Losing a child is one of, if not, the hardest experiences that a person can go through, and no gift will ever be able to replace or fill the emptiness of that loss.
However, we put together a list of great gift ideas that can help ease a parent of loss through what is likely the worst experience of their life.
These gifts focus on memorializing their loss, offering something that can take their mind off of their loss, if only for a little bit, or make their otherwise difficult day a little easier.
30 Thoughtful Presents for Parents who have lost a Baby
For Keeping Close: PREKIAR Heart Cremation Urn Necklace
During this hardest of times, the parents will undoubtedly want to keep the memory of their child as close to their heart as possible. If the parents opted for cremation, there are few ways to keep their child physically closer than by placing some of the remains in an urn that they can wear around their neck.
The PREKIAR Heart Cremation Urn Necklace not only makes this a possibility but does so with a beautifully-crafted heart pendant. The words on the necklace are also engraved with a laser, so you do not have to worry about them ever rubbing off after years of wear– though you may want to spring for a nicer chain.
To Remember the Good Times: RECUTMS Photo Album
Assuming that their child survived even a couple of days, chances are that the parents have more photos than they know what to do with. One great way of remembering the wonderful times and their beautiful child is by putting together a photo album with all of their memories on display.
The RECUTMS Photo Album is exceptionally large, capable of holding up to 600 different photos of 4” x 6”. This photo album is also made out of PU leather which provides a durable cover without harming animals and even comes with your choice of various floral print designs for added aesthetic appeal.
For Treasuring Memories: Personalized Baby Keepsake Box
One of the most difficult parts of losing a child is the constant reminders in the form of their belonging, especially the things that the child cherished most. While packing everything away so it does not constantly bring back the pain at a glance is an option, it feels a bit coarse and uncaring.
Thankfully, Dust and Things’ Personalized Baby Keepsake provides a way to keep all of the child’s belongings safe in an engraved wooden box. Using solid pine panels, this keepsake box opts for a minimalistic design to highlight the purity of the wood grain and the purity of a parent’s love.
To Say the Unspoken: Letters To Baby In Heaven
Probably one of the more difficult things about losing a child is all of the time and experiences that the parents will never have a chance to experience. Even if their baby could speak, they probably could not understand all of the wisdom and insight the parents wanted to impart as they grew up.
This is where Patricia Larson’s “Letters To Baby In Heaven” steps in and allows the parents to write down all of the things that they never got to tell their child. Using a standard 8” x 10”, this journal provides 120 pages, so grieving parents have a space to let out everything that they otherwise might not know how to express.
To Shine Through the Darkness: The Grandparent Gift Co. Light and Love Lanterns
Following the passing of a baby, many parents might feel like their world has gone dark, and they do not see a way out of the night in their hearts. The Grandparent Gift Co. shines through with a memorial lantern that may not present the same personalized touch as some of the other memorial gifts but shines just as brightly.
With a touching sentiment printed on the glass, this lantern employs an LED candle bulb to provide a soft glow that warms up any space of loss with love and remembrance. With a metal frame and real glass inserts, this lantern is sure to brighten the day of grieving parents a bit.
Capture the Best Moment: Personalized Infant Loss Gift
While a photo album is a great way to keep a collection of memories in a safe place to look at fondly, that does not present the parent’s love on full display. Granted, this may not be the best gift at first as the parents may need some time before they can handle that kind of constant reminder.
But, a personalized picture frame that showcases the beautiful child is definitely something that they are going to appreciate when they have the strength to endure. The Gifted Oak offers one of the best frames available, made of solid wood with the bonus that every purchase also comes with a donation that replants trees.
Some Shared Experience: Resilient Grieving
As much as personalized mementos are great for keeping the memory of a lost baby alive and burning bright, there is a lot of grieving that the parents have to go through. For some, that grief may overwhelm them to the point that they do not see how to move on or any end in sight.
However, there are many people who have gone through the same experience, and some of them captured their insights and journey. When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a religious take on this experience while Resilient Grieving is soothing for those looking for more secular support.
To Wrap in Comfort: Pine and River Ultra Plush Weighted Blanket
Emotional pain may not show the same kind of wounds and bruises that physical pain does, but it affects the body similarly to physical pain. Being able to provide some sense of soothing comfort to grieving parents may be difficult, but a weighted blanket serves that purpose about as well as you can hope.
