If a friend or family member of yours is about to or has recently become a parent, you must be very happy for them. Soon, it will be time for a baby shower, which might put you in a tough spot. Picking the right baby shower gift is by no means easy. Making sure your gift is both thoughtful and useful for the couple is very important. You also need to make sure they don’t already have what you are planning to gift them. Unless the couple has shared a registry, you should start thinking about gift ideas as soon as possible! Here are a few to give you some inspiration.
Babies and toddlers need tableware that meets their needs and helps the food stay in place and not be split all over the house. So when it comes to choosing tableware sets for babies pay attention to their functionality, not only their cuteness. Stay-put plates are a great example because they are being secured at any surface preventing the mess that babies create while throwing everything away. Another great example is baby training cups from silicone because they help babies transition from regular bottles to cups, and in most cases have lids that help babies not to lean their heads back.
Baby clothes are one of the most straightforward gift ideas for a baby shower. While the baby might not care about fashion just yet, they will need a lot of changes of clothes in the near future, so helping out the couple this way cannot be a bad idea. When picking baby clothes, there are a few things to keep in mind. The quality of the material is of the utmost importance. Organic cotton is the healthiest option out there, but you can also go for cotton blends that are easy to care for. If you are buying clothes for the baby to grow into, make sure you keep the season in mind. If it’s going to be summer in 6 months, don’t get warm clothes in a size for 6-month-olds.
A Diaper Bag
If the parents are an active couple who are always on the move, they will need a reliable diaper bag for their future adventures with their little one. A spacious diaper bag that can fit all the necessities is a very useful item that the couple will be able to use way beyond the first few months. It’s best to get a unisex model so that both the mom and the dad will be able to use it comfortably. Inquire their close family whether they have already got one, but even if they have, it might be useful to have two!
Baby Milestone Cards
Little ones grow up fast, and it’s easy to miss milestones when they are passing at the speed of light. Perhaps this is why baby milestone cards have gained popularity recently. They are a creative way to make sure you capture all the important moments of your baby’s growth. If you think the couple would love the idea of commemorating their baby’s firsts, then browse between countless designs and pick your favourite set!
You can make your baby shower gift truly unique by going for a personalized item. If the baby’s name is already known, then you have everything at your disposal for this fantastic gift idea. Gifting a stuffed animal or any kind of baby lovey with the little one’s name on it can become their companion for life, so it’s a really meaningful gift. Personalized clothing is also a good idea – you can even go for a whole set of matching personalized clothes for the entire family! Be careful with personalized gifts though if the parents are known to change their mind a lot and might decide on a different name for their baby at the last minute!
Towels and Blankets
Towels and blankets are something that the new parents will never have enough of, so it’s a safe choice when picking baby shower gifts. A soft soother blanket that can be machine-washed will surely see a lot of use. Towels do not need to be a boring gift idea either. Today, there are so many cute baby towel designs that even such an everyday item will make everyone go “aww.” Adorable hooded bath towels will bring even more cuteness to everyday bath times.
Furnishing a children’s room is not cheap, so you can help out the new parents on this front with a carefully chosen gift. The little one is going to walk around very soon and they will need a durable kid’s sofa or bean bag that’s not only cute but can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Keep in mind that cheaply made furniture is a hazard for children, so you should only get high-quality pieces that are properly sealed and make sure the parents know all the safety precautions regarding baby bean bags. Properly made ones can become the little one’s favourite hangout spot later on, though! If you are ready to spend a little bit more, a luxury stroller can be an amazing gift to new parents too.
If you want to gift something cute to the little one, stuffed animals for babies or a toy set is a great idea. Find a set that includes a teething toy that will be of great use soon enough, as well as a rattle the baby can grab onto. If the couple doesn’t have a crib mobile yet, try to ask about their children’s room design and pick one that will fit nicely into the concept.
Another thoughtful gift idea would be helping the new couple expand their library with some children’s books! Find a lovely set of fairy tale books that will not only be perfect for reading bedtime stories to the little one but will also look great on the children’s room bookshelf. You can also nurture a love for books in the child from early on by getting them some fabric books that are not only fun to play with but are also educative at the same time. You can find truly unique, handmade ones that were put together with a lot of care.
Finally, when in doubt, go for a diaper cake. A diaper cake is the ultimate gift if you want to be 100% sure that your gift is going to see a lot of use. The little one is going to need a lot of diapers in this first stage of their life and you can take some financial burden off the parents with this thoughtful and useful gift. Shop around to see different offers and what they include. Alternatively, you can also make the diaper cake yourself and decorate it the way you want.
Hopefully, you will be able to use some of these ideas when shopping for baby shower gifts. The couple is surely going to appreciate whatever you get for them – it’s the thought that counts.