A new baby is on its way into your world and it’s such an exciting time! There’s so much magic in the celebration of this new little life and of course, the new journey your loved one is about to embark on.
There’s so much excitement, happiness, fulfilment, and naturally, a few nerves for first time Mums.
Of course, as the baby shower approaches, you’ll want to be able to find the perfect gift. One that marks this momentous and special occasion, makes your friend feel extra special and loved, and hopefully, will be practical once the baby arrives.
There are so many different approaches you can take when selecting the perfect gift for the new Mum and bub in your life.
If you’re having trouble deciding or narrowing it down, a baby shower gift basket is a really lovely way of collating a few practical gifts with a few thoughtful ones, to really make the new Mum in your life feel special.
We’ve put together this handy guide for what to put in a baby shower gift basket.
5 Practical gift ideas for a baby shower gift basket
Baby care gifts
Smaller care items like baby lotions, oils, and wipes make amazing filler gifts for your baby shower basket. The best thing about these is that even if the new Mum receives double ups — they’ll all get used.
- Baby lotions, oils & shampoos
- Nappies, baby wipes & nappy rash cream
- Baby swaddles
- Sun Hat
Cute grooming accessories
We love giving baby grooming accessories as gifts. These are as practical as they are cute. You can pick up adorable hair brushes, combs or nail clipping sets to fill up your basket.
- Hair brush & comb
- Sponges & towels
- Cotton wool
- Nail trimming sets
Anything plush and squishy will be loved by the new baby. From a teething ring to bath toys and through to rattles and chains — you can’t go wrong with plush gifts to fill up your baby shower basket.
- Teething rings
- Activity chains & rattles
- Musical toys
- Squishy toys
Everyone’s favourite: clothes!
The best part about shopping for a baby shower is looking at the clothes. The new Mum in your life will absolutely appreciate having loads of rompers and onesies to choose from. And, it’ll help her space out those laundry days.
Plus, you get to look at all of the tiny baby booties. It’s a win win.
Baby clothes ideas:
- Rompers & onesies
- Socks & gloves
- A cute knit
Gifts for Mum
In all the excitement of shopping for the baby, make sure you don’t forget about Mum! Pop some treats and pampering products in the baby shower basket specially for her.
Gifts for Mum:
- A bottle of champagne
- Special chocolates
- Lotions & creams
5 Sentimental gifts for a baby shower hamper
Especially if you’re playing Aunty or Uncle to the new bundle of joy, you might want to get something extra sentimental for the occasion.
Books and toys make extra special gifts that will be sentimental to Mum and bub for years to come.
Special toy ideas:
- Teddy bears & stuffed toys
- Engraved piggy bank
- Wooden blocks
- Wooden puzzles
The new Mum in your life will want to keep all the precious memories she’s creating somewhere safe. So, why not pop a lovely keepsake box into your baby shower gift basket?
A cute dream mobile
Baby dream mobiles are so important for soothing and calming babies. Pick up a special dream mobile you know will suit the planned nursery and Mum’s style.
Help Mum keep track of all the big moments. There are so many adorable, customisable milestone cards available to help her remember all those special milestones.
Whether it’s for Mum or the baby, you can definitely up your baby shower gift basket game with something personalised. It’s such a lovely way to show your friend or sister how much you care and how excited you are for the arrival of the new baby.
Personalised gift ideas:
- Embroidered blankets
- Hair brush
- Photo frame
- Teddy bear
Making your baby shower gift basket insta-worthy
Once you’ve found or brainstormed all of the items you’ll be putting in the hamper, it’s time to find the vessel. Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a cute straw or wicker basket, but you can be creative too.
Pick up a cute baby bag, a baby bathtub, or cute nursery bin for a creative basket replacement.
No matter how fine the selection of items you’ve picked is, you’ll need something to prop them up with to make the basket look special.
Tissue paper or shredded paper is often used for this, or you can get creative again and use a lovely baby blanket or swaddle.
Personalise the basket
Make your basket super special with a touch of personalisation. You could have some of the items in the basket personalised, like a blanket or swaddle with baby’s name embroidered on.
Or, you can put Mum or baby’s name on the basket. Use baby block letters or handcraft some cute letter cards to spell the name with.
The finishing touches
Don’t forget the finishing touches! Wrap it up in cellophane with a balloon inside, or for a more environmentally-conscious alternative, fill it with paper confetti and wrap it up in butchers’ paper.
Don’t have the time to run around collecting all these little things for your baby shower gift basket? Why not build your own gift box for Mum and baby?