As Christmas very quickly approaches, I’ve had a few messages asking for gift idea for little ones who won’t be at home with their family on Christmas Day.
So, I thought I’d put together a little gift guide, including some of the gifts which we were so kindly given to us this weekend for Gabriel’s birthday.
Donation to a charity
The list of amazing charities who support families after a loss, are doing work to help prevent pregnancy loss, stillbirth and neonatal death, or offer services to help remember babies are endless.
If there is a particular charity the family support, a donation to that charity in memory off their child would be a wonderful gift. For me, there has been a great comfort in knowing that Gabriel’s story can continue by helping others.
If there isn’t a particular charity they support, here are a few you might like to consider:
Name a star
This was a gift my sister bought for Gabriel for his birthday; I received a certificate and guide to locate his star in the sky (although my astrological skills still need to be worked on!)
It’s such a lovely thought to know there is a star shining brightly in the sky and it has my son’s name.
I’ve been given some beautiful pieces of jewellery over the last year and they are so precious to me.
Murray and Me Jewellery creates lovely pieces, hand engraved with names, initials or messages and a donation from each sale goes to Tommy’s.
I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Sand and Seagulls on this Love necklace. It’s a beautiful reminder that love never ends and again, each sale helps to funraise for Tommy’s.
This gorgeous bracelet from Bloom Boutique was a gift for Gabriel’s birthday from one of my closest friends and has his initial and birthstone on it.
This was given to us from another wonderful friend, with Gabriel’s name and lyrics from a song engraved on the lid. Poppy absolutely loves it and sits with it, playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow-she knows it’s Gabriel’s special box and it’s lovely to see her sitting with it remembering her little brother.
I love this scrabble tile frame from my lovely friend; my little family all together. There is a great sadness in knowing there will always be someone missing physically from our family so something like this, where we are altogether means so much.
Here are a few other personalised pictures I’ve come across which look lovely…
Digital download of your family from LittleLiefCreations
Print of the stars on a baby’s birthday; this print is from MyDawsy
Also from My Dawsy are these great song lyric prints which could be personalised with a song special to the parents.
I’ve been so blessed to have been sent two breathtaking portraits of Gabriel from two of the kindest, and incredibly talented ladies.
This beautiful watercolour is by @pieceofmebabyart and looks just like my little Gabriel.
Last week I received this pencil drawing from @the_forester_and_the_feral and I can’t believe how detailed and perfect it is!
I also commissed a piece from Niki aka @miss_magpie_spy of Poppy and Gabriel together at home. For so long after Gabriel was born, Poppy asked when he would be coming home, and I had to tell her that he wouldn’t be able to. We would never have a photo of them both at home together, but Niki was able to create the most beautiful picture of them together.
When I was pregnant with Gabriel, the lovely Gail from @Soggy.rabbit did an illustration of three toys for me, each one a special toy for each of my children. It’s another beautiful picture, a representation of all my children together and the most gorgeous keepsake.
I’m obsessed with candles (I have far too many and my friends think I’m crazy for spending so much on Diptique) but there’s nothing quite like candle light to help bring some peace.
There are a number of candles on Etsy and NOTHS; I personally love these wooden tea light holders from Warner’s End can be personalised with a name, phrases, date.
I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that anything you gift this Christmas, or any other special occasion, to remember a baby who is not at home to celebrate with their family would touch the heart of the family and would mean the world to them.
It could be as simple as remembering to include them in the Christmas card you write or any festive message you send. This reminder from Aching Arms UK says it perfectly…