The Pine and River Ultra Plush Weighted Blanket comes in both 15 and 20-pound weights while its 60” x 80” size makes it large enough for a Queen-sized bed. The one-piece construction and dual stitching also ensure that you do not have to worry about this weighted blanket breaking down in the wash.
A Sweet Reminder: Willow Tree Angel’s Embrace
For those parents who decorate their homes with knick-knacks, finding the right figurine can be an exceedingly difficult task for this particular circumstance. As sad as it might be, Willow Tree actually offers a full lineup of memorial figurines for this purpose and covers various different types of loss.
In this instance, you actually have a couple of different options to choose from depending on the age of the baby when it passed. For young babies, the Angel of Mine the hand-painted figure cradles an infant, while the Angel’s Embrace holds a toddler, both of which are also sculpted from a hand-carved cast.
For Everything You Need: Samsonite Winfield Luggage
Regardless of where you go, you need something to carry all of your belongings for once you reach your destination. With all of the different luggage options available, figuring out which is the best for a getaway can be tricky.
However, Samsonite has proved itself reliable and durable over time with the Hardside Winfield Luggage being a perfect example of this. This 3-piece set comes with a 10-year warranty, on top of its durable design, and features a 1 ½” expansion as well as the ability to be checked by TSA without disrupting the contents.
The Ultimate Carry-On: Yorepek Traveling Backpack
Despite what it may seem, getting out of the house and going somewhere else can put some much-needed space between the parent and their loss. Of course, chances are that thinking about the kind of gear they might need to go on a trip is the last thing on a grieving parent’s mind.
Of all the things that a traveler needs, the proper carry-on bag is probably the most important at keeping your mind off of painful thoughts. In this case, the Yorepek Traveling Backpack has all of the features you need from plenty of storage for laptops and smart devices to spaces for portable chargers.
For Staying Organized: Shacke Pak
Even if you have all of the luggage you need for a trip, making sure that everything remains in its proper place once you get there can still be a struggle. No matter how well you think you packed your bags, the unpredictable nature of travel, and the inability to handle your bags every second can still create a mess that otherwise puts a damper on your trip.
This is where Shacke offers a solution with their Shacke Pak packing cubes to help keep all of your packed items organized and in their proper place. This pack comes with 5 different items made of waterproof nylon that will not only keep your gear dry but will not break down even after multiple trips.
Keeping Close at Hand: Venture 4th Travel Wallet
With all of the focus on your luggage, tickets, and anything else you might need to travel, it can be pretty easy to lose track of all of your wallet or clutch. On top of that, high-traffic locations where people leave without returning is a prime location for pickpockets and other high-end thieves.
Thankfully, the Venture 4th Travel Wallet has you covered– quite literally– with RFID protection that prevents cyber hackers from stealing your banking card’s information. While a bit large, this travel wallet provides every pocket or crevice you might need as well as a band to wear around your neck.
For Tech On the Go: BAGSMART Electronic Organizer
While keeping your belongings in place and organized on a trip is important, few things can become disorganized quite like electronics. With various adapters, dongles, and cords, electronics have a multitude of ways to lose their components or become inconvenient.
The Bagsmart electronic organizer is a perfect solution to this problem as it comes with numerous mesh pockets for storing larger electronics as well as plenty of straps to keep your cords organized.
This organizer even comes with a card organizer, so travelers do not have to worry about losing their memory cards.
For Topping Off: Portable Charger RAVPower 32000mAh
Organization is important and all, but few things can ruin travel like running out of battery for your smart devices that are intended to otherwise keep you occupied and entertained. Things get even trickier if you are in the air where an outlet is not readily available and you may be forced to make some tough decisions.
The RAVPower 32000 mAh Portable Charger is the perfect solution as it carries enough juice to keep the most energy-hungry smartphones fully charged for over 4 full charges. Of course, this portable charger also works well for charging multiple devices simultaneously thanks to the 3 USB 2.
Power Up Anywhere: Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter
Making sure you have everything you need ready before you leave is one thing, but what about when you arrive? Most people are only familiar with the infrastructure of the place where they live and do not consider that different countries have a completely different infrastructure.
