Gift for Expecting Sister-in-law

Updated on April 14, 2009
N.M. asks from Council Bluffs, IA
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When I found out that I was pregnant my sister-in-law got a build a bear with a girl outfit and a boy outfit. My sister-in-law just found out that she is pregnant and I wanted to get her a gift as well. I do not what to get her the same thing but not for sure what to get her.

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answers from Minneapolis on


I loved when my husband would get me "pampering" type gifts during my pregnancy. A massage (there are spas / therapists that specialize in pregnancy massage) or take her to get a pedicure, manicure or facial. These were especially nice after the nausea ended and I started to get big.




answers from Rochester on

My sister-in-law is also pregnant with her first, and though I'm SO not the domestic type, a friend of mine showed me some knitting patterns and I'm making them a baby blanket. I was really apprehensive at first, but after I got going, it's really easy, and something you can do while watching TV, waiting for the clothes to dry, etc.

The blanket I'm making is very easy, with only two different kinds of stitches needed, and my friend gave me a book with tons of baby ideas (from knitting blankets, to teddy bears, floor/nursing pillows, mommy sweaters, etc). and they're all for beginners (and look fantastic!). Even if you're like me, and you don't have a knack for the creative aspects, it's SO fun, and something you can really pour your love into. I showed my SIL the beginning of the blankie and she loved it. :) So if *I* can do it, anyone can! :)

Another idea would be to take some of their ultrasound pictures and make the beginnings of a baby book. There are soooo many scrapbooking places out there, it would be easy to find just the type of decorations you want to start their baby book. You can include a letter from you to Baby, or some background on Mom and Dad for him/her. Throw in some family photos before Baby is born, and the ones right after he/she is born, and it's a great memorabilia item. :)

You could also go to a place like Barnes and Noble and get a nice leather-bound book and start a journal for your sister-in-law so she can document her time while pregnant, and the days/years after Baby is born so she has something to look back on. My eldest cousin (whom I'm very close to) did this for me on my 16th birthday, and I write in it still.

Other things my family has done is sew quilts/layette sets, compile family recipes into a busy-mom's cookbook, made scrapbooks, reserved plots in public parks and named them after our children/family members, etc. A friend of mine even had a new star named after my son with his birthdate (it's in the Swedish National Star Registry, if you're interested, I'll get you the info for it).

Congrats on your first, and congrats to being an Auntie! I hope you both have a wonderful delivery. :)



answers from Madison on

How about a pedicure for both of you? Nice and relaxing!



answers from Minneapolis on

I know you said you didn't want to do the same thing... this is a bear idea, but its a little different... Check out and look for the bear foot and pregnant teddy! It is super cute, the bear is obviously bear foot (get it? hehe) and pregnant, and she is holding an ice cream cone with a pickle on top! It is a little on the spendy side though... anyway... good luck, i hope you like it :)



answers from St. Cloud on

You could get her a certificate for a prenancy massage at a spa.


Make some freezer meals and give them to her for when she starts in with the morning sickness. Then she won't have to cook. Just throw it in the oven! Make sure to put directions on top each one.



answers from Minneapolis on

belly laughs is a fun book to get



answers from Des Moines on

When I found out I was pregnant the first time my husband got me a Willow Tree figurine... they are adorable, and there's one for most every occasion (I started collecting them). There are a couple "New Baby" types... the one they are advertising now is found here:

Otherwise, if you just go to and look through them all you may find something that works!

Good luck!

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