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Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Amidst the butt creams and swings, onesies and Wubbanubs, it can be stressful to try to think of the perfect baby shower gift. If you’re anything like me, you want something that will surprise the mama with something she really wants, while also avoiding traffic and aimless shopping. Good thing SmartMom’s got you covered, we’ve crafted a list of the best baby shower gift ideas just for you.

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So, you’re first decision. Choose your gift theme. Are you looking for something adorable for your friend’s new addition? Or, would you prefer to bless that baby with something downright practical? Last option, would you rather skip the baby stuff altogether- and purchase something for the mom? After you’ve chosen your gift theme, refer to the associated shopping list below and prepare for the easiest baby shower shopping!

Adorable Baby Gifts

Blabla’s dolls: Inspired by a village of Peruvian knitters, this company’s story and product will have you hooked. You’ll be hard pressed to decide on just one of these dolls. However, Figaro the Birdie and Harmony the Mermaid are just flat out adorable.

Petit Bateau’s Baby Cardigan: Perfect for baby boy or girl, these sweaters are cozy and cute. Whether for the newborn’s first photography session or for leaving the hospital. This piece is versatile as well as a keepsake for years to come. Check out their velour crawler too.

J. Crew’s Baby Cashmere Cardigan Sweater: Available in pale pink, this is ideal for a newborn baby girl. For mom’s that may prefer something a bit more unisex, check out this one.

Practical Baby Gifts

Vulli’s Sophie la Girafe: This French favorite, born in 1961 has been a teething toy for French children for decades. You can read the full story here. But basically, this is one of the most practical gifts ever.

The Honest Company’s Baby Arrival Gift Set: If you weren’t one of the SmartMom’s lucky enough to win the Honest Co. giveaway, trust us, this stuff is great. This is perfect for sticking straight in the diaper bag or on the changing table. Or, if you are a fan of the classic diaper cake for a baby shower, consider saving yourself 6 hours covered in ribbon and hot glue, and check out Honest Co.’s diaper cakes! This one takes the cake for Most Practical Gift!

7 A.M. Enfant’s Doudoune: French for “padded jacket”, this part- jacket, part-sleeping bag is perfect for those babies born in colder climates. With the vast assortment of colors, you can certainly find one that will please every mom’s taste. However, if $95 is a bit pricy for your shopping budget, try these mittens, almost too adorable to be on this list, but alas, us northerners know how practical a good pair of mittens can be, whether you’re 24 hours or 24 years old.

Gifts for Mama

Kate Spade’s ‘One in a Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace: this adorable necklace is simple yet the perfect gift for a new mom. This is an idea gift for mom’s who have revealed their baby’s gender and name. Or, at the very least, maybe they have dropped some hints about the baby’s first initial!

Ugg’s Ansley Moccasin: One word- latenightfeedings. These moccasins are ideal for being around the house a little more than usual and perhaps even sneaking out to the grocery. We love the grey ones, but with 8 color options, pick a pair that make mama happy.

Lululemon’s Cabin Yogi Wrap: What mom, heck, female doesn’t want this wrap? Feminine, light, and soft, we love the heathered white/neutral blush one. It’s great for nursing moms and… did we mention it’s reversible?

Be sure to share your baby shower questions with SmartMom’s around the country by getting in on the conversation here.



What are some little things that babies need that no one thinks about for baby shower presents?

Am I registering for or expecting too much for baby shower gifts? I don’t want to offend anyone.

My friend is having a girl and I want to get her some unique baby shower presents…any ideas?

Any good gift ideas for my sister in laws baby shower this weekend?

Is it disrespectful when people attend a baby shower and don’t bring a gift?

What was the best gift you received at your baby shower?

The invite list for my baby shower is huge and it is stressing me out. Any thoughts?

I want to bring a gift to the baby shower for the mama-to-be (in addition to the gifts for the baby)…Any ideas?

Is it weird if I don’t want to open presents at my baby shower?

Any ideas for a gender neutral gift for a baby shower?

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About Melissa Elchison

Melissa Elchison is currently pursuing her clinical fellowship as a speech and language pathologist. Previously, she studied education and was an early childhood researcher at The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati. She enjoys barre classes, traveling with her husband, and trying new recipes.