What kind of gift should you bring if you’re attending a baby shower? Top baby shower gifts tend to be practical. Between sleepless nights and frenzied days, new moms and dads like things that make life easier.
It’s easy to find cute and useful things for a baby, but if you’re stumped, or you want to give something a little out of the ordinary, here are a few ideas to consider:
Heartfelt and Handmade
Handmade bibs, bonnets, booties and blankets often become beloved heirlooms. Handcrafted items are durable and often have a timeless look. Both qualities encourage recipients to treasure these gifts even after a baby outgrows the items. Some families keep christening gowns, booties and shoes, passing them on to the next baby or even grandbaby.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s more distinctive than what you find in the average store, choose handcrafted clothing, accessories, toys or furniture. You don’t have to make the thing yourself if you don’t have the time or skill. Buy from one of the many artisans who sell online or in boutiques.
The Gift of Time or Service
If the new infant has siblings, then the family may already have all the baby things they need. No parent, however, has enough time. Think of gifts that will give mom and dad a break. Here are a few ideas:
- A subscription to a diaper service.
- An open offer to babysit on a day or evening of the parent’s choice.
- Offer to provide one-dish, homemade meals or do the grocery shopping for a week or two.
- A one-time professional house cleaning.
- Mow the lawn or take care of yard work for a few weeks.
Gifts to Grow Into
Parents will appreciate clothing sized for bigger babies as well as for newborns. Baby clothing is labeled by an infant’s age in months. Don’t hesitate to get something for an older baby or even a toddler. When buying larger clothing, choose something that works no matter the season. For example, if you want to buy something for a 6-month old born in December, choose something appropriate for warmer weather.
Sometimes the best gift is the one we choose for ourselves. A gift certificate doesn’t have the same personal touch as a handmade gift, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be appreciated. A gift card can take the sting out of a more expensive item, such as a car seat or stroller. It can also help with the numerous small things that add to the weekly expenses, such as disposable diapers, baby wipes, bottles and other necessities. Find out where the parents shop, then get a gift card for that store.
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