unless liberally daubed with pink and sparkles. The pinkification of Lego is something that particularly grinds my teeth – what was wrong with the lovely multi-coloured bricks that were already in circulation?
Oh goodness, the one gift-giving occasion where you can’t just throw flowers at the problem and hope it goes away (well, not unless your father and husband/partner are very different from mine, anyway) – what to do? I’ve been caught in this quandary myself and, in the desperate hunt to find something unusual or unique to give my dad and the father of my child (as the child in question has no finances or shopping skills, being only two), have hunted out a few great local businesses selling fabulous products – or experiences – that should appeal to most men. So if you’re looking for the perfect present to give for father’s day, look no further, we have a few suggestions…
Jewellery – Saxons of Oxford