57 Baby Shower Gift Ideas
When your friend shares the exciting news that she’s having a baby, there are probably lots of hugs, some (welcome) belly rubs and maybe even a few happy tears to go around. And then you have to find a baby gift—one that’s awesome, thoughtful, unique and useful for your friend and baby. Tall task? Before you sound the alarm, we’re here to help make the baby gift buying process as easy as shopping online for yourself.
In this article:
Baby Shower Etiquette
Best Baby Shower Gifts
Unique/Creative Baby Shower Gifts
Baby Shower Gift Baskets
Baby Shower Gifts for Boys
Baby Shower Gifts for Girls
Baby Shower Gifts for Mom
Personalized Baby Shower Gifts
Funny Baby Shower Gifts
DIY Baby Shower Gifts
Inexpensive Baby Shower Gifts
Gender-Neutral Baby Shower Gifts
If you decide to take the simple route, you can just pick something that looks interesting or fits your budget from the couple’s baby registry and call it a day. Check out the baby shower invitation for all the details you’ll need to do that. Most invites will include everything you should know about the baby shower, like if there’s a theme, what baby’s gender is (if the parents know) and where to find the baby registry. It may also tell you if there’s a wishing well, which is a fun addition to some baby showers. If so, you’ll want to bring a small trinket or two (think baby socks or diaper cream) to toss into it. Sometimes the wishing well has its own theme, like “baby’s library,” so you can bring a new baby book along with your main baby shower gift.
But if you want to stray from the baby registry and look for something unique and special to celebrate your friend’s baby, that’s totally great too (and we can even find you a few deals on baby gear here). When it comes to baby shower etiquette, there’s no rule that says you must stick to the baby gifts on the registry. As you decide what to get, you’ll want to think about your friend and her partner and what they’d appreciate as new parents. Are they design-savvy? Eco-conscious? Are they funny? Sentimental? Do they love travel? Sci-fi? Literature? All these things can help guide you in the right direction as you come up with spot-on and meaningful baby gift ideas. Another thing to do is look at their baby registry to see what items they’ve already registered for to get an idea of the colors and styles they like, and use that as a jumping off point for what to buy (or DIY if you’re the crafty type!).
Once you’ve thought about all these things, it’s time to lock down the gift. To get you started, we did the work and narrowed down the best of the best baby shower gifts out there. Don’t be surprised if you find just the right baby gift off our list and add it to your shopping cart for instant checkout!
Whether this is the first shower you’ve been to or the 15th, you’ll never go wrong with one of these great baby shower gift ideas. From “Welcome Home Baby” sets to soothing toys that will help baby get some rest (and give parents a break!), there are lots of things to pick from to help celebrate a new arrival.
This fuzzy little sheep is a new mom’s lifesaver. With relaxing white noise like Mother’s Heartbeat, Spring Showers, Ocean Surf and Whale Songs, it will calm baby down with the push of a button. Hang it outside the crib (it comes with velcro tabs) and send baby off to dreamland. (Truly one of the best baby shower gifts)
Pottery Barn Kids Sleep Sheep, $32, Potterybarnkids.com
Even if you’re not a parent, you’re probably already acquainted with Sophie—this bestselling teether is dangling out of the mouths of every baby on the street. This gift set includes the must-have teething toy, along with a beaded rattle, a Sophie la Girafe bag and a gift card.
Sophie la Girafe, Classical Creation Birth Set, $24, Amazon.com
Help baby make that first public appearance in comfy and cute style with this four-piece cotton set, which includes a short-sleeved bodysuit, knit cap, jersey cardigan and coordinating footed leggings. The modern chevron and star print comes in pink, blue or gender-neutral gray.
SkipHop Welcome Home Baby Set, $35, Amazon.com
The best part of parenting? Watching baby complete all those amazing ‘firsts.’ Snap a photo of baby with these beautiful illustrated cards to keep track of every big milestone—from sitting up to smiling. At the end of the year, put them all together to make the best first photo book ever.
Milestone Baby Photo Cards, $24, Amazon.com
Baby will be the coolest kid on the block wrapped in one of these oh-so-soft cotton and bamboo rayon swaddles. We don’t know what’s more awesome—the black and white prints or their witty names (this pack of four includes Graffiti, Knuckle Sandwich, Gemstones and Zoonicorns).
Buttermilk Babies Swaddle Pack, $75, ButtermilkBabies.com
Two all-time favorite baby playthings? Rattles and stuffed animals—and with Rattle Buddies, you get both in one adorable toy. Plus, these Buddies (you can get a variety of cute creatures) are made from organic cotton yarn and eco-friendly dyes, making mom happy too.
