BABY SHOWER GIFT IDEAS
Baby shower gifts are a tradition dating back to the early
1900's where friends and family would throw a "shower" in much the same way they
would for a bridal shower; to "shower" the woman with gifts before her big day
(marriage or having a baby). In the early tradition, many of the gifts were made by the
guests. Umbrellas were a popular symbol of the event because the baby shower was
traditionally an afternoon event and the guests would use the umbrella to stay out of the
Today, baby showers
are much different and not just for tea. Baby shower gifts run the gamut of everything
from practical to outlandish! Below we have listed some of the more popular baby shower
gifts as well as some creative gifts to get the parents-to-be.
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Favorite Baby Shower Gift Idea
Baby Shower Gift
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"Newborn Care 101 - What Parents Need to Know" -
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includes a parent-friendly guide that answers
the most frequently asked questions a new parent
asks their pediatrician. Just when you thought
that a newborn does not come with an instruction
guide, here is the closest thing to getting all
the answers you need. The DVD and included 12
page guide has the most recent information about
reducing the risk of SIDS, how to treat jaundice
as well as a real first time visit to the
pediatricians office! A great baby shower gift
and must have for any new parent, grandparent or
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A great and valuable gift for new parents that
will be appreciated!
Almost Time for Baby - The idea is to assign each guest a
certain "time" of day in the babies life; for example, story time, bath
time bedtime, feeding time etc. the guests then bring items relating to
that time including books, bottles blankets...whatever. It keeps the new
mom from having duplicates of different things and makes great baby
shower gifts. You can also arrange
shower games around the times of day. Sharing a favorite bedtime
story, quilting a blanket as a group, baby bottle races etc. Baby Shower
101 visitor Sarah stated, "I did this for a friend and it turned out
very fun and wasn't the normal shower, plus it was very easy to do and
fun to be creative with it." Thank you Sarah for such a wonderful baby
shower gift idea!
Baby Shower Gift Opening Bingo - It is traditional to have
everyone watch the mommy-to-be open the baby shower gifts at the end of
the shower. Sometimes, people may get bored, especially if there are a
lot of gifts. A great idea is to have a baby shower present BINGO game.
Place numbers on all the gifts and make bingo cards for every baby
shower guest that is still there for the present opening. When the
mommy-to-be grabs a gift, she lets everyone know the gift number and
these numbers coincide with the bingo numbers. The baby shower guest(s)
to get bingo wins a
shower door prize.
Baby Shower Gifts: The Essentials
The first type of baby
shower gifts are the more practical and immediate items that the
parents-to-be can use as soon as their baby is born.
Diapers - A wonderful baby shower gift is to
give diapers to the parents-to-be. A creative idea in
doing this is for the host to buy a bag of newborn
diapers, put a sticky note on each one of them, and when
each guest arrives, give them a diaper to write a note
of encouragement to the mommy and daddy-to-be. The first
few weeks with a new baby (especially the first one) can
be really tough, so being encouraged each time the new
parent changes the baby's diaper can help reduce some of
the stress. It's also a great way to get everyone
involved in a way the parents will remember. Thanks to
Kristara for this wonderful baby shower gift idea!
Diaper Cakes - A great and popular baby shower gift is a
diaper cake. This is not a real cake but consists of useable diapers and
other essential baby products such as shampoo, nail cutters, toys and
other baby goodies.
Organic Baby Gifts - What could be more thoughtful baby
shower present than
unique organic baby gifts? Organic baby products such as certified
organic cotton clothing, bedding, or even BPA free baby bottles are
generally safer for our children (many traditional baby brands are made
with toxins, dyes, and heavy metals that don't just come out in the
The Mommy-To-Be Bag
- One of the most helpful presents you can give the mommy to be at the
baby shower is a Tote-Bag with all the essentials to take to the
hospital. Such things as a hair tie/scrunchy, her favorite gum,
deodorant, comfortable flip flops/nighttime slippers, cozy socks,
favorite CD/DVD, make-up kit, Q-tips, lipstick, nailfile, etc. A great
gift for someone in labor and post-labor. It is also great to throw in a
pen and mini-journal to keep track of all the great and memorable events
that take place on the big birth day! Thanks to Cassy for this baby
To this idea, our baby shower visitor Beth adds: Another baby shower
gift is to give the mommy a great baby car kit which includes: a
thermometer, pacifiers, bottle, formula, liners (depending on the
bottles preferred by mom), nail clipper kit, washcloths, hair brush and
comb, travel bag dispenser that gives you a small bag to put dirty
diapers into, a new outfit, burp cloth, nasal aspirator, a few diapers,
and wipes. Johnson&Johnson also makes a take along pack that has travel
size sampling of shampoo, desitin, lotion, powder, baby wash, and a
soothing naturals nourishing lotion.
