Baby Clothes: A Perfect Baby Shower Gift?

Shopping for baby clothes and accessories can be so much fun, especially when you are shopping for a baby shower gift for someone you love! Baby clothes make great gifts for new parents.

Baby clothing from boutiques are very popular gifts. Many even have gift registries for expectant parents. Most larger towns and cities have these specialty boutiques, but these can also be found in quaint smaller towns, too. The nice thing about boutique clothing as a baby shower gift is that the parents might not want to spend the extra money on clothing for the baby with all the other expenses they will have. Try to pick out something unique. Most parents get plenty of onesies and sleepers!

When in doubt as to what to buy or what size, stick with dresses for girls and overalls for boys. Because I had big babies, most newborn clothing didn’t fit my children. I suggest buying size 3 or 6 months, keeping in mind many children wear the next size up from their age. For example, a 3 month old might wear a size 6 months. Remember to think about what season it will be when purchasing bigger sizes. A nice long sleeved outfit won’t be used if it would fit the baby in the summer.

Shopping online for baby clothes can get you some really good deals without the frustrations of being at the mall. You’re also more likely to get a unique gift online. Shop around for special promotions and free shipping. I like to use Ebates whenever I shop online and get a rebate on every purchase.

Internet shopping is perfect if you can’t attend the shower. Most stores with registries make ordering simple. They can, in just a few clicks, have your order shipped directly to the new parents’ house.
Baby sleepers and gowns are the most popular baby shower gifts. While necessary, try pairing them with another more unique gift like an embroidered burp cloth, blanket or diaper bag.

Tiny baby slippers always get oooh’s and aaah’s at a shower. To make a more substantial gift, add a cute little hat and some socks. Infant clothing is almost always a gift parents will get lots of use out of. When possible, always include a gift receipt just in case there was a duplicate gift or if the baby’s gender turns out to be different than expected!

Baby clothing can be expensive and fancy or simple and inexpensive. Either way, parents will appreciate the thoughtful and useful gift for their little one.

A Primer on Fairtrade Jewellery and Bags

Why is Multilateral trade important?

Equitable business partnerships seek to form relationships between consumers and producers based on transparency and work to instill dignity and better communities. Through lifting artisans out of poverty and providing income for their creations, the reciprocal trade model alleviates some of the 20 million people living in slavery around the globe. Additionally, the scheme cultivates opportunities for consumers to better the lives of a global base of designers and producers while learning about their culture and country of origin.

What is the difference between the terms fairtrade and fair trade?

Essentially, when “fairtrade” is written as one word, It refers to a product that has received certification from the Fairtrade Foundation and is able to display its trademark and logo. Currently, “fairtrade” certification is not widely available for many gift, jewellery, and craft items. Nonetheless, there are many artisans and designers that are supported by accredited multilateral trade sources. Ethical companies working to promote ethically crafted traded jewellery and bags with the goal of providing artisans with a living wage may participate in this equal process.

What work is being done to promote an equitable business?

There are a number of initiatives and organizations active in countries around the world, including Trade objective Justice, the World Fair Trade Association, and the FairTrade Federation. In England, the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) is a partnership of independent importers and retailers working under the central goal of creating justice, equity, and better overall outcomes for producers working around the world. In order to be an eligible BAFTS retailer, a minimum of 70 percent of products must be sourced from established fair trade sources.

Why buy equitable jewellery and bags?

In England, the United States, and other countries, select brick-and-mortar boutiques and online stores feature exceptional Fairtrade jewellery, bags, and accessories from gifted producers and designers working in countries, including Africa, Central America, and South America. Ethical fashion has definetely moved from the hemp potato sac towards a more colourful and bold fashion that translates the latest trends. Brands, including Kenyan beads from Kazuri and handcrafted Cambodian goods from Saffron Winds, are thriving. These small companies are passionate about bettering artisan working and living environments, and present distinctive pieces fitting a wide range of personal styles. More and more consumers are ready to choose ethically crafted items over conventionally manufactured products with the idea to give something back to their community.