If you’ve been to any number of baby showers, you know that the standard gifts are baby blankets, clothes and diapers. If that seems a little boring to you and you want to do something different, there are lots of other great gifts to give the mom-to-be. Thinking outside the box a little bit allows you to give a memorable and thoughtful gift that will be remembered even when that baby is a grown up. Here are some fabulous ideas that will get everyone talking.
1. Give a Notebook to Record All the Little Things
There are lots of baby books where new moms can record the first tooth, the first time the baby rolled over and the like. Offer a notebook that is blank and the soon to be mother has a nice place to write down all the other little things that she wants to remember about when her little one was a baby. I had one of these for each of my kids and it’s fun to read through them together now that they are older.
2. Gift a Smartphone Holder for Baby’s Stroller
Yes, this is a thing. It hooks to the stroller’s handles much like the portable cup holders you might have seen already. This gives mom a place to keep her phone so she can easily grab it and snap photos of her baby while she walks with him. This handy holder also makes it super simple to send a quick text or check the time without having to dig through the diaper bag for her smartphone. Genius!
3. Monthly Baby Stickers Make It Easy to Record Milestones
If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, you’ve likely seen the adorable photos that moms take each month of their baby’s life. With these super cool stickers, the mom-to-be in your life has an easy way to take a memorable photo each time the baby gets a month older. The stickers can be used on baby’s clothes or on a prop used in the photo.
4. A Paid for Photography Session for the New Family is Perfect
Anytime a new baby is born, you can assume there are going to be tons of photos being taken. How cool is it for the new parents to have a paid for session by a professional so that they can document the first days and weeks after bringing home their new little one. You don’t have to spend a fortune here, but the new parents are going to be absolutely thrilled.
5. Give a Fashion Savvy Mom a Couple Strings of Chew Beads
It’s no secret that babies love to put things in their mouths, including the jewelry that mom wears. With these cool necklaces, your fashion conscious best friend can still wear trendy jewelry. They are designed to be chew toys so mom can look cool and baby will have something to gnaw on while she holds him. The necklaces are available from many manufacturers in colors and sizes that span the spectrum.
6. Babies Love to Read Books and They Make Perfect Gifts
A newborn baby doesn’t have much use for books, but it won’t be long before he wants to see the pictures and hear his mom read to him. Most new moms have all the clothing and blankets they need, but it’s fun to give something that will come in handy for many years to come. Choose board books so they hold up to the beating of a little one.
7. Taking Care of Mom is Never a Bad Idea
I have three kids and what I appreciated most was when someone offered to help me with things that I couldn’t keep up with. Offer to clean the house, cook some meals or come over and hang out with the baby while mom takes a nap. You could also give gift certificates for a mani/pedi, a massage or a date night dinner out. Everyone is so focused on the baby that they can forget how momentous, and how hard, having a new baby is. Any help you give will be greatly appreciated.
What’s the best baby shower gift you ever got? What’s the best one you’ve ever given?