our everyday life

Unique Online Gifts for New Babies

by Carly Seifert

Finding the perfect gift for a new baby can be challenging. Chances are, baby gear, clothing and bottles will abound, leaving little left for the imagination. The Internet provides many opportunities for gift-givers to find personalized, thoughtful gifts for new little ones and their families, ranging from stock options to specialized delivery services.

Subscription Services

Use the Internet to arrange a delivery service of diapers and wipes, books or toys. Incredibundles.com offers subscriptions that can be delivered in three or four installments during the baby's first year with developmentally appropriate books and toys. EarthBaby offers a weekly delivery of compostable diapers and later picks the soiled diapers up to be professionally composted. The Honest Company -- founded by actress Jessica Alba -- gives gift options of one-, three- or six-month delivery options of modern designed, sustainable diapers and wipes.

Stock

You can purchase a share of stock as a baby gift -- a gift that has the potential to keep growing and earning while also providing learning opportunities for the little one as he grows. Some companies offer authentic stock certificates that you may choose to have framed as part of your gift. Purchase stock in a company that the child will recognize during the early years -- such as the Walt Disney Company, McDonald's or Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Personalized Gifts

Create a unique baby gift by personalizing an item with the baby's name or initials. Pottery Barn Kids offers personalization for a variety of sweet gift items including blankets, towels, diaper covers, hats, wooden blocks and cups. In addition to plates and wall hangings, the Corner Stork has the option of creating a personalized storybook with the new little one as the star character. For a godchild, consider personalizing a small children's Bible, prayer book or keepsake ornament at Celebrate Your Faith.

Gifts for the Whole Family

Adjusting to life with a new baby can be difficult. Help the entire family out by giving them a gift that will relieve some of the stresses as they adjust to the new addition. Consider arranging a house cleaning service through a company such as Merry Maids or Molly Maid. As leaving the house can also be a challenge for new parents, arrange to have groceries delivered to them in the comfort of their home using a service such as Peapod. Not only are you giving a gift to the new parents, but you are also giving the baby the gift of less-stressed parents who have a little extra time to devote to him.

About the Author

Carly Seifert has been a piano instructor since 2001. She has also covered adoption and introducing children to the arts for "Montana Parent Magazine." Seifert graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.

Photo Credits

  • Getty Images/Lifesize/Getty Images