While baby showers are generally intended for mothers-to-be (or – to reflect how enlightened I am – parents-to-be), they’re not the only first-timers who could use a little help. Sure, grandma may already be doling out dollars to the expecting couple to assist with necessities as well as stocking up on “What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s” bibs, but is she buying the more mundane things that would be helpful to have at her own house? Diapers, wet-wipes, sleepers, t-shirts, etc?
Or maybe grandmother-to-be is on a fixed income. Wouldn’t it be fun to pitch in with friends to present a higher-dollar item, such as a high chair or car seat, that would otherwise have to be transported between homes, thus making things easier for parents and grandma?
This gathering is about celebrating friendship and grandma-hood. The attendees are pals who want to be there versus obligated family members buying obligatory gifts. No registries. No endless oohs and awwws over laundry baskets full of miniature items. Themes – if used – can be more mature. Party games may be omitted. And – bonus – because the guest-of-honor isn’t pregnant, alcoholic beverages (margarita anyone??) can be an option!
For some fun first-time-grandma gift ideas, check out our Friday Five this week! -El