Gift giving is an excellent way to show how much you care and support someone you know. Especially if it’s someone who is close to you or who is adopting. There is no shortage of options or reasons to present a loved one with a token of your appreciation or gratitude. However, Adoption Choices of Colorado understands that it can be difficult to narrow down the best gift ideas for adoptive parents. Thus, we are here to offer our suggestions.
1. Adoption Related Jewelry
Jewelry makes for a wonderful keepsake and a way to honor the adoptive parents’ decision to adopt. There are many beautiful rings, necklaces and bracelets to choose from. Popular picks include: necklaces that symbolizes the adoption triad, engraved bracelets, and rings that feature the child’s birthstone.
2. Clothing Items
So many clothing items these days feature sayings, quotes, opinions or brand names. It’s a very popular trend for people to choose something that reflects their thoughts. To help the adoptive parents spread awareness or explain their choice to adopt, you can get them a t-shirt or sweater that talks about adoption. You can also get one for yourself to show your support.
3. Plant a Tree
One of the best gift ideas for adoptive parents is to give them a tree to plant that honors their adoption journey and the process of establishing new roots. Each day, they will be reminded of the beauty of their choice, and watch their tree grow and adjust to its new environment as their new son or daughter does the same. It’s symbolic all around.
4. Item that Celebrates Child’s Heritage
If the baby is of a different culture, race or ethnicity than their adoptive parents, you may consider choosing something that helps implement this into the family. A significant or famous piece of artwork or perhaps a set of blocks in the child’s native language would work. Uncle Goose offers beautiful wooden blocks in Chinese and Korean, and Love Heart Blocks has sets in Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew or Russian. Anything in the child’s native language will be cherished and played with for years, each time celebrating a part of his or her identity.
5. Photo Album / Memory Book
Newborns grow much too fast. There’s no doubt that hundreds of pictures will be taken to document each and every moment possible. But, that said, these memories will need a home. Even though it’s popular now for pictures to be stored on our phones and in Google Photos, nothing beats flipping through a photo album or memory book. So, if you’re looking for one of the best gift ideas for adoptive parents, this is a good choice.
6. Photography Shoot
Along these same lines, why not find an affordable photography studio where adoptive parents and their babies can get professionally-taken adoption pictures? Research the prices of the available sessions, and see if you can’t get a gift card to help cover all or a part of the cost. These can then be put into the photo album and then put in picture frames around the house.
Many parents want to write down their child’s milestones. First steps, first words. All of their son’s or daughter’s big moments. Not only does this help them remember and have a way to look back, but it also gives them a chance to share with their child when he or she is older. To tell him or her what he or she as like as a baby. If you’ve ever kept a diary or journal, then you know what a special treasure this is, and how much the adoptive parents will cherish this as a gift.
8. Personalized Ornament
Even if the adoption was finalized outside of the holiday season, a thoughtful gift idea for adoptive parents would be creating a personalized ornament for them to hang on their Christmas tree. Something that has their son or daughter’s birth date and adoption date on it to commemorate when he or she entered the world and his or her new family. In doing so, too, you are helping the family start a new tradition. Personalized ornaments can be found in various places, one of them being Etsy.
9. Subscription to Magazines
Magazines offer great resources, tips and tricks for adoptive parents who are exploring new adoption arrangements. Gifting them with a subscription to Adoptive Families, for instance, will provide them with a wealth of information in each publication. Both print and digital issues are available.
10. Adoption-Themed Books
Studies show that reading to newborns helps with their vocabulary development. It also helps give them an awareness of the world around them as they grow. Adoption Choices of Colorado has another resource that speaks to this and provides our favorite adoption books for adoptive parents to read to their children. Purchasing adoption-themed books that are more on the adult level is another helpful gift idea for adoptive parents.
Bonus Idea: Include a Handwritten Note
To accompany your gift, consider purchasing a blank holiday card or stationary and writing the adoptive parents a note. Expressing your sincere gratitude by hand speaks volumes of your respect for them, and is a great way to relay how much you honor their decision to adopt.
At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we encourage all of our adoptive parents to pen a handwritten note to the birth parents. It truly means the world to them, and conveys your genuine effort to keep their legacies alive.
Gift Ideas for Adoptive Parents
When you are thinking about the best gift ideas for adoptive parents, remember that money doesn’t need to be the deciding factor. In other words, don’t be concerned about getting gifts that are expensive. Rather, work within your budget. Think about what would be the most meaningful to the family and go that route. Having this mindset will be what matters in the long run.
Adoption Choices of Colorado
For more information on adoption please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can be reached via our website or phone 303-670-4401.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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