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 expecting parents will love.
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Practical and Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas Under $40:
The click of a closing door can be all it takes to catapult a sleeping baby from dreamland to wide-awake mode. A door silencer will help parents maintain super-stealth mode as they tiptoe successfully out of the room. You can find them here on Etsy.
People often have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves so these fun, sturdy tags are a great way to head them off. They can loop around a car seat handle, stroller canopy, or even baby carrier straps. You can find them in the shop.
This book comes with 12 letters with a separate prompt for parents to respond to. Each letter can be folded up and sealed and given to babe when they’re all grown up. Cue the happy tears. You can find it here.
Invented by an Occupational Therapist and a Child Passenger Safety technician, this gadget saves hands (and nails) so you can easily unbuckle a car seat. You can find them here.
For the mama who likes pissing off the prudes with her coffee. You can find it on the Buffalo Lovely website.
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. This lock has a cable that can be looped through the stroller wheels to keep it locked up tight until everyone’s ready to roll. You can pick one up here.
Since preparing a bottle with one hand while holding a squirming baby in the other is exceptionally difficult, this handy little tool holds your bottle or sippy cup in place so it can be opened, filled, or closed with one hand. You can find them on Amazon.
These cozy fleece booties will keep baby’s feet nice and toasty, and the double snap closure will keep them snug and secure on even the kickiest tootsies. They end up on many a baby registry so they are always a good pick. Find them here.
Help keep track of baby’s monthly growth with a sweet frame to commemorate their first year. You can find one here.
Sure, baby shoes are cute, but little socks that look like baby shoes? Well, that’s just stinkin’ adorable. Plus, you don't have to worry about shoes falling off. I found a nice selection on Amazon.
These beautiful custom name labels with the baby's name can be used on every personal belonging that ever leaves the house. These ones from Minted are really nice. (Use the code: PCHX15 for 15% off!)
This pack comes with 5 different bottles for the kiddo to try out; hopefully, they’ll be able to find one or two that they like, so parents will know what to stock up on afterward. You can find them here.
Pinhole Press has a sweet little memory game that baby will love playing when it gets a little older. Use your own photos of 12 of babe’s favorite people, places and things to create this extra special activity. Use special people or places for a truly unique (tear jerker) gift. You can create one on the Pinhole Press site.
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.)
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.
These can be used as a nursing cover, car seat cover, shopping cart cover, burp cloths, and more (my friend wore hers as a skirt when her baby had a blowout on her lap). They come in a ton of patterns and colors. Copper Pearl makes really nice ones.
Meal Delivery Gift Card
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.
Kinsa smart thermometers can be used on anyone in the family and sync to your phone to use age, fever and symptom information to help you decide how to treat symptoms and when to see a doctor. They also take a child’s temperature FAST which is an added bonus for older babies. You can find it here.
To complete the perfect “Baby sick kit”, a nice little stockpile of “Just in Case” baby essentials (think fever and pain relief) is always a nice idea. Here’s a list we came up with.
They. Will. Never. Have. Enough. AA and AAA seem to be the most common ones for baby stuff but there are always random C and D needs that sneak in there. You can pick up single-use or rechargeable.
These emergency supply bags can get tossed in the trunk – or left at grandma’s house – for those unforeseen vomit/poosplosion moments that take you by surprise when you’re out of the house with a new baby. Here’s the full post on how to pack one.
There ain’t no party like a baby laundry party, cause a baby laundry party don’t stop. Gift a laundry bundle with Baby Laundry Detergent, dryer balls, and a mesh bag to keep those damn baby socks from disappearing. Here's a post with all the possible products.
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 that make a thoughtful gift. You can create one here.
This easy prep and store starter kit has everything you need to puree, portion and freeze baby meals. You can pick one up here.
Believe me when I 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.
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 a Best Books for Babies (Including Some Hidden Gems) list for some great ideas.
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.) Target has a nice selection as well.
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.
These hooded towels aren’t just pretty to look at – the knit fabric and terry cloth combo makes them both super soft and ultra absorbent. Keep little hands and heads cozy and warm after splashing around with the handy hood and pockets! You can pick a style here.
Get babe ready to hit the beach or the pool with a full swim getup – we’re talking swim diapers, a hat, a rash guard, swim shoes and sunglasses to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Green Sprouts makes the best stuff (their sun hats are the industry standard). You can find the whole line here.
ezpz makes high quality, food-grade silicone feeding products with help of a Pediatric Feeding Specialist. The Tiny Spoons have sensory bumps on the spoon bowl that activate sensory awareness to decrease gagging and choking. The Tiny Cup can be used from 4+ months and has a weighted base and tactile bumps that provide topple resistance. The bowl has a suction feature to help keep it stay put, and it fits ALL highchair trays, including the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Boon Flair. (I could write a whole post on why these are so well made and special.) You can find it on the ezpz site.
Baby Gifts $40 - $100
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 nursery 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 diaper changes. You can find it here.
Humidifiers are great for providing baby relief from stuffy noses and dry skin and many parents don’t think to get one. Crane is a tried and true brand that doesn’t have any sketchy parts like some of the other ones you find online. You can find them here.
This little vibrating bee cold pack is designed to reduce needle pain. The premise is that when nerves receive non-painful signals such as vibration or cold, the brain closes the gate on pain signals. You can find them here.
Get the new family set up for the holidays with a set of matching, customized Christmas stockings from Pottery Barn. Hot tip: if you buy them out of season, they’ll probably be on sale. You can find them here.
