Do you know a soon-to-be mama or a brand new mama? If you are looking to buy her something for her little one take a look at my list of products I love plus a few I got that I didn't need.
Products I Love
Products I Didn't Need
Blankets. If your friend is a soon-to-be mama or a mama to a newborn (heck, a less than one year old) please do her a solid and don't give her a blanket as a gift. While it is nice and soft and sweet to use when you are holding them, the blankets really do not get used all that often. Babies can't sleep with them, so you may wrap them in one while you rock them to sleep but they are going to get rolled out of it when they are put in their crib.
"White Noise" Machines. We registered for one, received three and barely use one of them. The one we did open also played nursery rhymes and Mozart. The ones we did not open only had nature sounds, heart beats (which in theory is sweet but when you're listening to it bounce off your walls, kind of creepy) and ocean waves. I prefer to listen to music and when I worked at a daycare during nap time we played CDs with lullabies on them which worked out great. The white noise seems odd to me though I am sure there are reasons why people like them so much, but unless it plays music too, I don't recommend them.