Post # 1
In 2 weeks I have a baby shower for FH’s cousin that I have only seen a few times. We normally spend about $40ish on a shower gift and then get a smaller thing to give when the baby is born ($20 maybe).
I had looked at her registry about a month ago and she didn’t really have much in my price range it was either over $100 or in the $5 range. I decided I wanted to think a little about what to give her. I just found out that she has had 2 other baby showers in the last month . NOTHING is left on her registry other then a few items like onsies or a pacifier. I looked at pics from the two showers and noted that she got lots of things not on the registry.
SO my question is what the heck do I get the girl? I personally feel like with three baby showers it is a gift grab but oh well I must get something. I did order a cute bib and burb cloth set off etsy to give to her after the baby is born. UGH Help girls.
Post # 3
I usually do a big box of unscented, hypoallergenic wipes (its the allergic part of me that does it!), diapers (if they are doing disposables) and the pacifier thermometer and medicine combo pack. Sometimes I will end up getting bibs, or a cute picture frame if I can’t find something I like on a registry.
My FIL’s FI’s daughter is pregnant and her’s is next month, and i just ordered the diaper bag set she wanted with the pacifier combo and wipes I mentioned, and will probably pick up a couple odds and ends between now and then. I try to stay away from clothes since they usually end up getting so many, unless I can find something super cute/adorable, and then I usually don’t go below 6 months, so they have a better chance of actually being able to wear it
Post # 4
Hmm, I’ve heard that diapers are always welcomed. I know that she will and probably has gotten a lot of them, but maybe you could get the size bigger so that its something that she will use eventually? Also, you can get her like a bath kit with the baby soap, baby oil (that’s what they call it right?), a rubber ducky, and like a really soft towel set. I don’t know. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been to a baby shower in my life, but I think those things would be useful.
Post # 5
i would get her some clothes in bigger sizes. practical things like diapers, wipes, and baby first aid kits are always great. books are good too!
Post # 6
I really like toys from Melissa & Doug (their fill & spills are a hit with my friends’ kids, although she’ll have to wait a few months until the baby can grab and stuff): http://www.melissaanddoug.com/first-play-baby-soft-toys
And who can resist the super swank minimalist designs from Little Alouette: http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlealouette
Post # 7
Thanks ladies for the help. She has already got multiple bath soaps and such off her registry, diapers and wipes and clothes. I like the idea about the thermometer and first aid kit because I don’t see that she registered for that. Maybe larger sized diapers are a good idea also. Oh and she did register for about 10 books and all of them have been bought.
Post # 8
@JennyW1: Love both of those ideas!
Post # 9
You could also get something for her instead of the baby.. like a new mom gift basket or something like this:
Post # 10
I usally give gift baskets and fill it with the essentials like oneies can never have enough of those, socks, small package of newborn diapers, wipies, cute outfit, blanket, stuffed animal(cus their so cute.. lol) and wrap it in tulle you can at Walmart for like .97 a yard and tie it with a ribbon. You can find a lot of this stuff at Ross or Marshalls for way less then other stores.
Post # 11
When my future SIL had her shower (two years ago in May!), FI and I bought her a swing (because it was his/our first nephew). I also made her a basket – I put in some personal sized bottles of wine, a DD gift card, and some other odds and ends. It was such a hit. A few old ladies looked horrified, but she loves to drink (not an alcoholic! lol) and loved that I thought of her in addition to the baby
Post # 12
I like jubyju22’s idea of getting something for the mom instead of for the baby. After three showers and everything off her registry already taken care of, I imagine she’d be glad to get something just for her. What about a prenatal massage and/or mani/pedi for just before baby? Or a really nice pajama or hospital gown/robe set? Or heck, a gift certificate for a restaurant they like that her husband can pick a meal up to go if they don’t feel like going out after baby is born.
Post # 13
I love the idea of things for the MOM… so perhaps a fabulous pair of pijamas (that she can wear at the hospital- perhaps a button down type shirt so she can easily open it if she wants to breastfeed). Or even a gift certificate to a local spa for after she has the baby.
Or perhaps the PJs, a little bottle of champagne and two personalized champagne glasses for when the baby is born?
Or I’ve seen someone do a basket of cold medicines, gas medicine thermometer, baby lotion, the little blue squeezy thing for boogers (i’m pretty sure that’s not the technical term… lol!), etc. She might not use it all the first few months (like the meds), but I’ve heard that it is great to have those things on hand, because when you do need them, it’s usually hard to get out of the house with a sick baby to get them. Perhaps you could talk to a friend who is a mom, and get her the essentials?
Post # 14
PS- I also second the idea of a gift card to a local restaurant… TAKE OUT for when she and the husband are too tired from their newborn!
Post # 15
Or maybe if she’s probably gotten all the infant stuff she needs, think ahead to stuff she might not need till later? Like baby spoons and little containers for baby food or snacks, or fun little plates/placemats?
Post # 16
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A gift card to the store where she is registered is always a good idea, especially if she has larger items on her registry that she is probably planning on buying herself after the showers are over.
Try not to think of it as a gift grab… I’m having three showers, and if she’s anything like me, she probably didn’t have any control over it. My mother in law invited a ton of people, and it’s not like a wedding shower where you can have a little control over the guest list.