The teddy bear is a time-honored tradition as it ‘bear’ly changed since 1902. It’s possible that your great-grandparents enjoyed the same toy as children do now. We think this is a great baby shower gift because it’s surpassed the test of time!
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The Build-a-Bear Workshop allows you to stuff and design your teddy bear. Although baby can’t do this on her own, it’s a great option for older kids, if the family has any. Or make an outfit from a store bought. Dress it up like mommy or daddy!
Everyone adores wooden toys. There’s no wonder why parents love receiving a wood toy as a baby shower gift. If it’s important for you to give a gift which is cherished, of course, consider giving a wooden toy as a baby shower gift.
Give a baby shower gift that will make bathtime extra fun. A baby bath set is just what new parents need. Parents cherish bath time with the baby. Likewise, kids love bath time. What a lovely time for both bath giver and receiver!
Playing with rubber ducks are a cherished part of childhood. Just ask Ernie from Sesame Street! Giving a rubber duckie along with other bathtime necessities makes a great gift idea.
A baby bath set is a great gift because these items aren’t usually first on parents’ list of things to buy. We suggest color coordinating a bath set for the new baby. Include baby towels, baby wash, tear-free shampoo and a baby towel. You can even find luxurious baby bathrobes. What will they think of next?
Personalize The Gift
You can personalize the baby towels or bathrobes with the newborn’s name.
Put your child bath set in a cute basket. Guests and parents alike will ‘ooh’ and ‘awe’ over this adorable baby shower gift!
When photographing a child, many of the best pics include a baby holding (or playing with) a rubber duck. In addition to the many other reasons this makes a cute baby shower gift, rubber ducks are also a great photography prop!
For those baby shower guests who value tradition, a classic toy sailboat is a great gift idea. Not everything present day has to hook up to an outlet. This traditional gift idea is just as cherished by today’s tots.
Sailboats make great baby shower gifts. A wooden toy sailboat looks great when displayed in the nursery, and will be a source of much fun for the baby in a couple of short years.
Most specialty toy stores and online retailers stock sailboats. Look for a solid wood toy sailboat.
Personalize The Sailboat
Sailboats can be personalized or monogrammed. Consider naming the boat after the baby’s last name. If the child’s last name is Clooney, name it ‘S.S. Clooney.’ Topping this shower gift would be hard!
Small wooden ducks (floatable) are a less common but equally fab gift.
My Sailboat Picks
Do you ever wish the world could take a big, deep breath and go back to a simpler time, say, 100 years ago? By gifting a baby with a traditional toy, you’re also passing on the values of your family’s past generations.
Since infants can’t walk, they don’t need shoes. But putting all that aside, who can think of anything cuter than baby’s little feet and the expensive shoes that cover them? Check out Pediped, a company that specializes in podiatrist-recommended baby and children’s shoes.
Personalize The Gift
Gender-specific baby shoes are a good option if baby’s sex is known. There are many personalization services online. Also, consider giving the baby an outfit complete with a pair of matching shoes.
Some Other Options
Many parents choose to bronze their baby’s shoes after they’ve grown out of their first pair. Getting parents a gift certificate for this service will put you one step ahead of mom and dad!
You may also want to consider giving the baby some boots or sandals.
A classic piggy bank can be a great baby shower gift. Start saving early! The piggy bank is a great, perfect baby gift. And as a bonus, the pig can also aid children in learning financial responsibility and the importance of saving money.
Piggy banks have changed a lot in recent years. There are designer piggy banks now. There are electronic, singing, moving and interactive piggy banks. Oh yeah, and there are still ‘pig’ piggy banks.
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If your bank is the shape of an animal, create a small shirt or jacket to slip over the animal. Embroider the baby’s name on this shirt. Make sure the cloth does not interfere with the hole for depositing money.
If the piggy bank has a ceramic or hard surface, consider having an airbrush studio write the baby’s name on the bank. Airbrush Studios are very affordable.
Put some coins in the piggy bank. Start baby off with a little spending money!
My Piggy Bank Picks
Every child needs a piggy bank. And this baby shower gift idea also teaches financial responsibility. The gift giver can take great pride should the little one grow up to be a Wall Street investment banker or titan of an industry!
A baby and toddler have a lot of sipping to do their first couple years. Sip cups makes a great baby shower gift. Babies and toddlers make big messes while learning to drink – unless they have the sip cups! Those searching for a useable baby shower gift take note.
Sip cups are a frequently overlooked baby shower gift. But they shouldn’t be. Infants and toddlers will soon be learning to drink, and there’s no better way than by using a sip cup. And parents can always use more than one cup. They’ll keep one at home, one in the car and one in the diaper bag.
Customize The Cup
Customize the sip cup with a color coordinated burp cloth. Or get creative and find a different way to make your cup unique. You can even put baby’s picture onto a sip cup!
Include sip cups as part of a picnic set for baby. This great gift set idea encourages family time.
