#RealMoms Stays On Top of Everything + Tips How-To DIY the Best Baby Gift EVER

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As a mom who is about to have a one-year-old, I am filled with mixed emotions, one of them being excitement about partnering with Baby Dove for this post. From the long days, short nights, then the long nights, and the crazy-yet-beautiful short days … and now THIS! I still feel like I just welcomed our son, so I am in somewhat disbelief that it’s been almost a year to date. One thing I do know is that there were days that felt like a blur, but during his milestones, leaps, and monthly celebrations – this mama was surely on point!

That’s one thing I want Josiah King to realize, that he has parents and family who care about him very much. That even the smallest achievement is worth celebrating, and that he should never feel alone or underappreciated. So during the tough times, he will always remember that there will always be someone he can count on. I’m no helicopter mom, but I do admit that I try my best to stay on top of everything. I honestly believe a baby can’t be spoiled enough with loving and caring. I kiss him plenty and tell him how much I love him even if he doesn’t really know what those 3 magical words mean just yet.

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Aside from his birthday celebration, gift-giving season is just around the corner, and we already have relatives and friends asking what gift to get our son. Here’s the thing which pretty much applies to all babies: picking out a present can be a little bit tricky because you have no idea what one really needs. For the most part, it is to be expected that the parents would most likely have the baby gear or products already, and no one really needs something that they already have, for example, a walker, or a crib, or even a bottle maybe. On top of that, if you are going to provide them with a skin care product, you have to be hyper-aware and be considerate about what they really need. Will they use it in the future or will it just be another stock in their closet? Opting for a generic gift like toys, pillows, or clothes is a good idea, but it’s a bit overrated too. Which is why if you want to be unique, but at the same time you want something they can actually use on a daily basis, I always recommend a “gift basket” filled with an assortment that caters to what every parent and baby might need.

Ready to create the most awesome present ever? By following this simple guide, you can create the perfect go-to gift for all occasions! Finally, right? No more fussing or wondering for every baby shower, baptism, or even birthdays and holidays. Let’s get started!

How To Make a Special Baby Gift Basket For All Occasions
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1. The highlight of the present.
I personally prefer baby care products. If you’re wondering why the answer is simple. All babies take baths. With diapers, you can end up with the wrong size. So for those of you who are leaning towards a bath time themed basket, I highly recommend my all-time favorite baby bath products from the well-known brand Baby Dove. If you have read my previous post, you know we really love using their products for Josiah’s bath needs, especially because of the fact that their cleansers and lotions are made with 100% skin-natural nutrients! Let’s not forget that it is ultra-gentle, too, making it perfect for delicate baby skin. Their baby bath products contain those nutrients that are 100% identical to what is in our skin, and that full range works to go beyond mildness to replenish necessary moisture and skin-natural nutrients in baby’s skin.

Our go-to from their products are:

• Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Lotion
• Baby Dove Rich Moisture Tip to Toe Wash
• Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Bar

2. Reusable container.
Instead of using a traditional box wrapped with a nicely done ribbon, or a paper bag that doesn’t really serve a lot of purposes after, why not go with a container that can be used again by the recipient. Majority of the time people choose a basket to creatively put all their gifts, but let’s be honest, it is a little bit old news nowadays. A baby tub is an excellent option because they can use it all over again during bath time. If you are feeling generous, a baby car or truck is an excellent idea too. Just choose the right color to fit the baby gender then include the rest of the gift inside the vehicle.

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3. Accessories and fillers.
Instead of using other craft materials to fill the gift basket like ribbons, tissue, and colored papers, think of something else they can use, so there’s no room for unnecessary things. Since I always suggest baby bath essentials, I often complete ours by filling it up with baby bath towels, bath toys, washcloths, sponge, and other baby bath items that they can use.

4. Gift for the Parents.
We tend to give gifts only for the baby but considering adding a small gift for the mommy and daddy is an excellent idea too. They also need to feel loved and extra special. Since I recommended Baby Dove products for the baby, you can add some Dove products for the parents too. Want to feel like a rebel? Maybe go for their favorite drink instead … like coffee or wine. I don’t drink wine, but hey, I know a few of my friends do. Guess what? They truly love it too!

5. Card.
Yes, putting up a card is classic, but this way, you can extend and express some thoughtful notes for them. It will be also helpful for them to identify who the gift came from so they can easily remember and thank you for it. If you are already a parent, it would also be nice to put up some inspirational advice, or your favorite parenting quotes to cheer them up. After all … Mom and Dads can use some inspirational thought or reminder every now and then.

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Honestly, I never get tired of cards or thoughtful notes and letters … what got me through the long days and my bouts of anxiety if I am doing enough or whether I am being a good enough mom and wife were the messages and reminders from my loved ones. There’s no perfect way to parent kids, but we all feel the pressure of being one because social media and society deemed it in a certain way. Forget the messy home, forget the clutter in the kitchen or bedroom. It’s NORMAL, and it’s absolutely OKAY! Enjoy every moment, because the little ones are only little for such a short time. Embrace what is real.

