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Top Gift Ideas For A Baby Shower

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If you are attending a baby shower, or perhaps just looking for a way to welcome a new arrival into the world, then it’s natural for you to express your love and support with a gift. New parents will surely welcome a thoughtful gift that has a practical use, or will simply brighten up the nursery or even provide a beautiful keepsake for years to come.

Here are some top suggestions for choosing the perfect present for a little one (or their parents). 

Nursery essentials

All new parents will require essential items such as a moses basket or cot, a changing mat, a rocking chair for nighttime feeds, and baby clothes. Consider your budget and how well stocked up the prospective parents might be on these items.

If you suspect that they may be well in hand, you could always buy baby clothes for a slightly bigger size, that the baby will grow into in a few months time. Items such as hats, booties, babygrows, mittens, socks, leggings, T-shirts, and cardigans will always come in useful. 

Other thoughtful nursery gifts include a night light that emits a soft glow. These can be left on all night for reassurance, or used as an alternative to a brighter and more stimulating light when checking on a baby or giving a feed during the night. They are available in all sorts of fun shapes, colours, and even favourite book or cartoon characters.

A sound machine may also be a much appreciated gift, as some babies sleep better with some soothing ambient noise, such as gently lapping waves and soft lullaby music. A baby monitor that allows the parents to see and hear the baby in its nursery from a remote location may also be a very useful present.

Personalised jewellery

Engraved jewellery can provide a personalised gift that can be intended for mum, or saved as a keepsake to be given to the child when they are older. For example, a pendant or charm bracelet engraved with the baby’s name or initials is a traditional and delightful gift and there is a huge range of choice available.

An interesting alternative to a standard piece of jewellery is a raw cognac amber teething necklace. This is not actually intended as a decorative item, although they are very beautiful and can be worn as jewellery when the child is older.

Rather, the necklace is used to soothe a teething baby. It works due to a substance that is found in raw Baltic amber, known as succinic acid. This is found in unusually high concentrations in amber from the Baltic region, and it has been used for centuries as a traditional medical remedy because it has natural analgesic and antimicrobial properties.

The succinic acid is released as the amber beads of the necklace are worn next to the baby’s skin and gently warmed. The substance is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, where it acts as a natural painkiller to provide relief from the discomfort of teething. Many parents find that this helps a fretful baby to sleep more soundly. 

It can be used as part of a holistic approach to the baby’s care, although it should be noted that the necklace is not a toy that is designed to be chewed. It is rather a medical aid, and the baby should be supervised at all times while it is wearing the necklace to avoid the risk of choking. 

Homemade baby shower gifts

If you love getting creative, it is very rewarding to spend some time creating your own handmade gift for a baby. This means you can personalise the gift as much as you want, and it will be a truly unique and meaningful present that is sure to touch the hearts of new parents.

It doesn’t have to be very elaborate; a batch of home cooked meals that can be stashed in the freezer for those busy evenings that all new parents have will surely be appreciated. If you have a talent for arts and crafts, you might want to consider creating some handmade wall art for the nursery, or embroidering a baby blanket or item of clothing.

If you are good at knitting or sewing, you may want to consider making some cute baby clothes such as bonnets and booties.

Gifts for mum

If the baby has older siblings, it’s likely that the parents will re-use a lot of items and therefore don’t need many new nursery products. In that case, you might want to consider buying a gift for mum or the caregiver instead. Afterall, they are the ones doing most of the hard slog here and no doubt they will appreciate a nice treat!

Cosy nightwear will always come in useful for those twilight hours spent soothing a baby to sleep, or giving a late feed. Warm pyjamas, fur-lined slippers, or a plush long fleece dressing gown that are easy to wash and lovely and soft and warm will no doubt be very welcome for example. 

New mums may also appreciate a pampering session at a local beauty spa, especially if you offer to babysit for a few hours while they attend! Looking after a new arrival can leave less time than usual for personal grooming, so the opportunity for a new hairstyle or perhaps a relaxing massage will no doubt be appreciated.

She may also appreciate a magazine subscription, or a gripping page-turner of a novel to provide some contrast to all those kids TV shows and picture books. 

Finally, if you really can’t think of a gift that ticks all the boxes, a voucher for a favourite shop, restaurant, or other destination should come in very handy.