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Top 10 Baby Shower Gifts

Skip the diaper cake and gift the mom-to-be with one of these unique baby shower gift ideas, sure to put a smile on her face.

No new mom was ever disappointed to receive a diaper cake, but the options for baby shower gifts these days are endless.

Whether you celebrate the mini miracle’s arrival with something practical, something pretty, or something completely unique, these are the gifts that are sure to liven up the mama-to-be's day and make her life as a parent just a little bit simpler.

  • Housecleaning Service: Keeping up with the dishes is probably the last thing on a time-strapped new mom’s mind, so why not treat her to a professional housecleaning? Just be sure that whatever service you choose uses eco-friendly, fragrance-free products (to avoid upsetting the newborn’s delicate system).

  • Stylin’ Seat: Whether you go for a sweet rocker, a state-of-the-art swing, or a retro-looking bouncer like the Mamas & Papas Apollo ($99), you’ll be giving Mom the gift of some hands-free time with a happily entertained baby.

  • Birth Announcements: Help the guest of honor welcome her new addition in style with a gift certificate to a site that creates beautiful birth announcements or thank-you cards. Be sure to choose a site with a wide range of styles, so Mom can really let her personality shine.   

  • Chic Carrier: Strollers don’t work in every situation, so a fabulous carrier or sling is an absolute must. Go sporty, eco-friendly, bohemian, or modern…there are so many styles on the market that your only problem will be which one to choose (we love Rockin’ Baby’s Hippy Hippy Shake, $79.99).

  • Date Night: Gift the couple with a special night out on the town. Some ideas include gift certificates to local restaurants and movie theaters, a bottle of wine…and a coupon for an evening of babysitting, courtesy of you. Really make it the best baby shower gift by wrapping everything into one special gift basket!

  • Diaper bag: Whether you go practical or luxe, choose a style (like this Kate Spade Harmony Baby Bag, $295) that will look just as gorgeous on the street as it does next to the changing table.

  • Meal Delivery (Group Gift): Newly-minted moms have exactly zero time to prepare fantastic, healthy meals, and takeout gets old after awhile. Pre-shower, get together with a group of friends and arrange to have each of you deliver a delicious meal for the entire family on a set night (or two). Be sure to find out about any allergies or food restrictions in advance, and make enough so that Mom will be able to have the leftovers for lunch the next day!

  • Baby Bath: Put together a gift basket containing a variety of luxe bath products for Baby (and maybe one for Mom). Include items like baby shampoo, moisturizer, sunscreen, a sweet hooded towel, and, of course, a rubber duck.

  • Learning Library: A classic book or two to start of the baby’s very first library is always a welcome gift. Some suggestions: Madeline, Goodnight, Moon, Angelina Ballerina, and Babar.

  • DIY: The sweetest baby shower gifts are often the ones you make yourself, so call whatever skills you have into action. Are you a photographer? Schedule a photo session for the new addition. A chef? A basket of ready-to-freeze meals could get the new family through those tough first weeks. And of course if you’re handy with a pair of knitting needles and have a little time to spare, try whipping up a beautiful blanket, newborn hat, or baby socks.

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