If a friend of yours became a new mother, share her joy by putting together a nice custom gift basket. Make sure you put an added personal touch by assembling the gift basket yourself. While there are a lot of commercial gift baskets currently available online for new moms, nothing communicates your wishes to the new mother in your life than a custom assembled gift basket.

It’s not as hard as you think. It’s actually quite a lot of fun. You pick out the different components. There’s the basket, obviously the gifts that you’re going to put in the basket. You’re also going to pick the plastic and decorative wrap. You can even wrap it up in a bow.

There’s just so many directions you can go when it comes to a custom assembled and crafted gift basket. In fact, there are arts and craft stores online that give you basket weaving or basket assembly kits. If you want to take things to the next level in customization and adding a lot more personalization in your gift basket to a friend who recently became a mom, you can go that way.

With that said, here are just some guidelines on what you should put in your gift basket. Of course, everybody’s different. Everybody has different preferences, and this should factor into your choices of gift basket items. It all depends on how well do you know your friend.

If you go way back, and you know her very well, then you can go a long way in just customizing and specifying each and every item in the gift basket. There are also many articles about the best fruit gift baskets online.

But if you are just casual friends, or you haven’t talked to your good friend in a long time, here just some general guidelines on what gift baskets should contain.

Pack a book

When somebody becomes a new mother, it is a beautiful and scary experience at the same time. It can be a very challenging time, it also makes for the fondest memories in any woman’s life. So do yourself a big favor and get a book for your friend.

This book should be some new mother’s guide or some step-by-step guide to taking care of a baby, or a specific type of task involving a baby. Believe me, your friend will thank you for it, because you are shining a light in a new path that she’s on.

Of course, books are the best gifts for women who just became a new mom. If it’s their first time, start off with a book.

Baby monitor

A great baby monitor can save a lot of hassles. A lot of women are scared stiff about what’s going on in their baby’s room. So do your friend a big favor and get a baby monitor. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be extra fancy. As long as it does the job and comes with a solid warranty, you would be doing your friend a really big service.

Please understand that your friend just gave birth to her first child, and she is probably frazzled. She probably is going through a lot of stress, and the last thing that she wants to worry about is how well the baby is doing when she is not in the room.

A great baby monitor with a fairly decent radio range can go a long way in setting your friend’s mind at ease.

Baby supplies

A lot of people think that it doesn’t make much sense to put baby supplies in a gift basket. The idea is that since these products are simply consumables and will run out after a short period of time, people giving gift baskets should shoot for something more durable.

This definitely doesn’t have to be the case. If you pack diapers, baby wipes, cotton buds, ear swabs, and other important supplies in the gift basket, you’re basically capturing the moment. You’re letting your friend know that you understand that she is going to need all sorts of supplies to take on her new role.

If anything, this sets her at ease. This gives her direction as to which brands to go with. If you yourself are already a mother, this can be a great gift for your friend because you are basically letting her know that you’ve done your homework. You know how the whole new mommy game plays out, and you are basically instructing on how to take better care of her baby by picking out the right products.

This is a great way of her sampling different types of products so she can get a feel for what works best with her infant.

Arts and Crafts

You can also throw a ‘spice nugget’ into the gift basket by reminding the new mom in your life that even though she’s a new mom, she still should insist on some time for herself. In other words, you should remind here that she can do certain things that give her peace of mind and relaxation. These can be arts and crafts hobbies.

When picking out arts and crafts items to put into the basket, pick out something that’s not that hard like a simple art kit or even a knitting kit.

Stuffed Toy

If you want your gift basket to catch the eye of the new mom you’re congratulating with it, the best way to do so is to pack a nice stuffed toy. This toy is for her. It is meant to reassure her. You can even put in a small note that tells here that she can always count on you as she embarks on this new journey in her life as a new mother.

Keep the tips above in mind if you are in the dark regarding what to put in your gift basket. Being a new mom can be a stressful time. It can also be a very beautiful experience. Help your friend out by making her experience as pleasant as possible by surprising her with the right gift basket combination.