Santa Cruz County
Don't Miss Out Local Resources Parent to Parent Get in Touch Get in Touch
Gift Ideas for Baby, Kids, Teachers

Gift Ideas for Baby, Kids, Teachers

Parent Tips > Shop Locally & Online > Gift Ideas for Baby, Kids, Teachers

Gift Certificates for New Parents

  • For a photography sitting that includes an 8x10 photo of the new baby.
  • To a restaurant for the new parents for the first date night after the baby.
  • To a great take-out restaurant for those tired parents who do not want to cook.
  • For an errand service to deliver their groceries to their door. Check in our Services section...they can deliver milk, perishables, diapers and much more....
  • A gift certificate for a spa service for some pampering after the baby arrives. Go to our Health & Fitness area to find spas that even provide free child care.
  • For a personal chef that can drop off as many dinners as you would like. A nice way for parents to get both a great dinner without having to go out and get a babysitter.

Gift Certificates for Kids Birthdays

  • A Zoo or Museum membership
  • For a series of classes. (ie: swim lessons, Gymboree, My Gym, dance, tennis, etc.)
  • Check to a college savings account. If the child does not have an account I download the form and complete it and include my check. Anyone can start an account with as little as $25. 
  • Tickets to a show, or to a fun place like the zoo, put-put golf, or even a short train trip.



Magazine subscriptions are a great gift idea especially for friends that are out of town. There are wonderful family magazines for new parents and childrens magazines for kids birthdays.

Baby Shower Gifts

  • Clothes and blankets are always wonderful for first time parents. If you are buying clothes, don't always get the newborn sizes. They grow out of these quickly and will need some of the larger sizes. Make sure to think of what season you are buying for so you get the correct size. If the baby will be 12 months during the winter, don't buy a 12-18 month bathing suit.
  • Often though parents need some of the bigger items (strollers, cribs, exersaucers, etc.). It is great to get several friends or family members to go in on one of the these.
  • Another item needed by many expecting parents is a camera or video camera. This makes a great group gift. Even if it means getting them a certificate to put towards the item.


Gifts for Grandparents, parents, etc.

Swee'Pea Posters does the greatest job with up to 9 pieces of your child's artwork. It is a unique idea for a grandparent. You can see samples on their site. ( High quality posters made from your child's very own artwork.


Fun Gifts for Kids

Parent Ideas:


  • Bath tints (little tablets that color the bath water and you can make different colors like purple and orange) and Sponge creatures-come in a pack of 12 or so and theyare sponge animals in gelatin capsules that your child can hold under water-then a creature emerges. Both are inexpensive and can be gifted together!
  • For children who love to unwrap gifts, wrap many small inexpensive gifts, or wrap each part of a gift that goes together. Have a treasure hunt around your livingroom to find all the pieces.
  • One of my favorite gifts is a gift card to any bookstore. The gift of reading is priceless and children love to be able to pick out a book they want to read! You can't go wrong!
  • I purchased from the Old Navy website multiples of all of their costumes left. They were 50%+ off and so I had the idea to purchase hat boxes and fill them with one of each costume. I will give them as "dress-up boxes" to all the little girls who have birthdays coming up. Kids, boys and girls, love to dress up and pretend play!
  • Personalized anything; seeds; garden tools; special place settings; paper airplane; ornaments; handmade items; globe; science kit; post office kit; treasure box; sleeping bag; songs; coupons (foot rubs); charm for bracelet; fishing pole; bank account; antique; grant-a-wish; dress-up clothes; bandaids; and alarm clock.
  • The ultimate choice for a gift that will delight and inspire any child recipient is: miscellaneous dress up clothes. (of non specific type) boas, gloves, various hats, jackets, crowns, boots, scarves, ties, glasses, rainbow ""toe socks!,"" wigs, frills and western attire. Too often parents grab for a pre-made dress up costume and rob their children of the imaginative process! There are characters beyond tinkerbell, mickey mouse and cinderella!Kids like to imitate life and given choices, they would just as often dress up as a doctor, teacher or housewife!!!
  • Large plastic storage container filled with costumes collected from garage sales (tutu, tap shoes, scarves, necklaces, fancy dresses, hats, western vest, sheriff's badge, neck scarf and cowboy boots, mini tuxedo, magician's cape, crown). Decorate the top of the box with their names and fancy stickers.

Gift Alternatives

Have a birthday party where guests bring books to donate to the hospital. You can choose any organization that is meaningful to you and find out what they need that you can provide. Make it known on the invites that this is where the gifts are intended - not for your child. Later, with your child you bring these items to the organization, and it is a very meaningful lesson learned.


Teacher Gifts

Are you trying to figure out the perfect gift for your child's teacher? Below are some ideas submitted by parents and teachers. Do something special for the person who is making a difference in your child's lifea and education.


  • Gift cards: Sometimes we may not know our child's teacher on a personal level or know their interests. Most teachers would love to go out to dinner and to a movie without cost. (restaurants, coffee houses, salons, massages). More and more places are offering gift cards and certificates with special deals and some will mail them to you, so you don't have to go out. I subscribe to a service where I can buy $25 gift cards for $20 each to stores like Target. Most of the time teachers receive these gifts when school gets out prior to the holiday and they can shop for themselves or others. Try to get other parents to contribute with too.


  • Theatre Tickets for your teacher and a guest to see the Nutcracker - best seats in the house. Have other families contribute to make this an affordable and unique gift.
  • A Mini Scrapbook with a page of artwork & a photo of each child in the class.
  • Ask each teacher what his or her favorite book is and buy a copy for or have a copy donated to the school library. Include in each book a bookplate with the name of the teacher who chose the book.

  • Ask each teacher what his or her favorite book is and buy a copy for or have a copy donated to the school library. Include in each book a bookplate with the name of the teacher who chose the book.
  • Hire a massage therapist to give 15-minute head, neck, shoulder, hand, or foot massages to the teachers and staff in the teachers’ lounge.


local sponsors
• Look for these same great services in other cities under ParentClick •