(Closed) The BEST Baby Shower Gifts?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have been to A LOT of baby showers in the past year.  For every one I went to, I got a copy of my favorite book as a child.  I wrote a personalized note inside each book with the date.  I think any book is a fabulous gift.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I usually get “Green Eggs and Ham” my most favorite book of ALL time so that it will be something the mother can read to the child, and then the child can someday read for themselves. In addition, I get like a huge box of diapers b/c newborns go through LOTS of diapers.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The book idea is such a good one! 

Two of my favorite gifts I’ve given have been 3 months of cloth diaper service {the mom was planning to cloth diaper, obviously you’d want to check that first!} and a personalized art print {there are so many options on Etsy!}.

My SIL’s favorite gift from her shower was a custom scrapbook made by a friend of the family who scraps. She already knew the gender/baby name so it was really customized. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just a word of advise – Anything personalized is GREAT, however, don’t be upset if the mother doesn’t want to hang it in the house/nursery.  My friend is about 6 months preggo and she is very against these things.  She really wants the room to have a certain “feel/look”.  Her sister was offering to do something like that for her and she was really against it.  It still will probably make a great gift, just be careful about assuming the mother will want to hang it in the room.

I got my friend a ton of disposable food containers and spoons (you can find them at wal-mart, etc).  She told me the other day she was surprised how quickly she needed them (for babyfood etc) and how nice it was already to have a set. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t know if you follor Mrs Dumplings blog ‘OMG I’m a Mom’ but she swears by this super cute gift for something around $14 and they’re on Etsy….They’re pretty brilliant!

EDIT – PS – how is married life? Miss ya around the engaged boards, LOL

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sometimes I like to get the baby something they will wear later. They get so many  tiny baby clothes that they will never wear or only wear once.

Depending on the weather where the mom and baby live I sometimes buy the snowsuit or snow sac they will need later if they live in a cold climate.

Another cute gift is to buy a pair of jeans and his first pair of underwear if the baby is a boy.

Or a swimsuit, beach towel ,and sunglasses in a larger size.

For mom I sometimes get a gift certificate to a local restaurant or fast food delivery place. I put it on top of a brick , wrap the whole thing in freezer paper and tell the mom to place it immediately in her freezer- that it is an emergency dinner for some night when she doesn’t feel like cooking. They always think it is a casserole, and I always get a suprised phone call a few weeks or months later when they take the “dinner” out of the freezer.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Lees – if you friend is planning on breastfeeding, you can get her a nursing cover. I bought one for my friend after she had her baby, as she was so grateful, because she said most of the gifts given at the baby showers are for babies, but not for mothers. She told me she found it challenging to breastfeed in public (women will have different thoughts on this), so she really appreciated the cover up, and the look really cute while allowing baby to nurse happily and breathe.

I bought her this style:

http://www.bebeaulait.com/

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

One of my favorite gifts was a Build-a-Bear elephant that a friend had made. It was really sweet, and there is always the option of buying more clothes for the stuffed animal when the child gets older.

My favorite childhood book was Ramona the Pest. My mom found a read-along version of the book. I love it, because I get to share my favorite book with my daughter.

Also, larger clothes are great. I have tons of newborn, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 6-12, and 12-18, but almost nothing in the 9-12 range. My daughter hasn’t worn a lot of the clothes. I was also overloaded by washclothes and blankets.

Diapers and wipes were always welcome, as were toiletries and bottles.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I give hand knit blankets – always a winner

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

One of my friends got me a wagon- a really nice one- of course they cant use them till they’re older and sitting on their own but it was a really cute idea.  You can NEVER go wrong with diapers! they go through them sooooo fast! Someone also gave me embroidered onsies that were diff sizes. Also, a cute idea.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I think giving a copy of your favorite book with a little story is very cute.  I got a couple of those at my shower and enjoyed the sentiment and notes.

My s-i-l gave us a stack of books and wrote little notes on each one (taped on with paper – but I taped them inside to keep with the books) that were written from my nieces (3 years old) point of view to her new cousin.  Like “This is my favorite nighttime story mommy and daddy read to me”.  Or “Every cousin of mine needs to know what a princess is”.

Another gift I received was a ‘newborn photography session’.  A little more spendy – but a very special gift indeed.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would use caution in giving children any clothing with their name embroidered on it where others can see it.

It can be used by those with ulterior motives to call the child by name. The child then thinks this is someone they are supposed to lnow.

Our local police department recommends against such clothes for small children-should be ok for babies though who are not mobile on their own.

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