Let’s be honest- everyone loves a reason to shop for adorable baby items! When your friend or loved one is getting ready to greet their new arrival, you get to gift them something special. 😀
Whether you’re the shower hostess or a guest, we’ve got the lowdown on the best baby shower gifts, as well as baby shower etiquette.
Must Know Gift Etiquette for the Baby Shower Hostess
Taking on the role of baby shower hostess is something you do out of genuine love for the mom-to-be.
You want to make her feel special and give her friends and family the opportunity to do so with you.
However, as the host, you may be wondering what the rules are, in terms of gifts?
Here are some common questions about baby shower gift etiquette for the hostess:
Does the hostess traditionally get the mom to be a gift?
A gift is not required from the hostess. After all, hosting a shower is a big responsibility.
It requires a lot of effort, time, and money. It’s really a gift to the mom-to-be, even though it’s not an actual item.
If you still want to give her something in addition to the party, stick to a small present.
Should the mama-to-be create a baby registry?
Opinions on whether or not to create a baby gift registry are mixed.
While it isn’t a must, it certainly is helpful. By having a registry, the mama-to-be can pick out the exact items that she wants to have for her little one.
Guests will have a reference point when they go to shop for a gift, even if they don’t purchase the product from a specific retailer.
When should baby shower gifts be opened?
Gifts can be opened before or after games, if any will be played.
Since the gift opening session can go on for a while, it’s best to serve food and allow guests to eat before the mom-to-be starts opening.
Some modern mamas prefer not to open their gifts at the shower, but this can be a bit disappointing for guests. Having everyone ooh and aah over the adorable outfits and accessories is part of the fun! 😉
Do I have to track who gave what gifts for a baby shower?
Tracking the gifts is helpful for the mom-to-be.
Cards can get lost in the chaos of unwrapping, so keeping track of who gave what will make it easier for expectant parents when they go to thank guests.
If you’re busy with your hosting duties, which you likely will be, hand it off to someone else.
Should I let guests know that they are expected to bring a gift?
Guests will likely know to bring something for the baby. A big part of the purpose of a baby shower, is to help the new mom prepare for daily life with her little bundle of love.
You can include information on the invite for a baby registry if the mom-to-be has one, but it’s optional.
Good to Know Gift Etiquette for Guests Attending a Baby Shower
Sweet, you’ve been invited to a baby shower! It’s an exciting opportunity to pick out that perfect present for the brand new bundle of joy.
With so many absolutely adorable baby items and accessories available today, figuring out how much to spend and what to get can be overwhelming.
Before you begin to shop, we’ve got all of the good to know answers to your baby shower etiquette questions:
How much should I spend on a baby shower gift?
How much you spend depends on several factors, including your relationship to the mom-to-be and your budget.
If you’re very close to the expectant mama, you’ll probably want to get her something she really wants and needs for baby.
If you’re a friend or coworker, you can stick with a smaller gift that won’t bust your budget.
A minimum of $25 dollars is generally acceptable.
What kinds of baby shower gifts are appropriate?
Bottles, bibs, baby bathing essentials, and anything else that brand new little ones require!
There are big ticket items that parents need like strollers, travel cribs, and car seats, as well as budget-friendly must-haves.
Just about anything useful or cute for baby is an appropriate gift.
If the mom-to-be has a registry, take a look at the items she’s chosen to get a better idea of the style and specific products she prefers.
Should I send a gift if I cannot attend the Baby Shower?
It is not expected or necessary to send a gift if you can’t attend the shower.
You can always bring a gift when you visit mom after baby has arrived.
Choosing a Great Baby Shower Gift
Thanks to the incredible array of adorable items for babies today, choosing a great gift has never been easier.
You can consider cute clothing, bathing feeding essentials, safety must-haves, and so much more. You may also want to add a little something that’s just for the new mom, too.
Here are some simple tips to help you shop:
Consider the baby shower theme
The baby shower theme will likely be obvious from the invitation design. It also may be a design or motif that the mom-to-be really loves, and she may be decorating the nursery similarly.
Consider gifting an item that complements that theme or matches it in some way.
Is there a baby shower registry?
If a registry has been created, it’s the perfect place to start browsing.
You’ll be able to see what kinds of items the mom-to-be wants and needs, and you can check out the prices for everything, too.
Many expectant moms will put a mix of items on the registry, making it easy to find both affordable and pricier options.
Stores also track what’s been purchased so that mom won’t end up with duplicate items. You’ll also get a better idea of the baby nursery style 😎
propose or chip in on a group gift
Bigger baby items can be expensive, so going in on a group gift is a smart way to give the expectant parents those big items they need.
