(Closed) Baby Shower: What to Give?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would probably do one of the following:

-Send a little something off the registry to their home and say you have plans and can’t attend.

-Buy a bag of diapers and a board book and gift that. 

-Hit up TJ Maxx for some cool little gift. They have Melissa & Doug items for really reasonable and a really great selection of books (board books, too). You could get a nice gift plus a gift bag there for super cheap. 

Post # 17
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

 I would do a gift card and maybe an outfit – I agree with a PP that bigger size clothing is nice! – or a book. I recently had a baby, and most of the clothes we got were 0-3 size. Now we’re going to have to buy a bunch of 3-6 size clothes because we only have a handful of outfits in this size, and he didn’t get to wear all of his 0-3 clothes because he’a growing out of them too quickly!

Post # 18
600 posts
Busy bee

My baby shower was last weekend and I loved getting books. Diapers are also very much appreciated. If they asked for gift cards, that’s also really helpful ๐Ÿ˜Š

Post # 19
300 posts
Helper bee

Don’t buy clothes… People have very different taste when it comes to baby clothes. I’d get them a gift card since it’s what they prefer, probably with a book.

I would also stay away from diapers; all parents prefer different brands (and they might even use cloth diapers), ie. I cannot stand Pampers! Most people also wouldn’t want to store a mountain of diapers.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  whitepeony.
Post # 21
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would do a gift card and a pack of diapers (size 1 or 2 is my recommendation since a lot of people buy newborn and many babies aren’t in them for long – we had to give a few packages of newborn diapers away since we didn’t use them). I’d go for babies r us, carters or walmart for the gift card I find those are the places we shop most with a little one ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 23
8832 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

weightwatchers152:  It’s odd that there’s no food but that wouldn’t factor into my gift-giving decision at all anyway so that’s a moot point. What matters to me is how close am I to the guest of honor. So how close are you to this couple that you see once a year? Spend as much as you want to, within the limit of what you can afford. That’s how I always do gift-giving. If we’re not that close, I would either skip the shower and give a gift next time I see them, or skip the shower and just congratulate/ooh&ahh next time I see them.

Post # 24
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I agree that it’s odd it’s potluck, but I think that reflects more on the shower hosts than the parents-to-be, so I wouldn’t factor that into the gift. Plus gifts for a book shower are generally less expensive anyway, since I’m sure most people only bring a book. I’d think a small gift card to Target, etc would be appreciated. I’d probably prefer a gift card to Amazon so I can order from home, but I also get free shipping through Prime.

Post # 25
1579 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

weightwatchers152:  That sounds a little bizarre to me! I mean, I 100% understand not having a meal served, but there is usually a cake or cupcakes and some chips or fruit or a cheese platter or something for everyone to munch on.  You can’t expect people to come for 3 hours in a social setting without having SOMETHING.

Where is it hosted? Like at their house or in a hotel ballroom or something?

Sounds kinda gift-grabby to me. I’d get them a onesie set and a board book and call it a day.

Edit: I just read your comment – it’s a potluck. That’s pretty normal I guess, although there is usually something to eat there already. Check their registry and get something off of it or grab a gift card and go from there.  Even $25 gift cards are super helpful and can be used towards a larger purcahse. I’d get them a gift card for where they are registered so they can use that to buy stuff they didn’t get or may need later ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 26
1246 posts
Bumble bee

A potluck does not equal no food being served. However, feel free to leave a gift from the bottom of your heart. Whether you “cover” a plate or not shouldn’t matter. I assume your gift without covering your plate is also generous.

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