National Adoption Day gives us reason for thanks

Lisa Leonard Adoption ChosenWhile most of us will give thanks on Thursday for Thanksgiving, there will also be many families giving thanks today, for National Adoption Day which falls almost midway through November’s National Adoption Month.

In honor of this special time for so many, we have rounded up some of our favorite adoption-related picks.

Lisa Leonard’s Chosen necklace is a lovely piece of jewelry to commemorate an adoption, and I really like that you can add charms for other family members or to include important dates.

Mama's Heart tee

Want a tee for your little one to sport that tells the world just how special they are? Take your pick from a tiny little Worth the Wait onesie, the charitable I Was Born in My Mama’s Heart tee by Baby Brewing (shown), or Tiny Revolutionary’s colorful Chosen tee.

Paloma's Nest custom birthplace ornament

For your child’s first Christmas with you, mark the memory of their birthplace, or their new home, with Paloma’s Nest Where You Were Born ornament customized in white clay. I love the simplicity of this piece which could go from the Christmas tree to a special spot on the wall.

Minted card

Since you can’t really shout your good news from the rooftops, I recommend Minted’s so-sweet Worth the Wait baby announcements. Would be wonderfully appropriate for older-child adoptions too.

My Family, My Journey book

Finally, make sure you keep track of all those wonderful moments with an adoption-specific journal like the beautifully illustrated My Family My Journey memory book (shown) or the modern keepsake journal known simply as, The Adoption Book.

Visit our archives for more very special, adoption-related gifts.


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply November 19, 2011


    I just bought an ornament TODAY for my son from Paloma’s Nest at A Christmas Affair (shopping bazaar) in Austin. It’s the one above but with just a teeny heart over Austin. Love it!

  • Reply November 21, 2011

    Lil Rinser

    Really great roundup. I love the book especially.

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