Finn + Emma, Rattle Buddy, $28, Amazon.com
Baby’s first year is filled with amazing moments—ones that mom won’t want to forget. This classic photo journal helps her document those precious memories, all bound in a beautiful foil-stamped fabric cover.
Artifact Uprising, The Story of You Baby Book, $120, ArtifactUprising.com
Want to win big with the baby shower crowd? These adorable “critter wrap” bath towels are an instant thumbs-up. Woven from soft, thick cotton velour and absorbing terry, each wrap has a hood that shows off the animal’s famous features—from friendly bunny ears to a funny elephant trunk. So baby will look even more adorable (as if that’s possible!).
Pottery Barn Kids Nursery Critter Towels, $40, PotteryBarnKids.com
Need a gift for a creative baby-to-be? Choose from this list of unique baby shower gifts that will spark baby’s imagination, like IQ-boosting ABC blocks, an educational toy subscription or a cute night-light.
It’s never too early to jump-start baby’s love of literature. The creative and colorful “BabyLit” series uses famous classics like Emma, Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Pride & Prejudice to teach baby about counting (that’s one English Village; four Marriage Proposals; five Bennett Sisters!), colors, flowers and more.
BabyLit Board Books, $10, Amazon.com
Talk about unique baby shower gifts! Step right up and meet baby’s purr-fect bedtime friend. This white ceramic kitty doubles as a soft glowing night-light, and with that expressive little face and adorable red ears, it’s sure to soothe baby right to sleep.
Michelle Romo Bedtime Buddy Nightlight, $20, LandofNod.com
Help baby learn through play with this kid-tested toy subscription service. Just provide Please and Carrots with baby’s date of birth, and a box will arrive on the doorstep filled with developmental milestone-meeting baby gifts, parenting tips, and fun activities to try. Choose between a single box or an ongoing quarterly subscription—either way, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Please and Carrots Toy Subscription, Prices vary, PleaseandCarrots.com
This baby blue Moby bath thermometer takes the guesswork out of bath time with a color-changing LED that tells you if the water is too hot, cold, or “just right” for baby. When it’s time to put Moby away, suction him to the tub or hang him up and use his tail “hook” to hold a washcloth.
Skip Hop Moby Floating Bath Thermometer, $26, Amazon.com
G is for galaxy. N is for nanosecond. With iconic science-themed objects and concepts, these wooden blocks will give curious baby a heads-up on the wonders of the universe. The colorful handcrafted set comes with all 26 letters, plus two bonus blocks that introduce decimals and the powers of 10.
UncommonGoods Super Nerdy ABC Blocks, $50, UncommonGoods.com
Say cheese! Classic toys like this wooden camera are sure to make baby (and mom) smile. And its even got the celebrity seal of approval— Blake Lively was gifted a toy just like this at her shower.
Brimful Wooden Camera, $34, BrimfulShop.com
What new parent wouldn’t appreciate a beautiful baby shower gift basket? Think beyond the diaper cake with these ready-to-gift sets. We’ve gathered up the best selection, from baby essentials to play time sets and beyond.
This gift set from The Honest Co. gets new parents ready for bathtime with all the (non-toxic and natural) essentials they’ll need: the Perfectly Gentle Shampoo + Body Wash, Perfectly Gentle Conditioner, Perfectly Gentle Face + Body Lotion, Perfectly Gentle Bubble Bath and Organic Body Oil. The reusable wooden box it all comes in will make a great catch-all for baby’s tiny things.
The Honest Co. Bathtime Gift Set, $73, Honest.com
In those first few weeks at home a new mom’s priority is figuring out how to keep baby content. This Aden + Anais gift set has everything she needs to do just that, with two breathable cotton muslin swaddling blankets, a bib, a little cloth puppy pal that can double as a burp cloth and Swaddle Love, and a book about the history and art of swaddling.
Aden + Anais New Beginnings Gift Set, $60, Jet.com
Among the best baby shower gifts? Launching baby’s library, which you can do with help from this sweet set that includes four iconic favorites: The Runaway Bunny, Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon and The Carrot Seed. The books come with a soft knit rattle and are even tied up with a fancy bow so they’re all ready for gifting. How easy is that?
The Land of Nod Baby Book Gift Set, $12, Amazon.com
Robots and sneakers and airplanes, oh my! If you’re looking for cute baby shower gifts for parents who are welcoming a son, you’ll love these great ideas we’ve gathered up, like a vintage-inspired mobile and a fun-filled activity mat.
