5 of the Most Meaningful Baby Shower Gifts

I know why you’re here. You’ve got a baby shower coming up and you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift. Trust me, we’ve all been there. 

It looks like this: You get the invite, and your heart flutters with excitement to celebrate a new life. Suddenly, your mind jumps to “Oh no, what gift should I get?!”. You’re afraid that the parents already have everything and you don’t want to get a generic gift that someone else may also bring — the gift-getting panic sets in.

You’ve attended many baby showers and have watched as the parents are flooded with newborn clothing, stuffed animals, and an absurd amount of newborn size diapers. You want to treat the parents and their sweet little baby with something more thoughtful than the average baby shower gifts. 

Here’s your go-to guide for the most thoughtful baby shower gifts that any new parent would love to receive.

1.Books instead of cards

Instead of buying a card, that might get misplaced, opt for a book — or a few. 

Books are the best baby shower gift because they will last for years to come and can serve so many purposes. They’re perfect for everything from learning to read to being beautiful decor pieces in the nursery. 

Sign a special note on the inside cover to create a sentimental piece that will be cherished for years to come. The book can be passed down and your heart-felt note will spread love through multiple generations.

Not sure what to write? There are plenty of online guides for signing books as gifts. You can write words of encouragement, wisdom, or love. You could even include funny stories about the little one’s parents or share your favorite parts of the book with them. The family will enjoy reading your straight-from-the-heart thoughts for years to come.

2. Handmade with Love

If you have some crafty genes, and you’re looking for a gift that holds more meaning, a great option is to hand make something special.

The options are endless for handmade gifts. Depending on your level of craftsmanship, you can hand sew rompers, joggers and sweaters, mittens, or hats. If you’re more of a novice, as long as you have a sewing machine you can learn to create simple burp cloths and blankets.

Handmade pieces are always the best baby shower gifts to receive because they are one-of-a-kind and made by a loved one — just for them.

3. Bountiful Baskets

Gift baskets are the perfect way to spoil new parents with something special. 

We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill, drugstore, summer sausage and cheese baskets—although those are delicious! 

These are next level gift basket ideas, created by you, specifically for the new parents.

The Hospital Basket

This basket is curated specifically for mom and dad. It should include all of the essentials to make their hospital stay smooth-sailing.

It can be stressful to pack a bag for the hospital, and many must-have items are forgotten. This basket is an easy way to prepare the parents for the big day!

Include things such as: 

  • Mints/gum
  • Chapstick
  • Snacks
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Hard candy
  • Travel size hygiene supplies
  • An extra phone charger
  • Eye mask
  • Blanket
  • Slippers
  • Cozy socks
  • Loofah
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
The Diaper Change Basket

Put together a basket that can be moved around the house for diaper changes. If the baby's nursery is on the other side of the house, or upstairs, this basket will make diaper changes and feedings a breeze. 

Include things like:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Cream
  • Nail clippers
  • Baby brush/comb
  • A few changes of clothes (for those unavoidable blowouts)
  • Burp cloths and bibs
  • Baby diaper disposable bags
The Travel Basket

Creating a travel basket is so helpful for parents taking baby out-and-about. Whether it's a simple Target run, or a day trip to visit family, traveling with babies requires a lot of packing.

When creating these baskets try and picture all of the things that a parent may need, or things that may go wrong, while out with a baby, and offer a solution for those situations. 

Fill the basket with things such as:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Outfit changes
  • Extra pacifiers
  • Pacifier clips
  • A high Chair/cart cover
  • A blanket
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Extra socks/mittens (because they always fall off)
  • toys/teethers (for when baby gets fussy)
  • Travel size lotions/creams
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes (for germy public surfaces)
  • Bags (to house post-blowout clothes)
The Mommy + Daddy Date Night Basket

New parents deserve to be spoiled too! After the post-labor buzz settles down, mom and dad are going to be exhausted

They’ve been so focused on their little babe that they’ve forgotten about themselves. 

At-home pampering is a necessity for those early days when mama is still recovering, and for when a true date night is out of the question.

Spoil mom and dad with things like:

  • Chocolates
  • Wine or champagne
  • Popcorn or their favorite snack
  • Their favorite movie on DVD
  • A fun board game
  • A facemask for mom
  • A candle
The Starting Solids Basket

Babies grow so fast and will be starting to eat solids before you know it! Parents are usually so focused on getting all of the newborn supplies that the essentials for “down-the-road” slip their mind — that’s where you come in!

Set up the parents, and their little one, for feeding success. 

Include things like:

4. Heirloom Pieces

meaningful baby shower gifts

These gifts are something that can be passed down through generations. Heirloom pieces are always the perfect gift for a baby shower. They each hold special meaning and tell a unique story of the generation before.

Our Sun and Lace genuine leather baby shoes and leather baby moccs are the perfect heirloom pieces. They’re crafted by hand, with love, and from the finest leather. Created to withstand the many adventures of childhood, and hold-up through years of use.

Whether the new parents are expecting a little boy or a sweet girl, our babyshoes offer many designs. Available in various styles such as: Oxford, Boot, Ballet Flat, and Bella Janes— there's a match for every season and every taste.

Our Bella Janes in Honey feature an adorable scallop trim, perfect for lovely little girls. To make them extra personalized, add a unique touch by swapping the traditional laces out for one of our whimsical floral laces.

If you’re buying for a handsome little fella, then some of our Ollie Oxfords or our Beau moccs would be a perfect fit!  

5. Meal Delivery Gift Cards

The last thing anyone wants to do, especially new parents, is go to the grocery. They’re already running on just a few hours of sleep and have so many emotions running through their mind, the last thing they need is to try and pack the baby up for a grocery trip!

Make their life so easy by giving them gift cards for meal delivery services. Not only can they skip the stress of grocery shopping, but some options allow them to skip the stress of cooking and doing the dishes.

There are various options for food delivery. There's fast food delivery like GrubHub or UberEats, that deliver food straight to your doorstep— no cooking, no dishes, no mess.

There are also meal services like Home Chef or Hello Fresh that deliver the ingredients for chef curated meals right to your home. Although they involve a little cooking and light clean up, they are so much easier than meal planning and grocery shopping!

Another option that will make those early days a breeze is to get them an Amazon gift card. This can be used for Amazon Pantry (a grocery delivery service), or even to order diapers, wipes, and formula when they run out. The fewer trips they have to make to the store, the easier!

Put Some Thought Into It

Your gift-idea gears have been turning — working overtime — trying to think of the best baby shower gift. You’ve searched all over Amazon and perused the aisles of every Target in town, but nothing seems unique and meaningful.

Whether it’s a treat that pampers the parents during this busy season of life, or a handmade piece that their little one can cherish forever, your gift will have a personal touch that stands out among the rest. 

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