Frugal Family

G- Gifts

Today’s letter is G… Gifts ( as suggested by my good friend Judith)

In all honesty, We have not had to buy a lot for Willow.

“What! A new baby and you brought nothing!?” I hear you say.

The thing is you learn who your true friends are when you get pregnant. You learn that some people are kind and think of you often. Most of Willow’s stuff is second hand, And that is a fantatsic thing. It means we saved hell of a lot of money (what is this magical money…. it must be a mythical thing, because we never seem to have any!). I dont really think you need to spend a lot of money on babies these days. They grow out of their clothes and toys so quickly it really is not worth spending hundreds on something she will only wear once or twice. Thats my view any ways. I am not saying you should not spend  money on your babies, but I learnt that I didn’t have to spend a lot to keep her looking nice and being happy.

Just some of the amazing gifts we have recieved have been beautiful clothes, teddies, bedding, toys (Sophie giraffe is our fave!), even a like-new Bumbo, high chair, moses basket and cot! All donated from friends.

We must have been given hundreds of pounds worth of stuff. My mum lives up in Scotland, and has moved many many times (like me!!) and each time she has moved she has taken sacks of stuff, that all of us 4 kids have used and loved. This very day, that I type, Willow has on her cot a bed sheet that I once was laid on when I was a new born baby. She has scratch-mits, that I wore and even has a little wind up Radio toy that I played with. It’s amazing that even after 22 years these things are still loved and cherished. I hope they can be used on any brothers or sisters that Willow might gain in the future.

So I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all my kind friends and family that have given gifts to us. The gifts have been much loved, and we too shall pass them on to others when they need it. Frugal living at it’s finest? Or is it just the love of best friends?

Have you ever been given something for baby that you really cherished? Or have you given to a friend with a small one on the way?

Here is Willow with some of the gifts she has been given…


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. Alex Martin says:

    aww she’s so beautiful! loving your blog! hope you’re all okay! commented on this cause i saw the picture of Willow in her bumbo with sophie the giraffe! My baby cousin Dexter had these! so cool! xx

  2. Kelsie says:

    And some of these fab gifts have alread been past on… Now that Willows mastered the art of escaping the bumbo my little boy (Willows fav boyfriend) William has lots of fun playing in it!! xxx

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