Unique newborn baby gifts

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Unique newborn baby gifts
Personalised and homemade items make unique gifts for newborns. (Getty Thinkstock)

Many unique gifts for newborns are not only practical items, but often become sentimental keepsakes. Generally, unique baby gifts are ones that are handmade or personalised with the baby's name, birth date, picture, handprint and/or footprint. There are many online companies that specialise in personalising essential baby products, from rattles to furniture. These companies can provide a unique newborn baby gift, as can a gift giver who makes one from scratch.

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Baby apparel and blankets

Giving baby apparel, blankets and bibs is an economical and practical way to go when giving newborn gifts. Those who don't feel comfortable creating these items from raw materials can choose to buy a plain blanket, T-shirt, onesie or bib and embroider it with the baby's name and/or birth date for a unique gift. For those who feel even less crafty, online companies such as PersonalizationMall specialise in customised clothing and other baby items.

Baby jewellery

Although baby jewellery is not generally practical for everyday use, it can be a treasured keepsake for years to come. Baby rings, necklaces and bracelets engraved with the baby's name and/or birthday make a unique gift. The products are available at most jewellery stores and can be engraved on the spot for a small fee.

Scrapbooks

During the birth and postpartum period, many new mothers are overwhelmed by the myriad of new responsibilities. Close friends can document and take pictures of the baby's first moments for a unique gift. Compile these precious happenings into a scrapbook, or even a slideshow, that will be treasured by the mother and child far into the future.

Picture frames

Giving a picture frame that holds special pictures of the baby, a handprint or footprint is a thoughtful and unique gift. The frame can be engraved or painted with the baby's name and birth date. Often companies which specialise in personalised gifts can customise frames for a higher price. Buying a frame and painting it is more economical and adds even more of a personal touch.

Miscellaneous handmade baby items

Websites such as Handmade Adelaide Baby and Craft Site Directory feature step-by-step instructions for creating newborn baby gifts such as keepsake boxes, bootees, bows and bonnets. Crafts are customisable and allow the gift giver to create a unique baby gift.

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