Every year, without fail, a member of our extended family sends a wish list for her children. And every year, without fail, Christmas gift-giving becomes a bit less magical and a lot more… mercenary? Whether you love the Christmas wish list for its practicality or despise it for its expectations, one thing is certain: you’ll likely be asked to create one if you’re the proud parent of a new baby. Feel free to indulge, but here are a few helpful tips for keeping your wish list tasteful and appreciated:
1. Allow for creative freedom.
Rather than sending links to specific items, allow the gift-giver a chance to get creative. Consider offering vague suggestions, such as “toys to stash in her diaper bag” or “a warm hat for evening walks.” This way, the gift giver receives direction for something useful, but will appreciate the opportunity to choose something they love within the boundaries.
2. Be honest.
Listen, we’re all aware that baby wish lists are more for the parents and less for the actual babies. Be honest about your requests, i.e. “We love dressing her in footie pajamas because they’re easiest,” rather than “She loves to wear footies!” It’s a small change, yes, but little semantics can often go a long way in perfecting a tasteful wish list.
3. Offer variety.
Consider all price ranges when presenting gift options and include smaller items for those wishing to spend a bit less. Books, clothing accessories and small toys (i.e. teethers, rattles) are all great wishes for smaller budgets!
4. Get specific.
Don’t forget to include helpful tips for the gift giver, including sizing information for clothing or any potential allergens. No one loves to give a thoughtful gift and find out it can’t ever be used!
5. Consider a scenario.
My favorite type of wish list is that of a scenario, i.e. “I’d love to teach our baby sign language this year.” This is the perfect way to give a suggestion that isn’t attached to a dollar amount. Gift givers can interpret a scenario in multiple ways (like offering to help teach sign language or purchasing a sign language manual), and you’ll be receiving something that can truly enrich your lives for the moment. Isn’t that what gift-giving should accomplish?
Tell me, friends – what are a few of your favorite wish list tips? And do you send wish lists for your babies? I’d love to hear!