Here’s how Megan keeps track of the avalanche of new baby gifts and hand-me-downs:
As a first-time mom, I’m the grateful recipient of lots of baby clothes, books, and toys. Many of these gifts won’t be used for months or years down the road, but I’d still like to connect these thoughtful gifts with the original giver. I always appreciate seeing pictures of babies wearing or using gifts I’ve given, and I’d like to show my friends and relatives that their gifts are truly appreciated. I thought about writing a list of gifts and gift givers, but coming up with unique descriptions for the half-dozen cute pink onesies we’ve received seemed like too much trouble.
It dawned on me to take digital pictures of each gift, and to include an index card in the photo on which I’ve written the name of the gift giver. Now I have an inventory of gifts that’s simple to update, and easy to skim through and connect with the giver. And, if I pass these gifts along to other babies in a few years, I can avoid any social blunders associated with re-gifting or recycling to the wrong person.