33 Baby Shower Gift Ideas of 2018
If you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to gift your expecting friend is the usual baby shower gifts. You want to wow her, surprise her, and get her something no one else will. Well, here’s a list of some pretty unique and amazing gifts that pretty much any mama would love – and under a budget that you’d love. Happy shoppin’ sister!
1. Gathre Mat ($20 to $180)
I seriously love Gathre mats !!! They come in all different sizes and in so many pretty colors and patterns. They can be used as changing mats, or for play mats and even for a blanket in the park. They’re made with premium leather, they’re ethically made, free of toxins, wipe-able + waterproof, super compact and it ships within 48-hours (last minute gift anyone?). It can be folded up super-easy – so they’re perfect for travel – and cleaning them is as easy as a quick wipe down. These are so amazing they were even featured on my Baby Registry Checklist a few months back. I just literally can’t explain enough how AWESOME and versatile these mats are – your mama friend will just adore it!
2. Meal train ($Free Express)
This is super simple and easy and costs nothing – besides the meal you provide her. By simply creating a schedule via Mealtrain.com, friends and family can join in and help provide a meal. This will give her little family the gift of being able to just veg out and be food worry-free for a few days/weeks post-baby.
3. Fun rattles – (Taxi Rattle $16.00 & Hot Sauce Rattle $18.00)
These rattles are so cute and they’re made with 100% organic cotton – which is best for baby. Fun rattles make for super cute photos, and lots of fun – it’s a baby shower gift her and baby will drool over!
4. Door Silencer ($9.95)
I’m not sure about you, but being a mother has required me to acquire some stealthy skills. The smallest noise seems to have avalanche-like effects when baby is sleeping sometimes, and these little nifty suckers make life with a sleeping baby much easier. These Door Silencers conveniently wrap around the knobs of doors and make stealth skills possible for even the clumsiest of mothers. No more slammed doors. No more getting locked out by toddlers. Win-Win for your expecting friend.
5. Car Seat Sleep Strap ($7.99)
On several occasions when I’m driving I look back at my son sleeping and I cringe. His poor little head will be entirely slumped forward or it just bobs around with every turn, stop and acceleration. I’ve always wondered what could be done to help his poor little self to not be uncomfortable when he sleeps in his car seat, and viola! These Sleep Straps let any mama help her baby sleep comfortably in the car. Do your friend a favor and just get her one so she has it when she needs it!
6. Bottle holder ($19.95)
There were so many times when my son was young and lacked the motor skills to hold his bottle that I wished something like this existed. Little did I know that my dream could’ve been a reality! By getting her this fun bottle holder for baby you can make her dreams come true. It attaches to the handle of any car seat and allows for hands-free bottle feeding. Score!
7. Frida Baby Bundle ($49.99)
Any mother out there knows about Fridababy products. Talk about lifesavers! Give your friend the gift of a Fridababy Bitty Bundle and she’ll love you forever (the link is to target because amazon’s only option says it ships within 1 to 2 months – ew).
8. Car Phone Holder ($7.99)
Because who doesn’t need a Car Phone Holder? It’s important sometimes to have access to our phones while driving, whether to get directions to a play-date, or to connect your phone to your car’s audio system so your kids can jam out to some nursery rhymes. Whatever the case, help the mama-to-be out by getting her this oh-so-helpful gadget!
9. Gentle Nail Trimmer ($13.99)
What parent doesn’t have nightmares about cutting their newborns predator-like nails? Help her out by getting her this Gentle Nail Trimmer that will simply make her life easier – and less painful.
10. Closet Dividers ($24.99)
These nifty Closet Dividers help to organize baby’s closet, because she is guaranteed to get clothes of many sizes at her shower. These dividers make it super easy to categorize and separate baby’s clothes, so she doesn’t have to be like me and rummage through mounds of clothes just to find the right size! 😛
11. Breast Therapy Gel Pads ($12.99)
With breastfeeding comes sore nips, so what better to get her than these practical pads? These will help bring some relief in her time of need as a new mommy!
12. Baby Seat Lounger (~$39.99)
This little ball of goodness will give your friend’s baby a relaxing time. A relaxed baby = happy mama. Can’t lose with this one!
13. Letters to my Baby Book ($12.45)
Okay, does this Letters to Baby Book totally remind you of the book The Jolly Postman or what? This book is a fun way for mamas to keep notes to their little loves throughout their first years. There’s a prompt for moms for each letter that will help her to reflect on the hopes and dreams she has for baby. It’s such a sweet baby shower gift!
14. Personalized Book ($24.99)
If your mama friend already has baby’s name picked out, choose this personalized “I Lost My Name” Book is a great baby shower gift that her and baby will love. After all, what kid wouldn’t like a book that’s made just for them?!
15. Aden + Anais Swadde blankets ($49.95)
When I had my son was I got tons of soft, poufy blankets. Now that was totally amazing and useful, but I think I only got one or two sets of swaddle blankets – I’ve noticed this trend with the dozens of baby showers I’ve been to. Though this may seem like a duh gift, often times these thin, breathable swaddle blankets by Aden + Anais are a rare commodity at baby showers.
16. Outlet Cover ($11.99)
With babies come little bitty fingers that seem to fit inside of everything. Help her out by getting her these outlet covers. They may not be the cutest gift to give, but they’re super practical.
