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Gifts ideas for adoptive parents

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Adoption gift guide

Baby shower and new baby gifts are predominantly focused on birth mothers and their children. Adoptive parents often find themselves trying to fit these gifts with their unique family stories and ultimately are left wanting. Here are a few of our top picks for gifts for adoptive parents and families. They beautifully acknowledge the adoptive journey, respect the child's heritage and embrace the new family that's been created. Plus, they're super cute!
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This necklace is completely personalized and grows with a family.

Featuring a beautifully handcrafted sterling silver sun charm with the message "Oh Happy Day" on the front and "When You Came" on the back, this Hello Sunshine necklace is sure to make the adoptive mom in your life smile. Isabelle Grace's designs are seen on celebrities like Alison Sweeney and Katherine Heigl. This necklace is easily personalized using Isabelle Grace's handcrafted charms and stones both the first time, and to represent additional children, as well. Starting at $130.

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Child of My Heart

Many new mom figurines show Mom embracing her growing belly. Keeping with the adage "You didn't grow under my heart, but in it,"the Child of My Heart figurine from Willow Tree Lane bears the inscription: Child of the world, into my heart you came, bringing sun into our life, making family your name. It wonderfully represents the way an adopted child comes into their new family. $29.

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Memory book

Adoption memory books are designed to commemorate the milestones unique to adoptive parents: learning that they will soon be parents, seeing baby's picture for the first time, information about birth parents. We like My Family, My Journey for its stickers, pocket for larger items and pages to chart baby's journey. $12.

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Because an adopted child's first Christmas may have been spent away from their new family, present the adoptive family in your life with a "First Christmas together" ornament, symbolizing the family's first Christmas together and the first of many happy memories to come. This pick from Calliope Designs allows you to personalize the ornament with family member's names. $12.

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Father, son plaque

Give the new dad in your life some love, too! This framed print honors the special love between father and son and says "It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us father and son." This framed print is 10 by 12-inches, with a 4 by 6-inch print. $50.

And of course, if the family you're showering with gifts has been placed with a baby, they'll need all the baby essentials, too. Check out this list of the Top 20 baby shower gifts >>

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