Nowhere is this more apparent than with electronic devices as the outlets of different countries vary significantly from one to the next. That is why it helps to bring along the Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter as its stackable design allows you to plug in any cord into any port in up to 150 different countries.
For Making More Memories: Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K
For those people who are not satisfied with mere smartphone camera lenses, there are plenty of great cameras on the market to fill that niche. However, travelers likely do not want to have to worry about the weight and bulk of a mirrorless or DSLR camera– not to mention their lenses too.
Here, the Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K compact camera is a breath of fresh air that snaps photos in 4K resolution without the hassle of a larger camera. Not only that, but this camera can also record video in 4K and is exceedingly easy to use with an electronic viewfinder and built-in 30X zoom lens.
For Quiet On The Go: Anker Soundcore Life Q20
When traveling, one of the more annoying aspects is all of the noise you have to deal with as you hurry from one location to the next alongside a multitude of other people all doing the same. While noise-canceling headphones can help, grieving parents may not want to be left alone in silence with only their thoughts.
This is where the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 comes into play as not only does it provide excellent active noise-canceling effects but also works as traditional headphones. With 40mm dynamic drivers, these headphones provide great sound quality and can run for 40 hours before needing a recharge.
For Napping Anywhere: Travelon Deluxe Wrap-n-Rest Neck Pillow
Once travelers make it through the gates or are on the road, they may not necessarily want to stay glued to a device the entire time. Being able to just relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle is a great way to combat jet lag, but getting to sleep may be its own insurmountable problem.
The Travelon Deluxe Wrap-n-Rest Neck Pillow at least provides a comfortable way to sleep even when you do not have a lot of room to work with. The interlocking ends ensure that your head does not droop or sit at an awkward angle while the wrap-around design keeps your chin up and your airways open.
For Travel Circulation: Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks
Something that many people take for granted when they fly is how much strain flight actually places on the human body that never evolved for such an event. While most of the time this strain does not cause any serious harm, those with blood pressure issues can suffer embolisms and other potentially life-threatening problems.
That is why the Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks are a must-have for anyone flying as they ensure your legs do not develop deep-vein thrombosis. Of course, you can also improve your circulation more broadly by wearing them even when you are not flying and help ease aching muscles.
For Effortless Security: SimpliSafe 12 Piece Wireless Home Security System
When mourning the loss of a child, it can be easy to lose track of the small responsibilities of your daily life. While this may not be a big deal for certain tasks, home security does not take a day off just because a parent is going through life-altering tragedy– but it can be made easier.
The SimpliSafe 12 Piece Wireless Home Security System is a great way to keep track of all of your home vulnerabilities and even comes with a security camera. However, its best feature might be the Wi-Fi connection that allows you to control the entire system from your smartphone.
For Simple Control: Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Regardless of how integrated your home is with the internet, you still need some kind of central hub from which to control all of your appliances and utilities. There are plenty of options on the market, but few are as robust or well-connected as Amazon’s Alexa Home which features broad compatibility with most smart home brands.
The Echo Dot is the perfect hub that responds to voice-activated commands, but there are a couple of different generations to choose from. While the newest generation is great, it does not offer much more in terms of features over the 3rd generation which also helps save a few bucks.
Keeping Your Home Clean: eufy by Anker RoboVac 11S MAX
After losing a baby, the last thing that a parent wants to have to think about is keeping their home clean, even if it may not be that much trouble. While some things are not yet automated, cleaning your floors can be if you have a robotic vacuum cleaner– but they can be expensive.
Thankfully, the eufy by Anker RoboVac 11S MAX is an excellent robotic vacuum that can compete with any of the top-tier brands on the market. Aside from the fact that this robotic vacuum cleaner comes with BoostIQ technology, it also boasts solid suction power at 2000 Pa.
For Waking Up: iHome Smart Alarm Clock
Grieving for a lost child is one of the more exhausting events a parent can endure with long sleepless nights blurring into grey, miserable days. If left unchecked, this cycle can make dealing with the grief far more difficult than it needs to be and wear down on a person’s mental and physical health.
An alarm clock can help keep their schedule on track, but oftentimes the effort of keeping up with the alarms can be too much for someone in mourning. This is where the iHome Smart Alarm Clock comes into play with its ability to connect to smartphones and rely on the schedule saved within.
