66 Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas For Modern Parents
When it’s your turn to celebrate a friend’s baby on the way, you want to bring the perfect gift for the baby shower! But it can be difficult to think of something that’s unique, meaningful, and expresses your love. If you’re running short on baby shower gift ideas, look no further.
With these 66 ideas from Newton Baby, you’re sure to find something that’s just right.
The Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas
We’ve separated our gift ideas into two sections: gifts for baby and gifts for mom and dad. Show your love for the new little one and their parents with the ideas listed below!
Baby Shower Gift Ideas For Baby
1) Handmade Art
Create your own piece of artwork to match the baby’s nursery! Paint a picture, take a special photograph and put it in a frame, or even make a piece of pottery (for a high shelf in baby’s room of course). If you’re not artsy, check into a local art sale.
2) Crib Mattress
3) Monogrammed Burp Cloths
Babies go through lots of burp cloths. Even though spit-up isn’t so stylish, it doesn’t mean the burp cloth can’t be. Make the realities of having a baby extra special and help mom and dad stock up with monogrammed or embroidered burp cloths.
4) Basket Of Baby-Proofing Necessities
The gift of safety is a good one. Babies begin moving and rolling over in no time. Give parents a head start on baby-proofing by creating a basket of things they’ll need, like outlet covers and safety latches for cabinets.
5) Mattress Pad
When late-night messes strike, the new parents will be grateful for a mattress pad. Newton’s mattress pads are machine-washable for quick and easy cleanup. Get one for now and a spare for later in case the bed needs to be changed in the middle of the night.
6) Monthly Milestone Blanket
A monthly milestone blanket makes it easy to get that social-media-worthy photo to show baby’s growth every month. Friends and family will love following along, watching baby grow and change all year long on the milestone blanket.
7) Rocking Chair
A rocking chair or glider is a perfect gift for hours of rocking, cuddling, and snuggling the new little one. Choose a seat that is comfy and easily cleanable.
8) Stack Of Books
Books make thoughtful baby shower gift ideas. Invest in baby’s education with a stack of great books. You could choose a selection of board books, bedtime stories, or even some classic titles that they will read in the future and cherish for life.
For a special touch, write a sweet note and the date of the gift on the inside cover of your favorite title!
9) Personalized Book
Looking for one-of-a-kind baby shower gift ideas? Spark lifelong imagination with a personalized book that includes baby’s name in the title and throughout the book. Who wouldn’t love a story that’s all about them? This will surely be a treasured keepsake.
10) Book And Blanket Combo
For lots of reading snuggles, create a cute book-and-blanket combo gift.
Crib sheets are a cute yet practical baby shower gift. Newton’s Crib Sheet is made of organic cotton and is 100% breathable (perfect to pair with a breathable mattress). Choose from lots of adorable patterns.
What new parent doesn’t need tons of diapers? Stock their shelves with cloth or disposable diapers, depending on their preference. Be sure to get a range of sizes from itty bitty to toddler. They will definitely come in handy!
13) Diaper Cake
If you’re giving diapers, make your gift pretty and unique by creating a diaper cake! Roll the diapers and set them up in tiers. Then, add bows and baubles to finish off the masterpiece!
14) Diaper Bag
With lots of different diaper bags on the market, find one that’s functional and also perfectly suits mom and dad’s personality. A modern backpack-style or one that attaches to the stroller is nice for everyone to use, or get one that makes a statement. Just make sure it has lots of pockets!
15) First-Year Photo Frame
A frame with 12 photo slots lets parents capture their little one’s first year with one photo a month. You could even couple this with a milestone blanket (above). A memorable gift for sure!
Mobiles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some have little mirrors so baby can get familiar with their smile, and some play lullabies to help them sleep. Just make sure to find one that matches baby’s nursery theme.
17) Baby Bath Kit
Put together a baby bath kit. If you’re a parent, include some tried-and-true bath necessities: Think hooded towels, bath toys, fragrance-free soaps, a kneeler (for the parents’ knees), and a spout cover. Or simply fill a basket (or better yet, a tub) with bath items off the parents’ registry.
18) First Aid Kit
Do you want to find more practical baby shower gift ideas? Every parent needs a baby first aid kit on hand. You can put your own together or buy one online. You might even add a voucher for a baby CPR class!
19) Gift Basket
Everyone loves a basketful of goodies. Get creative and put together a gift basket with items for the parents as well as their little one. It’s fun to mix it up with a selection of books, toys, teethers, pacifiers, clothing, and stuffed animals, for instance. Pick a color theme and run with it!
20) Handmade Clothes
Why not knit or sew something handmade for the new little one? Handmade clothes are a unique baby shower gift that is straight from the heart.
A fresh pair of wheels makes a great gift. A stroller is one of the most important purchases for a newborn, as it’s how they’ll get around on their daily adventures. Check mom and dad’s registry to see what they like, and then either add to cart or go in with a group of friends.
23) Car Seat
Another key item that new parents will need is a super-safe infant car seat. If the safety ratings say thumbs up, then double-check that the car seat is compatible with their favorite stroller. You might want to get the car seat adapters, too.
