Asked on 06 Nov 2019
I am going to a one-year-old birthday party this weekend.
Baby clothes seem like a popular choice, but that also means they'll end up receiving a lot of that.
If the parents are your close friends, you can try asking them what they need! That way, you can avoid giving them something they already have or will be receiving a lot.
Otherwise, an angbao won't go wrong!
Not really for the baby, but I gave my newly-minted mum friend a beautiful colouring doodle book, because I know that period is going to be a new (and sometimes stressful) experience.
Also a way for her to pen thoughts and keep memories!
I prefer giving Ang Pow. My friends said it’s the most practical, and appreciated. The parents can use it to buy what the baby needs, formula milk, diapers, etc. Supermarket vouchers will also do.
Presents, unless you really put in an effort, have chances of getting duplicated which gave the parent more problem to deal with.
Unless you are really close, you would know if the baby has allergy issues, etc.
NTUC / Cold Storage depends if where they stay have which super market, The cost of diapers and formula is very high on a weekly basis, these supermarket vouchers will comes in most handly.
All in all, it depends on how close you are to the parents.
Shopping vouchers and angbaos are the most practical. The parents know what to buy and not have to handle the hidden stress of dealing with gifts that are not practical or gifts that are nice but they won't use it.
If you are like, the "inner circle" or best friend for life with the parents, things like gold, clothes would be appropriate. In fact, gold is the most popular as jewelley shops have a section dedicated to jewellery for babies.
I faced the same problem when i am shopping for my best friend kid so ya~
My suggestion, I will suggest instead of getting a gift, just give a red packet of an amount you’re comfortable giving depending on the relationship you have with the parents.
If you are very close with the parents, you would know what they need so you would already know what to get from them.
Generally what I’m seeing is that they usually receive gifts that:
1) repeated items
2) items that they already have
3) items that they find it not useful for them.
4) items that the baby will grow out of very quickly.
So an angbao will be better as it can either help them to cover the cost of the birthday party or they use it to get what they really want.
Just get vouchers so that parents can get what they prefer
If not clothes or some toys would be ideal
Most practical is angpow, let them put the cash to as they see fit.
Sometimes you buy the gift, mebbe they got elsewhere or don't like. Even vouchers may not be the place where they would want to buy, or have a cheaper venue for diapers / milk powder.
If you want to get the gift, you could try asking the mother of the child for more precise details, so you don't end up getting something they dont need.
The fact that you are asking here means not so close. In that case, give ang bao.
It’s never a good idea to gift clothes/books/toys/food as parenting is a very intimate undertaking on the parents.
Plus preparation very little for ang bao.
But but but if you really want to get a novelty item, I recommend the very intuitive night light from Xiaomi.
07 Nov 2019
I think if you are very close to the person just be direct and ask what do they need. I personally would recommend giving vouchers like Capitaland vouchers or ntuc which they can use for the necessities.
I constantly have this issue as well. But I usually consider the following
how close am I with the parents
any items the parents would require for the child
Bought a toy car, clothes, gift hamper & tonics etc, a meal set, some educational toys
These are for different child. Main thing is “will this help the parents in the child’s growth?”
Hope this help. Cheers!