I just ordered Kevin’s gift! It’s half from Etsy and half a Grouponicus find. Thanks to everyone who gave their suggestions! They were really helpful! Now I just hope they get in before Christmas.
Since I’m in a gift-y mood, I thought I’d share the gift I got for my sister. I knew that there would be no shortage of onesies and bottles for Emma, so I loved the idea of doing a Hospital Survival Kit for Steph and her husband. Not having been-there-done-that myself (yet), I relied heavily on other blogger’s suggestions as to what was needed in the delivery room, getting much of my inspiration from this idea I found on Pinterest (where else?).
And here’s my version. I was running around like a mad woman (totally uncharacteristic, I assure you) and completely forgot to add the printable labels I’d made.
Inside, Steph found:
- MadLibs – Growing up, this was one of Steph’s favorite games to pass time with.
- ChexMix – This is Steph’s favorite snack (for post-baby midnight munchies)
- M&Ms – Because anyone who just did that much work bringing a life into the world deserves chocolate
- Crystal Light lemonade – this was a suggestion from a fellow blogger who disliked the lemonade her hospital offered
- Rubber Bands – having hair in your face is a pain in the rear on good days, let alone in the middle of labor (or so I’m told)
- Burt’s Bees Pomegranate – to keep those lips baby-kissing soft
- Playing Cards – for Nate
- Deodorant – to help freshen up before everyone comes in to see little Emma
- Water Bottle – another blogger suggestion, the cups her hospital gave her were too small and she emptied them before her nurse was even out of the room
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Kashi bars – more midnight post-baby munchies for Steph
- Beef Jerky – Tied with ChexMix for Steph’s all time favorite snack. It’s pretty high on the list for Nate, too.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste – just in case she forgets hers at home and to get rid that I-haven’t-been-allowed-to-have-water breath
- Makeup removal wipes – To remove those mascara smears before everyone comes in to see Emma
- Johnson’s body lotion – To freshen up and aid Nate in giving better hand massages
- Ouchless Headbands – again, to keep that pesky hair tame and out of the way
Like I said, I had no idea what one would wish for in the delivery room, so if some of these things seem a little superfluous… just go with it.
The Golden Book (The Pokey Little Puppy) was what we did for Emma in lieu of cards. Every guest was asked to purchase a Golden Book and write Emma a little note to read someday. We thought this would be more meaningful and lasting than cards and would help to start a little library for Em (see, I’m already giving her nicknames).
I hope Steph enjoys the gift as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
Do you tend to give traditional gifts or go a little (or way) outside the box? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Can you believe I just started this morning?? I must be crazy. Oh yeah.