Remember how much money you had before you had kids? How you used to pile it all up Scrooge McDuck style and dive in and just roll around and think ‘Wow my income is so disposable”? Okay so that’s going a little far but for most new parents, it’s a bit of a shock going down to one income (or two incomes with a chunk now being gobbled up by childcare).
One of the areas I’ve been forced to pull back on is gift giving, something which I really love. I especially love buying for kids and my head just about explodes if there’s a new baby on the block that’s just crying out for the cutest darn thing I can find at Baby City.
So how do you spoil a brand new person with something special when money is tighter than Mick Jagger’s leather trousers? If you’re crafty, you can always make something. Homemade gifts are so special, made with love and you’ve spent something way more valuable than money – time.
Here are a few of my all-time favourite homemade gifts which are cute to boot!
From themuckymacbook.com, this pattern for a Newborn Hat and Mittens Set is seriously adorable, requires very little wool and is easy enough for a total knitting novice such as myself. I’ve made a few of them and love adding little coloured buttons to make them special for baby boys or girls.
This Rainbow Sunshine Plushie from chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.co.nz is so cheery and cute and can be made from scraps of ribbon in no time. I’ve made a few ‘taggies’ including a sailing ship for Henry.
Next on my to do list is this simple, gorgeous Hooded Towel and Washcloth Set from purlbee.com. I love how easy and economical this is but how you can personalise them by choosing fabric you know your friend would adore. Plus, a new parent can never have too many baby bath towels and flannels.
For more cool ideas, visit my Pinterest board Gifts To Make For Little Ones