I'm planning a homebirth, and I would be totally psyched if someone brought us meals so we could continue to stay nice and snug with our baby. Say, on a dependable schedule, like "OK, I've got dinner for you M-W-F the week the baby arrives." For close friends, I tend to end up doing their laundry, taking care of pets, and doing grocery runs. Half the time you don't even see the family because they are all napping together. So really, you're giving the gift of sleep and time! This seems to go over better than any one "thing." But if your schedule is too crazy to do errands, maybe a nice herbal post-partum pampering kit or a massage kit? Ooh, couples massage gift certificate for before baby arrives? Otherwise, go with your skills - do you knit, take photos?