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Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Finding gifts for a baby shower can be challenging. This baby shower list catalogues out a range of different gift ideas according to price for anyone attending an upcoming baby shower.
Selecting gifts can be tricky because you want to get something useful but also affordable. You might also want to get the family something that they really need. You could visit an online baby store or also ask the mother what she really needs to alleviate any stress or confusion.
A lot of expectant mothers might have already purchased many of the items prior to a baby shower. They might already have a lot of things on hand, especially if this is their second child. Some family members might also pass along baby items that they will no longer need in the future.
But there are always a few items that an expectant mother or family would appreciate. When you are looking for gift ideas for a baby shower, try to purchase items that will be useful. Things like blankets and clothing in a larger size can be beneficial as not all newborns are the same size.
Also purchasing onesies in a range of sizes along with blankets or quilts for the crib, buggy or pram are very practical items that many parents will appreciate.
Presents for the Baby
There are lots of different baby products online and in stores. They all vary in price and the range carried by some stores can also vary between stores.
You might also find that certain products could be cheaper online. Buying blankets and onesies can be ideal for many parents because they can be passed on to the next child if they decide to have another one.
Check and see if the parents have a baby register prior to purchasing any items. This can be a time saver when it comes to buying gifts.
If they don't have a register, then here is a list of items that most babies will require. You can find most of these items in most baby stores and you might be able to find some of them on sale on Amazon.
Here are some items you might like to buy.
- Heartbeat toy
- Black and white baby book
- Baby bathtub
- Swaddle blanket
- Onesies (Newborn to 12 months)
- Adventure rug
- Beatrix Potter "Peter Rabbit" book set
- Teddy bear blankie
- Burpy bibs
- Baby quilt/blanket
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Black and white baby board book
Heartbeat toy baby soother
Pack of onesies
Teddy bear blanket
"Peter Rabbit" book set
Check With the Parents Before Buying
Babies can be fussy and also some mothers might not like what you have purchased them. So it can be a waste of your money to purchase an expensive toy that is only suitable for a two-year-old that won't be used for a few years.
So do check with the mom or dad before you decide to purchase something that is really expensive. You don't want to show up the other baby shower attendees, especially if you are not a family member.
Some Gift Ideas for Mom
There are other items that you can buy for a baby shower besides clothing or blankets. The mom or the family might need more practical items for the baby.
If you are aware ahead of time about the mom's choice of breastfeeding or formula feed, then there are some types of storage products that you can purchase in this area.
Sometimes getting items like a formula storage cup or a breastfeeding scarf are items that are practical and also useful especially when you are travelling with a baby.
- Breastfeeding scarf
- Breastfeeding cushion
- Breastmilk freezer storage container with bags
- Formula dispenser cups
- Baby travel bag
- Totseat harness
- Letters to my baby cards
- Fabric storage cubes
- Diaper pail
- Silicone baby food freezer tray
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Formula dispenser cup
Breast feeding scarf
Breast feeding cushion
Letters to my baby card
Baby travel bag
Fabric storage cubes
Breastmilk storage container
Silicone baby food freezer tray
Practical Baby Shower Presents
If you know the family well, then you might decide to get them practical gifts like nappies or bottles. Individual reusable cloth baby diapers can be a bit expensive to buy, so if you have prior knowledge of what option the mother will be using, buying some of these could be very practical.
- Box of newborn disposable diapers
- Box of baby water wipes
- Pack of 1 reusable cloth diaper with insert
- Microwave steam sterilizer
- Onesies up to 12 months
- Muslin cloths
- Pack of bibs
- Hooded baby bath towels
- Pram/pushchair blanket
- Pack of baby bottles
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Pack of bips
Box of baby water wipes
Box of newborn disposable diapers
Pack of 1 with inserts reusable cloth diaper
Microwave steam sterilizer
5/10 pack of onsies
Hooded baby bath towel
Gift Ideas for the Family
There are other options you can choose from when it comes to getting gifts for a baby shower. You might decide that you want to do something different besides getting a gift for the baby or the mother. Instead, you might decide to get them something totally not connected to the baby.
Once the baby has arrived there are going to be some tasks that might be ignored like grocery shopping and general housekeeping tasks.
Nowadays you can hire professional cleaning companies who will clean your house for you. There are also companies that will pick up your dirty cloth diapers and deliver clean diapers to you.
I gave a close friend a gift certificate for a professional photography session after her first child, as I knew she would love to get one done but couldn't justify spending the money on one. Again, not everyone would appreciate this gift, so choose wisely.
Here are some options on gifts you might decide to purchase for the baby. These can be items that are mostly geared toward the family as a unit.
- Photography session for the family or just the baby
- Spa gift certificate for mom
- Gift certificate for dad
- Care basket
- Restaurant meal voucher
- Gift card for their favorite food store or online store
- Weekly delivery and pickup cloth diaper service
- Professional house cleaning service
- Meal delivery service
- New dad essential kit
There is a vast range of items that you could choose to purchase for a baby shower. You can decide before you go shopping to purchase either practical or non-practical items. Again the aim is to find the balance between the two. But no matter what you get it will most likely be a gift that will be appreciated by the family.
© 2018 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on November 21, 2018:
@Barbara Tremblay Cipak , that's a very good approach to take and it means that you know what it is you need to get depending on the gender.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on November 09, 2018:
I just attended a baby shower this past weekend. The gifts I usually give depend on whether it's a first or second child. I'll usually go with sentimental items or practical items for a first and second child, but if the second child is the first boy or girl, then I'll tend to go with clothes. That's assuming they haven't already received a lot of hand-me-downs from other family members.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on February 28, 2018:
@Lauren Flauding, I've been there too and it can be expensive if you have a lot to go to. Glad it helped you find ideas.
Lauren Flauding from Sahuarita, AZ on February 27, 2018:
These are some fantastic and unique ideas! There was a time where it felt like I was going to a baby shower every week, so I’ve been pretty drained for ideas. These are very refreshing!
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on February 01, 2018:
@Chitrangada Sharan, thanks. Yes, they grow so fast. Thanks for stopping by.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 31, 2018:
Nice article with some very useful gift ideas and suggestions, both for the mother and the child!
Babies grow very fast. So the choice of gifts should be comfortable, but it need not be very expensive.
Thanks for sharing some practical and useful tips!