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Practical streak

“I like to share the gift of my experience as Max’s mommy.”
—Gina Toole Saunders, art director

Baby care package

— Illustration by: Greg Clarke

Whether she's on the giving or receiving end, Gina prefers practical gifts. "I don't like a lot of extra stuff," she says. "And I'm not good at acting surprised when I get something I don't want."

So it makes sense that after the birth of her son, Max, five years ago, she created a practical gift for the parents of newborns: a care package to help with the day-to-day challenges. It includes various medicines; a portable formula dispenser; and a traveling diaper-change kit, which comes with a pad, plenty of space for several diapers and a case for baby wipes. "I give parents what they will need before they know they need it," she says.

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