Labor & Delivery Nurse’s Baskets {DIY Gifts}

On August 8, I gave birth to the most precious little guy, Graham Hunter — look how cute he is!

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I had one week of maternity leave before he arrived, and not gonna lie — I was BORED.  I know I will be eating my words soon, as life with a newborn is anything but boring, but I took advantage of this down time to make a gift for the nurses that I knew would be taking care of me (and Graham) very soon.

My husband is a nurse practitioner, and was a nurse for several years before that (and our own Tanisha is a nurse, as well!), so I have seen that this can be an often thankless job requiring long hours, cranky patients, and tough job requirements.  I wanted to do something to show my appreciation to these nurses that would be helping me during my first few days as a mom, so I put together some snack baskets for the floor!

Psst… don’t forget to include a separate basket for night shift — they always seem to get the shaft when it comes to gift giving!

Cost Plus World Market has this amazing product that is perfect for making the ultimate gift basket — at either $5.99 or $9.99, these gift basket kits come with the basket, raffia, twine, a tag, and a big cellophane bag!

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Next, I went to Trader Joe’s and got a fun assortment of snacks.  I mixed it up with sweet and savory treats, and of course had to include a box of cinnamon graham crackers in honor of my son’s name 😉  [FYI, nurses often are burnt out on baked goods, and if they are homemade, some are hesitant to eat them!]

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Just arrange the snacks nicely in each basket…

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Bring the cellophane bag around the basket, add a cute note, and voilá!

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When I could finally walk around a day or two after my C-section, Graham helped deliver the baskets to the nursing station.  They all loved them!

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This would also be a great basket to give to other people in helping professions — it is thoughtful, inexpensive, and goes a long way for people that already do so much for you!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a diaper to change 😉

 

xx, Nicole {Team LL805}

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