Baby showers are a sweet tradition, but the pressure of choosing a gift to be opened in front of a room of eager onlookers can make for a stressful shopping experience! With seemingly endless options, it’s a challenge to choose a standout gift for the occasion. Memorable “keepsakes” are a common choice, but practical gifts prove to be the ones that moms remember when they use them on a regular basis. Choose one of these ten go-to gifts that new mamas are sure to find useful and special, too!
1. Bedtime Books
Books are a good gift option for any baby shower, but especially when you don’t know the baby’s gender. Goodnight Moon is a classic bedtime book choice and this durable board book will quickly become part of baby’s bedtime routine.
Gifting Tip: Add a special note to baby inside the cover!
Goodnight Moon via Buy Buy Baby
2. Diaper Cake
Okay, so maybe she doesn’t need a bunch of diapers stacked in the shape of a cake, but diapers are expensive and this unique presentation takes a plain and simple baby necessity from so-so to oh!
Gifting Tip: Top off your cake with a cute plush, like a Haddie-Hoo plush owl!
Haddie-Hoo diaper cake via kmtoarc on Instagram
This video from Evite shows you how simple it is to build a DIY diaper cake!
3. Diaper Bag
Pamper a stylish mommy-to-be with an equally chic diaper bag! This pricey pick makes a great group gift. She’ll appreciate the splurge and think of all her gal pals each time she carries it. She won’t mind stowing her favorite handbag when she can tote this little black bag that’s built to suit baby’s needs.
Kate Spade baby bag
4. Grab and Go Diaper Pack
Sometimes it’s the little gadgets and gear that make the biggest difference and this Pronto! changing station is great for moms (and dads) on the move! This stylish essential comes at a cool price point of $30.
5. Stylish Baby Wrap
With design selections that suit new parents’ styles, Solly Baby Wrap caught our eye! This mamma-owned company creates wraps that bring you closer to baby without cramping your style. We like this natural and grey stripe wrap, but you’ll want to pick one that best fits your friend’s taste!
Solly Baby Wrap
6. Birth AnnouncementPillow
This sentimental shower gift is practical, too! We’re all in favor of a functional gift and this one will fit perfectly in the rocking chair in the nursery. Here’s how to give it – at the shower, present the mommy-to-be with an IOU and let her choose the color. Once the baby is born, order the gift with all of the personalized details and ship it straight to the new baby!
Lori Blum via Uncommon Goods
7. Baby Monitor
For less than $100, you can treat the new parents to a top-rated baby monitor! This is a great option for a gift from a few friends, and the new mom and dad will thank you for a few extra hours (okay, maybe minutes) of sleep. This digital video monitor has night vision so they can peek at their little ones without disturbing their sweet dreams.
8. Baby Bath Robe
Take bath-time essentials to the next level with an adorable Baby Aspen bath robe! They’ll have a zillion hooded towels, but a baby-sized bath robe will be a bath-time favorite. You can personalize it with a monogram, too!
“Let the Fin Begin” Shark Robe
A stroller is a great group gift for the mom who has everything! This rugged stroller is sleek enough for everyday use, too!
BOB Revolution SE
Gifting Tip: If this is her second child, a double stroller will be a welcomed addition to their baby gear. A standing attachment, like the Sibling Board by Stokke, is another great gift option.
10. Baby Arrival Gift Set
If everything else seems to be covered, make this great gift set your new go-to baby shower gift. Packed with a little bit of each of the newborn care essentials, like diapers, wipes, body wash, and healing balm, this gift set from The Honest Company comes gift-ready in a pretty package.
The Honest Company
What’s your favorite go-to baby shower gift or the best baby shower gift you received? Share in the comments!