For Easier Meals: GE JES1097SMSS Smart Countertop Microwave Oven
One thing that often fades when grieving a lost child is appetite, but it is vital that mourning parents get proper nutrition to offset all of the other stress their body undergoes. However, taking the time and effort to cook a meal can be a struggle with even using a microwave feeling pointless.
But, at least the GE JES1097SMSS Smart Countertop Microwave Oven can help reduce the amount of effort a parent needs to put into making a meal. With the ability to connect to a variety of different smart home systems, this microwave accepts voice commands and reduces the amount of effort necessary to prepare much-needed food.
For Comfortable Climate Control: Honeywell RTH8580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat
With the stress and sorrow of losing a child making parents feel awful, the last thing they need to worry about is feeling physically uncomfortable as well. Unfortunately, this can be a bit tricky since the hormones and energy drain of grief can cause their ambient experience to wildly fluctuate from one moment to the next.
Rather than force themself to get up and manually change the temperature to a more comfortable setting, the Honeywell RTH8580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat allows you to connect your central air system to a smart home system.
Then, with a voice command, a grieving parent can find a small bit of comfort as they struggle through this trying time.
Control at Your Fingertips: Logitech Harmony 665 Advanced Remote Control
For anyone who has a smart home, one of the more frustrating problems comes in the form of keeping track of all the different types of controls for the variety of devices. For grieving parents, this issue is only exacerbated and often leads to apathy which eliminates the benefit of a smart home in the first place.
However, the Logitech Harmony 665 Advanced Remote Control comes through with a solution by simplifying the controls of numerous smart home devices with a single remote. The sheer compatibility of this remote is staggering with its ability to connect with over 270,000 different devices.
For Voice-Activated Lighting: Philips Hue A19 LED Smart Bulb
As much as darkness may suit the internal feeling of mourning parents, it is not good for their spirits to wallow in the gloom. However, getting up to turn on the lights may feel like too much to ask as they sit or lie in grief and sadness– though they may not have to worry about it.
With the Philips Hue A19 LED Smart Bulb, they can connect their home’s lights to their smart home system and control the light with voice-activated commands. These smart light bulbs have a 22-year or 25000-hour lifespan and are also energy-efficient, so they will not present unpleasant surprises at the end of the month either.
For Secure Locking: Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Lock
Similar to home security, locking your front or back door can easily slip your mind when dealing with far bigger problems like losing a child. On top of that, having to fumble with keys just adds another annoyance to a time that is already full of pain and inconvenience.
Of course, the Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Lock does away with all of those issues by offering multiple ways to unlock your door without the need for keys. Mourning parents can open this lock with a keypad code, their smartphone, or even a fingerprint, ensuring the least amount of effort is necessary.
How to Pick the right present
This is a tricky subject given that likely nothing is going to be effective at taking a parent’s mind off of their terrible loss, but there are a couple of things to consider that can help nudge it in that direction. Given the circumstances, one of the best things parents dealing with this tragedy can do is get out of the house and try to find something to distract themselves.
That is why we provided so many examples of gifts that are used for either outdoor activities or will facilitate their ability to travel without delay. Outside of going somewhere else to try to take your mind off of the utter misfortune, not having to worry about the little things that make the day take a little bit longer are also solid options.
Losing a baby is bad enough without combining that with still having to perform the drudgery of domestic life on top of it.
Appliances and other products that can reduce the amount of time and effort spent on menial chores can help take just a smidgen of a parent’s daily burden off of their shoulders and allow them to explore other activities if they can muster the initiation.
Finally, any kind of gift that commemorates, remembers, or celebrates the life of the child lost can be a touching, heartfelt gift. It may sting a bit at first when received, but most parents who have lost a baby will likely keep and cherish a tribute that memorializes the loss of their most precious gift.
If you know anyone else who is looking for a gift for the parents you are shopping for, share this link with them so they can find an appropriate and stirring gift as well. If there is a great gift idea that you can think of that was left off of the list, comment below so others can have even more ideas for what to get those in need.
It is worth noting that you can also provide a shoulder to cry on, provide them a meal, donate to a charity in the baby’s name, or any other number of things that are more personal. A young life is one of the most precious things in the world and gifts for parents who have lost a baby can be one of the more difficult things to get.
Hopefully, this list offers ideas that will brighten someone’s day.