This guide provides baby shower gift ideas, as well as rules and guidelines for choosing the perfect baby shower gifts for new moms.
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Baby Shower Gift Etiquette:
Should you stick to the Registry or not.
Many moms-to-be register for their baby shower.
The benefits of a registry for Baby Shower Gifts are:
- Friends and family know exactly what you need
- You limit the amount of repeats
- Often, registering gives new parents a completion discount on other baby related gear when they purchase from the same store.
It’s also never been easier to register! Gone are the days when you had to wander the aisles of a store with a scanning gun. You can now register online (you can ever register on websites like Amazon) in your sweatpants with your feet up.
Pregnant woman’s dream.
But, this does sometimes limit guest’s choices on gifts.
If they don’t see anything on the registry that they want to purchase (perhaps it doesn’t fit their budget) or they want to gift something more unique, it is more than appropriate for them to purchase off the registry.
How Much to Spend on A Baby Shower Gift
Baby shower gifts should always be purchased based on your personal budget and comfort.
However Gifts.com has developed a simple guideline to help navigate how much to spend on a baby shower gift, based on your relationship with the mom-to-be:
How Much to Spend on a Baby Shower Gift
Coworker or distant friend – $20-$25
Friend or Relative – $30-$50
Best Friend or Close Relative – $60-$100
If you have a tight budget, consider going in on a group gift with others to spread out the costs and DIY your card and gift wrap to save money on items that will probably get tossed anyway.
Second or third child baby shower gifts
It is becoming more common for showers to be thrown for parents expecting their second or third child. As with the first, the parents themselves should not be hosting the shower, but rather a friend or relative.
All children should be celebrated, but the second shower typically is smaller and sometimes called a “sprinkle” rather than a shower.
Gifts to be considered:
- If its been a while since the first child was born, consider gifting items that have improved over time. Ex. monitors
- Unique or personalized gift that was not gifted to the first child. Ex. hand-made, knitted blanket
Baby Shower Gift Ideas - Ultimate Gift Guide 2018
Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas 2018
These baby registry must-haves are stylish and functional baby gear that new parents will be thankful for.
Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine and Time-to-Rise
The perfect all-in-one night light, sound machine and time-to-rise device for technology loving parents. All the functions can be controlled from your phone!
This modern sound machine can be used for newborns, toddlers (it has a lock feature), preschoolers and older children.
Baby Bandana Drool Bibs
Super absorbent bibs are necessary for teething babies – so why not pick up a pack that is as stylish as they are practical.
These feature 100% organic cotton fronts and backs made from polyester fleece for super absorbency. The new parents will be ready for all the spit ups and drool in their future.
Play with Pieces Play Mat
These stylish play mats are made of XPE, a non-toxic, anti-microbial, hypoallergenic and waterproof alternative to traditional EVA foam.
The play mats meet all North American and European safety standards
The mats are reversible and come in a variety of colors and styles.
This is the ultimate baby swing, with 5 unique motions (car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, wave), 5 speeds and 4 build in sounds.
The new parents will wish this came in adult size!
This is a splurge item and would work well as a group gift.
Attachable Diaper Bag
The Attachable Diaper Bag by k’Boodle snaps on to your favorite baby carrier.
A great gift for new moms who don’t want to lug around a large diaper bag everywhere they go.
Organize keys, wallet, diapers, wipes, phone, and more. Makes travel and walks easier.
Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas
These unique baby gift ideas are perfect for moms who like creative gifts and moms celebrating their second or third babies.
Don’t be afraid to tap into your talents as well. If you can knit, sew or crochet a baby blanket, the new parents and baby will treasure it for years.
Stroller Seat Liner
Seasoned moms know that once your baby starts eating and wearing sunscreen your stroller seat gets covered in crumbs and grease.
These liners are made for specific strollers (Uppababy, City Select, City mini, Bugaboo) and the shop owner also does custom orders if you don’t see your stroller type.
The reversible fabric is also customizable so you can select your favorite combinations.
Amber Teething Necklace
While some may think these are “hippie dippie”, fans of amber for teething SWEAR by these necklaces.
It is believed that the succinic acid contained in the amber, when set against the skin, helps baby’s cope with: Teething, Skin rashes, colds/fevers, diarrhea and sleep issues.
