Occasionally, you’re lucky enough to have a friend so cool that they transcend the basic party tropes. For the parents who don’t make you play pin-the-blank-on-the-blank, a present reflective of their fun and unique personality is in order.
Want a gift that will make you the belle of the baby ball? Here are some great gift ideas sure to stand out with a parent-to-be who’s too cool for school.
Try: The ciao! baby portable high chair
What it is: This portable high chair features the practicality of a high chair and the ease of a camping chair combined, allowing baby to throw down at a campground or outdoor festival in style. Owners praise the lightweight, locking design featuring a durable vinyl tray and a comfortable and secure lap belt.
Who it’s for: The crunchiest of your hippie granola friends
What they’ll say: “This is a thing? You’re, like, totally blowing my mind right now, man.”
What it is: Sure, some babies are content to loaf around the crib all day. For some, though, there’s more to life. Whether smashing a toy guitar or crowd surfing across a sea of stuffed animals, tiny combat boots let folks know this baby’s here to kick butt and drink bottles.
Who it’s for: Friends who’ve gone from partying to parenting ALL. NIGHT. LONG.
What they’ll say: “Two days of no sleep used to be more fun.”
Try: Rockabye Baby!
What it is: Adults love great music. Babies love the soothing sound of the glockenspiel. Put them together, and you’ll have lullabies everyone can enjoy. The fine folks at Rockabye Baby have assembled soothing renditions of dozens of rock ‘n’ roll faves, from AC/DC to Zeppelin. More of a hip-hop family? Check out collections based on Jay Z, Eminem and Kanye West.
Who it’s for: Music purists who are more into Blitzkrieg Bop than Kids Bop
What they’ll say: “Hey! Ho! Let’s go! To Grandma’s!”
What it is: Framed birth announcements are lovely, sure, but are they a conversation piece? Get a little more creative with this custom, made-to-order pillow. Uncommon Goods carries several versions, each in the style of a wonderful classic children’s book. The parents’ names fill out the “author” area, and you can even write a “book review” on the back.
Who it’s for: Artsy types
What they’ll say: “This will make do until I actually finish writing my autobiography!”
What it is: The Baby Time Capsule Keepsake is an amazing gift to share with your science-minded parent friends, and something they can share with their children when they’re old enough to care about such things. Fill it with pictures, newspapers, cash and anything else you can think of (plenty of suggestions are listed in the kit).
Who it’s for: Nerdy friends and their budding baby archeologist
What they’ll say: “Now we’ll have something to look forward to during the Terrible Twos.”
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