Baby Shower Gift for Mommy - Baby Shower Gift for Mommy -
Show how much you love the mommy-to-be bay getting mommy a beautiful
personalized mothers jewelry which she will greatly appreciate! You get
your very own shower page with your registry on it. All you have to do
is send that link to your friends and watch the gifts pour in.
Baby Shower Shirts - A very cute gift for the new parents is
to get a
shirt or onesie. You can never have enough clothing for a newborn so
we love the idea and it makes a memorable gift!
- There's no better way to remember the baby shower or your friends
first day with her baby by remembering the event through pictures.
Sleepers, Receiving Blanket, Undershirts, Onesies, diapers. socks and hats. Make sure they
are easy to change since too many buttons or snaps may be difficult for new parents to
take on and off the baby. Buy cute clothes to go home from the hospital in and Waterproof
A popular baby shower gift is offering the new parents some
onesies that are personalized. Check out this store that has baby
onesies with cute sayings, symbols as well as onesies that you
can make your own!
Also think about buying the mommy-to-be some cute
- Baby Powder, Lotion, Baby Wipes, Desitin, Q-Tips, Hydrogen Peroxide (for the umbilical
cord), baby safety pins, nail file, scissors, first aid kit, baby soaps and wash cloths,
Baby Thermometer, Diaper Bag.
- Bibs, bottles, bottle holders, baby formula (if not breast feeding), breast pump (if
going to be used), Nipples, Bottle Brush set (get multiple brushes of the same kind since
they will go through them pretty fast), Tipper Cup, Feeding Spoon, Baby Burp Towels, Baby
Dishes (plastic), and bathrobe.
In the Bath Products
- Towel with cute hood, wash cloths, baby lotion, shampoo, soap, baby brush, bath toys
(make sure they are age appropriate).
In the Crib/Bassinet Items
- Crib Fitted Sheets (a few orders of them), Comforter, Bumper Pads (not recommended by
all doctors and nurses due to the increase of SIDS), Mobile, Crib trim, Waterproof Crib
Pads, blanket to swaddle the infant.
For the Baby Room
- Stuffed Animals, Cute pictures for the wall, Gift Certificate for a Muralist to come
out, dresser, changing table, Cute Initials of the baby on some type of ceramic item
(i.e., toy blocks with his/her initials), Picture frame, Nursery Lamp,
Furniture, Boppy, Bouncey Seats and Piggy bank.
Toy Time -
Teething toys, colorful play matt, black and white play matt, Musical Toys and Plush/Stuffed
Animals always go over well at a baby shower!
the Announcement -
Cheers with Charm in celebration of whats to come! A fun way of
letting him know he's going to be a father or the grandparents know
there's a little one on the way! Also used to decorate the center of a
table for a baby shower brunch!
For the Parents
- Pamper the parents-to-be with a gift certificate to a spa, book store, record store, or
a nice gift such as baby hand and foot imprinting plaster, Baby Bjorn or
other baby carrier Coupons for babysitting.
Click here for Gifts for Mom
- These baby shower gifts are very useful for the parents-to-be
including stroller, bassinet, baby dresser, baby changing table, baby
car seat, baby car seat attachment, high chair, baby swing (very helpful
in most cases for sleeping and entertainment), bouncy seat, sound
monitor, video monitor (wireless), Potty Chair, Diaper Genie
(container), Safety Gate, Baby Scale, Breast Pump, Rocking Chair.
Unique Gifts -
Grow Chart, Gift for Siblings, Gift Certificate for baby pictures, U.S. Govt. Bonds for
the Baby, Silver Spoon or Rattle, Baby proofing the house. You can also
find a lot of other unique
baby shower gifts throughout the web that would be
appreciated by the mommy and daddy to be.
There are a lot of unique
gifts that can be very useful and meaningful - like you
can find at
little things baby.
- For those that want to give their time for their gift and
don't have much money, it is fun to be creative and make baby shower
coupons for the parents such as " 2- Hour Babysitting", "Cook for the
Mommy and Daddy two meals", etc. The parents to be will really
appreciate this baby shower coupon gift book, especially for first time parents who appreciate the help!
