Baby showers are a beautiful experience, not just for the mum-to-be. If you’re the organiser then I applaud you for doing something so wonderful that will be greatly appreciated by the lucky mum-to-be! However, many people don’t find the hardest part of a baby shower to be the organising or the funding of the event but instead… it’s what to buy for the dreaded gift.
You may be thinking you’ve got that sorted, maybe a nice little bundle of baby clothes, nappies and creams. But I can assure you that almost every other guest at that baby shower will be planning the same thing!
When I was pregnant with my first baby, my mum and best friend worked hard together to organise my beautiful baby shower. It was a lovely and peaceful event – all I could have hoped for. I enjoyed seeing the huge variety of people I care for, all in one room – my university chums, my wonderful family and life long family-friends too.
The one thing I did find however was the repetitiveness of similar gifts! They were cute… I truly loved and appreciated them but I’m here to offer help to others in avoiding the same situation and buying something that could be more beneficial. To help you out, I’m including a few ideas on how you can make the most of a baby shower for the mum-to-be.
Amazon Baby Wishlist:
A great way to know exactly what the star of the show wants is to ask her to create an Amazon baby wish-list. Tell her to put everything on the list, even the things she may believe are out of budget. This can be sent to guests so they can choose which gifts they want to buy for the expectant mother. This is also a great way to do baby showers over zoom as the mother will receive all the gifts to the doorstep and can open them on video with all guests, whilst remaining safe.
Chipping together for better:
Every mum has at least one item on her baby essentials shopping list that is costly. So why not give the guests an option to chip together and buy her the one or two more expensive items on her list – she can then focus on choosing some baby clothes of her own! These bigger items might be a perfect crib, a bouncing chair, or maybe a pregnancy spa break for the soon to be parents. It may mean more to the parents-to-be than smaller gifts, not everyone can afford the things they wish they could buy for their little one. It certainly shows that you’re looking out for them.
Gifts that you can’t get wrong:
If neither of the first ideas appeal to you, don’t worry – maybe some of these gift ideas will be perfect for you.
- A personalised baby onesie/baby grow. These may have ‘baby surname’ or ‘established 2021’ on them but I would definitely say, the more personal… the better. These make for perfect, thoughtful gifts that will bound to have the hormonal mummy praising you.
- A watercolour or photo canvas of their scan picture. It’s a personal, unique and meaningful gift that not many will have thought of.
- If you know what Cot or Moses basket the parents will be getting, you could buy them some lovely, fresh bedding. Other great ideas would be a mattress protector, a fitted sheet, a sleeping bag for the baby, perhaps even a mobile. It’s the little details that count.
My final suggestion is just to ask the parents what they would like. They know what they already do/don’t have and that way you can’t get it wrong. If they would like you to pick an outfit, think of something more meaningful. Also, word of warning – do not buy newborn, this is a size that is often overbought and the baby really doesn’t spend long in them!
Below, I’ve included a few items on my baby wish-list to give you an example of different things mum-to-be may appreciate: