When building a family as a member of the LGBT community, surrogates and known donors become a part of your family. How do you even begin to show your gratitude to these people who gave you such a profound gift?
Here at Gay Parents To Be we've been helping to build families for a long time, so we've seen gifts that range from big to small - all heartfelt and appreciated. We've pulled together a gift guide for these special people in your life, from personalized jewelry to children's books that your carrier can share with her own little ones.
You Can’t Go Wrong with Jewelry...
Personalized jewelry is a great gift for a gestational carrier or an egg donor, and an on-trend one! This necklace in particular is a great way to say thank you to your carrier - you can have her name engraved as well as your child’s birthstone. A touching gift that she’ll be sure to cherish.
This keepsake map locket allows you to personalize a special location - whether it’s your home, the clinic where you create memories together, or your surrogate’s home where she is helping to grow your family. There is also space inside for your gestational carrier to add photos of her own family.
Take Care of Yourself
This company makes safe and clean herbal solutions for steps of motherhood including pregnancy and breastfeeding. In their words, Earth Mama combines traditional herbal remedies and research to formulate certified organic soaps, balms, lotions, soothing sprays, and nipple cream. Even better, they have travel sizes available if your clinic and your surrogate happen to be in different states.
*please note that all gift recommendations have been curated by our marketing department and be sure to test all new products before use*
For Someone Who Prefers to Give Back
For the person who’s a little bit less materialistic and who you know would appreciate a donation more than something to put on a shelf, think about donating to one of the charities below:
For another fun twist, virtually adopting an endangered wildlife animal is a great way to give a wonderful gift while also giving back - can we suggest a kangaroo, or is that too on-the-nose?
Who doesn’t love a good gift basket?
This gratitude themed gift basket is a great way to say thank you with a bunch of smaller items. It includes a lovely candle for the home, specialty candy, as well as a nonalcoholic beverage that your carrier can use to toast the holiday!
For The Kids
This book is narrated by Oliver, a young kangaroo whose mother has decided to be a surrogate. The story is a gentle way for a carrier with younger children to explore the topic of surrogacy. You can gift this lovely story on it’s own, or gift it alongside your favorite book from childhood - something that your surrogate and her family can enjoy together for years to come.
Gifts from your State or Hometown
If you’re struggling to think of something geared specifically for your surrogate, think about yourself and your home instead! A basket of memorabilia, snacks, or local goods from your area can be a great way to bond with your carrier and her family.
If you’re still struggling to find the perfect present, never fear! We have gift guides geared towards children of LGBTQ parents, as well as the perfect presents for new parents - and parents to be!