Is your best friend expecting her first baby or maybe there's soon to be a new addition in your close family? If you've been invited to a baby shower, finding the perfect gift to celebrate the arrival of a new baby can be both exciting and challenging.
With so many options available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. At a baby shower you want to give something that not only captures the essence of this special moment but also proves useful in the days to come.
In this guide, we've curated a list of ten thoughtful baby shower gift ideas that are sure to leave a lasting impression on both the little one and their parents. From sentimental keepsakes to practical essentials, we've got you covered.
1. Keepsake Gifts
Keepsake gifts hold sentimental value and often become treasured family heirlooms. They capture the fleeting moments of a baby's early years, making them truly special for both the parents and the child as they grow up.
This beautiful "Welcome Tiny Human" is from a collection of beautiful new baby plaques by Rosie Meringue. She also sells personalised options if you know the name of the new arrival.
2. Traditional Gifts
When you think of a baby shower gift, you automatically think of a nappy cake. Made from stacked nappies, it not only serves as a decoration but also provides a stash of essential supplies for the new parents. Choose to make your own or buy one ready-made.
3. Practical Gifts
As a new parent you can never have enough muslin cloths! Why not buy some extra special ones as a baby shower gift. Check out Aden and Anais for high quality muslin squares in a range of beautiful designs.
If you do want to buy clothes for the new arrival. I would suggest buying sleepsuits in a bigger size. They will be overwhelmed by people buying the smaller size, but when the baby reaches 3 to 6 months they'll find they don't have enough clothes for those frequent changes!
4. Gifts for Organising
As a Mum myself, I know that being organised is so important especially when your new baby is so young. Going out with the pram you never have any hands free, so having a pram bag will help keep the new parents organised. It provides convenient storage for essentials like diapers, wipes, bottles, and your phone, making outings with the baby much more manageable. Try JoJo Maman Bebe for a wide range of buggy organisers.
5. Toys and Books
Start building the baby's library with a selection of classic children's books. Consider including a mix of board books, touch-and-feel books, and timeless stories that the parents can read to their little one.
Beautiful wooden toys can also be a lovely keepsake that the parents will use as decoration in the nursery and the baby can play with as they get older.
4. Personalised Gifts
In most cases you won't know the name of the baby at the time of the baby shower, so you may think it would be difficult to give a personalised gift.
Discover our Baby Shower Gift box which includes a voucher to claim a personalised bunting, as well as a pair of adhesive hooks to make hanging the bunting super easy. The parents-to-be can order their personalised bunting once they have decided on a name for their new arrival. Shop Now
If you do know the name of the baby we also have a wide range of personalised bunting for you to shop from. Gift wrap is available on all designs. Shop Personalised Bunting.
7. A Gift for Mum
A mother-to be or new mum will appreciate something nice for themselves. Although she may want to enjoy it in her final weeks of pregnancy before the baby arrives! If you decide to buy candles make sure they are soy based and made from natural fragrances to she can burn them knowing their are no toxins with baby in the house.
8. Milestone Gifts
A memory book allows the parents to document the baby's milestones, special moments, and firsts. It's a cherished keepsake that the child will appreciate when they're older.
Photo credit: @mumofapples
Or how about these beautifully-made milestone plaques? A lovely way to capture every milestone in the first year of baby's life. These macrame plaques are available from Knot Too Mention.
9. A Treat for the Parents
One of the gifts I remember most from when I had my daughter was from a close friend of mine. She sent us homemade brownies in the post! They were just what we needed when energy levels were dipping. You could send a sweet treat from a small business like Gower Cottage Brownies or even make them yourself!
10. Voucher Gifts
Taking care of a newborn can be exhausting, and having pre-prepared meals delivered can be a lifesaver for busy parents. A gift card to a meal delivery service would be greatly appreciated.
It's also worth checking if the parents-to-be have signed up to a Baby Registry. Many big stores operate a Baby Registry, so check with the person organising the baby shower if the new mum has signed up to any of these as this will make your job a lot easier! They may have added Styled to Sparkle to their Etsy Baby Registry!
Remember, the most important thing is the thought and care you put into choosing a gift. Whether it's a practical item or a sentimental keepsake, your gesture will surely be cherished by the expectant parents. I hope this helps and if you have any other suggestions let me know!