Baby Showers! I’m nearing 40 so, alas, my baby shower attendance has dropped off a bit in the last few years. Sadness. Hopefully I have a few left to attend. Here is a list of a few of my favorite baby shower gifts to give (and get!).
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote
This is one of my very favorite gifts to give. They are made in the good ol’ U.S. of A and last forever. Know baby’s name? Add a monogram! Or perhaps add just the last initial. I have a large collection of these bags and use them for everything. They have served as diaper bags, luggage, and grocery bags. I use them daily. My favorite is the large tote with long handles (to go over shoulders when arms are full of baby and baby things). I do have a zippered version, which works well for travel.
I always get an inexpensive pack of nightlights for new moms and dads. These are really helpful when you are groggily nursing at 4am, and they are usually an afterthought. Middle of the night diaper changes are jarring enough, low light makes it a little easier.
Now that my littlest is in size 3T (sniff!) I am certainly drawn towards those adorable tiny clothes. But new parents get lots of clothes at showers, so I usually try to give them something else – books. Also, I am a nerd. I pretty much think books are the coolest. I usually try to give a small collection of the titles that were kid tested and kid approved at my house. So many are available inexpensively on Amazon. And many come in a variety of formats – board books for younger children, hard cover for keepsakes, and soft cover for when they are a little older.
Yes, I know I said I tend to avoid giving clothes, but I love these Hanna Andersson sleepers so much I sometimes just have to gift them. They are a bit pricey, but the quality is always excellent, and the cotton really is the softest. We own a lot of Hanna Andersson at my house and not one piece has ever worn out – even items that have been handed down three times. So pick up one of these adorable sleepers in a gender neutral pattern, and know that it will last through kid after kid after kid and wash after wash after wash. I like the footed ones for babies, and the footless ones for toddlers.
After the shower…
Anything personalized makes a great new baby gift. Sweet gifts include personalized blankets, birthday blocks, and framed birth info (check Etsy for tons of choices). And of course, gift certificates to local restaurants are great, too. With a new baby, sometimes take out is a life saver!
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