(Closed) THOUGHTFUL baby shower gifts?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

A bunch of books that were your favorites as a child (all age ranges) with a thoughtful note on the inside cover.

Post # 18
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@MrsCreeToBe:  When my best friend got pregnant, I bought her a book I randomly found in a kid store.  It was about animals and it had a horse on the front.  We both LOVE horses and horseback riding.  I don’t remember it exactly ’cause it was years ago, but I remember it being really cool because it had some sort of 3D effect.  I mean, I remember thinking this book was AWESOME.

Anyway, I was so worried about it because on her shower day, she was opening so many giant gifts!  People were giving her set after set after set of baby clothes.  Each person gave her like 10 outfits!  I don’t know how they could afford all that.  I was poor so I gave what I could, which at the time was just this one book.  I was starting to feel bad about it but when she opened it, she reacted more excited than for any other gift she received.

I knew my friend.  😉  Whatever you do, just follow your heart.  You know what she likes, so don’t be too swayed by what other people suggest.

Post # 19
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If she registered, get her something from that.  If she didnt, I like the spa idea.  I would LOVE a massage and facial right now.  I so enjoyed those when I was getting ready for my wedding.  

My shower/sprinkle is coming up and I don’t expect much but I do hope for diapers and wipes so I don’t have to go out and buy those right away.

Post # 20
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with PP (@bunnymama:  @MrsDW:) re: buying something off her registry. I know it’s not “fun” or “creative” but as a soon-to-be first-time mom myself, I seriously just want things off my registry. I know everyone is different, but Darling Husband and I are very particular and we spent a lot of time picking things to go on our registry. If you want to gift something small and fun (e.g. a gift certificate for a pedicure), that’s fine, but I truly believe the most thoughtful gift is one from their registry as it shows you listened to their wishes and valued their choices.

That being said, one thing that’s not often on registries but is highly valued by most new moms would be food. It’s so hectic at the beginning and food isn’t really something you can register for ahead of time. A hot meal delivered to their house would be really unexpected and thoughtful.

Post # 21
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree with previous posters — if she registered, buy something off the registry.  My showers are in a few weeks and those are the items we really NEED.  I hope people stick to the list… !

Post # 22
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@squishycupcake:  Thanks for posting that robe link. What a great idea– they are gorgeous and look so comfy!!

Post # 23
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsCreeToBe:  Get her a mani/pedi or prenatal massage certificate.  I also give a small basket of the boring stuff that you end up using everyday.  A big pack of plain white socks so mommy always has a match.  Basic gowns which many do not register for but are great for middle of the night changes.  Gerber white gauze cloth diapers but not for diapering, they are super absorbant and great for burp cloths.  Dishwasher basket because mommy will get tired of handwashing and steaming everything within a few weeks/months.  Baby mitts for baby to wear to protect them from scratching themself.  Diapers in any size other than newborn and baby clothes in 9 mth or 12 mth (most shower guests buy newborn, 3 mth or 6 mth.)

Post # 24
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m a pharmacist and I do the same gift for every baby shower I’m invited to. It’s always a big hit! I buy a baby bath tub and fill it with “must-have” items from the pharmacy. ie: infant Tylenol, infant Advil, teething tablets, gripe water, nipple cream, nasal aspirator, saline drops, diaper cream, thermometer, etc, etc. All the things you might not have thought to buy beforehand but will save you a trip out to the pharmacy when (inevitably) you need them ASAP. I usually add in some other non-pharmacy items like washcloths, books, receiving blankets, etc. I wrap it all up in cellophane like a gift basket, add some ribbon and voila! Thoughtful and useful shower present 🙂

Post # 25
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bunnymama:  +1

Get her something off her registry that would be used on a daily basis and get your favorite book and write a personalized note to the baby inside including the date.  The book will be read for many years to come and little ones love to see the special note from so and so when they were still in mom’s tummy.

In My Humble Opinion these gifts are not thoughtful since A LOT of people buy them and in the end they are not very useful: stuffed animals, another blanket, less than 6 month size clothing that is not a pajama/onesie, pacifiers, bibs.  Skip all that for registry items they will really use not something they think they will!

Post # 26
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My BFF and I are pregnant at the same time, and both are in agreement that registry items are the best gifts – even for each other, as this is stuff we NEED. Also got her a children’s book for the personal touch – a perfect pairing of personal and practical, as PP have said. 

Post # 27
2542 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsCreeToBe:  It’s nice that you want to do something special, I did too for my Boyfriend or Best Friend at her shower, I got her an engraved music box for the baby, it was beuatiful – I thought it would be so special. Now that I’m expecting, straight up I would rather have something from my registry. And I’d be especially happy if someone got us the ‘big’ things, like the car seat or bedding we chose. I’d consider that very special over something ‘sentimental’. Those are the things we need and it could save us some money and time. Give her a special card and a special message inside instead.

Also, don’t get too hung up on her reaction, it’s really exhausting not only being pregnant but opening a lot of gifts at a shower with everyone watching. A less enthusiastic reaction means nothing, just that she’s probably tired. It’s hard being “on” and a baby shower is the worst for that. I”m sure she will love whatever you give.

Post # 28
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

My daughter’s shower is this Sunday, so for her personally, I got a Coach tote and filled it with 3 pairs of pj’s, a dress, a new makeup bag with some of her favorites in it, slippers, and 2 kinds of lotion.


I had 2 canvas prints made from parts of her bedding. In this case it’s a baby elephant and a baby giraffe. The cheap wall hangings that came with it won’t need to be used now, and I hope she’ll love them.


I got a 3 tiered badger basket and filled the drawers with things she’ll need (burp cloths,bibs,onesies,hooded bath towels,washcloths,nail clippers,baby toiletries,socks,sleepers,etc), and it will also be a place to put a lamp.


I did an accessories box for the baby and filled it with shoes/booties and a variety of headbands and bows and clips.


I did a beach bag for the baby with 5 bathing suits, beach towel, a blowup pool and a beach tent.


I made a Grandma’s overnight bag and filled it with a blanket, a pillow pet, some books and pj’s.


I also bought many things from her registry, so these are just extras.


I think if you know your friend, you’ll be able to come up with some thing she doesn’t even know she wanted!


Post # 29
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

I like to buy something from the registry, something extra for the baby that’s not from the registry but that I know mama will love, and something special for mama because she deserves presents too! A sweet little card explaining significance of the items and how special she is to you is also always a good addition 🙂

Post # 30
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Another expecting mama here and I totally agree with buying something off the registry. I’ve poured over my resigstry for HOURS and it’s all stuff that I NEED or really, really want.

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