If you’ve just received an invite to a baby shower and you want your gift to be something thoughtful, practical and totally unique, we’ve got 100 baby shower gift ideas that are sure to fit the bill.
Practical and Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas:
Tip: For families new to the diaper game, Diaper Dabbler has variety packs of diapers to help parents determine which ones are best for their baby.
There’s no bigger pain in the ass than being midway through a Netflix binge and having to run all the way to the baby’s room for supplies after a blowout. The Skip Hop Diaper Caddy keeps all of baby’s diaper changing necessities close at hand, plus, it has a light in the handle for those late night changes. You can find it here.
Diaper cream is water-resistant, which is perfect for lil’ baby butts, but is a real pain in the ass to get off of your hands (diaper joke there). The SwipenSnap works like a little diaper cream spatula that keeps baby’s butt coated and hands nice and clean. You can see a demo on our “Best of” post or buy it on Amazon.
Don’t forget – anyone can be a feminist, which means this book subscription is the perfect gift for any baby. Little Feminist books promote the message of equality between genders while also celebrating diversity. Each box comes with 2 board books or 1 picture book, as well as a hands-on activity for toddlers or play ideas for a newborn. There’s also a discussion card and a parents’ letter that explains why your books were chosen each month. You can see our review on them here or check out their site.
There’s a good chance that Fido’s daily walk routine may become a little less consistent with the addition of a newborn, at least until the family has a chance to find their new rhythm. Help set up a dog walker for the first few weeks (or months, if you can afford it!). You can search for one here.
Regardless of how her baby makes its way into the world, her body is gonna have some healing to do. You can build your own kit to include products such as sprays, teas, balms and baths that use herbs to help heal C-Section scars, hemorrhoids, episiotomies and perineal soreness. You can build your bundle here.
Whether you’re looking for a bedtime book, a story to let this baby know how much they’re loved, or want to let them look for themselves in their very own search-and-find story, Wonderbly has gorgeous, customizable books in both hard and softcover format. You can create one here.
Books make the best baby shower gift. Skip Goodnight Moon and The Hungry Caterpillar and go for some less popular – but equally excellent – board books to create a well stocked library. Just make sure I Am a Bunny is at least one of the picks (it’s my fave). Here’s an Amazon list I put together.
Every mom needs a comfy pair of PJs to lounge in. These ones even have a nursing-friendly top, as well as a gentle waistband that’s perfect for pregnancy and postpartum bodies. You can find them on the Kindred Bravely website. (Be sure to use the code PREGNANTCHICKEN at checkout – you’ll get 20% off.)
Believe us when we say that the Frida Baby Snotsucker is a lifesaver. Since babies can’t blow their noses, it’s up to parents to come to the rescue when it comes to nasal congestion with, yep – a literal booger vacuum. It’s not as gross as it sounds, but it’s about a million times more awesome. This kit also comes with clippers perfect for teensy baby nails, a special brush to combat cradle cap, and gas passer tubes to help relieve trapped baby farts. You can buy it here.
A baby’s number one mission in life is to find as many ways to injure itself as possible. Bink’s got some great products to start baby proofin’ doors, corners, cords, outlets and more. Bonus: they are nice looking too. Here’s a post on all the safety gear that might be useful (note: no one would need all of it.) We also have a list on Amazon.
It’s un-freaking-believable how quickly a baby can grow out of a size of clothing. These are great for keeping track of all those stages and sizes in an organized way. You can find them on the site.
Lucy Darling also has these super cute gift boxes come with closet dividers, a baby book, and month by month stickers to track babe’s development through the first year if you want to spring for more.
Spoiler alert: Babies drool. A lot. And all that drool can soak their shirts, which not only looks kinda gross, but also feels really gross on their skin. Drool bibs keep things nice and dry while keeping drooly rashes at bay. These bibs even have a removable silicone teether to soothe sore little gums. You can find them on the Green Sprout site. (They have amazing stuff in general.)
If the baby is already here, create a personalized print of hand-painted solar system artwork, using NASA algorithms to accurately plot the planets to your chosen date. A great gift to show how the planets aligned the day their world changed forever. You can find them on the Planets in Time site.
The best thing about newborns is they have no real preference for which shows you should binge watch and streaming services like Netflix, Apple TV, Hulu, Prime Video, DisneyPlus, etc. are a real sanity saver at 3 am. You can find a selection of gift card options here or buy directly from the site.
Strollers are hella expensive. The absolute last thing any exhausted parent wants is for their stroller to get swiped while parked somewhere that has a “no stroller” policy they weren’t expecting. The Buggyguard lock has a cable that can be looped through the stroller wheels to keep the buggy locked up tight until everyone’s ready to roll. You can pick one up here.
Give peace of mind with the gift of professional car seat installation. Oh, and while you’re at it, see if you can find someone to clean it during the baby’s first year. Once that kid starts munching on car seat snacks, the poor thing will never be the same (we’re talking about the car seat – not the kid). You can find an expert here.
Whether you’re looking for a “Fresh 48” session of the baby’s first couple days of life, or a family session to capture everyone together, a gift certificate toward the cost of a photo session is a definite shower-gift winner. A great way to find a photographer is to use the hashtag #photographer or #newbornphotographer paired with your area i.e #seattlenewbornphotography on Instagram to see what talent is out there.
This freestanding bath toy organizer can sit on the side of the tub or be stuck away where no one has to look at it. This set also comes with these interchangeable toys easily open and can be washed in the dishwasher to prevent mold. The cute critters and fun drain hole designs provide tons of gunk free entertainment in the tub. You can find it here.
Skip the bathtime tears with this super cute bath rinser from Skip Hop. The rubber lip fits snug on babe’s forehead and acts as a visor when you rinse, preventing water from getting in their eyes. It holds enough water to get the job done in a rinse or two, and looks pretty cute sitting on the edge of the tub between baths. You can find it here.
Get babe ready to hit the beach or the pool with a full swim getup – we’re talking swim diapers, plastic pants, a hat, a rash guard, swim shoes (we love these ones from iPlay), and some Babyganics sunscreen to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. I’ve pulled together of favorites in an Amazon list here.
Swimming lessons are a great way to expose little ones to the water, helping them to be comfortable and safe everywhere from the bathtub to the ocean. Experience gifts are a nice alternative to the traditional shower gift and will create memories that’ll last forever. Search for ones in your area.
There’s a lot of information and opinions out there about how to tend to the matters of baby sleep. Talking to a professional may be the best bet to help answer questions, ease minds, and get results. Pip & Grow has an incredible consultation service.
This is a sound machine, night light, time-to-rise, AND audio monitor wrapped up in one sleek unit. It has features that connect to your phone, and it’s compatible with Alexa. It does everything but make your morning coffee and it looks really dang nice sitting on your baby’s shelf. You can read our review on it here and shop it here.
Even the most highly anticipated Amazon package will not be worth it if the delivery person rings the doorbell and wakes a mom’s sleeping baby. We made these little signs to make sure that never happens (or to give anyone who thinks of ringing the bell fair warning of what will happen if they do). Here’s a free version you can print yourself.
Even the littlest kiddos can appreciate the sight of a monkey or a penguin, and at the very least, parents get a chance to get out of the house and go for a walk.
These growth charts make beautiful bedroom decor, and help keep track of kiddo’s growth over the months (or years). Best of all, this chart can come with the family if they ever decide to move (unlike the doorframe in the kitchen). This one shown is made of wood (comes in inches or centimeters) but I also found this vinyl version that you put on the board yourself. It’s less expensive but still awesome looking.
A teething baby will chew on your shirt, your hair, and probably your face if you hold them close enough. Trick them into thinking they’re getting to gnaw on the forbidden fruit of mom’s jewelry by gifting her a necklace intended for that very purpose. Loulou Lollipop make nice ones.
Make sure that mom is healing physically and emotionally with this godsend of a gift – someone to help take care of her as she transitions into this demanding new phase of her life. Postpartum doulas can help with a range of things, from demonstrating how to take care of a newborn to helping out with breastfeeding. They are amazing.
As new parents adjust to the long nights and crazy days of having a newborn, planning and cooking meals is likely to fall to the bottom of the priority list. Gift certificates to a meal delivery service like Skip the Dishes or DoorDash are a thoughtful way to keep them fed and watered. I’ve put a list together on Amazon.
Have you tried out any of the items on our list?
Do you have any others that you think we definitely need to add? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!