Adopting a child is a special occasion, akin to giving birth to a new baby. If a couple you know is adopting a child, you will likely want to present them with a gift as you would any new parents. Alternately, if a child you know is getting adopted, you may want to give him something to help him start his new life right.
Give new parents or a newly adopted child a blank memory book. The book signifies a fresh start. The parents and child can fill the book together with photos, mementos and copies of adoption documents, so that when the adopted child grows up, he will have a record of his life, including details of his adoption. For an older child who is being adopted, purchase two life books: one for the child to catalogue memories from his past and one in which to put new memories.
A mother-daughter bracelet with interlocking heart pieces, or a father-son dog tag set with a special message, will make both parents and children feel like they are meant to be together, even if they are not biologically related. New adoptive parents may also appreciate a three-stone pendant or ring, with both parents' birthstones and the child's birthstone in the middle.
Adoptive parents usually don't have baby showers like expecting parents do. As a result, they often have to buy everything they need on their own, from car seats and strollers to baby bottles and clothes. Show that you see their journey to adoption every bit as authentic as an expectant mother's pregnancy by presenting adoptive parents with gifts they will actually need.
With many adoptive parents today adopting children from countries and cultures other than their own, new adoptive parents may appreciate a gift that will help them create a link for their adoptive children to their cultures. For instance, parents adopting a child from Guatemala may appreciate a cookbook with dishes from Guatemala, or baby books that will help them teach their baby some Spanish in case he one day wants to visit his home country.