Do you have a LGBTQ+ friend who's expecting? Are you and your partner starting to think about building a family? Are you a new parent and don't have much time to shop? Here at Gay Parents To Be, we have lots of experience celebrating new parents and the holidays, and we're here to share some of our favorite gift ideas with you!
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Great Gift Ideas for the Parents on Your List
Here are our suggestions for the top LGBTQ+ friendly gifts for parents or parents-to-be. With their unique personalities and lives in mind, we hope this list offers plenty of inspiration for holiday gifting the rainbow families in your life!
Books for LGBTQ+ Parents
My Lifebook helps you tell the story of how your child was born in your heart and finally arrived in your home. Children love hearing about how they came into the world, and My Lifebook can help them feel connected to their beginnings.
Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad by Dan Bucatinsky
Dan Bucatinsky, star of ABC's hit show Scandal, shares his own journey in this book. Follow Dan’s parenting adventures with his partner Dan Roos as they journey from adoption into fatherhood. You won't get through a page without laughing at Bucatinsky's humorous stories, but the honest and soul-bearing moments capture what it really means to be a parent.
Pride Apparel for Kids
Whether they have two dads, two moms, or any other awesome queer parent combo, get them a cute reminder of their rainbow family that their little one can wear with pride?
Memorabilia & Keepsakes
This company, Little Pickle Crafting, is owned by a same-sex couple who started creating their own baby books after being gifted ones that were specifically for straight couples. They now sell books for couples, single parents, adoptive parents, and all other families. The books range from “Bump to Birthday” to a growing up book. Shop their Etsy shop for a gift tailored for the special family in your life.
This Baby Memory Book is another keepsake geared towards all families. It provides an adaptable outline for single moms, single dads, LGBTQ+ parents, adoptive parents, guardians, grandparents, traditional families, and all others to record memorable moments of their baby's early years. We recognize that no two families look alike, and this allows the special people in your life to tell their baby’s story in a way that’s true to them.
Create new traditions this season:
For any parent with a newborn (or anyone who knows a new parent) you know that coffee is a true friend indeed. So if you're going to give the gift of caffeine this holiday, why not make it a LGBTQ-friendly cup of joe? We love that Starbucks is among a list of companies that offers coverage for LGBTQ fertility & family building just about as much as we love our caffeine habit.
Since many of us are currently supporting our caffeine habits by working from home, try sending a multitasking parent or parent-to-be the perfect blend that donates to a good cause! Awareness Coffee Co. uses small-batch specialty coffee roasts and engaging packaging to raise money for non-profits around the world. This particular blend gives back to organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Speaking of giving back (and coffee), we also love this Pottery Barn mug from their Goods That Give Back initiative. 25% of the proceeds from this mug go to The Trevor Project - and it's such a cute stocking stuffer!
We love a good cup of joe, but we know that parenting can be stressful - and sometimes relaxing with an "adult beverage" can be just what you need. For the parents who enjoy a glass of wine, we love this Love Wins special label red wine - the engraved date commemorates the date that same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 states. There's also a customizable version to help new parents celebrate an anniversary or even a baby's birthday!
Helpful Gifts for Any New Parent
Around the holidays, it is easy to get caught up in buying “the perfect present,” but it can also be a really stressful time for new (or expecting parents). Whether it’s a delivery service with convenient meals, contributing to a postpartum doula fund, a bottle or diaper wipe warmer, or just some time spent watching their child while they shower and enjoy a cup of coffee, many parents appreciate gifts of time and thoughtfulness over something material.
LGBTQ+ parents are just like every other parent - unified by the newness, excitement, and exhaustion of it all. During this holiday season, remember that sometimes the greatest gifts also come in the form of steadfast friendship and good advice - and those gifts are free.
If you’re still checking names off your "Nice List," check out our other gift guides linked below!
From all of us here at Gay Parents To Be, we wish you a happy holiday season and a joyful new year!