I am at that exciting stage in life where my friends and I are all having babies. This means I get to go to lots of baby showers, which I LOVE (any excuse for a celebration!). My own baby shower was two years ago and I had such a good time. We were very lucky with the weather, and being able to use my parents’ amazing garden, which was just the perfect venue. However, I know sometimes people can find baby showers a bit awkward because of one thing – the gift. Of course, I’m sure no-one throws a shower expecting gifts (I know I didn’t and said as much to anyone who asked what I wanted) but it’s natural to want to buy a baby shower gift. Then you have the dilemma of what to actually buy? So I thought I would do a post of the types of things I usually give at a baby shower.
I generally do the “big present” for the shower, and that will be a baby hamper of some kind. Then once the baby is born, I will buy a smaller gift or something personalised. I try to personalise the hamper to the person I am buying for. Knowing the gender of the baby can be helpful for clothes, but other than that I don’t think it really matters. Sometimes it’s nice to not have gender specific items!
I also try and pack things that as a first time mum, you wouldn’t think you need until the day you need them and it’s a massive panic to try and find that item! In the past I have done nappy cakes which are great fun and actually really simple to do!
For one friend’s hamper recently, I did a medicine basket. This included the following items:
- Teething powder (Nelsons or Ashton and Parsons)
- Teething toy
- Snuffle babe (like baby vicks, good for colds)
- Gripe Water
- Burt Bees baby oil
- Face cloths and baby sponge
(I was a bit unorganised and didn’t manage to get a photo of this!)
These were all things I hadn’t thought about getting until I actually needed them – and a teething baby with no teething granules is not fun!! Even if the parents already have all these things, they are the types of things that will always be used, so you can never have too many.
I also always like to include something personal, so I now try to make a blanket and matching taggie rag. I try to use fabric that is personal to the family – so for this friend, she was having a little girl and her husband is a keen fisher, so I had to get something with fish on! I’ll be doing a “how-to” for both these items very soon, so keep an eye out!
For the second baby shower I went to this year, I actually managed to get some better photos for you! My friend is a nurse, so I didn’t think she would need a medicine basket, so this time I went for a bit of a random mix of stuff! Again, it was stuff that you wouldn’t necessarily think you need, but also things that your baby would use when they’re a bit older so something they can put away for a few months time.
Here’s what I included:
- Simple bath and shampoo goodies
- Hooded bath towels
- Face cloths and baby sponge
- Baby toothbrush
- Aden + Anais Sleeping Bag
- Sleep vests
- Munchkin 360 cup in green
- Munchkin bowls and spoons
- Buggy clips
- Dribble bibs
- Nappy bags
- Baby Milestone cards
- Handmade blanket
- Handmade taggie blanket
- Pamper box for mummy
- Chocolate (FYI Charlotte – I owe you some chocolate….)
To give it a nice finishing touch, wrap it in cellophane and it with some ribbon. I usually use florist ribbon as it looks nicer, but I had to improvise as I couldn’t find my reel of ribbon!
So there we have it – the perfect baby shower hamper! The thing I love about a hamper is that there are so many different things you can put in. Whether it’s a first baby or third baby, you can mix and match all kinds of stuff that mum and dad will find useful. And if you are a parent yourself, I’m sure you can think of loads of stuff that you didn’t know you needed until you really needed it!
Equally, if you don’t want to give a big gift at the baby shower, or mum isn’t having a baby shower, these are also perfect gifts to give once baby is here. I hope this has give you some ideas if you’re stuck for present inspiration.
If you were giving a first time mum a baby hamper, what would be your must have items?
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