Gifts We Love


Just when I thought I was too old for any more baby showers (that is, until I become a grandmother), I had two, two weekends in a row. I’ve been out of decent wrapping paper for weeks now and had less than a half hour to shower (no hair wash), pick up a present around the corner and get myself to the East Village from Brooklyn. I ran to my neighborhood bookstore, picked up a few of my favorite children’s books (this is a very special mom who appreciates the written word as much as I do) and a Moleskin notebook for journaling. I went two doors down and got some nice gender-neutral brown ribbon (all paper options were awful, plus I needed to wrap in the cab without the benefit of scissors, tape, and a flat surface). I decided, retroactively, that I like the way things looked wrapped without paper, especially if the objects themselves are lovely. Plus, it’s the green thing to do.


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Comments (2)


  1. This is my standard baby shower gift as well, no wrapping paper and all. I like to give the Little Golden Book Classics, and if the parents are having a boy I throw in Walker Lamond’s “Rules for My Unborn Son.” The moleskin journal is a very nice touch!

  2. Love this! I also give a stack of my kid’s favorite books. Depending on how well I know the person I sometimes stack the the books on a tray or decorative item (I stocked up on John Derian for Target alphabet trays) and tuck a skinny box of chocolates or a pedicure for mommy on top. If I am extra ridiculously attentive, I will color coordinate the books instead of color coordinating the wrap.

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