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Year Round Gifts - Babyshower Gifts

Updated on March 26, 2010

A Gift for a Gift

 Children can be the most amazing gift we ever receive.  But when they arrive, there are other gifts to be considered!  I'm sure most of you have experienced this moment... its probably why you are here, reading this article.  You open the mail and find a smaller than average envelope.  Inside is an adorable card in either blue, pink, or the traditional de-genderized yellow and plastered with tiny footprints, duckies or baby carriages.  It has happened, one of your friends or family has taken the plunge into parenthood.  And now,  you, must decipher the perfect gift for a tiny being whom you have not even met.

The Registry

 A shocking number of people shy away from the Gift Registry when shopping for a babyshower gift.  Its as though they feel this type of gift is too impersonal or that there is some lack of thought.  I assure you this is not the case!  When you were a child and made a list for Santa, would you have, in any way been disappointed if Christmas morning brought exactly what was on that list?  The same holds true for new parents.  They search and look and "window shop" for all those perfect items that will hold, clean, feed, and clothe their perfect bundle.  There is no way that a new mom and dad (except for a lucky few) can afford all these baby amenities... that is where the gift comes in.  Mommy-to-be has been dreaming about those perfect little sheets w/ the tiny lambs on them that were just out of her price range.  Holding them in her hands at the baby shower will put those dreams one step closer to reality, and in the hormone induced wonderland that is pregnancy, may even induce a tear or two.

The Personal Touch

Baby showers are one venue where I definitely and emphatically support the hand made present. These blankets and bears and duckies created by loving hands become heirlooms. The stories are told to the little one. ("See the pretty Teddy,  Aunt Jane made that for you!")  If you aren't schooled in the world of homemade gifts, feel free to add that personal touch to your babyshower present in a less home-ec intensive manner.  Stencil little handprints on the border of a white picture frame.  Or even patronize one of the thousands of baby stores specializing in monogrammed or personalized items... if you know the new arrival's initials that is.

A personal touch can come in the way of a favor or gesture, as well.  If your on a budget, this may be the perfect way to go.  Buy a stack of baby shower thank you notes, bring them to the baby shower, and address each one while at the party.  As the happy mom-to-be opens her gifts, note the gift received inside the flap of each envelope.  This task will take one more stress off of a woman who is already, quite literally, overextended.

Practical Presents

They may not seem romantic, or sweet, or creative, but the essentials are wonderful shower gifts.  When we ran out of diapers about 2 weeks into my first son's life with us, I was more than thankful to remember that we had a whole case stashed away someone had given us at my baby shower.  Here's a few of the basics that every new mom and dad need.  In the craziness that is new parenthood, these items make some of the best baby shower gifts:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bottles and liners (ask ahead which brand Mom and Dad will be using)
  • A really good diaper bag (I recommend the backpack style personally - Both Mom and Dad feel comfortable carrying it, and if they are going it alone, they'll most certainly already have their hands full.)
  • Burp cloths (They will never have enough of these)
  • Baby proofing items (safety plugs, drawer locks, etc.)

Gifts for Mom (and Dad)

A new addition to the family can be a trying time on individuals and relationships.  Though the shower may be for the baby, you can always gear your gift towards the parents as well. 

  • A restaurant gift card and a promise to babysit will always be appreciated.
  • If you're handy in the kitchen, cook away, and stock their freezer for them with easy to reheat meals.
  • Gift cards for local take out restaurants (pizza, chinese, etc.)
  • If you know the couple well, and know for certain they won't be offended, a few sessions with a cleaning service may be a very welcome break for the exhausted new parents.

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    • ThoughtfulSpot profile imageAUTHOR

      ThoughtfulSpot 

      8 years ago from PA

      Certainly Eileen! Glad you found it useful. I own some of these items for my own children, and they just adore them (as does their mom!).

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Good helpful suggestions the the mum to be. This should be ideal for them and give many ideas. thanks for sharing

    • ThoughtfulSpot profile imageAUTHOR

      ThoughtfulSpot 

      8 years ago from PA

      What a wonderful idea Paradise. I know that would have come in handy a few times. Thank you for your comment, I was hoping to get across that Practical gifts are NOT "cold", they are wonderful, thoughtful, AND useful too!

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I actually got a dear friend of mine a gift card to an all-nite drug store for a baby shower present. It's what she asked for, and she told me, it came in sooooooo handy! If you've ever run out of diapers and Desitin when the mortgage is due and your cards are maxed out, you'd know. Babies are expensive...dear, so dear, in more ways than one.

      I got a lot of flack from our other friends for giving that gift. It seemed like a very cold present to them, and they got the idea I don't like kids....NOT TRUE!

      She thanked me over and over for that one little gift card. I made it a big enough amount so she used it a few times, and it saved her from having to try to wash and re-use disposable diapers.

    • ThoughtfulSpot profile imageAUTHOR

      ThoughtfulSpot 

      8 years ago from PA

      Laurel - Glad the timing worked out so well. Must've been fate. :) Congratulations to your daughter-in-law and son, and have fun being "Grand."

    • lorlie6 profile image

      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      TS-What perfect timing this hub is for me! My daughter-in-law is due in September and I was just speaking to my hubby about baby showers this morning. He's pretty cool, so we had fun thinking of this sort of party...

      Thanks for the ideas!

      Laurel

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