Meaning of Keepsake


Of all the gifts they received at a baby shower, moms say they most appreciate practical lifesavers and things with sentimental value.

1. Gifts from the heart

"My favorite baby shower gifts are always the handmade blankets and hats and things that were made especially for your baby with love." — Baby Audrey3

"My mom gave us a basket filled with memorabilia – clothes I wore as a baby, toys I played with as a child, and even things she had as a child. It was so nice to get a gift that was truly from the heart." — Maddy's Ma

"My grandmother crocheted a hat, sweater, booties, and blanket for each of my (much older) brothers, but she passed away 15 years before I was born. My mom gave each piece to a different cousin when they had their children, years before me. Now I'm pregnant with my first and was thrilled and shocked to find out that my relatives saved those treasures through the years – and are returning them to me. My baby will have a gift from the great-grandmother that neither she nor I ever met. Very, very special!" — jnjbown

2. Gift certificates

"A $100 megastore gift certificate from my co-workers was the best gift I received. This is our second child, so we pretty much had everything we needed. The gift certificate will allow us to purchase diapers, wipes, and other necessities as we need them." — Melodie

"The gift certificate for a local portrait studio was so nice to have for the 1 month pictures." — sweetrysmomma

"When we needed something extra or were short on cash, gift cards were the best!" — Anonymous

3. Taking care of mom

"The best baby shower gift I got was my parents paying for me to go see my husband for a week. He's in the Navy, so we haven't had much chance to see each other during this pregnancy." — Mrs.Parad0xe

"The best baby shower present I got was a gift coupon for a massage and a pedicure." — Rosa Maria

"My best gift was a date-night certificate for me and my husband to get reacquainted, about a month after our second baby was born. It included dinner for two at the restaurant of our choice and childcare for our two tots. Probably saved our marriage!" — Jeanne

"By my fourth baby, I already had everything I needed for a girl or boy, so my friends pitched in and got me a professional one-time house cleaning. It was perfect! I felt so refreshed and so grateful for the much-needed help." — Anonymous

"I received a pregnancy pillow from a dear friend, and it made the last few weeks of my pregnancy so much more comfortable. Definitely the best present I received. I am still using it as support to feed our baby, and I just bought another for a friend." — Anonymous

4. Bedding and baby blankets

"After my mom died, my dad gave her yarn to another woman who also crochets. That woman gave me a baby blanket with a letter attached saying she had found this blanket three-quarters done in the stash of yarn and finished it for me. My mom made blankets for all my friends' babies, and I was devastated that I would never have one. I can't wait to bring the baby home in this blanket!" — Kim
"We received a hand-knitted baby blanket from my aunt (the same aunt who married us). It's really special to me and will be with my son forever, just as my hand-knitted baby blanket from my grandmother is still with me." — Lori

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