It seems as if I know way too many friends who are expecting their first or another child sometime this Fall! I went to a baby shower last weekend, and the weekend before that as well!
Here is my go-to gift for friends who are about to have a baby. It is very usable, inexpensive, and potentially meaningful for both momma and baby! This is a gift I love throwing into a bag with a gift card to Amazon or a grocery store when going to a baby shower, it provides that missing personalized touch that a gift card simply never can give! This gift is also so small that it can be given to a friend for their second or third, or whatever number they’re on, child. It’s also a gift that can be easily mailed, and many of my friends seem to be far away from me 😦
Introducing: Children’s Book with a Letter Inside
Age Range: 6+ years old
Cost: $ out of $$$$
What You’ll Need:
- a children’s book of your choice
- two matching cards
- glue stick or white glue
- Take your children’s book and find an empty page on the inside cover, or even the back cover. I always get the cardboard page ones from T.J. Maxx, and they’re books I loved reading as a kid!
- Write a letter to the baby about their mom (or parents) in the card. Tell how you met, what you love about her, and fun and meaningful memories you’ve shared together. When I write these letters, I hope that the child will hold on to the book for forever, and go back and read the letter when they are a bit older. These might be lofty expectations, but it would be so cute if they really did revisit the book when they know how to read on their own or even when they have their own kids!
- Glue the card inside the book. I always weight the book down with something to make sure it sticks.
- Write another letter to the mom on a matching card (this is when stationary sets come in handy!) Whatever message you’d like to write is what will be best. I always reserve the top half of the card for a beautiful dua that the Prophet (S) used to make when leaving his grandkids Hassan and Hussain. The dua is to place a child under the protection of Allah. Here it is, with an elaborate translation I came up with based on Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda’s “Accepted Supplication” class.
Placing Children Under Allah’s Protection
أَعُوْذُكُمْ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ
مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطَانٍ وَ هَامَّةٍ
وَ مِنْ كُلِّ عَيْنٍ لَامَّةٍ
I put you in the protection of the
complete, perfect words of Allah,
from each and every troublemaker and
wretched creature who harm children,
and from each and every bad-intentioned eye.
5. Wrap the gift with the card for the mom as well, and that’s it!
I hope you enjoy writing your cards to the baby and the mom, that is definitely my favorite part! This gift could also be given by an older cousin to a new baby cousin, maybe with some help from mom or dad in writing the letter.
Another possible gift idea is one that I just gave for the first time last weekend. Print out the dua on a nice sheet of cardstock and place it inside a frame. Up it goes in the nursery, and this way mom and dad can read the dua over their precious little one until they’ve read it so many times, they’ve got it memorized! Enjoy!