With the post-pandemic baby boom snowballing on, it’s safe to say that the rising popularity of baby showers won’t be abating any time soon! We have you covered with our list of the best baby shower gifts available to buy right now, from unique and luxurious keepsakes to organic and sustainable presents.
[words by Tabitha Syrett]
Baby showers are a wonderful traditional way to bring an expectant mother’s friends and family together to express their joy at the impending birth. And best of all, they can “shower” her with all manner of gorgeous gifts to see her through the first phases of motherhood.
The Best Baby Shower Gifts to Buy Now
You may not know where to begin when faced with the prospect of buying presents for an expectant mother and her new infant – but never fear, we’ve got you covered with the very best baby shower gifts to buy now.
Bedfolk First Baby & Toddler Collection, £15-60
A miniature rendition of its usual brand, this is Bedfolk’s first baby and toddler collection. It offers eight products including toddler duvets, baby sheets, pillows and hooded baby towels. Gifting an expectant mother anything from this collection will make you the envy of any baby shower.
The Nappy Gurus One Size Reusable Pocket Nappy Kit, £41
This collection gives parents a wide variety of sustainable nappies to choose from, in order to adapt to the needs of their newborn. They’re also easy to use with their snap fastenings and fast drying waterproof shell – and cute as can be!
‘The Mother-Loving Guide: Truths About Life With a Newborn and How to Prepare (a Little)’ by Silke Thistlewood, £12.99
This brilliant book by established baby veteran Silke Thistlewood delves deep into the realities of motherhood – its hardships and joys. Its honest account and rich advice is a great way for your expectant friend or family member to prepare and is a great pick for any upcoming baby showers.
Baby Kingdom Luxury Gift Set, £65
Complete with baby shampoo, nappy cream, body cream, hair and body wash and baby powder (not to mention the stunning keepsake gift box it comes in), this is a truly spoiling option for any baby shower.
Ziggle Muslin Fox Swaddle Wrap, £10
These adorable swaddle wraps are made from thick, 100% cotton muslin that replicates the warmth and security of the womb. Shortlisted for this year’s Gift of the Year, you definitely can’t go wrong with these as a baby shower offering.
Noble Isle Tea and Rose Bath and Body Oil, £40
This is the ultimate in spoiling gifts for new mothers and the perfect way to help them unwind amidst the frazzle of those early months. So, show your support by encouraging your pregnant friend of family member to luxuriate in this heavenly collection from Noble Isle.
JoJo Maman Bébé Safari Print Sleepsuit, £20
We all know babies grow out of clothes quickly, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still look cute! Sleepsuits are a godsend for nighttime changes; we love this adorable gender-neutral JoJo Maman Bebe safari option.
Blushing Cook Blooming Baby Floral Brownies, £36
These delectable decorative brownies are an ideal present to give new or expectant parents, or even to indulge in at the baby shower itself. They come in three different varieties – “Welcome to the World”, “It’s a Girl” and “It’s a Boy” – in sets of 6, 12 and 24, and can be ordered vegan and gluten free.
Nuby Portable Baby Bottle Maker, £39.99-£79.99
Nuby’s Portable Baby Bottle Maker is bound to be a huge hit with any new parents. Complete with a RapidCool kit, UV steriliser bibs and bottle, it’s quick, easy, convenient and will save all sorts of faff.
Personalised Grey Hooded Fleece Robe, £15.40
Is there anything cuter than a baby in a dressing gown? If baby is going to be born at the end of summer or during autumn/winter, this My 1st Years gown is the perfect pick – opt for a slightly bigger size so it can last a few months.
Finnson UNA Eco Changing Pouch in Cream, £30
Made from recycled materials this Una pouch is just the thing for new parents short on time and overflowing in clutter. It can fit all the daily essentials needed to keep a parent and their newborn going – cream, wipes nappies, wallet and keys.
Baby Touch Rainbow Book, £7.99
Part of Ladybird’s Baby Touch collection, this vibrant little book will make for a thoughtful present for any expectant parent, vividly bringing the world to life for their newborn and brightening up their nursery.
Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, £249.99
Medela is a world leading breastfeeding brand, and has certainly pulled out all the stops with its range of breastfeeding accessories and breastpumps. With their lightweight designs, these dynamic and portable electrical pumps are perfect for any new mum with a hectic schedule and limited time to spare. This generous gift is guaranteed to be warmly received at any baby shower you may have on the horizon.
Infantino Dream Buddies 3-in-1 Projector Musical Mobile, £41.28
This sweetest and most whimsical of baby shower gifts, this has a wonderfully peaceful effect on any new baby.
Emma Bunton’s Kit & Kin Magic Salve, £7.99
This magic salve from Kit & Kin is both family friendly and earth friendly, so it’s sure to be a big hit with any expectant parent at their baby shower. Overflowing with nourishing and pH balancing natural ingredients, this multi-purpose salve can be used for nappy rash, dry skin and dry lips; it’s also dermatologist approved.
Babymel Robyn ECO Convertible Backpack in Navy Stripe, £62.10
You can’t go wrong with a changing bag as a gift for a busy new mum and we love the stylish print of this Babymel Robyn number with space for nappies, clothes, bottles and much more!
Beyond Nine Savannah Jumpsuit in Green/Lilac Gingham, £129
If you’re attending a summer baby shower, Beyond Nine’s cool, edgy and comfortable maternity linen clothing is just the thing for any expectant mother for wearing during and post-pregnancy.
Patisserie Valerie Gender Reveal Cake, £95
This magnificent cake (feeding 22) really will bring any baby shower to life, particularly if they’re combining a gender reveal and baby shower.
Top Tips for Throwing a Baby Shower
• If the gender of the new arrival hasn’t been revealed, choosing a neutral theme doesn’t have to mean basic shades. Soft lemon and pale grey look chic together, or go for a combination of pastel blue and pink.
• It’s easy to go overboard with cute gifts for the little one and forget about the mum-to-be! Lotions and potions as well as relaxing candles will all be very welcome. Or, as a treat, book her into her favourite spa.
• Gift-opening is often seen as the main event, but it’s always nice to add to the occasion with themed games. If time is a struggle, you can buy a huge selection of ready-made baby shower games online, or, if you’re feeling creative it might be nice to organise your own. Why not ask guests to bring their own old baby photos and play the game of guessing who’s who?
• Make memories of this special day by setting up a corner of the room as a photo booth complete with baby-themed props. You could use a polaroid camera so guests can take the photos home.
• No party is complete without cake. Go down the cupcake route and complete with themed toppers, or host your own baby ‘bake off’, where guests bring their own homemade treats.