Originally Posted by Persephone
Tara would say to get a gift certificate to a restaurant. It was her favorite gift.
You know me so well
Yes, the restaurant gift certificate was my favorite actual gift. I've received all kinds of things. More valuable to me than the gifts though are the cards I have received. Even the moms that I never did get to do a follow-up with, some sent cards and they all made me cry. The gifts are nice, but, the words are priceless. For actual gifts, I recommend gift certifcates to restaurants and book stores, advocacy items are fantastic (I've received some of those as well). How well do you know your doula? What types of things does she like? If you don't know her really well personally, what kind of vibe does she give off? That will help. If she's really high-strung, maybe some relaxation gifts
And remember, its the though that counts. If she's worth her salt, the best gift you can give her is one you wil have already given her: inviting her to your birth. I say that in every card I write to my moms -- I tel them what an honor it was to attend their birth and thank them for the privelage of being there.