This Wednesday, based on the Singaporeans’ suggestions, the five-member Jubilee Baby Gift Advisory Panel selected and then shortlisted 15 items which incorporate three main elements, namely “Care” for the baby; “Celebrate” the baby and family bonding; and “Commemorate” the baby’s birth in SG50 with keepsake items.
The Advisory Panel also took into consideration the feedback from the Jubilee Baby Gift focus group discussions, such as the need to ensure that the cost of the gift is reasonable, and to exclude items such as perishables and food and medicinal items. Other items cancelled from the shortlist include those which would be consumed quickly, or which are deemed unsuitable for all babies, such as diapers or milk powder. Items which are not commemorative or keepsake in nature, such as vouchers, are also dropped from the shortlist. The final set of items will be announced in the middle of the year, when the public engagement exercise has closed.
Anita Fam, the chairperson of the Jubilee Baby Gift Advisory Panel, said, “We have been most encouraged by the enthusiastic response given by our fellow Singaporeans. These suggestions have come from Singaporeans from all walks of life, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and children. They cover a broad range of items which convey our hopes and aspirations for the next generation, which is very much in the spirit of what the Jubilee Baby Gift is all about.”
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