When celebrating the impending motherhood of a friend or family member, ensure your gift captures the importance of the moment and conveys your love and best wishes. Whether you have a little or a lot of money to spend on the present, consider a few ideas that she and her child will cherish for years to come.

Jewelry

Give the mother-to-be a piece of commemorative jewelry that she’ll not only wear immediately, but also pass down to her child one day. Consider Black Hills mothers rings or pendants that feature the baby’s birthstone – many designs also offer space to add gems to represent other children as well. Engraved necklaces or bracelets featuring the baby’s name, birth weight and birthday also make an ideal keepsake.

Journal

Present your loved one with a custom journal in which she can write her thoughts throughout the pregnancy and memories from her child’s early years. As a special touch, have her initials or the baby’s birthday printed on the cover. Include a selection of pens and adhesive photo corners that she can use to add pictures to the pages.

Signs

Design or purchase chalkboard signs for the mother-to-be and her child. Your loved one can hold the sign – complete with facts such as the number of weeks pregnant, current measurements and food cravings – in a picture each month as the pregnancy progresses. The version for the new baby can feature such information as height and weight, milestones and favorite foods, toys and songs.

Heirloom Container

Offer her a lacquered wood box, an engraved metal tin or a cloth-covered container with space for a photo on top. She’ll be able to use it to hold mementos from the baby’s first year such as the hospital bracelet, booties, photos and cards.

A thoughtful  baby shower gift will do more than show you’re thinking of the mother-to-be. It will also convey your well wishes for the future and become a treasured keepsake that will be passed down from generation to generation.

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