If you’re stuck for ideas or you feel like a fish out of water when it comes to selecting a gift for a baby shower, you’ve come to the right place. However, before you even start looking you might want to check if the couple has a registry, these are becoming increasingly popular and they can take all the hassle out of choosing a gift.
If a registry isn’t an option there are two main types of gift ideas you can go for with regards to baby shower gifts , those that fall into the "practical category" and those that are a little more "creative."
On the practical side there are all those essential (but very un-unique) items that parents will need for their first born child such as baby supplies. These can include everything from:
Diaper supplies - disposable diapers, diaper service subscription, a hanging diaper storage unit, diaper rash cream, diaper pail, diaper bag
Bath and Grooming shower Ideas – Baby shampoo, mild soap, baby lotion, baby bath products, wipes, soft hair brush, baby oil, cotton swabs.
Linen Ideas – baby blankets, towels, crib sheets.
Baby clothing – hat, socks, booties, nightgowns, special outfits and warm sweaters.
Other – Baby monitor, baby car seat, car window shade, night lights, baby stroller, changing table, high chair, cutlery, plates and bowls etc.
If you are looking for some "homemade creativity" - there are also plenty of options, these can include: Musical baby CDs, baby books, video camera to record all those baby firsts, baby photo albums, camera film, picture frames, baby record book or diary, and a coupon for one night or day’s babysitting so the parents can have a night or day out together.
A personalized diaper cake can provide a creative way of packing practical gifts. If you haven’t seen one before they include diapers and other goodies like bottles, bibs and socks wrapped up in a wedding cake style.
Another factor which might determine what you buy is the gender of the child. However, some couples don’t want to know the sex until the baby is born. You also don’t need to buy something that can be used immediately purchasing something that can be used in a couple of season’s time or even next year can be a good option. For more expensive baby gifts, such as baby strollers or cribs, you could consider making a joint purchase with others who may be attending the baby shower. It is also a good idea to hold onto the receipt so there is the option of returning or exchanging the item.
If you are buying for the couple who already has a good stock of baby supplies - an idea you might want to consider is buying a special treat for them like a night away together or maybe a massage or beauty treatment.