What do you usually buy for a baby shower gift?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What do you usually buy for a baby shower gift?
    Big "staple" item (car seat, stroller, diaper bag) : (29 votes)
    7 %
    Little necessities (diapers, thermometer, wipes) : (79 votes)
    20 %
    Bedding (sheets, blankets) : (19 votes)
    5 %
    Cute clothes (those cute, can't resist full outfits) : (57 votes)
    15 %
    Practical clothes (plain onesies, tshirts) : (50 votes)
    13 %
    Things for mom (breastfeeding items, etc) : (19 votes)
    5 %
    Other? : (23 votes)
    6 %
    I always pick something from the registry : (101 votes)
    26 %
    I don't pick something off the registry : (13 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Sea_Ashley:  I pretty much buy whatever items from the registry that 1) I can actually find in the store (I hate wandering around Babies R Us like a lost puppy) and 2) are in my budget. Bonus points if the items are cute, but I honestly don’t care that much. I usually end up with bedding, bibs, and other more practical items. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    My gift basket usually consists of: 1 larger 9 mth or 12 mth outfit (most people buy newborn, 3 mth or 6 mth), Gerber cloth diapers (most absorbent burp cloths known to woman), dishwasher basket (for when mom is done sterilizing everything), formula/snack carrier (even if you breastfeed, these things are super handy), and plain white socks in two sizes (0-6 mths and 6-12 mths; so mom never has trouble finding a matching set.)

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I always pick something from the registry. I am usually drawn to a Boppi Pillow and chosen cover if they have it, I just know from my experience with other people’s babies that they are amazing!

    Post # 6
    Member
    8905 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Usually some handy little things and at least one book.  I love kids books!!!

    Post # 7
    Member
    3010 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Sea_Ashley:  I like to mix it up. Books, stuff for mom (breast cooling pad is my newest one), stuff from the registry, something special/unique and maybe a larger sized clothing item.

    Now that I’m having a baby- my shower is this weekend- I will maybe try to stick more to the registry! Those are the things I really want!

    Post # 8
    Member
    8702 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Something small from the registry and a shitload of books. Books are so invaluable to children.

    Post # 9
    Member
    863 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Sea_Ashley:  It depends on who I’m buying for, really. If it’s somene I’m really close to then I will buy more/something bigger and it will obviously be more personal. Generally I buy some cute onesies and a couple of products that are supposed to be really useful that the parents might not have heard of. 

    I’ve bought a few things off of this list: 

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/unexpected-baby-shower-gifts-that-are-sheer-genius

    ETA: I’ve only been to a couple of showers that had registries. Personally I don’t like baby registries and I usually buy off registry. Oh well. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I ALWAYS buy from the registry and I usually try to buy one thing around $50 ish dollars as I am one who doesnt like to get a bunch of random things. I also try to find the thing I think is most useful. Then again I always include a gift receipt so people can return it if they need something else more.

    I also like to throw in something cute and gender specific and sometimes that is off the registry. It still comes from the store that they are registered at and they can still return it.

    Post # 11
    Member
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I worked in an infant room, so I got together with the other 3 employees (a combined 31 years of infant care experience between us), we made a “master list” of all our favorite things for babies!

    So depending on how close I am to the new Mom, I occasionally give her things off the master list instead of things on her registry (We all hate Soothies and velcro-back bibs, for example, but first time Moms generally don’t know that infants have a hard time latching to Soothies or that the velcro can cause irritation and snaps don’t)

    But if we’re aquaintences or they don’t know infant care is my wheelhouse, I just get a smaller item off the registry (like a bathtub or an activity mat)

    Post # 13
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    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Sea_Ashley:  Love polls. 

     

    I usually do cupcake onesies and burp cloth lollipops, throw in a few socks and the mom’s favorite candies and I’m good to go and well within a reasonable price range. I kinda do this a lot so I just buy inexpensive towels & onesies when I see them on sale… Each baby also gets at least one special personalzed onesie and the gift usually gets a lot of oohs and ahs! 

     

     

    Post # 14
    Member
    2912 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i do a mix of gifts on the registry and not on the registry. i rarely buy clothes, but if i do it’s practical stuff- onesies, hats, etc. i try to give useful items that can be used for a longer period of time – carseat mirror, shopping cart cover, burpcloths, bibs, and i almost always give books. gotta spread my love of reading!

    Post # 15
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I always buy the boppy if they are registered for it!

    Post # 16
    Member
    167 posts
    Blushing bee

    I always give a jumbo thing of diapers and wipes, a pack of onesies and burp clothes. They are the things all mothers need for newborns. 

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