You know you have a baby shower coming up. What is your favorite baby shower gift to give? Are you the one who likes to give the practical pack of t-shirts, onesies, receiving blankets, diapers and staple layette items in white or yellow? Or are you the one who likes to give exactly what the new parents requested on their gift registry, never wavering? Or are you the giver who likes to come up with something unique? I have been in all three boats, but lately my go-to gift is –well, you know if you’ve read other blog posts here–the reversible receiving blanket from youcanmakethis.com and sometimes coordinating burp cloths.
“I think you should give gator presents,” says my DH in a commanding sort of tone of voice. After all, we live in a college town and of course, the majority of new parents we know are college students, here today, and out into the world tomorrow, cherishing their memories of swamp life. Others who are not going to UF but who just live here, are (for the most part) not opposed to getting gator gear too. We think that gator memorabilia just makes everyday life seem more like a big ol’ tailgate party. But better to keep it in the vicinity, I guess. When I traveled to Nashville during last football season, my daughter-in-law said she spotted several Tennesseans mean-mugging my gator purse in public places. You wouldn’t want your innocent infant to be the victim of some other SEC team’s mean-mugging, so keep it in the vicinity, please.Click on the photo to see it in its entirety.
I like that for a burp cloth, you can use just a smidgen remnant of licensed collegiate fabric, and then simply embellish it with plain text. This one is in the Kids font that came with my Husqvarna Viking. The cloth diaper is a prefolded one I got in a big package from K-Mart. You can also find birdseye and gauze diaper fabric at JoAnn’s Fabric in the back of the store, and make your own. And you can get very creative with synonyms for “burp.” I think Tiffany’s babies are going to get some that say “I spew chunks of orange and blue!”