Pricier gifts include strollers, nursery furniture, high chairs, and car seats, just to name a few. Ask a few other friends or relatives if they’d like to go in on a bigger gift together.
Gift to pamper mama or gift for the baby?
Baby shower gifts help new parents get what they need to prepare for their new arrival. However, it’s also nice to give the mama a little something special for herself. It can be given in addition to a gift for the baby. After all, she’s putting in a lot of hard work, and the toughest part of her job is yet to come!
Buy at a Niche Store?
If you want to gift something unique, check out a niche store.
Big box stores offer all of the basics, but specialty shops carry items that the mom-to-be may not have seen before.
While babies can go through many outfit changes in a day, it’s wise to buy clothing in bigger sizes. Some babies never even fit in the tiny newborn clothes, so gift items that they can grow into over the weeks and months ahead 😉
Budget-Friendly Baby Shower Gifts
Suffering from sticker shock after seeing the cost of big ticket baby items? Relax– baby shower gifts don’t have to be expensive to be useful or thoughtful.
Parents will appreciate receiving these budget friendly items, and they can never have too many of most of them:
- Binkies/Soothers/ Pacifiers
- Wash Cloths
- Book for Baby
- Baby Grooming Kit
- Bath Toys
- Baby Wipes
- Hooded Baby Bath Towel
- Baby Socks
Great Group Gifts for a Baby Shower
Chipping in for a group gift is a smart way to give parents those costlier baby necessities. You can spend the same amount that you would on a smaller item, but you’ll help ensure that a must-have essential is taken care of.
- Car Seat
- Baby Stroller
- Travel Crib
- Baby Swing
- Glide Rocking Chair
- Breast Pump Kit
- High Chair
Classy Gifts for a Baby Shower
Sometimes you want to give something that’s special and sophisticated.
These classy gifts are keepsakes that both a mom and her child will surely treasure for years to come:
- Jewelry for the Baby
- Engraved baby Spoon
- Jewelry Keepsake Box
- Baby Dish Set
- Personalized Snow Globe
Unique Baby Shower Gifts
Sick of the same old baby items? Gift something unique that’s sure to surprise the mom-to-be!
These awesome items will get a lot of use but aren’t things that new parents would necessarily buy themselves.
- Baby Age Blocks
- Handprint Or Footprint Keepsake Kit
- Baby Brag Book
- Baby Floor Cushion
- Phone Mount for Stroller
Practical Gifts for a Baby Shower
For being so tiny, new babies sure do require quite a bit of gear!
These practical items are often must-haves for new moms and dads.
They help make caring for baby and keeping him or her comfortable so much easier, which means mom and dad will be more comfortable, too.
Any of these gifts will be a hit:
- Baby Carrier
- Nursing Pillow
- Diaper Bag
- Baby Monitor
- Nursing Cover
- Box of Diapers
- Diaper Pail
- Crib Linens
- Electric Thermometer
- Car Window Shade
- Baby Bath Tub
- Baby Friendly Laundry Soap
- Laundry Hamper
- Diaper Cream
DIY Baby Shower Gifts
Get crafty and try a fun DIY to transform the presentation of practical items like diapers and onesies.
These baby shower gifts take useful things and turn them into adorable surprises.
Find a tutorial and put your handmade skills to the test:
- Diaper Cake
- Baby Sock Rose Bouquet
- Diaper Wreath
- Onesie Cupcakes
- Button Monogram
- Diaper Owl
- Baby Tutu
- Towel Cake
Thoughtful Baby Shower Gifts for Mom to Be
Show the mom-to-be some love and surprise her with a self-care gift. These thoughtful ideas aren’t for the baby but will help the new mama feel special.
It could be just what she needs to get through those final weeks of pregnancy or those first few weeks as a new parent.
- Spa Basket filled with Lotions, face masks, bubble bath etc.
- Massage Gift Certificate
- Cozy Boot Style Slippers
- Baby Sitting Coupons
- Gift Cards for Favorite Take Out Restaurant
- A Professional Portrait Session
- Meal Services
More Baby Shower Gifts to Consider
Babies don’t necessarily need so many things, but having many of these items makes life a bit more manageable for everyone.
If you haven’t found the perfect present, keep searching through these other useful baby shower gift ideas:
- Baby Mobile
- Crib Bumper Pads
- Portable Bassinet
- Picture Frames
- Photo Albums
- Portable Changing Mat
Sound the Party Horns!A baby shower is an ideal opportunity to present the parents-to-be with something special for their new addition. No matter how much you spend or what you choose, it’s guaranteed to be truly appreciated.
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