17. Projection and Melody Soother ($15.49)
This little magical elephant has helped me with my son on countless occasions. Whether helping put him to sleep, or keeping him occupied for a few minutes after a nap, it totally comes in handy. It plays music (or a heartbeat) and projects colorful stars on the ceiling/wall. Your mama friend will get her use out of this!
18. Milestone cards ($23.97)
These Milestone Cards are the sweetest baby shower gifts. Each card is unique and different from the rest, with the cutest illustrations. She’ll be able to document baby’s growth by weeks, months and even some of their most memorable moments. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one 😊
19. Portable Booster Seat ($29.99)
Because, yes. Portable Booster Seats save lives.
20. Baby’s First Year Book ($34.99)
I got this First Year book for my little one and it’s such a fun way to document their journey through their first year. I would recommend getting this for any baby shower!
21. Recovery Kit ($50.99)
If you want to hook a sista up with some much needed products to make her life easier after baby comes, then get her this Recovery Kit. It comes with:
- Nipple butter – because breastfeeding can cause some serious nipple soreness. Perfect for nursing mamas
- Bottom spray – cause let’s be honest, pushing out a human can require some TLC down there
- Bath herbs – This nifty concoction helps to reduce swelling and speed healing down there
- Milkmaid tea – Some women swear by this stuff, it’s claimed to encourage milk production
- Body Wash – this can be used pre-baby and post-baby. Who doesn’t love a delightful rinse?
22. 3-in-1 Diaper Bag, Portable Bassinet & Changing Pad ($69.50)
This contraption is a triple-threat 3-in-1 baby shower gift. You’ll not only supply her with a travel diaper bag, but this thing transforms into a portable bassinet and changing pad, too. You’ll blow her socks off with this one!
23. Portable High Chair ($60.99)
I think almost every parent has been there. You’re out of the home at a friend’s house and it’s time to eat. Next thing you know you’re trying to juggle baby and a plate of food and it just gets messy. Well, help her avoid all that stuff and get her this portable high chair! You’ll for sure steal the show with this one!
24. Mushy Books (~$60)
These Mushy Books are super fun, and she can personalize them how she wants. This is such a great gift for your creative/crafty friends, and I imagine it’d be great for the average scrapbookin’ woman.
25. Baby Gate ($75.99)
Everyone who’s anyone gets baby gates to baby-proof their home. These baby gates not only keep the little one out of places they don’t belong, but it also is actually really nice to look at. Most baby gates are kind of an eye-sore to a home, but these are kinda pretty and they’re super sturdy. Super recommend!
26. Bumbo seat ($54.99)
Bumbo Seats are like a blast from the past because they’ve literally been around for ages. Any product that stands the test of time is a winner in my book – but these are rarely gifted at baby showers. I think any mama would love this as a baby shower gift because it helps baby sit up, it’s super easy for travel and just look at it – it’s just super cute.
27. Moses Baskets ($185)
Okay, are these Moses Baskets not the cutest thing ever?! If you want to wow her, then this is a fun, unique and unusual baby shower gift that will knock her socks off! These baskets are hand dyed and handwoven and their just straight-up gorgeous. I’m not sure what woman wouldn’t love to be gifted this!
28. Sterling Silver Teething Necklace ($179.00)
If your friend is super high class or she doesn’t like the look of silicone or wooden teething necklaces, then she may just love this Sterling Silver Teething Necklace. This cute, sterling silver teething necklace helps baby get some relief going on, while mama stays looking cute and fashionable.
29. Newborn photo session ($Baller Budget)
If you really want to go all out and just drench your mama friend with a showstopper for her baby shower, then gift her with a newborn photo session. It’s a gift that she’ll reap the benefits from for forever – because who doesn’t love to look at their baby’s photos and ugly cry?
30. Spa time ($Baller Budget)
Having a baby can seriously wreak some havoc on a new mommy’s body. So, give the gift of massage for her baby shower. It will be the gift she’ll never expect, and maybe that she didn’t even realize she needed.
31. Baby Bike seat ($159.95)
Is she a avid biker, or just someone who likes to go on a ride now and again? Then, this bike seat for children is a super fun gift idea. It attaches to the front of the bike, so she can always keep an eye on baby.
32. Kid carrier – hiking ($199.00)
When my family went on a trip across Utah and Arizona, this hiking backpack was like a magical unicorn. My husband was able to pack our 99th percentile 9-month old son (meaning he weighed nearly 30lbs) on his back throughout our trip and it was a breeze for him (minus the hot weather). I even tried it on with my son in it and it was like he wasn’t even there. So, if your friend is an avid hiker and adventurer, then I totally recommend this as a great baby shower gift! She’ll use it for years!
33. Dockatot ($175)
“Reinventing the womb” pretty much sums it up. Dockatot’s products provide babies with a safe and soothing environment to just chill out, so mama can rest, too – and what new mom doesn’t need some of that in her life?
In the End…
Whether you gift something handmade, something worth 10 bucks or worth $1,000, make sure you give a gift you know she’ll love. I hope this list of fun and quirky gift ideas helps you do just that <3
In All Honesty,
What are some unique or unusual gifts you’ve been gifted or have gifted that weren’t listed here?