Adoption party gifts

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Adoption party gifts
Children's books that deal with adoption make good gifts. (Book image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Adoption parties are thrown to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family, a baby or child who is being legally adopted. The parties are sometimes similar to baby showers, especially if the parents are new to raising a child. In these cases, adoption party gifts can range from practical items to toys. Older children often get less practical and more sentimental gifts. Sometimes the adoptive parents receive gifts as well.

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For Babies

Babies are easy to shop for, especially if the parents are new to raising children. Ask the parents what they need for the new baby and shop accordingly. Diapers, clothes, first-aid materials and linens are always appreciated. Age-appropriate toys and cute items for the baby's room are also sure to be a big hit. Sentimental items, such as children's books that feature an adoption theme or artwork from the baby's home country (if the child was adopted from overseas) are also gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

For Older Children

Older adopted children will have their own needs and desires. If adopted internationally, the children will need to learn English. DVDs of simple English cartoons and movies will help them learn, as will classic children's books. Children who may have already been living with the family, as in the case of foster children, instead may appreciate anything that other children would want, such as the latest toys or electronic gadgets. If the children have mementos from their birth home, such as pictures of a biological mother or place where they were born, try having the photos restored (if needed) or framed. Or create a scrapbook with information and items from the child's place of origin, such as interesting facts, souvenirs, photos and even newspaper headlines.

For the Whole Family

Gifts for the whole family are a good option. Not only does this show the new family member that she is now a part of a whole but it can also give the family an experience to look forward to with the new child or sibling. A gift token to the movies, a nearby amusement park or a museum is a great way to introduce the new family member to your town. Or give the parents a gift token to a portrait centre so they can have a new portrait done, one that will include the latest addition to the family.

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