Gift ideas for baby showers

by supercarly

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!

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!

Baby shower:

Baby Shower
Baby Shower

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
  • towels
  • blankets
  • mild baby bubble bath
  • baby wipes
  • bibs
  • sponges
  • baby shampoo
  • nappies

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
  • Mitts
  • Hats
  • Booties
  • Socks
  • Pram suit
  • Cardigan
  • Jacket

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! 

Some ideas:

  • 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 
You can literally think of any combination! 

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.

Baby toys:

Pampers Baby Wipes Sensitive 7X Refill, 448 Diaper Wipes

Gentle cleaning for your baby’s sensitive skin Changing your baby can be one of the most loving moments of the day. The #1 choice of hospitals* and the #1 sensitive wipe,** Pamp...

$15.99  $11.64
Playtex Diaper Genie Refills for Diaper Genie Diaper Pails - 270 Count (Pack of 3)

Playtex Diaper Genie Refill - 270 Count (Pack of 3) The Playtex Diaper Genie Refill uses the revolutionary AIR-TITE odor-barrier system, a seven-layer barrier that provides the ...

$22.64  $16.87
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks

Permanently bond items to paper, cardboard, foam board, display board, and more with Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks. The choice for teachers everywhere, these glue stick...

$1.99  $0.01
HUGGIES Natural Care Baby Wipes, Refill Pack (648 Sheets Total), Fragrance-free, Alcohol-free, H...

HUGGIES Natural Care Baby Wipes in Refill Packs are softer for sensitive skin and help you care for your baby's delicate skin from the very start. These hypoallergenic baby wipe...

$17.99  $14.63
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 100 Count, BPA Free and BPS Free (Packaging May Vary)

Lansinoh's #1 selling breastmilk storage bags are ideal for storing and freezing precious breastmilk. Lansinoh bags come pre-sterilized and have a patented double Click ‘n’ Secu...

$14.99  $10.79

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 cupcakes:

Baby Shower Cupcakes
Baby Shower Cupcakes
Updated: 03/07/2012, supercarly
 
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supercarly on 11/29/2012

Sorry about that Dustytoes. Yes, over here in the UK we call gift baskets hampers and nappies are diapers. Nobody says diapers over here.

dustytoes on 09/15/2012

Great ideas although being in the US I had to look up "hampers". And nappies?

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