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The Most Thoughtful Baby Gift I've Ever Received

When you are having a baby, you receive a lot of gifts. While they are all special and appreciated, some take the cake in the thoughtfulness department. These are the ones that mean just a little bit more and will be cherished for years to come. I asked real moms to share the gifts they received that meant the most—the gifts that came straight from the heart.

"I found out I was pregnant a few months after my mom passed away. It was a difficult time, to say the least. That Christmas, my cousin gifted me a knit hat that my mom had made for her son. I will always cherish that little hat, and every time my own son wears it, it's like a piece of my mom is here with us."

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"A friend of mine whom I hadn't seen in months knitted my daughter a blanket. It was the sweetest thing. She started making it as soon as she found out I was pregnant. It's absolutely gorgeous!"

"My grandmother died over 18 years ago when I was 14. At my baby shower, my older cousin, who had her babies when my grandmother was alive, gifted me a sweater and booties that my grandmother handmade. I will cherish them forever."

"My grandmother had four sons, one of them being my dad. When my son was born she gave me my dad's baptismal suit for my son to wear at his baptism. He is the first grandson for my dad so this was extra special."

"My great aunt gave me a handmade quilt made by both of my great-great-grandmothers. We have tons of pictures of six generations on that quilt so it's very special to me. It's really well loved with tons of stitch marks from repairs over the years. It's my favorite thing in the nursery."

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"My mom had special nursery sets made in unique fabrics for each of my babies, including changing pad covers, nursing pillow covers, bibs, burp cloths and blankets embroidered with their names. I think it's sweet that they each have their special pattern and keepsake blanket."

"My aunt gave me a baby blanket that my grandma had made for me because she knew she wouldn't be alive to see me have my baby. She died eight years ago and we were really close. All my cousins are older and had gotten blankets made by her. I had no idea that my grandma had made it or that my aunt had kept it. It was stored in a box and still smells just like her house. No other gift could top it."

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Photograph by: Katie Michelle Reyes

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