Post # 1
My best friend and matron of honor is having a baby! Her shower is in May and I really want to do something unique and special for her gift, beyond just randomly selecting something from her registry.
Ideas? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Does she have a name picked out yet? Maybe you can find something personalized for her.
Post # 4
My new thing is to find out the nursery theme and colors and have signs made with the baby’s names on it. Everyone loves them and they are so unique!
Post # 5
No name decided yet, and no nursery. They’re in the process of moving.
It is a boy though.
Post # 6
There are a lot of cute personalized baby items on Etsy. I like to buy something practical off the registry and then something a little extra that’s cute and unexpected.
Post # 7
Personally I’d say buy her something off her registry and include something special along with it. A lot of mommys-to-be do a lot of research on the items they register for so they’re happy to get them.
One of my girlfriends recently asked me what was something not on my registry that she could get me and I told her “Please get me something off of it, that’s what we really need.”
I missed another friend’s baby shower and asked her what I could get her and she said “DIAPERS!” Registry items and diapers aren’t the most exciting gifts to GIVE but they’re usually the most appreciated (I’d be bummed if we got a ton of clothing but no items we actually needed to care for the baby).
Aside from that, one girlfriend got me a really nice Kate Spade baby bag that I wanted. It wouldn’t have been a registry item but it was nice to get something that I needed and would use.
Post # 8
I 100% agree with @camrie: Give her something from the registry and something else that is personalized or diapers or something. I know I have my sister going around and making sure my family knows to buy off of my registry. That is the stuff we really need. I know everyone likes to buy adorable little baby clothes (seriously, who can resist?!) but definitely add something that they NEED in there as well.
Post # 9
I never give diapers unless it’s part of a larger gift basket. To me that’s like giving an adult toilet paper- not at all exciting to open. In some ways I think if you can’t afford to buy all the diapers you are going to need, you might want to consider your financial status before ever getting pregnant.(edited for clarity as someone couldn’t understand the point I was trying to make)
Some gift ideas- for a boy- a knit black watch cap, a white T shirt, blue jeans and a copy of the book “Urban Baby”
Another gift people love is to give the baby a share of stock- you can give a share in Disney or something of interest to the parents http://www.oneshare.com
Post # 10
@julies1949: I understand that giving diapers, isn’t a super “fun gift”
I think its too late for expecting mothers to “reconsider” having a baby. If their having a baby shower, they are already pregnant. case closed.
Post # 11
During my wedding planning when my Maid/Matron of Honor had her shower we got her a gift from the registry (diaper genie and refills for about $50) and then got a basket full of cute clothes, spoons, bowls, blanket, etc.
I think one fun thing at showers is also thinking about gifts they may need in the next 8-12 months. Maybe a fun set of toddler sports balls, first golf set, etc.
Post # 12
The registry is a good place to start, if you don’t want to get something off of there at least it will give you an idea of what she needs. Or you could get a few things from her registry and then get her an off registry gift that kinda goes along with that theme – etsy is probably a great place to look. I also agree with Camrie, I didn’t register for a diaper bag and am not sure what I want for one but if someone asked me about one or got me one I’d be excited (though she might already have gotten one so you might want to check first).
Cute clothes are great but when I’ve shown people our little girls closet they just laugh because she has so many clothes already and we haven’t even had a baby shower yet. So unless it’s something unique I’d avoid going the clothing route.
Post # 13
@MissShork: LMAO @ I think its too late for expecting mothers to “reconsider” having a baby. If their having a baby shower, they are already pregnant. case closed.
I agree, buy something off the registry and something cute.
Post # 14
How about making a diaper cake and including some of the smaller things (lotions, pacifiers, rattles, etc.) off her registry? Here is one I made for my sister. She loved it!
Post # 15
@camrie I completely agree! Clothes are adorable but if that’s all you get it is super pricey to get all the stuff you NEED too!
I’d say get her something off the registry and then maybe make something or get something else special to go along with it. I’m a big fan of books with a special message to the baby! I got several of these along with gifts at my shower and loved them. I got one that was a board book about my alma mater and a note from my college friend and another that had to do with our sorority from another.
@heathaah I love the diaper cake! I recieved two of them and haven’t taken them apart yet because they are just so darn cute!
Post # 16
@Sulli301: Thank you! They are so fun to make! I would love to have my own mini-business selling them, but they get so expensive to make that I am thinking I wouldn’t make much of a profit! But they are really fun to design.