Glam Up a Gift Card Gift with a Newborn Survival Kit
Car seats, cribs, rockers, layettes, nursery decor – all will likely appear on your friend’s baby-shower registry. How about giving that mom-to-be what she really needs; plain ol’ cash in the form of a gift card.
I’ll admit a gift card isn’t the most exciting thing to see opened at a baby shower, so why not add a touch of creativity by including it in a DIY newborn survival kit. I designed such a kit for a close friend’s baby shower and she had a great time unpacking it and reading about each item. It was much more exciting than just opening a card with a gift card inside.
Here’s a list of items to include in your newborn survival kit and labels for those needing a bit of explanation. Most items are available at your local dollar store.
- Rain Pancho: Hazmat Suit (use during meal times and diaper changes).
- Safety Goggles: Protect eyes from accidental sprinkles on the changing table.
- Face Mask: Protection against toxic fumes during diaper changes.
- Industrial Strength Gloves: Help avoid touching biohazard waste material.
- Turkey Baster: Remember to get every crack and fold!
- Long Handled Tongs: To keep those stinky diapers far away.
- Diaper Disposal Bags: Biohazard Waste Material Disposal Bags.
- 1 Diaper: You’ll need more…
- Baby Wipes: Cleans bottoms, hands, and faces while doubling as a baby sponge bath!
- Ear Plugs: Use at night and during the day, as necessary.
- Pacifier: Mute Button.
- Energy Drink: When sleep has evaded you.
- Condoms: So you don’t have to do this again in the near future.
- Pregnancy Test: Just in case protection fails.
- Nipple Cream: For when breastfeeding really sucks.
- Eye Mask: For cat naps anytime, anywhere.
- Gift Card: For everything else.
- Basket: To hold everything.
Use your own creative genius to add more items to the kit. Pack everything into the basket and wrap it with a pretty bow. Later on, the mom-to-be can use the basket as a diaper caddie.
Maisie Knowles is the founder of BestBabyStuff.com, a website reviewing only the best baby products. She earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado in 2003 and currently spends most of her time at home with her two young girls.