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Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Updated on April 3, 2012

Whether you are the host or a guest at a baby shower, you can help coordinate everyone's efforts to create gifts that will surely be appreciated by the parents-to-be.

Personalized Diapers

Diapers are a necessity, and with a little personalization, ordinary diapers can turn into a really fun gift.

Each guest should purchase a small pack of diapers or there can be several packs available for decorating at the shower.

Using permanent markers, guests can write cute and humorous messages (e.g. "I have a surprise for mommy" or "It's daddy's turn"), draw pictures, or even write down notes of encouragement for the parents (e.g. "It's totally worth it!") on each diaper.

One-of-a-Kind Onesies

Babies go through a lot of onesies, and allowing guests to create personalized onesies will ensure that baby will have one-of-a-kind onesies that no one else has.

At the baby shower, guests are provided with plain onesies in various colors and sizes, along with fabric markers and fabric paint.

Guests then personalize the onesies with funny sayings or drawings, and baby will end up with several unique onesies in his or her wardrobe.

Baby's First Library

To help baby build his or her first library, each guest should look for a book with significant meaning to take to the shower.

The book can be bought used or brand new, or simply be taken from the guest's own library.

Book plate labels or bookmarks can be placed in each book so guests can write down who the book was from and why the book is meaningful (e.g. first book ever read on own, favorite childhood book, etc.).

Go-To Recipe Box or Binder

Ask each guest to write down or print out a favorite quick and easy recipe on an index card or letter-sized paper.

These recipes will be placed in a recipe box or binder, and they'll serve the purpose of being the go-to recipes for the many nights in which the new parents will need speedy, effortless meals.

Each recipe should be simple to make and limited in terms of number of ingredients and prep and cook time.

To make the recipes even more meaningful, guests can write a little story about who the recipe was passed down from or why it's a favorite recipe.

Freezer Meals

If the shower is held at the guest-of-honor's home, guests could bring freezer meals such as casseroles, soups, and stews.

Once baby arrives, the new parents will inevitably be busy and tired, and the last thing they'll want to do is go grocery shopping or cook dinner.

Thanks to the well-stocked freezer full of delicious meals from family and friends, the new parents will be able to spend more time with baby and less time at the grocery store or in the kitchen.


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    • HawaiiHeart profile image

      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      teacher12345 - After I gave birth to my kids the last thing I wanted to do was cook so it was great when people brought over food I could store in my freezer!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have a friend who is expecting in July and these ideas will give me a good start on what to get. I especially like the freezer idea. I remember when I had my child, it was nice to have those meals brought in by kind friends and family. Great hub topic and voted up!

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      PartyPail 6 years ago from

      These are all really wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing them. I especially like the idea of creating baby's first library. Everybody loves a good bedtime story and that time creates lasting memories for both the child and the parents.