A baby shower is hosted just a couple of weeks before the mother-to be delivers the baby. It’s a great way for her to cope with the prospect of having a new baby. With her girlfriends around, the mommy-in-waiting can share space in an environment where baby tips, support and baby gifts are within reach.
What Gift to Bring for a Baby Shower?
If you’re reading this article, there’s a high chance that you’ve been invited to a baby shower for one of your close friends. The only question is, what’s the perfect gift? Well, there is no such thing as a perfect gift, but there are several amazing and interesting gifts (30 of them to be precise!) that will make the room go “aww” or have everyone in splits.
Unique Baby Shower Gifts
Here are some wonderful and adorable gifts you could get for a baby:
1. Superhero Onesie
Little babies always look cute in their superhero costumes. Go for the latest trending heroes such as Wonderwoman, Spiderman, Superman, Catwoman, Batman, Captain America, etc.
2. Superhero Booties
Buy some superhero-themed booties to go with those onesies to keep them warm and cosy.
3. Footie Pyjamas
Get a cute printed footie pyjama for the baby. There are several themed pyjamas also available in the market if you have a theme for the baby shower, for example, a princess or a favourite animal.
4. Name Book
Naming a baby can be a stressful task for some couples. A name book has a list of names and their meaning that the parents-to-be can choose from for their little baby.
You can gift costumes made in comfortable fabrics that keep the baby warm and can be a great attire for the baby’s fancy photo sessions.
6. The Three-Piece Suit
Turn that bundle of joy into a pocket sized lady killer with this little item. Though this will be used only by the time they’re about a year old, it’s worth the wait!
7. Soft Toys
One of the standard gifts to be given to any baby. The plush toy can be a cute animal, ballerina or a princess.
You can get pillows in themed prints and in fancy shapes. Pillows come in very handy for the babies to secure in the cradle and add colour to the decor.
Best Baby Shower Gifts For Mothers
In all our zeal and excitement over the baby, many people often forget the one who’s holding down the fort. Here are a couple of gift ideas that are mom-centric.
1. Parenting Books
Parenthood is an overwhelming experience, and an innovative way to help your new mom friend out is by getting them a book. Figure out what her main concerns are as a parent and find a book that helps them address it. Some of the options available include:
- Fun On The Run – A treasure trove of ideas on how to spend time with your kids at different locations.
- Nurture Shock – Uses scientific facts and applies it to parenting.
- Brain Rules For Baby – Heavy scientific facts are explained in layman terms with a dash of humour.
Every new mum’s secret desire is to get an endless supply of diapers. Buying a month’s supply of this utility gift will help the new mum save up!
3. Spa Coupon Card + Baby Sitting Service:
Once the pregnancy is over, and the baby is out, the mom to be won’t have a moment’s rest. Offer them a chance where they can take a break and rejuvenate their senses.
4. Newborn Baby Carrier
One of the better utility-based baby shower gifts for mum to be, it lets them be close to their babies and stay hands-free simultaneously.
With this idea, pamper both, the soon-to be mother and the father. Book a table at their favourite restaurant, arrange for a ride, pay for the food and let them have a great meal together.
6. Grocery Delivery
You can offer to deliver grocery every week for the first month after the delivery to ease some stress out for the parents. They will be pressed for time and will be tired as they are adjusting to the newborn’s schedule. Your help will be much appreciated as there will be one less thing for them to worry about.
Homemade Baby Shower Gifts Ideas
To those minimalists out there who prefer using your own skills, here are a few handmade baby shower gifts you could explore:
1. Food Delivery
Are you known in your friend circle as the head chef? Offer your services to deliver home-cooked food for the mother to be for a month. She’s likely to be exhausted taking care of the baby right after delivery. Do your bit by lightening the workload for the couple by offering them some delicious Ghar ka khana.
2. Gift Baskets
One can buy a container preferably made from bamboo or other kinds of wood for an authentic feel. You can stock up on some goodies along with the caption on the basket reading “Mommy Survival Kit” or “Baby Grooming” and add items like nail clippers, cotton swabs, baby hairbrush, Booties, onesies, socks, soft toys, rattler, blocks, baby spoons, etc.
3. Hand-Made Blanket
Good at knitting? You can try making your own blankets for the new arrival. Try to avoid synthetics like acrylic yarn and stick to cotton or wool. Note that cotton can be a little slippery and takes time to get used to it so start early!
4. Handmade Artwork
This is a great idea for the nursery if the to-be parents are going to have one. If you are great at art, you can make the artwork and even help decorate the nursery.
Personalised And Cool Baby Shower Gifts
These types of gifts have their own little charm as you can’t find them at any shopping malls, and so have special relevance.
One can get printed mugs with captions such as “Mommy Fuel for (Name of the Mom to be)” or “Promoted to Dad in 20XX.”
