The arrival of a new family member is exciting for every mother, especially if it’s their first child. Baby showers are an important way for friends and family to celebrate new life and give congratulations. However, as with any celebration, there’s the endlessly tricky matter of choosing an appropriate gift to give.
Fortunately, though, finding perfect baby shower gift ideas that will impress doesn’t require a Herculean effort. The mother-to-be will always appreciate a relaxation gift basket, a vintage gift, or a handmade item, to name a few.
Relaxation Gift Sets
Often, when people think of a baby shower, the average gift-giver goes for the easy mark. Buying cute clothes and soft toys for the soon-to-be newborn saves parents time and money, so it’s always a great idea. But it’s also predictable.
To really impress, head straight to the bath and beauty section of your favorite shop. Many retailers, particularly specialty crafters, often have wonderful handcrafted and premium bath gifts. Luxury soaps, skincare products, bath bombs, and similar items will be a blessing for future parents in need of downtime. Gifts for moms-to-be are some of the best baby shower gift ideas!
Sterling Silver Baby Gifts
When it comes to baby shower gift ideas that will impress, think long term. Something you buy today could turn into a cherished heirloom that the receiver will pass down to future generations. Most parents will eventually throw out or donate baby items due to wear or stains. However, many more traditional baby items are made of more durable materials.
For instance, starting a silver charm collection to mark each birthday is a tradition and a treasure that’s sure to last as well as impress. If mom is an antique enthusiast, consider a few vintage baby gift ideas as well. Antique toys are as impressive as they are valuable the more time goes by.
Gifts handcrafted by the giver are always meaningful and unique baby shower gift ideas. Depending on your unique talents and hobbies, you can create a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Making baby treat boxes for guests as well as the host is an amazing and simple way bakers can share their talents in gift form.
Anyone who can stitch, knit, or crochet can easily make baby blankets, family quilts, or even handmade baby clothes. Even artwork, carvings, and other small tokens are unique and wonderful ways to set aside time and show your friend how much you’re happy for her.
With such a momentous time in her life, you want to give her a gift that she’ll cherish for years to come. By finding ways to care for the receiver, choosing something with lasting value, or giving up your time to create a unique item, you can achieve exactly that. Regardless, it’s the thought that counts, and the mom-to-be will appreciate any effort you go to surprise her.
Christina Duron is a writer living in the Chicagoland area. Her passion for writing and mental health help create thought provoking and engaging pieces and hopes to use them to empower mothers and women to embrace the beauty of motherhood.
Let’s be honest, when it’s your first pregnancy, you are showered with gifts and attention and the spotlight is always on you.
Your partner, your family and friends constantly check on you and ask you how you are feeling, if there is anything you need or want. You feel like royalty and I loved every second of it.
But by your second, or third/fourth/fifth pregnancy, you have found yourself lost in the background in the story of your ever growing family. Ironically, by this time you are so exhausted from looking after your current little humans, that the body growing your newest addition needs more love and attention than ever before!
With the holidays fast approaching, if you are stumped on what to get that pregnant not first time mom-to-be in your life, here are a few ideas.
A Prenatal Massage
Whether it’s the first or the fifth pregnancy, a mom-to-be is sore all over. Her back aches, her neck hurts, she always has some strange shooting pain in some part of her body. A prenatal massage specializes on a growing mama’s needs. Although there is a very good chance she’s gonna snooze on that massage table, because… motherhood.
By the middle of the second trimester, and for sure by the third, we can barely bend over to put on our shoes, never mind paint our toenails. Plus, for a NOT first time mom-to-be, there’s the added problem of having other children with their own busy schedules. So we can hardly remember the last time we did something just for ourselves. Sending a pregnant mom for a pedicure is one of the best gifts you can give her (and I love going just to sit in those massage chairs!)
A Back or Foot Massager
Speaking of those massage chairs at the nail salon, how about one that we can use in the comfort of our own homes? Being able to sneak in a massage while watching our other children play is multi-tasking done right! This is a gift that will definitely keep on giving because we’ll also be able to use it postpartum, including while breastfeeding or as part of our regular self care routine. In fact, the luxury of being able to enjoy a massage while binge watching Grey’s Anatomy after the kids going to bed sounds heavenly!
I had one when I was pregnant with my first baby. I lived in it postpartum, those middle of the night feedings and sitting in a rocking chair all night. But that was 6 years ago. It’s worn out and I’ll admit, a little on the small side now… (it MUST have shrunk in the dryer). But a brand new comfy robe would be the perfect gift for a NOT first time mom-to-be. Make sure that it has some good pockets because we carry ALL the things: washcloths, pacifiers, baby monitor, phone. Bonus points for some new house shoes to go with it!
A Subscription Box
A box full of goodies showing up her doorstep each month is enough to make a NOT first time mom-to-be tear up (not that it takes much). If you want her to feel special and remembered this is one of the nicest gift options. And where else would you go than Bump Boxes? They are specifically designed for the pregnant mama and contain high quality products that she’s probably never tried before but will be super excited to.
A 3D/4D Non-Diagnostic Ultrasound
There are several companies that offer non-diagnostic ultrasounds for expectant mothers nowadays. This is a great way for moms to get a look at their babies before they are born and have a keepsake of their pregnancies. It’s also a great gift for the entire family, including older siblings, and helps them feel more involved in the pregnancy. There are even mobile ultrasound companies that will perform the sessions in your own home! But they can be costly and are often neglected by moms in subsequent pregnancies. A gift certificate for one of these sessions would make an awesome gift.
Hair Salon Gift Certificates
We want to get our hair done. We want to get it colored and cut and styled. We really do. But sometimes our kids’ ballet lessons are more important, or the van needs an oil change. So the money that we want to spend on ourselves needs to go somewhere else. We say we’ll do it “one day” and we throw our hair into a mom bun and move on. A gift certificate to her hair salon is the the gift of guilt free beautiful hair. That postpartum hair loss is about to do a number on her, so she might even want to use it after the baby arrives to help give her the much needed cool mom pick me up!
This is not to use on her family when she doesn’t want to cook (although it could be!) No, these are for her to splurge on that order of chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and deep fried pickles after the kids are in bed and some strange craving hits her. One of the most thoughtful gifts I remember is our neighbors giving us a gift card for pizza place when our 2nd daughter came home. We were so grateful for such a small thing on those first few days of complete exhaustion.
A Self-Care Basket
Finally… give her all the self care products you can find! Face masks, moisturizers, lip balm, makeup, skin care, exfoliating scrubs, bath bombs, essential oils, deep conditioner, you name it! A NOT first time mom-to-be is even more guilty of neglecting self care throughout her pregnancy and afterwards so she needs as much encouragement as possible. Chances are, if she has the products in her home already, she’s more likely to make time to use them. This time of the year you can find self care products everywhere – or do your one stop shopping online at stores like Rocky Mountain Oils, Aveda or Well.ca.
Hopefully some of these ideas inspire you when it comes to treating that expecting mom in your life. You also don’t have to wait until Christmas morning, a just because gift can be the best ones! We get so used to taking care of other people that it is nice to be remembered. Happy Gifting!