Gift Basket For My Baby Niece

Gift Basket For My Baby Niece

I hadn’t really thought about posting this but I got so many questions on it when I put it up on Snapchat back in February, I thought, let’s do this.
So basically, I prepped a tiny gift basket for my baby niece when I was in the US and it had some stuff for a bit of memory-making and some for my sister to use with her. A few of these things I had already planned ahead for and some that I thought of randomly during my trip. My sister loved everything too much which made it a very, very special gift basket for me and now I love it too much, too.
By the way, while I loved everything in the basket, the presentation was not my style. I didn’t really have access to stuff and no time as well, so I pulled everything together super randomly. No big deal, it’s the inside that counts (which is also a life lesson on a macro level, bros).

Anyway, I’ll be listing down everything in the basket one by one. Hope you enjoy it, boys.
Note: Since people were asking me for the purchase links on Snap, I do want to mention that nearly all items here are from stores in the US, naturally because I was there. But if you can’t get them delivered to you, you can let these be inspiration points, to get the same for yourself from wherever you are based.
UAE folks, you simply need to search for all of these items on Desertcart and I’m sure you can find them. I’ll add the links later, Desertcart is not working at the moment somehow.
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1. Baby Book: Let’s start with the ‘Lucy Darling Baby’s First Year’ memory book that I picked out for her. I’ve already blogged in detail about this so I’m just going to let you check that out here. All I’m going to say is I love this book and I think it will serve baby-humanity greatly.

Where did I buy it: Amazon, buy here. Also available here (ships to quite a few countries).
Baby boy alternatives are in the detailed post that I linked above.
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2. Backdrop/Swaddle Blanket: Possibly my most favorite item in the basket. I LOVED this blanket as soon as I saw it and ordered it instantly. It’s basically a swaddle blanket that you can also use as a background to capture images of your baby. It’s got a floral wreath pattern on it and honestly, I wouldn’t use it for swaddling at all – it doesn’t do justice to the gorgeous design. I got this so my sister could use it as a photo backdrop for my niece’s monthly photos. (My niece’s adorable face has an adorable heart on it because it’s my sister’s baby (I’m trying to convince her she’s also mine) and I don’t want her picture in the internet world forever. I posted her picture when she was born for a few hours so you guys could say hi and after that you can now see her when she posts her selfies on her own sometime around 2029).
Where did I buy it: Etsy, buy here.
Other design alternatives I liked from the same Etsy store: Boho wreath, Horn wreath.
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3. Milestone cards: These are for her big milestones during the first year of her life (typing that makes me emotional, lulz). I got a floral pattern on the cards to go with her floral photo backdrop. The stack has monthly milestones as well as things like ‘today I crawled for the first time’, ‘said my first word’, etc.
Where did I buy it? Etsy, buy here.
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4. Hello Baby Album: This was just something I thought of once the baby had arrived and we all came back from the hospital. I’m a hard core picture-taker, so I had taken pictures of the entire hospital experience very randomly. When we were home and I was looking at all the images on my camera I realized I could do a picture story of the baby’s first day in the world and her coming home. I had pictures of my sister excitedly waiting in the hospital for the baby to come, some very special moments like when she held my niece for the first time, and lots of other special, personal stuff. I picked out the best ones and got them printed quickly and also shopped a 4×6 photo album online to give to the parents as a memory. They LOVED it. I didn’t expect it to turn out so special because it was so random but even I feel like it was the best gift I could’ve given for its super emotional value. (The album doesn’t have any design inside and  has space for 40 photos)

Where did I buy it?
Photo album, buy here.
Pictures for the album, I got them printed on Shutterfly. I simply went to the 4×6 prints section, uploaded images that I wanted and that’s it. And get this, ALL the images were for free because Shutterfly has some crazy ass promotions going on all the time. I only had to pay a $2 shipping. (They even let you put tiny captions at the back of the photos so I added stuff for my niece to read when she’s older, like ‘mom waiting for me to arrive’ etc.)
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5. Dr McCutie Onesie: It’s way down there in the basket, you can’t see it. But my sister’s a doctor so I felt it was mandatory that I get this for her child. There’s a girl version too but I wanted to get Dr McCutie (that’s what it says on the pocket). I DIY-ed her headband myself from a t-shirt scrap.
Where did I buy it? Nordstrom, buy here. Girl version, buy here.
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6. Baby Khussas:  Extremely randomly, I picked these up while I was buying Afghani jewelry for myself in Sharjah. I saw these, I bought these. I accidentally left them out of the basket when I took the picture (my life was chaotic, high-five) so you can’t see them.
Where did I buy it? Random afghani jewelery shop in the Blue Souk in Sharjah
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7. Wrapped Gifts: These were just two pieces of jewelery I gave, one to my sister and one to my niece (I did give something to my brother-in-law too but it’s not in the basket and I don’t want to share what it was, some people were asking on Snap so I’m mentioning here). I wouldn’t have shared the wrapped gifts too but I forgot to take them out of the basket before I took the picture so I’m letting you know briefly, lulz. 
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That’s it, bros. Until next time.

11 Comments

  1. oh my godddd, she's so adorable!! based on what I can see. but those cheeks!!!

  2. its such a sweet basket. love everything in it especially the photo album, its an amazing idea

  3. Oh. My. God. Those cheeks are edible.
    Masha Allah!

  4. The basket is really cute! And of course, so is your niece. That doctor onesie ughhhh

  5. I love the idea of putting things in baskets really. Loved how you personalize stuff for every occasion. I gave my brother a story-board made out of pictures with descriptions on it. It turned out great. Oh and once me and my friends got a quilt made with quotes on it. We screen printed patches and sewed them together.

  6. I m talking the liberty of commenting on your personal life but I really think your husband should say 1000 prayers for having you in his life lolz. You are one unique person one doesn't come across usually.

  7. Awesome, and these are some very creative ideas indeed! 🙂

  8. Jitni dikh rahi hai uss se yehi lag raha hai that she's your sister's and your carbon copy masha Allah 🙂

  9. Uff your niece is way too adorable mashaa Allah mashaa Allah ? Can't take my eyes off her. Clad in that doctor's body suit, she is definitely a pleasing sight mashaa Allah ❤️
    May Allah bless her always… Aamin

  10. I hope Somebody gift it to me as well but not everybody thinks like you 😀 its super adorable

  11. Every single.thing in the package is sooo sooo thoughtful and touching.. she is soo lucky to have a khala like you masha Allah

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