Much like 21st birthday parties and weddings, the arrival of a new baby means lots of excitement as well as a tiny bit of gift induced panic - what should you buy and how much should you spend? All tricky territory BUT don't panic as we have put together a list of fabulous presents to get you started which are all under £50.
There are lots of things to take into consideration before you start shopping. Are you related to said baby? Have you been made a god-parent? If the answer to either of these is yes, you'll probably want to push the boat out on a christening present and that's a whole separate subject, but if like me you find yourself constantly nipping out to buy something lovely and thoughtful for a good friend's new born bundle then here are our top picks:
Small gifts perfect on their own or as a little bundle
Our Monogram Muslins are a super easy way to make a present extra thoughtful and personalised. Go for one or make it a trio!
There are few sweeter things in this world than tiny shoes and we happen to think that sheepskin booties are the very sweetest of all. British brand Baa Baby have a great range of ultra fluffy, cosy booties in different styles.
Bamford bath products are beyond heavenly and their baby range is the ultimate in bathtime chic. The organic baby balm provides a barrier under nappies and extra dry areas and will be a sure fire hit with any new parents and their babas!
This plush Steiff teddy bear makes a lovely keep-forever present and is suitable from birth. Stylish enough to sit on a shelf in a new nursery it is also incredibly soft and cuddly.
Practical gifts for new nurseries
Our Dohar Baby Blankets make wonderful gifts as they're multi-purpose and will see a little one through from babyhood well into childhood. With a range of prints to choose from, there is a blanket to suit everyone!
Baby wardrobe additions
Mini Boden always has a great selection of stylish baby clothes and this adorable little cashmere bonnet is an ideal present for a baby boy or girl.
Handmade by the talented Carol Ridler, these beautiful book ends would add a stylish touch to any nursery and make a generous and original new baby gift (£39.95 a pair)
This teething necklace with its chunky silicone beads is both highly wearable and ultra practical whilst cleverly managing to be a gift for both mama and her baby at once! (£12.95 from Lara and Ollie)
Our limited edition Crib Blankets are hand crocheted especially for us by Syrian ladies seeking refuge in Istanbul as part of the wonderful Knitstanbul initiative set up by my friend Malika Mccosh. They are beautifully made from lovely, weighty cream wool and available edged in either neon pink, neon green or ochre. This is a gift that will last through generations to come and each blanket purchased really is helping a Syrian woman make a new life having suffered unimaginable horrors in her homeland.