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Now that we’ve wrapped it all up, I really hope this helps you create a wonderful gift for those who are celebrating their baby shower, christening, first birthday, or any occasion that includes baby, mommy, and even daddy!


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  • GiGi Eats

    I don’t have to start thinking about baby gifts til next year 😉 This year, the baby is the gift! haha!

  • Stacie

    Dove is such great stuff! I’ve been using it for years. I wish their baby products had been around when my kids were babies.

  • Amber Myers

    These are some great gift ideas! Plus I’ve always loved Dove products. They work so well.

  • Danielle Wolter

    What a cute post! I don’t have kids, but I can only imagine how crazy and hectic, but awesome it is.

  • Alvern @ Success Unscrambled

    This is a neat little idea to celebrate the birthday of your son. Congrats on making this huge milestone. Kids that age are always more interested in the boxes and wrappers rather than the gift itself.

  • Tara Pittman

    What a great idea to wrap the gift in a truck. I also love the idea of blankets and towels.

  • Sarah Bailey

    These sound like some great gifts to give when someone has a baby. I love the idea of gifting parents something that could help them out, even if it’s just the weekly shop!

  • Patricia-Ann Que

    he has surely grew very fast and lovely shots! how i love the idea as well of diy! practical and personalized

  • tina A

    What a great idea. I love how the toy truck package holds the baby bath stuff, so it’s kind of a gift for mom and baby… super cute

  • leah

    aww what a sweet toy to give! my two year old boy would love this!

  • Surekha Busa

    That was such a cute toy! My baby will definitely love it. My baby deserves big toys like that for Christmas.

  • Jessi Joachim

    That has to be the cutest dump truck! My son is obsessed with trucks! I also am a huge fan of Dove for both of my kids, it is gentle and smells so great.

  • kathleen b

    the cutest baby ever!!!! omg 😀

  • Sara

    Great tips and what a cutie pie!

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    Awww he is such a cutie. This is an awesome gift idea for babies

  • Heather

    I love the idea of putting something we use everyday, into a fun toy (instead of a basket). I’m going to do this for our next gift!

  • Traci Frett

    Awesome! We used to use dove in our home but we have switched to more natural products so I haven’t used dove in a few years!

  • Chad

    Super super love the gift ideas, so cool! I don’t have a kid but this was too cool not to share with my friend who has two. Thanks for sharing.


  • Jennifer A Tanney

    I love this idea! I received a diaper cake as a gift for my son’s baby shower and honestly, I used up those diapers and returned anything else I got for the smallest sizes. That’s all I needed. He just grew so fast. The baby bath stuff? I got one bottle and used it up in a month or two and was out to get more. You can never have enough bath soap. Mine still uses the baby products even though he’s four.

  • Karen Maurice

    I love the fact you suggest putting the baby dove products into a truck! What a fab give and the parent will be thankful for the products & the child for the truck,

  • Dwight Alleyne

    This is great. I always looking for baby gift ideas. Seems like everyone I know is having a baby.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    Your son is supercute and this is such a great idea as a baby gift, gonna be stealing your idea

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    Dove makes excellent baby products. They work well on soft skin!

  • Lindsay Brown

    Awe what a lovely article with such beautiful pictures! I love your ideas on gift giving. There is nothing better than giving a gift that someone can truly use and enjoy! Great post!

  • Gladys Nava

    Oh my goodness! He is super cute and adorable! But you have a wonderful idea. I am sure my baby will have that kind of gift.

  • ANosa Malanga

    I am looking for something that I can give to my cousin and reading your post makes me reminded that he likes cars and trucks. I guess this will be a good fit to him.

  • Catherine Santiago Jose

    We are actually have the same styles when it comes of giving a gift. I always loved giving things that they can be use everybody like baby products if you are going to give a gift to a baby. Thanks for sharing!

  • Preet

    Such a cute and fun ideas. Perfect since I am actually for some ideas on how to make my gift extra special this Christmas.

  • Kara

    That is such a cool dumper trick, I know a little boy that would love it

  • Sundeep

    Love the gift ideas. And yes I am big fan of DOve products.

  • rosey

    You baby is the cutest. 🙂 We have a new one to shop for over here soon too. 🙂

  • Dani Flanders

    This is so cute!! I just had a BUNCH of friends have babies (and I’m due in April), so it’s been baby fever around here lately! I’ll have to keep this in mind for future baby shower presents!

  • Sri Mallya

    These are some great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked.

  • BMB

    Why did nobody get my baby this yet?

  • Hannah Marie

    I always love the idea of DIYs. It’s cheap and personalized. Everything personalized is extra special.

  • Helen Neale

    I just love the idea of a baby basket from a toy truck. This could be one of the best gifts ever for my godchildren.

  • Blair villanueva

    Wow he grows so fast!
    Nowadays it is still good to let kids play sans tech and gadget and be just a kid.

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    Awww what a cute idea to fill up a toy with products. I think I prefer this than the baskets you can fill.

  • Danielle

    Such a cute idea and we also love baby Dove products. One of my friends is pregnant and I can’t wait to give her something like this.

  • Kiwi

    Your son is a pefect model. He is so adorable and growing so cute!!!!