I like getting gift cards for take-out. I remember not having time to cook and clean up after cooking.
I kind of like it when a mom has a registry. If she doesn't then I usually give money. I would much rather give someone something they need than something they don't or don't want.
A postpartum massage is usually a very nice choice too.
Good chocolate, really good body butter, a gift certificate to a yarn shop if she knits or if she doesn't, a gift certificate to a body shop, massage therapist (even if it knocks 20 bucks off) or for a eatery. I would have loved a new pillow too.
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We have a baby shower game thread in the July 2013 DDC that asked a similar question. Here's the list of what was posted there:
a promise for an act of service after the baby is born; a meal, cleaning house, going grocery shopping for the family, babysitting older children etc
offer to cook, clean, take siblings to the park, or rock the new baby while mom takes a few minutes of ME TIME
books for the baby
a meal, offer to clean/buy a maid service for them.
a children's book that the gift giver read out loud and copied on to a CD so the child can have their own read along, in the voice of a loved one!
the perfect swaddle blanket
a gift card to a frequented store or restaurant with take-out option.
a birth doula
money or a VISA/MC/Amex gift card
A package of several massages with promise to watch baby so Mom can actually take time for the massage
My Breast Friend pillow (http://www.mybrestfriend.com/), Lansinoh cream (http://www.lansinoh.com/), or a gift certificate to Bravado -- I love the body silk seamless bra and the essential nursing tank (http://www.bravadodesigns.com/).
something from their registry
a rosk blanket
a carrier your husband/partner is excited to wear!
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