I remember seeing an episode of Friends years ago, where Monica and Phoebe organised a baby shower for Rachel. I remember thinking we didn't do baby showers in the UK. Fast forward 10 years and I was invited to my first one: in fact, they're really popular in the UK now! This little guide will help you choose a gift if you're attending your first baby shower too!
Gift ideas for baby showers
Baby showers are a new phenomenon catching on in the UK from the US. Most UK ladies will be attending their first ever shower! Here's some gift ideas!
Gift idea 1: The Essentials
If you're the practical kind, you may be pleased to read that it's quite acceptable for baby shower attendees to gift the recipients with a few every day essentials.
Babies can cost a LOT of money, so extra boxes of nappies, lotions and tubs of baby wipes are really appreciated by new parents.
Visit your local supermarket or chemist to stock up on baby essentials.
Pick and mix from the following:
- cotton wool
- mild baby bubble bath
- baby wipes
- baby shampoo
Gift idea 2: Clothing
If tiny booties and cute little tops do it for you, head over to your nearest clothing shop with a baby aisle and treat the soon-to-be-newborn to some gorgeous clothing.
You could play this one of two ways: 1) Go MAD on newborn clothing (think cute little cardis, hats, sleep suits and socks) or 2) buy things for a slightly older baby, for when he/she grows. This will ease the financial burden for mum and dad (babies grow so quick and always need new clothes!)
Here's some inspiration:
- Baby suits
- Body suits
- Sleep suits
- Pram suit
Gift idea 3: Hampers
If you fancy combining the two methods above, consider making up, or buying in a baby hamper.
DIY baby hampers:
Find a nice box and fill up with tissue paper. Choose several items to fit your budget and organise around a theme, such as colour. For example, you could select something like a bottle of lavender baby bath wash and pair it with a white toy rattle, some soft white towels and some cute purple booties. Then, wrap them all up in the colour-coordinated box. Tie with a ribbon and make a card for the top of the box. Gorgeous!
- Pink bibs, white rattle, white teddy and some Johnsons baby powder
- Blue booties, blue towels, yellow socks and some packs of baby wipes
- Baby wipes, reusable nappies, a rattle and some cute mittens
Buy baby hampers:
You can find baby gifts in most commercial supermarkets at the moment, so if you don't have time to make something up yourself, you can probably buy something during your weekly shop! One of my favourite places to shop fro baby hampers is Mummy&Me. They sell some lovely hampers for both newborns and mothers.
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Gift idea 4: Cupcakes
If you're more of a baker than a buyer, why not offer to cater your friend's baby shower? Instead of buying gifts, offer to pay for a bit of food and drink for the party instead. Think cute bow-adorned cupcakes and non-alcoholic cocktails!
Baby Shower Cupcakes