34 Baby Shower Gift Ideas

34 Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Do you have a baby shower coming up soon, and are you wondering what thoughtful baby shower gift the dad- and mom-to-be will really appreciate? Well, if there isn’t a gift registry, then it’s time to get creative. The best baby shower gifts are useful and might even have a personal touch.

Our baby shower gift list is just what you need to choose the perfect gift, whether you're looking for some extra inspiration or have no idea where to start.

Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas: Nursery Must-Haves

Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

DIY Baby Shower Gifts

Baby Shower Gifts for Mom

Even More Good Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas: Nursery Must-Haves

Selecting a gift for the nursery can be confusing and overwhelming. What do the parents really need? Here are some baby shower gift ideas that are absolute must-haves for the nursery:

Crib: This is obviously a nursery essential, but there are so many to choose from and many factors to consider, safety being the most important. Start by finding out what type of crib the parents would like, and go for that. Crib accessories, such as a mattress and cover, are also must-haves for the nursery, so if the parents already have a crib, then opt for a mattress cover or fitted bottom sheet.

Changing table: Another nursery staple that will be put to good use and makes a great gift. As is the case with the crib, the mom and dad might have their eye on a specific style or brand, so it’s worthwhile to find out what type of changing table they would like.

Changing pad: Any area of the home can be transformed into a diaper-duty station with a changing pad, diapers, and wipes.

Diaper bag: Choose a spacious bag with a stroller attachment and easy-to-access compartments. The parents will be hauling this bag around for a couple of years, so go for something classic and versatile.

Burp cloths: These will help protect mom and dad’s outfit during each feeding, plus they’re handy for wiping up messes or cleaning the baby’s sticky hands. You can assemble a few of these as your gift, or add them to a baby shower gift basket.

Mobiles: Choose something colorful — red is one of the first colors the baby will be able to see. There are also mobiles that play music, so there’s no shortage of options. If the baby will have a themed nursery, then select a mobile to match.

Nightlight: A dim nightlight can help settle the baby and make it easier for mom and dad to get around without stubbing a toe during nighttime feedings. 

Baby shower gift basket: Combine lots of smaller necessities in a lovely basket. This can include a diaper pail, diaper cream, diapers, a burp cloth, body suits, baby wipes, pacifiers, a toy rattle, and more.

Rocking chair: A sturdy rocking chair will keep mom comfy while nursing and cuddling her baby, and the gentle back-and-forth motion can help soothe her little one to sleep. You could also consider giving a small side table that can go next to the chair for items needed during feeding.

Baby monitor: Baby monitors may give parents some peace of mind — always a great gift.

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Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

One of the ideas below could make the perfect unique gift for the baby shower that the dad- and mom-to-be are sure to appreciate:

Memory book: These books allow for a little creativity throughout the baby’s first year. They’re a place to jot down special milestones and add pictures. Once the baby is all grown up, the family will love looking back at this special keepsake, too.

Baby books: It's never too early for parents to start reading to their baby, and having a nice selection of books at hand is key. Prepare a gift basket of new or classic children’s books, or add a personal touch by giving some of your favorite childhood books.

Toys: Consider giving toys the baby can play with in the years to come. This means that as the baby gets older and is looking for something new to play with, the parents can simply reach for something that has been waiting on the shelf for just the right moment.

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DIY Baby Shower Gifts

Personalized baby shower gifts really come from the heart. If you love getting creative, consider one of these ideas:

Diaper cakes: A DIY diaper cake is both fun and useful. Consider using various diaper sizes, so there’ll be plenty of diapers on hand later on, even as the baby grows out of the newborn sizes.

Handmade clothes: If you knit or sew, consider making clothes, socks, beanies, or mittens for the baby.

Home-cooked meals: With a newborn, parents don’t have much time to spare, especially for cooking. Consider providing a delivery of home-cooked meals each week for the first few months that can be unfrozen as needed.

Handmade art for the nursery: If you are particularly clever with creative stuff, you may feel inspired to create a work of art to decorate the nursery.

Other personalized baby shower gifts: Order a baby book or children’s book online that can be personalized with the baby’s name; buy a cotton playsuit or receiving blanket, and personalize it by printing a message on the front; or buy a teddy bear, and have the child’s name stitched on it.

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Baby Shower Gifts for Mom

Some of these gift ideas may be particularly appreciated if it’s not the mom’s first baby, and she already has many of the basics she needs for a newborn.

Gift certificates: If you’re in any doubt, consider a gift certificate to a local baby store, or even a local supermarket — a great way to help parents purchase exactly what is needed.

Professional photo shoot: Once things have settled down after the birth, many new parents appreciate a family photo shoot with a professional photographer to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

Pampering session: Arrange a pre-birth pampering session for the mom-to-be at a nearby spa, including things like a massage, pedicure, or facial.

A date night: Give the new parents some precious time together by offering to babysit or by hiring a sitter. The night out may not take place during the first few weeks (or even months), but eventually mom and dad will enjoy having the chance to go out to a restaurant together. Tell the parents this is what you would like to give them, but let them suggest when would be convenient.

Cleaning service: Parents of newborns are so busy and so tired. Consider providing a professional cleaner to come and do a one-time big clean, or to come once a week for the first few months after the birth.

Blanket: A crochet blanket is a creative baby shower gift that shows how much you care. This blanket comes in handy for mom while she’s resting. It’s sure to be used for many years and can even become a family heirloom.

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More Good Baby Shower Gift Ideas

If you haven’t yet found the right gift idea among these mentioned here, don’t worry — we have even more great ideas for you. These gifts will really be appreciated as the baby grows. Your thoughtful gift will be on hand and ready for the parents to reach for in that moment when they suddenly find they need it.

Baby bouncer: There are many baby bouncers to choose from, but check the age and weight requirement before you pick a style. Remember, some seats are designed for newborns, while others are designed older babies.

Stroller: Many parents-to-be want to select a stroller themselves, but if you know which one they will just love, then this is one baby shower gift that is sure to get plenty of use.

Baby carrier or sling: A good baby carrier is ideal for parents to keep their hands free while running errands or just moving around the house. It’s also cozy and soothing for the baby. Another option is a baby carrier seat.

Play yard: A portable play yard provides a safe space for the baby to play or sleep, under the parents' watchful eyes.

Clothes in bigger sizes: Babies grow fast, so consider buying clothes the baby can wear later on in the first year — not just in the first few weeks or months.

Bath time accessories: Buy a baby bathtub, and then use it as a gift basket, adding a rubber duck, baby soaps, baby-sized towels, a non-slip bath mat, and a baby grooming set.

Emergency diaper bag: Put together a smaller diaper bag with basic essentials that the parents can keep in the car, or use when on a short errand.

Travel changing mat: If the parents-to-be love to travel or go on daytrips, a travel changing mat will let them change diapers on the go.

“Oops” kit: For all those little emergencies that the parents might not yet be prepared for, give an emergency kit with a thermometer, tweezers, calamine lotion, antibiotic cream, little bandages, a cold pack, etc.

Babyproofing items: There are all kinds of safety items the new family will need, including electric outlet covers, corner covers, and baby gates.

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Find even more gift inspiration from our online gift registry list, which outlines other essentials parents really need.

Your gift will be appreciated, no matter what. The parents have a lot on their plate, and your gift — no matter how big or small — will really help.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be organizing the baby shower, then explore the Pampers baby shower tool, an exciting resource with information on baby shower themes, games, invitations, and more.

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