I've heard about people sending gifts to their child once they receive their referral. It's even encouraged, I think, in some of our training materials. But I learned at our last training session that it's unlikely your child will be able to keep all the gifts you send. It's just too challenging for some orphanages to keep up with items and prevent them from becoming common property.
But I heard about a family who made a small blanket for their child. They embroidered his given name and his new name on it, along with silkscreened photographs of all the family members. It became his most treasured possession, and it was so personalized his caregivers kept it safe for him.
What a great idea! I'm sure there are others.