Subscription boxes are (literally) the gift that keeps on giving. A toy or book subscription means mom and her baby can get excited for mail throughout the year, long after the shower is done. Here’s our list of the best ones.
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.
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.)
These guys have a top “zip sheet” that zips right onto a base that fits snugly around your mattress. No more fitted crib sheet bullshit when changing your linens. No more guessing which corner goes where. No more sheets popping off in the middle of the night. You can shop them here.
White noise can work miracles when it comes to a good night’s sleep. Hatch Rest+ is a sound machine, night light, time-to-rise, clock, and wireless two-way baby audio monitor. It's a very coveted baby item. You can read our review on it here and shop it here.
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.
This baby carrier shirt for new dads makes babywearing simple and dare we say, stylish. As a bonus, they make them for new moms, too! You can find them on their site.
These popular heirloom-quality dolls are ethically hand stitched in Peru, and each doll sold provides ten meals to children in need across America and around the globe. You can check them out on their site.
Help keep baby’s eggs in one basket with a sweet, customized Easter basket from Pottery Barn. You could even fill it with books, soothers, bibs, etc. as a great gift basket. You can shop them here.
For parents committed to giving their baby (and themselves) a good night’s sleep when they travel, Gro Company has a blackout blind that can be attached using suction cups and fits any window up to 51 x 71 inches. You can buy one here. Amazon also makes a knock off that is half the price.
These custom blocks can channel their inner engineer and help them to recognize the letters in their name while building hand-eye coordination. These ones are just so lovely.
This easy to use portable high chair attaches to the edge of the table to provide a safe seat at home or away. It uses twist-couplings to fasten to the table without scratching it, and it will work with most tables so it's great for restaurants or visiting family and friends. I know many parents who use this as their everyday highchair. You can find it here.
Growth Chart Ruler
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). You can get a wooden one or this vinyl version that you put on the board yourself. It’s less expensive but still awesome looking.
ToteSavvy is a handy organizer that makes almost any bag a diaper bag and keeps everything in its place. This is a great gift for someone who already has a great bag collection. You can find them here.
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.
These reversible organic cotton playmats are beautiful, padded AND machine washable. One side is scaled and colored for birth to around 4 months, then flip it over for the 5+ month sensory magic. They come in chic patterns that won't look out of place and provide a stylish spot for safe play and tummy time. You can find them on the Etta Loves site.
Baby Gifts $100 and Up
The gentle, natural products in this set include hair & body wash, lotion, massage oil, all over ointment (a cult favorite), and some sweet quince and honeysuckle baby fresh spray. A super soft muslin washcloth set can also be added. You can shop for it here.
A prime member is really handy for a new parent. You can get free delivery on diapers and wipes, access to early deals, music steaming, Prime Pantry and Prime Video just to name a few. You can buy a gift subscription here.
The one thing new parents will absolutely never have enough is diapers. Awesome companies like ABBY&FINN, Ecoriginals, Honest and Coterie have diaper subscriptions so a fresh pack lands on their doorstep at the perfect time.
These little chairs have a long shelf life. My kids read, played and even slept in them. You can get them personalized with the baby’s name too. You can find them here.
This company makes mindfully crafted products with clean, non-toxic ingredients. This bundle includes Organic Peaceful Tea, Belly Oil, Belly Butter, Lip Balm Quadruplets, Ginger Fresh Body Wash, Mini Deodorant 4-Pack, 2 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Sticks and a Tinted Mineral Sunscreen 40 SPF. You can find it on the Earth Mama site.
This clothing rental service delivers fresh styles right to your doorstep (including maternity, seasonal and plus sizes). Once you're finished with them you send them right back and you can keep swapping as many times as you like so there's always something to wear. It's especially nice when you have a newborn and nothing fits. You can see our review to find out more or buy a gift here.
For those about to rock (their babies), we salute you. This handy product (invented by a mom) allows parents to rock their baby anytime, anywhere. Use it on the couch, take it to the park, nighttime nursing in bed – the possibilities are endless. You can find it here.
These play kits are NICE. Each box is filled with beautiful playthings to inspire a baby at every stage of development. The Lovevery team is made up of parents, academics, researchers and practitioners for various disciplines who have worked together to curate boxes that foster the growth of neural connections in the developing baby brain. All the toys are built to last and made with sustainably harvested wood, organic cotton, nontoxic paint, and baby-safe plastics. You can send anywhere from one to 18 playkits depending on your budget.
When folded, this stroller is the most compact stroller out there, meaning it’s easy to take just about anywhere and perfect for travel. It’s super simple to fold, and can go from pushing to carrying in a matter of seconds. (They are also surprisingly durable according to the dozens of parents I have chased down using them in airports and malls.) You can shop them 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.
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.
Odds are parents will register for a stroller but they are less likely to register for a wagon and these things come in handy in the toddler years and beyond. The Veer Cruiser is a very coveted baby item that is made from aviation grade aluminum and it is a sweet ride (you can find our review on it here) but there are plenty of more wallet-friendly options like the Radio Flyer foldable wagon if you don't have the budget to spring for the Cruiser. You can find it here.
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.
Save the hassle of sweeping 600 times a day and get a sweet little vacuum to take this thankless job off the to-do list. I find iRobot and Shark get the best reviews.
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.
If you’re stumped on a great shower gift, giving to a mother specific charity is a sure bet. Something like a baby resuscitation kit from Unicef or a birth certificate from Plan International doesn’t cost a lot but they can certainly have a huge impact.
Are there any baby gifts you would add to the list?
Do you have any baby gear that you think I need to add? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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