Personalized adoption gifts are a beautiful way to celebrate the coming together of a new family. If you’re struggling to think of ideas, you’re in luck. The market is teeming with great gift options. They’re meaningful, they’re heartfelt, and, best of all, they won’t break the bank. Grab your credit card and get ready to be inspired as we run through the top 5 personalized adoption gifts in 2021.
Personalized Adoption Gifts
Personalized adoption gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate adoption. Generic gifts might be ok for certain occasions, but they won’t cut it when it comes to something so personal and significant as an adoption.
You need something meaningful, something heartfelt… something that recognizes the joy of the occasion while respecting the trials and tribulations of the adoption process. Basically, you need something that you’re not going to find in the discount aisle of your local grocery store.
Finding something like that isn’t easy. But fortunately, it’s not as challenging as you might think either. Over the past few years, retailers have started tapping into the demand for personalized adoption gifts. As a result, there’s now a huge supply of ideas for unique gifts that are perfect for the occasion.
From recordable books to necklaces, snuggle blankets to family portraits, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re looking for a personalized adoption gift for adoptive parents, birth parents, or adoptees, these top five personalized adoption gifts are guaranteed to be a hit.
Before we hit the list, a quick word of advice. Personalized adoption gifts need to be exactly that… personal. Every family is different. What’s a hit with Family A might be a miss with Family B.
Before you settle on a gift, be sure to think about whether it’s suitable for the family in question. Some personalized adoption gifts are going to be better suited to toddlers, some are going to be better suited to older children.
Occasionally, you might find a personalized adoption gift that ticks the box for everyone (check out the last gift idea on our list for one of those). Remember to think about who you’re buying for, what their history is, and what their situation is. Keep the giftee in mind at all times, and the perfect gift will find itself.
Advise delivered, let’s get on with the gifts….
Say it with Jewelry
Personalized adoption gifts have their work cut out for them. They need to be meaningful, unique, and lasting. Disposable, generic gifts just aren’t going to cut the mustard. A special piece of keepsake jewelry does the job perfectly.
What makes jewelry such a great choice? For a start, it doesn’t have an expiration date. Providing it doesn’t get lost, it’ll last a lifetime… more, in fact. After all, if there’s one thing that can be treasured for multiple generations, it’s jewelry.
Then there’s the fact jewelry can be personalized in a way that not many gifts can be. Engrave it, stamp it, emboss it… whichever way you choose to do it, jewelry is the perfect medium for a short but sweet statement.
A necklace engraved with a child’s name, birth date, and adopted date makes a wonderful gift. If it’s a locket necklace, tuck a photograph inside with a lock of their hair.
Sites like Etsy are a great place to start your search, but don’t forget to check out the offerings of specialist jewelers either. Dear Mushka, for one, offers a stunning adoption necklace that’s just big enough to engrave with an initial.
At the necklace’s center is a triangle that represents the three groups that make up an adoption (the birth family, adoptive family, and child) and a heart that signifies the love between all three.
As suitable as an heirloom gift for an adopted child as it is for the mother, the necklace’s simple, minimal design and heartfelt message are right on point.
Put Down Roots with a Tree
Planting a tree may sound like a left-field choice, but think about it. What represents putting down new roots better than a tree?
As the child grows, so will the tree. In the years to come, the tree will serve as a lasting reminder of that special day the family came together. Seeds of Life have some gorgeous gift packaged trees that are perfect for the occasion – you can even choose between blue or pink packaging to match the child’s gender.
If yard space is in short supply, adopting a tree makes a great alternative. Depending on who you buy from, you’ll usually get online access to the tree, the chance to visit, and an adoption certificate.
Some organizations like Turtle Island Restoration Network even give you the opportunity to adopt a ‘family’ of trees, making it the ideal gift to celebrate the coming together of a new family.
Keep it Personal with an Adoption Profile Book
Buying an adoption gift for someone else’s family is hard enough. Buying a gift for a child that you’ve adopted yourself is even more challenging.
It needs to be something that chronicles the adoption process, something that tells your family’s unique story in a way that’s special to you. It needs to be something that can be looked back on in years to come with fondness and joy.
Finding a gift that ticks all those boxes isn’t easy. Fortunately, it’s not impossible either.
An adoption profile book is an incredible way of documenting the story of your family. You can add photos, fun facts, heartfelt truths, and special memories. Chronicling your family’s timeline in an adoption profile book will ensure that those key moments in your history aren’t forgotten.
When your child re-reads the book in the years to come, they’ll be reminded of how their family came together. It’s a unique keepsake for a unique family.
If you’re a whizz at art and design, you could make the book yourself from start to finish. If you’re not, companies like Our Chosen Child will help turn your thoughts and memories into a sleek, stylish memento.
Simply compile your photos and text and submit them for review and feedback. Once the content is finalized, they’ll design the adoption profile book for you.
Build a New Future with Building Blocks
Adoptions may be about new beginnings, but that doesn’t mean the past can or should be forgotten. If the adopted child is a toddler or infant, wooden building blocks that can be customized to reference both their past and their future make the perfect keepsake.
Memories and Milestones offer beautiful blocks hand-milled from American Hard Maple. Each side of the block can be custom engraved with the baby’s initials, full name, date of birth, time of birth, weight and length at birth, adoption date, and the city and state of birth. The bottom of the block is reserved for your message of choice.
Gifts like this are the perfect way of recognizing the child’s beginnings while celebrating their new future. If the child has been adopted from overseas, look for blocks that can be customized to include their name and details in their native language – it’s a great way of honoring their roots.
Wish Upon A Star
As personalized adoption gifts go, few compare to naming a star. While some gifts are aimed specifically at either the child or the parent, a star is something the whole family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins included) can appreciate.
A star is a unique tribute to a unique family, something that can be wondered at and admired for years to come. A star is timeless, just as the love an adopted family feels for their child is.
A star is a guiding light, an ever-present beacon in the darkness that watches over us… much like the relationship between a parent and child.
The symbolism of a star makes it the ideal gift for an occasion of this kind. Better yet, it’s 100% inclusive. It can be as special to the birth mother as to the adopted mother, as meaningful to the adopted child as to their siblings.
A star won’t get lost or left behind. You don’t have to worry about it getting grubby with age or torn with use. 50 years from now, a name star will be just as beautiful, just as bright, and just as full of meaning as it is today.
You can name a star anything that’s meaningful to you. Maybe it could be your family’s surname or your child’s first name. You could even pick a special phrase instead. After you pick a name, you’ll get a certificate stamped with the star’s details and registration date – a special memento of a very special gift.
Picking the perfect adoption gift is tricky. It needs to be special enough to celebrate the significance of the occasion; appeal to the parents as much as the child; and be a lasting keepsake that will be as relevant in 30 years as it is today. It’s a big ask, but as we’ve seen, there’s plenty of personalized adoption gifts that suit the brief.
Regardless of your budget, you shouldn’t have too many problems in finding the perfect gift. Just remember to keep it personal, keep it timeless, and keep it special. Dedicated Stars is here to help you with this!
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