Bottles, pacifiers, bibs, rattles, wipes, diapers and blankets…they’re all great gifts, though so A-typical. At most baby showers nowadays, the host will compile a variety of the above gifts and wrap them up in a gift basket for the mommy-to-be. Guests of the shower can contribute to the basket upon their arrival to the shower. So that takes care of the little things – but what are the popular gifts for baby showers this year? What can you purchase that will set your gift apart from others? And more importantly – what is the best gift to purchase for someone on a budget?
Below are a few unique ideas for baby gifts:
$3.00 – $30.00 range ~ Books & Clothes to Grow with
A really special idea is to purchase books or clothing for the newborn baby through their first few years of life. Many times at baby showers, the mommy-to-be will receive gifts for infants, but then once the baby turns a few months or a few years old, they’re out at Toys/Babies ‘R’ Us shopping again and could really use another baby shower! Buying gifts for the child to read or wear as they grow is a really thoughtful gift that any parent would enjoy.
$15.00 – $40.00 range ~ Nursery Décor
An extremely helpful and exciting gift for the mommy-to-be who has been spending much time purchasing large furniture and has not had time to pick up small things like book ends, picture frames, piggy banks, wall hangings, clocks and photo albums. These decorative items will brighten up a baby’s nursery in no time. Remember: you may want to check with the mommy-to-be to see if she has a specific theme she is using in the nursery.
$25.00 – $50.00 range ~ Keepsake Boxes
Moms and Dads are always the ones to hold onto baby’s first lock of hair, first painting, first lost tooth, etc. Why not give them a few keepsake boxes for not only the parent, but for the child to reflect back upon when they get older? It will be a gift that is treasured for years and passed down through generations.
$30.00 – $75.00 range ~ Embroidered Textiles
Some of the hottest items on the market right now are embroidered bibs, onesies and blankets. You can have the cloth embroidered with the baby’s name, (if known), or “Baby [insert last name]”. Many of these textiles can also have their cloth color, thread color and graphics added for further personalization for a personal touch. This will really show the mommy-to-be that you thought about her and took care and planning when purchasing her gift.
$50.00 – $150.00 range ~ Spa Day for Mommy-to-Be
A really unique gift for the mommy-to-be is a gift certificate for her to be pampered for a day. Some spas have special packages for pregnant moms that offer anything from manicures and pedicures to soft massages and haircuts. It will be a thoughtful gift that any pregnant mom will appreciate – a chance for her to relax before the big day arrives.
Any of the above ideas should have you on your way to giving the mommy-to-be the baby shower of a lifetime!