Gift of Saving a
Life - A fantastic baby shower gift is a gift certificate for
a private CPR class for the mommy and daddy to be and a few of their
selected family and friends who may become future babysitters. This idea
was given to us by a paramedic who stated people can contact their local
ambulance, hospital or Red Cross and set up a class for a nominal fee to
cover the instructor and manuals if applicable. As our paramedic friend
stated, "What better gift than life and the security to handle
Diapers, Diapers - A great gift that seems to always running
out for the mommy-to-be is to have everyone bring a few packages of
diapers. New mommies never have enough in the house so getting diapers
is a perfect baby shower gift. Thanks to our visitor Sanguine who stated
to us, "My sister bought 3 packs of diapers every 2 weeks for 6 months
(which is about 36 packs) and was out in less than 3 months. Diapers is
extremely helpful for a baby shower gift my friend. Diapers! Thanks for
your feedback Sanguine.
Also check out
and Gifts for other unique baby cakes which make great baby shower
Basket Idea - Instead of spending the money on a gift bag
that is likely to get thrown away, use laundry basket, line it with a
baby blanket and put the gift inside and cover with tissue paper or
another blanket. Then the basket can be used for the extra laundry that
will be added or for toy storage. You can even get a small laundry
basket usually at Dollar Tree stores or any type of everything's $1
store if you are on a limited budget! Thanks to visitor Renee for this
great idea! This is a nice idea by one of our loyal visitors :)
- Take a silver mini wash tub (they are available everywhere and in
various shapes and sizes). Fill with water and float a rubber duck in
each one. Tie balloons to one of the handles. It's simple, but sweet.
You can also place various baby shower related items next to the wash
tub, like shampoo, lotion and such.
Goods - Purchase a laundry basket, baby laundry detergent,
you're favorite pre wash, stain remover, wipes to go, and some fabric
softener and place in the basket. If you're budget permits or you are
sharing the expense for the baby shower gift with some friends, you can
also get some hangers or an baby outfit. You can arrange all these small
items with tissue paper in the laundry basket, which will serve as
you're gift basket.
One of our visitors stated, "I like to
place a tag line on a piece of paper or a tag of some sort to the basket
written as " Have LOADS of fun with you're new baby." - Great baby
shower gift idea!
Baby Shower Baby
Books - Have each baby shower guest bring a baby book for the
new parents. Have each guest pre-write a sentiment or advice to the new
parent's on the first page of each book which is a great memento to
cherish for the baby growing up and the parents. Thanks to a baby shower
visitor for this idea!
Another idea is to have
each baby shower guest bring their favorite baby book that was read to
them. You can introduce this idea in the baby shower invitations that
"The Baby Is Now On
I Want To Read Him/Her A Book A Day
What Book Touched You When A Child
That You Can Bring To Make Some Smiles
A book that touched you
as a child would be a great addition to my shower as I want him/her to
have the same great memories that you had since you are all special to
Baby Plant/Tree -
Baby Plant/Tree - Buy a small tree that can be planted outside of the
parents-to-be home. Tie baby items to the branches (pacifiers, bottles,
nail clippers, etc.). The parent's to be can watch the tree and the baby
grow at the same time. You can do the same thing with a small indoor
plant. Thanks to Christa for this wonderful idea. We also suggest
staying green with the
environment and have a new baby shower gift page dedicated to this
Blanket - A great and inexpensive baby shower gift is a
fleece baby blanket. You make these by taking two pieces of fleece and
putting them together, then cutting 3 in slits every 1 inch all the way
around the blanket and tie knots to keep the pieces together. Then just
roll the blanket up and tie it with a ribbon. Thanks to C.M. for this
great baby shower gift idea!
- Use a hat box and draw/paint/add personal touches to the box. Fill the
box with onsies, clothes, pacifiers, bottles, wipes, diapers, etc. You
can also include a pack of alphabet stickers so I could put the baby's
name and birthdate, weight and height on the box with the stickers once
he/she is born. This is a great idea as it can be used to collect
personal items for the baby, placing them in one box that you can
eventually pass on to the child!
Basket - purchase a wicker basket that is large enough to
hold the basics (lotion, wipes, diapers, Q tips, a soft toy) and line it
with white eyelet cotton, easily washed. The idea is to have all the
items needed for a diaper change in one container that can be taken from
room to room or even downstairs when needed. Thanks to Jeanne for a
great baby shower gift.
Baby Shower Gift
Basket - Purchase a nice basket or tub and decorate it with
baby type art. Purchase blank white envelopes that have a baby shower
theme on them or just plain envelopes. Place the basket or tub on the
table at the baby shower and have each baby shower guest fill out the
front of the envelope with their address. In each of the envelopes, give
them a little paper to write a message or advice for the mother to be.
