Focus on cherishing and celebrating the special day that marks the birth of your child and on making new memories with your family and friends, rather than on material things.
Below are some options for gifts. Whatever option(s) you choose, be sure to clearly specify them in the invitation.
No gifts optionSome parents might prefer not to receive any gifts. But keep in mind that the gifts are for your child and all children are excited about receiving gifts!
Donations for gifts
You may request your guests to donate for a good cause instead of bringing gifts. For example, towards supporting an endangered species
or towards planting trees
etc. This may be a good time to bring awareness to your child about such environmental issues by talking to them about it and to get their input.
Gift cards or cash If you or your child have a favorite store which sells toys and other items that are made sustainably, you may request gift cards from your guests to the store or maybe store cash.
Or if your child is interested in taking a particular class - arts and crafts, martial arts, swimming, tennis, dance, music, etc - you could request a gift voucher or cash gift towards it. Be sure to update your guest on how your child liked the class, they will appreciate it.
Gift ideas or Wish list Make sure to give some hints to your guests on what your child's interests are at the time, so that they can pick an appropriate eco-friendly gift.
Optionally, its totally fine to provide a wish list, it actually makes it easier for your guest when there is no guess work. Be sure to keep the items within a reasonable budget.
Gift wrapping Request your guests to use recyclable paper (newspaper, junk mail, their kids artwork, etc). Image shown is of gifts wrapped in newspaper received by my kids from a friend - we truely appreciated it!
Or maybe wrapped in fabric (that you will return later).
Or to bring the gift unwrapped.