Spills and spit-up are no match for this absorbent (and adorable) bib and burp cloth set. Made from soft cotton fronts and terry backs, the two bibs and the matching burp cloth feature a fun cityscape skyline design, perfect for baby boy!
DwellStudio Skyline Bib and Burp Set, $35, Amazon.com
When in doubt you can never go wrong with a blanket, and we love this sweet elephant-print one from Jojo Maman Bebe, a UK boutique that just arrived in the States. It’s perfectly sized for taking baby home from the hospital, draping over a rocker in the nursery or keeping baby cozy on those first walks out in the stroller.
Jojo Maman Bebe Elephant Knitted Blanket, $39, JojoMamanBebe.com
This super cool activity mat is just right for playtime, tummy time, and any other time. Baby will find plenty of toys and tricks to keep him occupied, like a battery-operated musical buggy that moves back and forth across a special track, detachable stuffed robots, a dangling mirror, a puppy dog-shaped tummy time pillow, and of course the contrasting retro-robot design.
Yookidoo Gymotion Robo Playland, $70, Amazon.com
You can bet your friend’s little boy will be as fascinated with this classic mobile as a baby as he will as a kid. And the six World War 1-era model planes will look just as great hanging by his crib as they will years later hanging over his desk or bed.
RH Baby & Child Vintage Airplane Mobile, $54, RHBabyandChild.com
Baby may have eight months to go before he can actually play with this sustainable wooden ride-on truck—it separates and dips for “pickups,” and there’s room in the driver’s cab for teddy to join the fun! Until then it will be a welcome addition to the nursery decor.
Haba, Moover Dump Truck, $96, Amazon.com
New parents expecting a girl will fall hard for these cute baby shower gifts, from sweet nursery decor items to sassy onesies and more. See all our baby shower gift ideas for girls below!
This cable knit baby blanket is sure to encourage plenty of snuggle time. It’s made of super-soft, 100 percent cotton and can even be personalized with baby’s name and birth date.
The Knot Shop, Personalized Cotton Cable Knit Baby Blanket, $35, TheKnotShop.com
View more baby shower gifts from The Knot Shop here.
Two of our favorites joined forces to create a limited-edition treat for baby’s tiny feet. Designer Lindsay Stewart of Free Range Mama hand-paints three playful designs on these super-cozy Minnetonka moccasins that will dress up any outfit.
Minnetonka x Free Range Mama Minnetonka Moccasins, $46, Amazon.com
This adorable Petite Bello baby bodysuit, covered in lipstick kisses, boasts the perfect message from mom to mommy’s little girl. It also features convenient snaps for quick diaper changes.
Petite Bello Mommy Was Here Lips Bodysuit, $15, PetiteBello.com
Send baby off to sleep in très chic style with these ultra-soft and smooth crib sheets. Inspired by a vintage French perfume ad, the whimsical print —a little girl floating away with balloons— will also inspire sweet dreams.
Pemberly Rose Doux Reves Petite Fille Crib Sheets, $50, PemberleyRose.com
There’s nothing more magical than welcoming a baby to the world—except, maybe, when you celebrate with the gift of a unicorn. This felted wool wall decor adds a touch of whimsy to any baby girl’s nursery.
Project Nursery, Pastel Rainbow Unicorn Head, $165, ProjectNursery.com
Believe it or not, the one person who’s often left out at a baby shower is the guest of honor—mom-to-be! Surprise her with one of our favorite baby shower gifts for mom, including a mom massage, luxe PJ sets for the hospital, and chic, baby-friendly teething jewelry.
Help mom-to-be stay comfortable throughout her pregnancy—and even during her ultimate trip to the hospital!—in this luxe, charcoal-gray cashmere robe by HATCH. This one has a tie to bundle up on chillier mornings and oversized pockets to stash a burp cloth, rattle or whatever you need.
HATCH Cashmere Robe, $378, HatchCollection.com
Month by month, baby will grow and change in leaps and bounds, and this sweet collage frame gives mom and dad a place to put one photo from each milestone month, tracking baby’s growth over her first year. It’s one of the baby shower gifts for mom that keep on giving.
Emily & Meritt Bunny First Year Frame, $63, Potterybarnkids.com
These beaded necklaces are so stylish, no one will ever believe they double as a teething toy for baby. But they do! Securely fastened, the beads are 100 percent FDA approved food-grade silicone and free of all toxins—plus, they can be thrown in the dishwasher for a deep clean. From
Nyme Organics Teething Jewelry, From $9, NymeOrganics.com
You may know Belly Bandit for its pregnancy shapewear, but the brand also boasts quite the winner among baby shower gifts for mom—a thoughtful labor and delivery kit. Just a few of the things it includes: shea butter, prenatal vitamins, face balm, disposable nursing pads and a charger built into a fringed keychain. And it all comes in a pretty black makeup bag trimmed in pink, which she can use on her much-deserved first post-delivery vacation.
