From onesies to pink or blue cupcakes, baby shower gifts may be cute, but are often predictable. Even more, guests at a gathering without a registry may end up buying duplicates (and there are only so many diaper bags a mom can use). For family and friends readily spending S$25–S$100+, it's worth considering a few unique options that will stand out from the bunch. These 3 gifts not only reward the guest of honor (and her baby on the way), but can also reward the giver for spending.
1. 'Prenatal Massage' Day at the Spa
There's nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa–and as it turns out, prenatal massages are actually great for pregnant women's health. Benefits range from reducing stress and joint pain to decreasing depression and even the risk of premature birth.
Prenatal massages can be quite affordable as well, making them a reasonable gift option for relatives and close friends of the mom-to-be. While the average cost of a spa treatment is S$130/hr, prenatal massages at both standard and high-end spas tend to have lower average costs.
In addition, many credit cards offer rewards for spend at salons and beauty parlors. CIMB Visa Signature Card offers 10% cashback on spa purchases, and Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Card offers special discounts at luxury spas at The Fullerton, Westin Singapore, Ritz Carlton and more. While guests who opt to gift a prenatal massage may not have something to wrap up in a box, they'll definitely please the mom-to-be while also enjoying extra deals or cashback.
2. Natural Wellness Products for the Baby
For those who prefer to bring a physical gift to the party, natural skincare products specially formulated for babies is a great option. Several baby lotions, rubs and shampoos on the market cater to health-conscious moms who insist on organic, chemical-free products. While these products are attractive, they can also be quite expensive. It's relatively easy to buy baby wash for S$10–S$15 at Watson's, but all-natural products of equal size can run to S$25+.
Fortunately for givers, many of these products are sold online–which is not only convenient, but also allows purchasers to earn discounts and rewards. Many of Singapore's best shopping credit cards offer up to 4 miles per S$1 online shopping spend, which is great if you tend to travel or are saving towards your next trip. In fact, if you buy S$50 worth of products, you're already on your way with 200 miles–an added bonus for a purchase you might've made anyways. Buying premium baby gifts can be both thoughtful and personally rewarding.
3. GrabPay Credits
While you may want to pair this option with a sentimental card or perhaps some flowers, sending GrabPay credits to the mom-to-be can be a practical and valuable gift. Both before and after giving birth, it can be difficult simply to get around. Pregnant women have a 42% higher risk of getting in a car accident than the general population, and public transit can feel crowded and induce anxiety. Enjoying a free Grab ride using these credits can be safer and more convenient for a new mom. Credits can also be applied to food delivery, or on purchases with select merchants.
Using GrabPay also comes with a myriad of benefits. While sending funds as a gift may not directly accrue rewards, consumers can enjoy special promotions and discounts just for using the platform. Through the GrabRewards system, individuals earn points for money spent through GrabPay, which can ultimately be redeemed for privileges. These privileges range from prioritised ride bookings to discounted airport lounge access worldwide. Overall, engaging in the GrabPay system can be as beneficial to guests looking for a unique gift as to the final recipient.
Bonus: A Gift from New Moms to their Babies
Whether the baby shower is yet to be planned or the newborn has already come home from the hospital, moms can give a great gift to their child by simply setting aside a small sum for them. The average effective interest rate for savings accounts in Singapore is 1.43% p.a., which would allow funds to grow as the child grows older. At a point of maturity, the child can enjoy the money set aside plus its accrued interest, while also taking their first steps towards understanding personal finance.