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Unique and Practical Baby Shower Gifts

An American tradition that has taken hold here, throwing a baby shower for the parents to usually mean they are overwhelmed with clothes that will be grown out of in a few weeks. Give something unique and useful instead with this list of seven different baby shower gift ideas, great for naming ceremony or christening gifts too.

Choosing a Gift For a Baby Shower

The baby shower is usually held at some point before the impending due date or, as some people are now doing after the baby has arrived so that everyone can meet the bundle of joy.

What it can present is a headache for the guest who would like to offer something different than the standard baby grow.

Thankfully, we have done the net-trawl for you, and found these great ideas…

#1 Full-to-bursting gift hamper

Frankly, unique and practical doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel and so a baby gift hamper, with a few bits for the parents thrown in, is a great way to welcome baby into the world.

You can create your own – fill a nappy bucket with all kinds of goodies! – or you can rely on a reputable retailer to do it for you. We love the organic baby hampers from Baby Moi.

#2 Memory box

Parenthood is mainly a time of great joy, interspersed with moments of sheer chaos and struggle. But the problem is, it passes in a flash and all the things we thought we would remember, we don’t.

And so presenting the soon-to-be parents with their own memory box, complete with instructions is a great present, or so we think.

Find a medium sized trunk – why not take a look in charity and thrift stores or bob along to your local auction house? – and include a notebook and pen for jotting down the funny things and the good things, as well as recording height and other important stuff (or whatever mum or dad would like to include!).

Great for storing their first pair of shoes, their milk teeth, a lock of hair, their favourite outfit or their naming ceremony outfit and so on.

#3 Digital memories

Staying with the theme of memories for a while, we can’t ignore the fact that so much of life plays out on social sharing sites.

And why not? It is a great way for relatives and friends not living close by to stay in touch with the progress and development of the baby.

Ramp up the photos with a personalised changing mat, like the one available from Not On the High Street that allows Mum or Dad to circle significant dates with baby in the shot, such as ‘me at a week old’ and so on.

#4 Baby shower guest book

Why not buy a beautiful notebook complete with a pleasant writing pan to pass round at the baby shower and have guests introduce themselves to the baby? Great for memories and perfect for pulling out at the 18th Birthday party too.

#5 Mum and baby bath time hamper

Sleep can be in short supply for parents and babies in the first few months. Getting into a bedtime routine is essential which is why this Mum and Bay bath hamper idea is a great one.

Both can take a relaxing bath in soothing lavender bubbles, dry off with a fluffy towel and a massage with lavender infused oil. Whatever you choose to include, make sure that they are baby-friendly and not too overpowering.

#6 Date night

No doubt, parents will be inundated with offers to babysit but what a great idea to include as part of your baby shower gift a voucher for a meal for two at a local restaurant. You can also include an IOU for your babysitting services if you like…

Other ideas are date night at the local cinema or theatre too, or any activity that you know the couple enjoy.

#7 Handmade gifts

Not everyone is handy with a pair of knitting needles or a crochet needles but thankfully, the talented people who can create these stunning gifts sell them too. And that makes for unique and often fantastic quality items.

Handcrafted clothing and blankets are the perfect gifts and we love these available from Etsy. But order in plenty of time as the creating process takes longer than a few hours.

Of course, no baby shower would be complete without decorations that create a superb backdrop for this celebration. As you would expect, we have a massive range of baby shower decorations so why not take a look?