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top 10 :: baby shower gift ideas

April 16, 2011

Everyone knows that the most popular gift to give a new baby is clothes, and there is a good reason for that: clothes are a necessity, and a really cute necessity to boot!  The only downside of giving clothes is that the new baby outgrows them before the mom has time fasten the snaps!

For the last several months, I’ve been compiling a mental list of baby shower gifts to give when 1.) everything on someone’s baby registry has been purchased, 2.) I hope to give the new mother/baby a gift that they might not receive from someone else and 3.) I want to give a gift that I know will last longer than a few months.

Here are my top ten, non-registry gift ideas to give at a baby shower.  And, please, offer your own suggestions in the comments!

1.) Children’s Books.  This is my favorite gift to give at a baby shower.  If you are wanting some book recommendations, here is a list of our children’s library.  For a list of beautiful, theological children’s books with book reviews, visit my friend’s blog: Aslan’s Library.

2.) Parenting/Reference Books. I always appreciate receiving books as a gift, especially ones from a trusted friend that they’ve read and recommend.  I do think, however, that you want to be careful not to overwhelm someone with too many books of this nature, but if they seem eager to receive recommendations, here are a few books that might bless new parents: Child of Mine, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Baby 411, Super Baby Food, Praise Her in the Gates: The Calling of Christian Motherhood, Loving the Little Years, For the Family’s Sake, Future Men, Gospel-Based Parenting, The Shaping of a Christian Family, Don’t Make me Count to Three, and Shepherding a Child’s Heart.

3.) Date Night Gift Basket. As hard as it was to leave our newborn, my mom encouraged me and Joe to go to dinner one night while she took care of Sam.  Looking back, it really was nice to get out of the house for a few hours.  In this gift basket, you could include a few gift certificates to various restaurants, a coffee shop, the movie theater, etc. and a “coupon” for free babysitting!

4.) Gift Certificate towards a Newborn Photo Shoot. Everyone wants beautiful pictures of their new baby once he/she is born, but not everyone can afford to pay a photographer to have professional pictures taken.  Contributing some money towards a photo shoot could be a great financial blessing for a young family.

5.) Gift Certificate to Shutterfly, Snapfish, or the online Apple storeOnce the baby has had their newborn pictures taken, the next step is always to order prints, make a photo book, or order birth announcements. Receiving a gift certificate to one of these online stores would be an additional financial blessing.

6.) House Cleaning Coupon. What new mom doesn’t want (and need!) their house cleaned?!  Making a little coupon booklet (or just a card with a cute certificate inside) offering your house cleaning services for one morning or afternoon after the  baby is born would relieve such a burden for the new mom.

7.) Music CD’s/Audio Books. Like books, I love giving gifts like these for children because they last forever (or at least longer than baby clothes!)Here are a few of our favorite audio resources to recommend: Seeds Family Worship CD’s, Slugs, Bugs, and Lullabies, Musikgarten CD’s, The Cat in the Hat: and other Dr. Seuss Favorites, Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss, Chinaberry Audio Books.

8.) Handmade Gifts.  When Sam was born, some of the sweetest gifts we received were from friends who invested their time and talent into making our son blankets, shoes, hats, toys, a nursing cover, etc. If you have the time, giving a handmade gift (no matter how big or small) is very precious to the new mom.

9.) Organize Meals.  Set up a MealBaby Registry for your friend so that her family will receive a steady flow of meals provided every other day for at least one month.

10.) Blessing/Prayer Cards.  Make or purchase a set of blessing cards for new parents to read, memorize, and bless their children.


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  1. April 17, 2011 8:44 pm

    One of my favorite gifts was a set of two books, Black on White and White on Black. Since babies don’t see color right away but are attracted to contrast, it was fun to see Oliver stare at the pictures in the early weeks. Secrets of the Baby Whisper was a great book for me in the early days, and the recommendation itself was a gift!

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