No, I’m not pregnant! (That ship has sailed.) But I’m still of the age where I have lots of pregnant friends. I have my go-to baby gifts. I have my stock set up congratulations cards and sentiments.
All those things seem a big haggard after reading Bliss: A guide to unique gift giving for the expectant mom, by Hava Skovron.
Skovron has created a new tradition for expectant mothers which she calls BLISS. The idea is to start in month three, and then celebrate pregnancy with a new gift every month. Each month gets a new theme; kind of like wedding anniversaries.
Month 3 = Paper
Month 4 = Lotion
Month 5 = Cotton
Month 6 = Photo
Month 7 = Wood
Month 8 = Silver
Month 9 = Food
The BLISS gifts can be as humble or expensive as your budget dictates. A paper gift could be a homemade gift card or a spa certificate. A wood gift could be a simple picture frame or a brand new crib.
Cool idea, right? The book contains hundreds of ideas for each month. There are also suggestions for how to organize a BLISS giving group, and how to deal with adoption.
Here’s the sad part. I read this book today while still grieving over my friends’ loss of their newborn baby. So all of Skovron’s ideas had added meaning for me.
A pregnancy after miscarriage or infant loss is/would be very scary. BLISS gifts could be a great way to help a hopeful mom through her fear. Instead of having a baby shower, you could follow BLISS and send comforting gifts for the mother instead.
Paper could be a note of encouragement. Lotion could be hand cream. Cotton could be a set of soft pillowcases for a good night’s sleep. All the gifts could offer encouragement and understanding.
I really love this idea of BLISS. Thank you Hava Skorvorn for your creativity, and for giving me a complimentary copy of your book so that I could review it.