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Carley Roney

Professional Baby Expert

Best Baby Shower Gifts & Gift Ideas for Babyshowers

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Ahhh…the baby shower. In terms of gifts, there are really two ways to go. One, you can pluck something off mommy-to-be’s registry. Or you can show up with something so sweet or indulgent that she either didn’t know it existed or would feel too guilty asking for it. The first option is surely practical, but the second is way more fun.

Here are the top fun, stylish, and original gifts, all of them just as delightful for mommy as for baby. After all, pregnancy is tough. So go on, give your friend a treat.

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The best baby shower gifts are easy to find with help from our experts who search the Web for fun and functional present ideas. Always the best price, these gift ideas for babyshowers include cashmere blankets to the perfect tote bag.

Best Baby Shower Gifts by Carley Roney

The Best You Can Get

  • Dante Beatrix - Baby Beatrix Tote

    Carley says: There’s no way around it - every mom will wind up lugging around wads of wipes, a variety of bright rubber chew-things, and baggies of goldfish crackers. But that doesn’t mean she can’t sling it all over her shoulder in style. The Baby Beatrix Tote is hip enough to swing from play date to business lunch without missing a beat. Extendable handles, a variety of pockets, and a matching changing pad make it both practical and luxurious.

    Even if the mommy-to-be has picked out her own everyday diaper contraption, the Baby Beatrix still makes great addition to her gear, especially for those occasions when she doesn’t want to be seen fishing for her wallet in a diaper bag.

    • Four color choices
    • Extendable straps
    • Zip closure
    • Multiple outer and inner pockets
    • Functions as handbag/diaper bag
  • Suzanne Myers - Sterling Name Charm Necklace

    Carley says: Nashville teacher-turned-designer Suzanne Myers’ pretty charms dangle from the necks of celebrities like Sharon Stone and Faith Hill. The sterling coin-like charms etched with baby’s name and colorful stones make for a chic alternative to the average “mom necklace”. If you know the baby’s name, this is the ultimate personalized shower gift. (If not, you could always give a nice card with an IOU - the necklaces are just that cute.)

    • Handmade sterling silver name charms with choice of border
    • Accented with choice of two semiprecious stones
    • Two choices of 17-inch chains with S-clasp
    • Additional charms available
  • Lucky Jade - Cashmere Blanket

    Carley says: Yes, new moms tend to get an overload of blankets, but this one’s different. The sweet designs and unbelievably soft cashmere are a guaranteed hit - so luxurious it just makes you want to snuggle. There’s a satin-trimmed, fourteen-inch mini version of the blanket too - don’t be surprised if it becomes baby’s constant companion.

    • 36” x 46” blanket
    • 100 percent cashmere yarn
    • Nine color/pattern choices
  • Tea - Lotus Tiny Tea Set

    Carley says: The six-piece tiny tea set is a pretty starter-kit for baby’s first days as a fashion icon. The Japanese-inspired patterns offer a cute spin on the traditional newborn gift set. The swaddle blanket is incredibly soft and warm, and we love the understated, delicate pattern.

    • Two long-sleeved onesies, jacket, pants, hat, and swaddle blanket
    • Choice of blue or pink
    • Newborn size (0 to 8 lb.)
    • 100 percent pima cotton
  • Blabla - Fruit Rattles Set

    Carley says: Want to give a gift that’s adorable but not ordinary? Made by expert Peruvian artisans, Blabla’s super-cute fruit rattles are unique playthings and great for development of motor skills and color-recognition. Since the rattles are knit from natural fibers, there’s no need to be concerned about possible lead paint content. And your gift supports a good cause - all Blabla products are fair trade. (That, and they just make you smile.)

    • Set of five rattles
    • Soft and colorful
    • Sized for baby’s tiny grip

You will be happy with any of these

  • Dwell Studio - Bib and Burp Set

    Carley says: A fresh, modern bib makes for a fun baby-cessory and a great conversation piece. Dwell’s bib and burp set has an extra-soft lining with incredibly cute prints on the organic cotton front. Check out the gio print, which features huge animals in two color combinations, but rest assured that whatever pattern you pick, your friend will feel like a stylish mom right from the start.

    • Set includes burp cloth and two bibs
    • Printed cotton front, velour underneath
    • Contrast piping
    • Choice of nine patterns
  • Binth Baby Book

    Carley says: Want to go green with your shower gift? The whimsical illustrations in the Binth Baby Book are printed on recycled stock and offer the mommy-to-be a stylish way to keep up with baby’s memories and milestones. There’s a keepsake box to protect the cloth cover from dust (and spit up), and for a few extra bucks, you can have the baby’s name embossed on the journal. And this one’s extra green - the evergreen color is perfect for a boy or a girl.

    • 52-page keepsake book
    • Screen-printed on recycled white stock
    • Cotton cloth cover
    • Cute green storage box for safe-keeping
    • Personalization available
  • Aden + Anais - Muslin Wraps

    Carley says: The lightweight muslin wraps at Aden + Anais are not only breathable (keeping baby warm, not sweaty), but the fabric also grips against itself nicely to help swaddle the little one in nice and snug. Muslin wraps have been the rage in Australia for decades and are starting to make an appearance here in the US. There are a ton of adorable patterns and colors to choose from (the swaddlers come in packs of two or four), and you might get an extra-special thank-you note when the new mom finds herself catching a few more zzz’s than expected.

    • Cotton muslin with open weave for maximum airflow
    • Machine washable (and dryable)
    • Large size 47” x 47”
  • Noodle & Boo - Honey Child Gift Set

    Carley says: Why not give something that’s a treat for both mommy and baby? The Noodle and Boo Honey Child set comes with Sugar Mama Honey Scrub, an uber-moisturizing and yummy-smelling exfoliant for mom, and the sweet and gentle Sugar Mama Honey Bar for mom and baby to share. Noodle & Boo also donates twenty percent of its profits to charity and come in 100 percent recyclable packaging.

    • Set includes Sugar Mama Honey Scrub and Honey Bar
    • Honey Bar can be used by both mom and baby
    • Extra moisturizing
  • Minimink - Bootees

    Carley says: Now, you wouldn’t want a baby slip-sliding around in these once she finds her feet, but for those early days of lying around, there’s nothing more plush and lush than (fake) fur booties. These are something the new mom probably wouldn’t buy herself, but the unexpected poofs of softness on baby’s tootsies are sure to inspire some oohs and ahhs from his early visitors.

    • Faux fur outer
    • 100 percent cotton lining
    • Available in XS (0 to 4 months) or S (4 to 8 months)

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