Ditch the readymade onesies for some cool, stylish customisable onesies with cool captions like:
- Baby Boy – “Bows Before Bros” (with a bowtie in front) or “Firefighter in Training.”
- Baby Girl – “I’m an acute girl” (with acute angle print in the background) or “Daddy’s princess.”
- Unisex – “MyCrib.2A.M.” or “Feed Me”
Are you someone with a flair for writing? Write a beautiful letter about the benefits and honours of being a mother. Mail it to the mommy prior to the baby shower with perhaps a sweet poem in the end.
DIY Baby Shower Gifts
Below are some baby shower gifts to make with your own two hands!
1. Diaper Babies
Make your own fun diaper babies in a basket for the shower.
Things You’ll Need:
- Coloured baby washcloth
- Felt pen
- Baby socks
- Rubber bands
- Safety pins
- Roll the diaper up and use a rubber band to keep it that way.
- Use a brightly coloured baby washcloth to wrap the bottom half of the diaper and use a safety pin to hold it in place.
- Use a felt pen to draw eyes, nose and a mouth using facial expressions to indicate a sleeping, happy or wide-awake baby.
- Cover the top part just above the eyebrows with a tiny sock to make it look like a cap.
- Repeat this with 5-6 diaper babies and neatly stack them in the basket.
2. Baby Medicine Cabinet
Make a medicine cabinet to keep baby health items like medicines, thermometer, nose drops, ear drops and more.
Things You’ll Need
- Transparent plastic 2 drawer cabinet
- Printer (optional)
- Scotch tape
- Use MS Paint and Excel to print out three sheets. – Two sheets with a big medical ‘+’ sign with the captions “Baby Tummy Medicines” and “Baby ENT Medicines”.
- The third sheet should also have a big ‘+’ but have a table with three headers “Time, Medicine and Dosage”.
- Stick the first two sheets on the cabinet doors and the third on the top of the cabinets with scotch tape.
- Use ribbons for decorating the cabinets.
- Tie a pen to a ribbon and keep it in one of the cabinets.
3. Bubble Maker
A ridiculously simple tool that can keep the baby and the parents entertained for hours on end.
Things You’ll Need
- 2 sturdy 30-centimetre wooden rods
- A malleable wire of approximately 50 centimetres
- A pair of scissors
- Baby-friendly soap
- Cut the wire and wrap one end securely to the wooden rod.
- Make a circle out of it until the other end of the wire reaches the rod.
- Fasten the free end of the wire onto the wooden rod as well.
- Dip the wire end into a soap solution made out of baby soap and blow!
Note: The second rod can be used to fashion another circle of a smaller circumference. This way, you can alternate between making small and big bubbles.
Creative Baby Shower Gifts
These make good unisex baby shower gifts as a child’s genius is irrelevant of the gender. Here are some creative baby shower gift ideas:
1. Baby Books
A baby can’t read, but that can’t stop their parents from reading out stories to them! Get a baby book with large illustrations so that the children can get visually stimulated. With these illustrations in mind, your gift could potentially awaken the Picasso within the kid!
2. Toys that Make Animal Sounds
Auditory stimulation can keep the baby pre-occupied as well as help them learn. Rather than going for the conventional rattlers, go for toys that make animal sounds. This not only helps them learn about animals but helps them distinguish between sounds and sharpens their creativity.
3. Building Blocks
Apart from sharpening their motors skills and teaching them the finer points of sharing, these blocks can help babies construct unique miniature marvels as they grow older.
Funny Baby Shower Gifts
Parenting should be fun, and you can make that happen by presenting some unusual baby shower gifts such as:
1. Baby Neckties Stickers
These are available in hilarious milestone captions such as “I can stand!” or “Just Born”. Just slap them on any piece of clothing, and they’re good to go.
3. Snail Costume
A unisex costume made from crochet, this can make for some interesting photo opportunities.
4. Baby Mop-sie
What do you get when you combine a mop and a onesie? This innovative onesie mimics a dry mop with the attached strings sweeping the floor as the baby crawls across a room.
Inexpensive Baby Shower Gifts
You needn’t spend a small fortune on your friend’s baby. Often, it’s the little things that can mean the most.
1. Baby Neck Pillow
A gift of great utility, this pillow helps the baby sleep without you having to worry about their heads being at awkward angles. One can pick these up for about 100-250 rupees. There are some varieties that offer sweat-resistant material for the summer months.
2. New Born Photography Session
Are you an amateur photographer? The baby shower is bound to have a couple of funky outfits for the baby. Offer your services to take some winsome photos of the little bundle of joy.
3. Photo Album
Is your friend old-fashioned? Get her a photo album so that she can chronicle her baby’s first few months with some adorable baby photos. Many of them come with cute baby themed designs for less than 400 rupees.
A baby shower can do wonders for a woman’s soul. It brings her together with her tribe and is a celebration of what is about to unfold. Though these gifts should have given you a good idea of what you can get your friend, the best gift of them all is just being there for them.
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