Have each guest leave the envelopes unglued. At the end of the baby
shower, have the mommy-to-be select one envelope from the pile and give
out a baby shower gift!
This envelopes can later be used by the
mommy-to-be for writing thank you notes and saving her time. The tub or
basket can be used as well to store baby shower gifts, supplies,
bathroom stuff at a later time! Thanks to Patricia for this wonderful
Blanket, Toy and present - Instead of using gift wrap for the
baby shower present, wrap the gift in a receiving blanket and place a
toy at the top so that mommy has extra items that she can use. Thanks to
Christy for this baby shower idea!
Clothes Line Gift - Buy a bunch of clothes (onesies, bibs,
sleepers, caps, booties, receiving blanket, washcloths, lap pads, even
small items like binkies if they are in a cardboard holder) and pin them
with clothes pins to a clothes line. Buy a large hat box (easy to find
and cheap at Marshall's or Ross Clothing). Lay out the clothes line in
the hat box going around and around. When it comes time to open the baby
shower gifts, have someone (can be mommy-to-be) pull the string and walk
across the room so all the gift items are hanging. Thanks from one of
our fabulous baby shower visitors for this great baby shower gift idea!
Baby Shower Time
Capsule - In addition to bringing a baby shower gift, it
would be great to ask everyone to bring an item to place in a time
capsule. The item has to be a popular item found from this year. When
the baby turns 18, he/she gets the time capsule and reads advice from
the guests at the baby shower. Make sure the items are smaller so
everything can fit and to have everyone write some advice for the soon
to be 18 year old (as time goes by fast). Thanks to Amanda for this
wonderful baby shower gift idea!
Delivery Survival Kit - Ask everyone (on an invite) to bring
one item to contribute to the "Labor and Delivery Survival Kit".
Examples are stop watch, slipper socks, headband, back massager, body
lotion, lip balm, lollipops, breath mints, disposable camera, bubblegum
cigars, a contact list & of course a tote or bag large enough for all
the goodies and a change of clothes. This is a great idea given to us by
baby shower guest Chrissy!
Baby Shower Gift
Photo Package - Go to a local photography company (there is
almost one in every mall in which most are professional) and get a gift
certificate or sign the "child" (under the parents name) up for a 1 year
membership where the parents can have unlimited sittings and with the
package receive a certain number of 8X10, 5X7, wallets, etc. free. To
present the gift place the certificate in a really nice 8X10 picture
frame. Thanks to Jenny for this awesome baby shower gift idea!
A great baby shower gift
idea is to purchase a photography sitting for the parents to be before
and/or after the baby is born. This will be a gift that is memorable and lasts a lifetime!
Economical Gifts - For those baby shower guests who don't
have a lot of money, especially during a recession, it is totally
appropriate and understandable to be creative and make something (cake,
dessert, etc) or offer a "friend coupon" such as "Free Babysitting",
"Free Friend Out Day", etc which will be just as special as purchasing
something. The important thing is that you are there supporting your
friend at the baby shower and when the baby comes!
Baby Shower Camera Gift - This is a great idea for a young
couple just starting out with a small budget and don't have these things
on there shopping list as necessities. A great gift idea for the
mommy-to-be is a new digital camera with extra memory cards. If you know
they aren't digital savvy go with a 35mm with extra rolls of film, and a
gift card from the a local Wal-Mart or drug store to cover the cost of
developing baby's first pics. This is a great baby shower gift if you
want to do something different. Thank you to Maria for this great baby
shower gift idea!
Baby Shower Diary Booklet or Scrapbook - For a new twist on a
baby diary or scrap book, cut strong cardboard in the shape of a shirt.
Do this by cutting a round shape at the top then shape the arms out on
each side. Then use the hot gluegun to tie a ribbon or buttons on the
front with the mommy to be name on it. Add additional pages and staple
or use string to bring the book together. Personalize the cover with
pictures or statements for the baby shower event. A great baby shower
gift idea that is easy to make! Thanks to Kenria for this idea :)
Learning Time -
Baby Bach Video, Baby Einstein CD's (or really any learning CD's for the infant), classical music CD's,
Disney movies, Books for the Parents, baby books, Lamaze soft books and
Baby Shower Gifts For Big Brothers and Big Sisters - It is
great to give a fun and simple gift to the big brother or sister as it
is a big change for them and a gift hits the spot. You can find great
big brother and sister gifts at
It is important to keep your receipts and try and get a gift
receipt so the parents-to-be can return anything they have doubles of or if they do not
like the gift. This baby shower gift idea list above is not exhaustive, but does list the
most essential of the items you can purchase for the couple. If you have any great ideas,
feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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