Belly Bandit The Ultimate Labor & Delivery Kit, $70, Target.com
And one of the most affordable baby shower gifts for mom: this Mama Bear mug, complete with an illustration of a bear wearing a flower crown. Not only is it cute, it’s practical. You know the mom-to-be is going to need extra caffeine soon enough!
Field Trip New Mom Mama Bear Mug, $15, Amazon.com
Those new parents spent hours picking out the perfect name for their impending arrival. Why not celebrate it with one of these hand-picked personalized baby gifts? Fuzzy bunnies, dish sets, rattles and artwork are all twice as special when they come with baby’s initials or name.
Personalized toys are keepsakes, for sure, but what about a personalized adventure story? The Little Boy Who Lost His Name (or The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name) takes kids on a journey to find the missing letters of their very own name—offering a spelling lesson to boot! It’s the perfect tale to kick off baby’s book collection.
Lost My Name Personalized Children’s Book, $25, LostMy.name
Get more personalized bang for your buck with these beautiful handmade wooden rattles—you can add baby’s name and pick baby’s home state. With a smooth wooden surface carved in the shape of one of the 50 states and three colorful wooden beads, these rattles are perfect for gripping, shaking and practicing geography!
Bannor Toys Original Wooden State Rattles, From $18, BannorToys.com
Who doesn’t like seeing their name in print? Commemorate baby’s arrival with these unique personalized board books. Depending on the book you choose, you can add things like baby’s photo, hometown, birthdate and birth height and weight, and they’ll show up throughout the durable pages.
I See Me Personalized Board Book, $35, Amazon.com
Floppy cuddly ears and softer-than-soft fur will make this huggable bunny baby’s go-to favorite. Bunnies come in a variety of sizes and colors, and you can add baby’s name or monogram in a variety of fonts and thread colors to make it truly one-of-a-kind—just like baby!
Peek a Whoo Monogrammed Jellycat Bunny, From $30, Peekawhoo.com
Shake up baby’s nursery decor with this framed Vintage Rattle print by Katie Wahn for Minted. Choose the color theme, print and type of frame and then add baby’s name (or any word you’d like) to finish it off. Don’t want a rattle? Browse through tons of other nursery-friendly custom prints.
Minted Limited Edition Nursery Art, Prices vary, Minted.com
Want to make the future parents and all the baby shower guests LOL? We’ve rounded up the funniest baby shower gifts—from tongue-in-cheek pacifiers to silly board books.
Will baby be the next Banksy? Budding artists can start early by making a creative splash (of pureed peas and mashed carrots) on this funny “blank frame” bib. Note the silhouetted couple standing below contemplating baby’s genius “work of art.”
UncommonGoods Blank Canvas Bib, $18, UncommonGoods.com
That bun in the oven is finally done cooking, so what could be better than these cheeky bodysuits? Made from a special Peruvian pima cotton, they’re almost as soft as baby’s newborn skin.
Perfectly Baked Bodysuit Set, $28, Nordstrom.com
This tongue-in-cheek pacifier will help soothe baby into, well, making less noise than he was before someone popped it in! Perfect for all parents, who will surely need to check in with their sense of humor from time to time.
Psychobaby Mute Button Pacifier, $7, PsychoBabyOnline.com
Are you the type to go the DIY route when it comes to gifts? If you’re in search of one-of-a-kind baby shower gift ideas that are handmade with love, check out these fun and creative ideas.
From felt and thread to ceiling hooks and screws, this easy DIY kit has everything you need to make a whimsical hot air balloon mobile. Choose from 45 different colors so you can match practically any nursery palette.
LovelySymphony Hot Air Balloon Baby Mobile Kit, $36, Etsy.com
Building these blocks is as easy as ABC. Just buy and download the Olliblocks PDF (you can go with the starter set or try out other fun sets like Emojis or Merfolk), print it out, cut out the pieces and neatly glue them to a set of plain wooden blocks. Ta-da!
Olliblocks Ollibird Mix and Match Blocks, $12, CaravanShoppe.com
Something to hoot about! This reclaimed wool owl will stand out in a sea of store-bought stuffed animals. Cate and Levi’s DIY kit comes with everything you need. All you have to add is your own creativity!