The ultimate in usefulness, sip cups are guaranteed to be appreciated by mom and dad. And they’ll save parents from having to clean up messy spills!
Playing with building blocks can help a baby develop valuable reaching and grasping skills, making them a great baby shower gift idea. Kids will love building blocks. And parents will love to see their child receive a gift to develop motor skills.
Building blocks make great shower gifts. As early as three months, a baby starts waving and batting at objects. By six months, a baby should be able to reach and grab for objects. By incorporating blocks into the infant’s first months, these valuable skills can be fostered and developed.
Building blocks come in all types and sizes. Most are plastic and can be locked in place. Or choose from pine wood, hardwood or opt for the painted variety. Block size matters. Make sure the smallest blocks cannot be swallowed by the newborn.
Similar gifts are small boxes and softballs. Both are suitable for stacking and knocking down. Many of the softballs vibrate or play music.
My Building Block Picks
It may seem premature to give a toy as a gift, but we love the idea. Most gifts are good for the first few months. Stay ahead of the game and give the baby toys.
Giving plush animals as a baby gift raises a question. Who will like this baby shower gift more – baby, mommy or daddy? Plush animals are a standard baby shower gift. But when personalized, this stuffed wonder will stand out in a crowd.
Give a picture frame to display the imprint of the upcoming baby’s footprints. Before wrapping the gift, replace the existing frame’s photo with a high-quality white construction paper. Using poster paint, use your thumb to create where the baby’s footprints and baby pic should be placed. Doing so will inform the gift recipient how they should use it. Include a second sheet of construction paper for parents to use. Also, include a non-toxic poster paint along with your gift.
Do you want the frame personalized? Pretty up the picture frame in your desired color or with the baby’s name, if known.
When the parents get the baby’s footprint:
To get baby’s footprint, just paint on a thin layer of poster paint and press baby’s foot firmly down on the paper. Repeat with the other foot. Allow to dry and frame accordingly.
Handprints are also cute and perhaps easier to capture.
Not only will parents love this baby shower gift, but when your child grows into toddler, he or she will look back in awe asking, ‘Was I that small?’
A silver spoon set can be a great keepsake gift to give the baby being honored.
A great photo album can be the start of something special – capturing life’s moments on film and saving them in a pretty book is a precious thing. Equip parents with a beautiful album and let them do the rest!
Personalize The Album
Personalize this gift with color, and add some personal touches- write baby’s name on the inside cover, add personalized stickers, or buy a monogrammed one.
Take some stunning pictures at the baby shower and mail prints to the parents. It will be a welcomed surprise to add to their album.
Capturing the life of a child through photography is an invaluable gift. Start the process off right.
A beautiful pair of mittens is a cherished gift to be given at a baby shower. You have plenty of choices at baby boutiques and specialty retailers. We found thumbless, crocheted and organic styles. If knitting is one of your talents, consider giving a homemade pair of mittens. Otherwise, specialty baby boutiques offer cute warm-weather accessories. Remember to estimate what size baby will wear when winter comes.
Personalizing The Gift
Mittens are another gift perfect for monogramming. Put the baby’s first initial on one glove and the last initial on the other!
Pair this gift with a book about the three little kittens that lost their mittens. Three little kittens lost their mittens, and they began to cry!
My DIY Picks
Gone are the days of drab winter clothing for baby. These days, baby can be as or more stylish than mom and dad!
Babies are always cute in shoes. What about in boots? We can’t think of anything cuter! That’s why we think it’s a great baby gift!
There are several styles of boots available. Some companies make knitted boots (or booties), and some make high-quality leather styles. Bobux makes cute styles that are also recommended by pediatricians. You can’t beat that!
It’s important to remember that babies’ feet grow fast. Make sure to estimate the size according to the season accurately.
As far as gifting the new baby goes, it doesn’t get much cuter than this!
Funny Baby Shower Gifts
Chew Toys As A Gift
Help parents with a high-quality teething product to prepare for baby’s discomfort.
It will help during the uncomfortable times when baby’s first teeth start appearing. Teething and chew rings can help relieve some of this discomfort.
There are many varieties of teething products available – there are even designer styles to choose! Some parents prefer to use a sterling silver form, which you can later keep as an heirloom. Otherwise, plastic and gel-filled toys are standard.
Accompany this gift with a baby-sized toothbrush and toothpaste. Remember not to brush baby’s gums with toothpaste, only water. Toothpaste is used only when the real teeth first appear.
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Giving teething or chew rings as a baby shower present is mindful and will be appreciated by parents. Oh yeah, they baby will thank you too!
Of course, as a matter of courtesy, it’s a nice practice to respond to the presents from the guests. Shower party favors will work just fine. They don’t need to be expensive, but you also should not cut corners. Give them something proper that reflects the spirit of a shower party. Just check out our Baby Shower Favors post for further details.