Coming up with the perfect baby gift can be an enormous task. There are baby showers for the necessities, but once the bundle of joy has arrived it is nice to give them something more personal. By default, many well-meaning gift givers opt to choose a cuddly stuffed animal, or a toy for the gift of choice. Although these are perfectly good options, there are more interesting choices.
A piece of jewelery that will be valued for years to come is a lovely present. I also adore the idea of starting a collection for the wee one that you can add to year after year (think coins, a charm bracelet, an ornament).
My favourite idea is to begin a library for the baby. Books are something that kids and parents never really get enough of, and will be used over and over again. As the child grows, you can choose books that reflect their likes and personality, but for the first bunch pick some that have special meaning for you. Selecting your most cherished childhood stories is a great way to go.