Cate and Levi Hoo’s The Maker Owl Stuffed Animal Kit, $20, Amazon.com
Even novice stitchers can tackle this easy embroidery and create an adorable piece of wall decor. All you need is a pair of scissors—everything else comes in the kit, including step-by-step instructions.
The Make Arcade DIY Nursery Decor Embroidery Kit, $19, Etsy.com
Attending a baby shower and low on cash? Don’t worry. You would never guess how affordable these inexpensive baby shower gifts really are. (Spoiler alert: Nothing, including a classic book set and an adorable fox baby robe, is more than $20!)
Inspired by the classic line picture book by Amelia Hepworth, this gold star-emblazoned pillowcase is perfect to tuck onto the seat of a rocking chair. It’s crafted from a premium white cotton blend and finished with a concealed zipper.
Katy Ferrari I Love You to the Moon and Back Gold Star Cushion Cover, $21, Etsy.com
Help mom start growing baby’s library with this quartet of Beatrix Potter classics, including the famed Tale of Peter Rabbit. They’re all perfect bedtime stories, beautifully illustrated and will look lovely sitting on baby’s bookshelf.
Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Classic Gift Set $16, Amazon.com
The house white? Milk, of course! Still, mom won’t be able to stop giggling every time she slips baby into this onesie. And the best part? It’s only $18.
Shimmer in Gold I’ll Take the House White Bodysuit, $18, Etsy.com
Even with the wiliest of babies, parents will get through dinnertime in peace with The Mini Mat. Not only are the compartments, each one a reminder of a different food group baby needs, shaped like a smiley face and the mat itself suctions to the table. Peace out, food tantrums!
Ezpz The Mini Mat, $20, Amazon.com
Featuring stripes and lamb sketches in a white and gray palette, Mini Boden’s too-cute bib set (which comes in a little lamb-illustrated bag) also happens to be a good choice if you’re on the hunt for gender-neutral baby shower gifts.
Mini Boden 2-Pack Bibs & Drawstring Set, $12, Bodenusa.com
If the mom-to-be doesn’t know whether she’s having a boy or girl—or simply doesn’t care to share—then your mission is to find her gender-neutral baby shower gifts. Tricky? Not if you know where to look! We rounded up five of our favorite gender-neutral baby shower gifts, including a growth chart, a play mat and a lamp, all with super-cute elements.
Gender-neutral baby shower gifts feature things that both baby boys and girls love. Elephants? Definitely on the list. This ceramic elephant lamp with a crystal base will fit perfectly on a nightstand in baby’s nursery.
Pottery Barn Kids Ceramic Elephant Base, $129, Potterybarnkids.com
Talk about the perfect play buddy! This soft, fuzzy polar bear play mat lets baby cozy up to a big ol’ teddy bear—even bigger than he is! Also important: The arms have extra padding for added stability during tummy time.
Gingiber Polar Bear Baby Play Mat, $89, Landofnod.com
How tall is baby now? Tiny Fawn’s growth chart, covered with all kinds of critters, tracks up to five feet of height. (We know, you’re already thinking about the middle school days. Sniff!) To make it even more personal, you can add baby’s name to the top.
Tiny Fawn Animal Friends Growth Chart, $39 (plus $10 for personalization), Landofnod.com
A mischievous little bun in the oven, girl or boy, deserves a robe to match: a fox robe! This terry-cloth robe features a rich orange body and a fox face on the hood, plus a little tie to cinch baby’s waist. Has bath time ever looked so cute?
Baby Aspen “Rub-A-Dub, Fox in the Tub” Hooded Spa Robe, $26, Amazon.com
Help mom switch up storytime with a monthly board book subscription! Each box contains three books written with babies 0 to 2 in mind. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Bookroo, Board Book Box, from $16 a month, Bookroo.com
Scroll through your Instagram feed and you’ll spot one photo after the next of babies sleeping in moses baskets. And no wonder—they’re impossibly chic, totally practical and perfect for any little boy or girl.
Plum and Sparrow Summer Horizon Moses Basket, $185, PlumandSparrow.com
An all-in-one gift, this play bundle provides mom a safe place to put her baby—a breathable, washable, plush docking station—plus an archway of dangling toys to keep her little one entertained. And a safe, happy baby makes for one happy mama.
DockaTot, Deluxe+ Dock Play Bundle, $250, DockaTot.com
And last but not least, a gift that babies will coo over and parents will love: a giraffe-shaped wicker basket, gorgeously designed to hold all of baby’s essentials. (Toys, blankets, you name it!) Especially flawless for the baby who’s getting a safari-themed bedroom.
Pottery Barn Kids Giraffe Shaped Wicker Basket, $119, Potterybarnkids.com
Updated September 2017
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