I have friends, at least four, who have had babies recently. I’ve been meaning to send something, but I stall each time because I can’t seem to nail what I want to give exactly. A collection of books? A baby toy robot? A bikini with sunglasses and an embroidered cover-up? Paralyzed by choice, I buy nothing, and months go by, without a gift, constantly on my mind, only now I have no idea what size the child is. I look at “Buy baby gifts” on my “to-do” list every single day. Why don’t I just order something online? Amazon Prime, free shipping. Done. Because I want to give something thoughtful. I think of the most useful appreciated gifts we received for the beans. I can think of one thing. No, two. Personalized chairs from Pottery Barn and personalized bags from LLBean. The chairs are still used today, the bags too. Can’t outgrow them, really. The tough call is this: if you get a chair, you need to know the family has the space for it in their home AND you have to know what color, what fabric to get, does it coordinate with the room you’ve never seen? Alternatively, I could choose a collection of classic books, for a variety of ages, to grow with the child. Help me decide.
Random aside has to do with video cameras. While I’m asking… I own a mini Panasonic camcorder and it needs a cord, to connect to the computer, to download the movies. It seems too labor and memory (drive) intensive. Antiquated. I’m tempted to research video cameras, one that uploads video to your computer wirelessly, via Eye-Fi card, and one where you edit right there on your camera or phone, making the whole process faster without sacrificing quality. Suggestions?