Been invited to celebrate the imminent arrival of a bundle of joy, but are short on baby shower gift ideas? Never fear, because Spoil Me are here! Okay, that might be a bit of a cliché, but we are experts when it comes to finding the perfect gifts. So, we thought it was time for us to share some of the etiquette involved around choosing a baby shower gift, as well as tips on picking one that both Mum and bubs will love.
Your Baby Shower Gift Etiquette Guide
The days of hand-knitted baby layettes, those cute little crocheted booties and homemade patchwork quilts are gone. While this is great news for modern parents, it’s not so good for baby shower guests. Why? Because they’re the traditional gifts, and there’s nothing else to give, right?
Wrong. We are spoilt for choice nowadays, with stores overflowing with thousands of potential baby shower gift ideas. But before you start shopping, take a read of the etiquette around choosing a baby shower present:
Gift budget –there is no set amount when it comes to how much you should spend on a gift. Rather it is that you choose a gift which suits your budget and reflects upon how close you are to the new parents.
Gift functionality – gifts which can be used are highly appreciated by new parents. Items such as baby blankets, clothing, lactation biscuits and chocolate (for Mum, of course) are always welcome.
Gifts for the new parents – they may have gotten a new member of the family, but it is still nice to give the new parents a gift. A gorgeous culinary-themed gift basket works quite nicely here, as life is rather hectic in the days leading up to and after baby’s arrival.
Second or third baby shower gifts – every new baby should be celebrated, making a baby shower gift a must even for second and third babies! When choosing one though, it pays to move away from items they’ll already have from previous arrivals.
Check for a baby shower registry – some parents set up a gift registry. It is perfectly fine to follow the recommendations on a registry, but also fine to choose your own gift by using their recommendations as ideas.
Group gifts – pitching in together for a baby gift basket for the new bubs works well for work colleagues, sports teams and extended families.
Gift delivery – you can give a baby shower gift at the actual shower but can also have it delivered to the home or hospital instead. Just remember, large gifts are best delivered to home and the new parents will have enough to carry home without adding to their pile.
Next, we’ll give you some of our ideas about choosing the perfect baby shower present.
Tips on Choosing a Baby Shower Gift Both Mum & Bubs Will Love
There are a few things to consider when beginning your search for the perfect present for an imminent arrival:
Is it a boy, a girl or a surprise? – you can choose the types and colours of gifts depending on the baby’s sex. Pink for girls, blue for boys and yellow or white for unisex baby gifts is still common today.
Time of the year – a winter baby will require different clothing than one born in summer. But you can also give larger sizes of clothing for the seasons to come, which is so helpful for parents.
Siblings – don’t forget to give the sibling of the newborn a present too! Jealousy is very common from older siblings, and you certainly don’t need to make things worse. Their own special cuddly toy can do amazing things at helping an older sibling feel much better about the ‘new doll.’
Gift-giving etiquette – you’ll already be an expert on this, having read our tips from above!
Personalised gifts – we’re not just talking gifts with names here, but rather gifts which are specifically chosen for a person based upon their likes, hobbies and needs.
New parents are often given plenty of gifts from well-wishers. While every gift is much appreciated, there are some which are more so than others. Meaningful and unique gifts are two of these because they are often custom-curated gifts. For example, a pamper gift box containing luxury soap and body wash for a new Mum who is having skin issues, with a memory box to keep baby’s first photos in (which our deluxe gift boxes are perfect for, by the way!).
Hopefully, all of this information is most likely kick-started your compilation of baby shower gift ideas. To keep things moving, we’ve put together a list of gift suggestions you may want to consider too.
10 Baby Shower Gift Ideas for New Mums & Bubs
The arrival of a new baby is exciting and hosting a baby shower only builds up the level of anticipation. Traditionally gifts were given to help provide the new parents with the equipment they’ll need, such as clothing, baby bottles and nappies. Nowadays though, guests give gifts which are both functional and thoughtful, for both the newborn and the new parents! We’ve put together a collection of our favourite 10 ideas for you:
Baby gift basket – our carefully curated baby gift baskets make the perfect present for a new arrival. Many contain everything a new baby will need in the first few weeks and months, including tiny moccasins, a snuggly blanket, face washers and a bedtime story.
Teethers – those pesky teeth are sure to arrive at some stage, so help both bubs and Mum out by giving baby their very own wooden teether.
Baby rattles – as baby grows, they’ll soon discover what their arms and hands can do. A rattle is ideal for shaking by the new arrival, as well as a distraction for during those crying episodes.
Blankets and swaddles – babies love to snuggle and being well wrapped in a soft blanket is pure heaven. Our Welcome Baby Pink and Welcome Baby Blue gift boxes contain a gorgeously soft muslin wrap which will come in very handy.
Baby clothing – hats, booties, moccasins, all-in-ones; all types of baby clothing are highly appreciated by the new parents! If possible, purchase clothing which is a size or two larger than required, as babies grow super fast!
White noise machines – in the womb, babies were constantly surrounded by noise. In their nursery though, it can get too quiet and they can find it difficult to settle and sleep. A white noise machine can provide enough background noise that bubs can begin to learn how to self soothe.
Journal – babies grow so fast and it’s hard to look back and remember how small they used to be. A gift of a journal or memory book lets the new parents record all of those important details such as first smile and first word, as well as space for photos.
Books – reading aloud to a baby is just a lovely experience for both the reader and bubs! As well as helping with language development, it also helps develop a passion for learning.
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