Stuffed Rabbit from Papoum Papoum
This hugable bunny is made from 100% cotton and its head is stuffed with sheep’s wool. The wool warms up quickly when held and provides comfort for babies.
The wool also absorbs smell so will always be a piece of home when travelling.
Once baby starts teething they can chew on the knots in the corners.
Woven in Montreal, Quebec.
Bluum Subscription Box
Bluum is a monthly subscription service for awesome, busy parents.
Each box includes four or more full-sized products each month, curated based on your child’s birth date and gender, always with a combined retail value of $45 or more!
Bluum contains products for both mom and baby. You can gift a subscription.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas – Girls
If the parents-to-be know they are having a little girl you can be more gender specific when purchasing a gift. Here are our favorite baby shower gifts for baby girls.
Kate Spade New York Hey Baby First Year Keepsake Book
This adorable keepsake book is the perfect gift for baby girls. The bright colors fill each journal and notes page.
The book also has a page with envelopes to hold letters from loved ones that can be kept until your daughter is old enough to read them.
Braided Crib Bumper
This beautifully braided crib bumper is made from premium 100% hypoallergenic materials.
The crib bumper protects your baby’s hands and feet from getting stuck between crib spindles as well as it protects the baby’s head and body from hitting and bruising against the crib walls.
The bumper also allows for increased air flow into and out of the crib compared with standard bumpers and with many colours to choose from, it will surely match your nursery decor!
Baby Girl Headbands and Bows
10 different styles, colors and patterns included to match any outfit and occasion.
This assortment of beautiful newborn hair bows includes lace bows, velvet knot bows, butterfly denim bows, classic black striped sailor bows, a mini flower, dainty suede bows, floral patterns, gold pink and gray headbands, solid colors and more!
Baby Milestone Blanket
This watercolor floral blanket can be used each month to capture baby’s growth.
The blanket comes in different fabric and sizes.
The larger sizes can be hung up as a back drop as baby grows and can sit and stand.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas – Baby Boy Gifts
For the baby boys about to enter the world, these gifts will be favorites.
Give your little boy a sweet personalized blanket to dream big.
Luxurious and cozy two layered minky blanket, with a gorgeous lumberjack design in red and black featuring bear, buffalo plaid, arrows and mountains!
You can even personalize it with the name or other text you want.
Constructive Eating Construction Set
Make meals fun!
This set includes one Construction Plate, three Construction Utensils and Worksite Placemat. The plate and utensils are designed to fit and work together.
Milestone Blanket for Boy
“He will move moutains”.
This adorable milestone blanket will help mom’s capture their baby boy’s growth each month.
You can also hang it up and make it a back drop as baby gets older.
Great (and Cheap) Baby Shower Gift Ideas – Under $10
Great inexpensive gifts that co-workers or neighbors will appreciate. You an also buy a few and make a gift basket with these small baby shower gifts.
You can also offer your services – cleaning, cooking or watching the baby while mama naps – if money is tight. Mom will appreciate more than you can imagine.
Crinkle Book Baby Toy
Adventure at the friendly farm book.
This plush animal sounds book has crackling pages to encourage sensory exploration and happy animals for loads of giggles.
It is completely baby-safe and ready for an adventure on the farm from cover to cover.
This organic maple wooden teething ring is an earth friendly and trendy alternative to plastic teething rings!
This teething toy is perfect for soothing sore gums. It has fabric ears for your baby or toddler to grip on to while they gnaw on the wooden ring
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
Perfectly sized for little hands to take their music anywhere.
Gentle flashing lights move to the rhythm to inspire both visual and audio perception.
DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Handmade gifts are always appreciated and can become favorites. They can be as expensive or budget friendly as you’d like. The new parents will apprecaite the extra mile you went to make something personal.
Practical Baby Shower Gifts
It can be tempting to only gift adorable baby items, but sometimes what new parents really need is practicle baby items they will use most often.
The Motherhood Collection Baby Washcloths
These ultra soft, gender neutral washcloths are made from 100% rayon made from bamboo.
The plush fabric is perfect for baby’s sensitive skin.
I hope you find these baby shower gift ideas helpful. Buying for little ones can be a lot of fun! Whether you stick to the registry or select something from the above guide, the parents to be will be so greatful for the help.