Many people are familiar with buying presents for wedding and baby showers or even anniversary parties. There’s usually a registry, premade gift baskets, or obvious choices that we know from many years of attending similar events. But what about celebrations for adoptive parents? If you have a friend or family member who is welcoming an addition to their family as an adoptive parent, consider some of the suggestions below for thoughtful gifts to show your friend or loved one how much you want to celebrate their growing family.

Memory Books

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There are special memory books designed for adoptive parents that allow them to record all sorts of memories, add photos, and even add special toys or other items to commemorate the first few years. It’s important for families to establish their shared history and memory books are an easy but wonderful way to do just that. My Family, My Journey is an excellent choice for adoptive parents welcoming a baby. For more options try BabySakes, which offers a wide variety of memory books and keepsakes.


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Jewelry is more appropriate for the adoptive parents, though if the child is older you might consider getting this lovely necklace for her, too. This affordable sterling silver necklace depicts two parents with a young child and is a great way to commemorate this special day. There are other options, too, such as rings, necklaces, and pendants with stones for each child or family member. Both Jared and Kay Jewelers offer accessible pieces for any discerning gift buyer. They don’t have to be extravagant or expensive; even the simplest piece will have great value for  the adoptive parents.

Personalized Ornament

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Although it’s summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t think ahead to the holidays especially if you are considering a personalized ornament. These can be intensely special because they are starting a family and holiday tradition; one that can be carried on for many years. Consider phrases such as “first family Christmas” or “first Christmas home” to capture the special moment. Adding photos is also a great touch. Look to Calliope Designs for all sorts of options, including a design-your-own ornament!