Adoption Gift Ideas for New Adoptive Moms

by | Jun 26, 2024 | Adoptive Families Blog

Happy adoptive mom in her living room reading a note from a gift Gift-giving is a wonderful way to show how much you care about and support someone who has recently adopted! There is no shortage of gift options to present to a loved one who has brought home a new bundle of joy through adoption. With so many options, we understand that it can be challenging to narrow down the best gift ideas for adoptive parents. We reached out to Lifetime’s adoptive families for suggestions and input on the best adoption gift ideas!

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We headed to Facebook to ask successful adoptive families for gift ideas:
“‘My sister just adopted a baby, and I want to get her something extra special to celebrate. What is a good adoption-themed or other gift to give a new adoptive mom?’
TELL US! What gift were YOU given that really stood out when you adopted? OR tell us what gift would touch your heart when you do adopt.”

“My sister just adopted a baby and I want to get her something extra special to celebrate. What is a good…

Posted by Lifetime Adoption Center on Monday, April 26, 2021

If you have a friend or family member who is welcoming a baby or child into their family as an adoptive parent, consider some of the suggestions below for thoughtful gifts to show them how much you want to celebrate their growing family.

Baby Book for Adoptive Families

Adoptive mom Lauren commented on our post, “A baby book that fits adoption better than a pregnancy/birth baby book. Also, one we could give to the birth family to put updates in.”
My Family, My Journey is a lovely keepsake album that contains sections to write all the joyous milestones and family moments that mark a new baby’s life. It includes pages to chart an adopted child’s journey and a pocket to place important documents and memorabilia. Inside this pocket are over 60 stickers adoptive families can use to customize their family tree pages.
This baby book stands out because it is written from the parents’ perspective, addressing their child directly. It includes sections for parents to describe their hopes and dreams before becoming a family, slots for the first photos together, and spaces to share their adoption story.
New adoptive mothers into a more artful, creative-looking aesthetic can turn to Etsy’s selection of adoption baby books for a gorgeously crafted baby book tailored to their unique journey.

Adoption Photo Session

Commenter and adoptive mom Kari says, “I think my favorite gift was a gift to have family pictures taken. We didn’t get an infant photo session with adoption, but we DID get an adoption session that really celebrated us as a family. It was very special.”
We think this is a great gift idea for new adoptive moms! Hiring a photographer to capture precious memories of their newly expanded family is a present that they’ll enjoy for years to come. Plus, an adoption photoshoot can help the child with their sense of identity later in life. These photographs let the child know that they are loved, both by their birth family and by their adoptive family. Look into prices for available photographers in their area, and see if you can get a gift card to help cover all or a part of the cost.

An Adoption-Themed Book

If your friend or family member is a book lover, consider giving them an adoption-themed book. You can look for a book to encourage her or for her to read to her new child.
In response to our Facebook post, adoptive mom Michelle shared that she loves the book Just in Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado. And adoptive mom Kari says, “I have the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever,” which is really special!”

Christmas Ornament

Add something beautiful to her Christmas decor or tree this year with a personalized Christmas ornament. Even if the adoption was finalized outside of the holiday season, a personalized ornament will add a touch of sentiment and uniqueness to her tree! These ornaments are customized with names, dates, or special messages, making them cherished keepsakes for years to come. Here are four options we found on Etsy:
Simple porcelain “Blessings from God” ornament
Ornament with a calendar and Christmas tree
Wanted. Chosen. Loved. ornament
“A Gift from God” porcelain ornament
These ornaments beautifully capture the spirit of the season while preserving memories for years to come. Gift them to the adoptive mother in your life to create enduring holiday traditions filled with warmth and nostalgia.
Two Adoption Prayer Bracelets in the original style

Adoption Jewelry

This affordable adoption bracelet comes in three styles and is a great way to commemorate the special way your friend or family member became a mom. Shop at for her favorite style and color today! In addition to our original style with beads, we’ve added a modern, minimalist bangle bracelet style. Our bangle style comes with three options for the attached charm. You can order it with an adoption symbol charm, a charm which features 1 Thessalonians 5:17, or a charm with the verse Numbers 6:24.
It will be a treasure for anyone who’s been touched by adoption!
Plus, each purchase of these bracelets supports the Lifetime Adoption Foundation. This non-profit organization assists women who are thinking about adoption by providing needed essentials. The Lifetime Adoption Foundation also provides birth mother scholarships and adoption grants.

Adoption Gift Ideas

Adopting a child is a beautiful and emotional journey filled with a wide range of experiences. Celebrate the special adoptive mama in your life with a gift that is as unique and meaningful as her adoption story.
When considering the best gift ideas for adoptive parents, remember that the thought and meaning behind the gift are more important than its cost. You don’t need to spend a lot of money; instead, focus on what would be most meaningful to the family. Work within your budget and choose a gift that reflects your care and thoughtfulness. This approach will resonate more deeply and create lasting memories.
We’d love to know what you think about these adoption gift ideas. Have you received or given any of these gifts? Or do you have a gift idea that would be helpful to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!


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Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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