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New Home, New Memories
When congratulating a couple that just moved to a new home and who have children, it is a good idea to think about the children when picking out that perfect housewarming gift. It could be a gift to help the couple as parents, keep the children safe, or even something fun that the whole family can enjoy together.
Gift Ideas for Couples With Kids
- Child-Proofing Basket
- Audio-Visual Monitor
- Baby Gate
- First Aid Kit
- Family Game
- Bath Basket
1. Child-Proofing Basket
If the couple has an infant or a toddler, putting together a basket filled with items to childproof the house is sure to be appreciated. Simply pick out what size and type of basket you prefer or think they will enjoy. Next, add items you think will be helpful, such as:
- Outlet plugs
- Toilet locks
- Handle locks
- Door locks
- Locks and latches for cabinet doors
- Night lights
Include anything else that will help keep the children safe in their new home. This will be a big help to the couple during this stressful yet wonderful time.
2. Audio-Video Monitor
All couples wish to keep their eye on their children at all times. Most parents tend to have the natural instinct to hover a bit. Allow the couple not to worry so much about their young child playing in their room by giving them an audio-video monitor. MobiCam has a set for around $90. You or the couple can add to this gift by buying extra cameras and an internet kit that will allow you to watch what is going on at your house any time of the day.
3. Baby Gate
Baby gates are always useful. Parents can never have enough baby gates. If the couple needs to get some work done around their new home yet wants to keep the children out of things, baby gates are a great way to do this. They are also useful if the new home has stairs. Many times a gate can be placed at the bottom or top to prevent young children from playing on the stairs or falling down them. Baby gates also come in a variety of styles and colors.
4. First Aid Kit
Boo-boos are bound to happen with young children as they explore their world. Putting together a basic first aid kit as a housewarming gift will surely be appreciated. Start with a plastic bin or an empty tackle box. Add items like
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- Band-aids of different sizes in fun designs
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Bandage tape
- Children's Tylenol
You can even add a boo-boo buddy cold pack in a fun character such as Cookie Monster or Buzz Lightyear. Also, don't forget to add the "trooper" stickers and suckers. Most children love stickers and candy. Another idea is to add a walkman with a CD or cassette filled with fun children's songs. This way, the parent can let the child listen to music while dressing their wounds. It provides the best distraction.
5. Family Games
Many families need to focus on spending more quality time together. Consider giving the couple and young children games. This will help encourage a family game night and be fun for the children. Consider games such as:
- Uno Moo
- Don't Wake Daddy
- Looney Laundry
Amazon even has a "first games" set that comes with Candy Land, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Memory, and Chutes and Ladders for $42.95.
The move to a new home can be frightening for a young child. Why not make it exciting for them instead? Try to buy a gift that even the children can enjoy. Making the children feel included will make the transition to a new home easier.
6. Bath Time Basket
This is another gift basket that makes a great housewarming gift for not only the children but the couple as well. Consider adding items that will make bath time fun for the children and their parents. Perhaps start with some fun safety items such as a spout cover, a turtle bath thermometer and alarm, a safety mat for kneeling, and a Froggie bath mat.
Next, add some age-appropriate bath toys. Some favorites include Sea Buddies, Hoops in the Tub, and bath boats. Also, consider adding fun hooded bath towels and a toy bag. Perhaps even add bubble bath, soap, and shampoo. If you want to go all out, consider putting as much as you can into a large plastic bin so that it can also be used as storage for bath time things.
A Thoughtful Gesture
No matter what you decide on giving to the couple as a housewarming gift, considering their young children will be quite appreciated. It shows that you have taken much thought regarding the couple's needs and the needs of their young children.
© 2014 Linda Sarhan