As a man of not much talent with building stuff, i found that i have a little bit of talent!
My best mate and his partner had a child and i whipped this up for them while they were in hospital and gave it to them when they arrived home! the baby came 2 weeks early! i though i had time!! still looked great!
It was a box for Isla, my friends daughter. the bottle is a good drop of vintage port to be drunk when she is old enough (we are big port drinkers) and the paper was from the day she was born. lets just say my friend almost fell of their chair when they saw it! they very much appreciated it.
She'll get snake eyes if she's drinking alcohol and nursing.
I do remember her enjoying the taste again, but yes, she couldn't go crazy as we discovered we had a "barracuda" baby.
OK, now. First off, flowers (if hackneyed) always seem to be appropriate...just don't buy them at the hospital gift shop on your way to take the spouse and heir home.
First off, who told you to give her a gift? I wouldn't go with offering to clean the house or life insurance. Some of that stuff, if needed, you should be doing anyway. Making it a 'gift' is kinda sad.
How much are you able to spend? My father brought something to the hospital every time he came into my mother's room (women stayed in the hospital longer then). I don't think any of them were expensive 'gifts' like jewellery or anything. My sister remembers the room being filled with small stuff for me and my mother when I was born (she being the oldest doesn't know what he did when she came along). I think my father gave my mother a small stuffed toy when my sister was born (it came from our family shop, he didn't have much money in those days). 40-odd years later and my mother still puts it on the Christmas tree.
If you work I wouldn't offer to clean the house either as you are going to be very busy for the first several months even at night. However, I would look into a house cleaning service so she's not working her @SK off daily while breast feeding at night. Also, volunteer for some of the night shift if she can bottle her milk, it's a great way to bond with the little one (and its a hell of a rush holding them while they feed). That's how I nicknamed our little one "Bug" (a contraction of Big Guy) when I was half asleep feeding him.
There are lots of child and heart pendants out on the market.
The best gift you can give her is love and care.