24) Travel Crib
When the new family is on the go, they’ll need a good travel crib: something that’s light, versatile, and portable. Newton Baby’s Travel Crib & Playard is a great choice, as it’s all those things and fully breathable and easy to wash, too.
New parents are always looking for safe spots to put baby down for a moment while they throw clothes and sheets in the laundry, prepare a meal, or just rest their arms for a spell. A bouncer is a great option for a little one to relax in. You can even add a toy bar!
26) High Chair
Even though they cannot sit up yet, the baby will be getting their seat at the table before they know it. Get them ready by gifting a high chair that matches the parents’ style sense. It also should be easy to clean because little ones are notoriously messy eaters!
27) Feeding Accessories
You might want to gift a selection of feeding accessories to go with that high chair, from bottles and sippy cups to plates, bowls, and first utensils.
28) Baby Carrier
Another great gift for new parents is a baby carrier. There’s nothing better than bringing baby around on local errands while being hands-free. Look for one that has multiple positions allowing the little one to face in or out to the world.
A soother for bedtime can help the new baby drift off to sleep. Some feature light shows and music, such as lullabies or ocean sounds that remind baby of their time in the womb. Getting them easily off to Dreamland will be much appreciated.
A nightlight is not only practical, but it can also be a cute decor item for the nursery. Nightlights come in all sorts of styles, from sweet animals to glowing stars. For those nighttime feedings, mom and dad will be happy that the little light will show them the way.
Think about buying baby their very first bed: the bassinet. Bassinets are smaller than cribs and often placed next to the parent’s bed for convenient nighttime feedings. Our Bassinet & Bedside Sleeper is a great choice because it’s 100% breathable and washable as well.
Made with the same Wovenaire® technology that our mattresses are made of, this bassinet is lightweight, easy to assemble, and portable.
32) A Sun Hat And Shades
With sunny days ahead, a new sunhat and a pair of polarized, UV-protecting sunglasses is a cool gift for the warm weather. These will come in handy for baby’s first day on the beach!
It’s always good to get a jump on the weather, so before the air turns chilly, give them a cute snowsuit for the upcoming season. Choose something easy to put on with a front zipper, and don’t forget the fun, furry hood! Many come with built-in mittens, but if not, select a matching pair to complete the outfit.
34) A Cute Baby Ensemble
Baby’s sense of style is TBD at this point, so there are no hard and fast fashion rules when picking out a fun outfit. Find a brand that you like and choose a hat, onesie, and pants, or dress and sweater set. You might even consider mom or dad’s style for a mini-me effect.
35) A Pair Of Knit Booties
Those sweet feet would be super cozy in a pair of hand-knit booties. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make them yourself as a keepsake.
However, if knitting isn’t your thing, there are many booties available online for every taste: from ivories and whites to sneaker-style brights and pastels with bows.
36) A Stuffed Animal Friend
A cute stuffed animal that’s huggably soft is a nice gift for a newborn baby. It can serve as a decorative item in the room for the first months (not in the crib), and soon enough, it will become baby’s best friend.
Choose something traditional, like a bunny or a bear, or something quirky, like a chameleon or a llama.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas For Mom And Dad
37) Professional Photoshoot
Professional maternity photos are a memorable gift that will last a lifetime. Purchase a gift card for a photoshoot or, if you’re a photographer, give them the gift of your time!
38) Framed Ultrasound
Frame a couple of the best ultrasound pictures. Their first framed photos of the new baby!
39) Weighted Blanket
Give the gift of relaxation with a copper-infused weighted blanket. Besides feeling like a warm hug, a weighted blanket increases serotonin and decreases anxiety levels — perfect for expecting parents as well as new parents!
40) Stroller Phone Mount
When the new baby is born, mom and dad will spend plenty of time walking (or running) with the stroller. A stroller phone mount keeps their cell safe and easy to access.
41) Subscription Box
With a subscription box, mom or dad will receive a box of goodies in the mail each month. Choose from subscription boxes tailored to each month of pregnancy or boxes for each month after baby’s arrival.
Being a parent is 24/7. With all that’s on their plate, every new parent appreciates childcare. Having a little time to oneself is priceless. Give a gift card to a babysitting service or commit to babysitting the new little one yourself.
43) Meal Or Grocery Service
Sign the expecting parents up for a couple of months of free and easy meals with a meal or grocery delivery service. Not having to think about dinner will be sure to make the parents grateful!
44) Home-Cooked Food
Are you a whizz in the kitchen? Share your talent with the new family. Treat mom and dad to a night off of dinner duty by giving them a home-cooked meal. Yum!
45) Pregnancy Journal
Help mom treasure and remember every moment of pregnancy with a pregnancy journal specifically designed to record each memory.
46) Spa Day
Pregnancy and parenting aren’t always a walk in the park. Wouldn’t a little mani-pedi, facial, or pre-natal massage take some of the stress out of it all? A gift card for a relaxing day at the spa will be just the ticket.
47) Housekeeping Services
Staying on top of housework with a little one around can be difficult. A gift card for housekeeping services will give mom and dad a deep breath and clean house.
48) At-Home Date Night Gift Box
An at-home date night gift box will be perfect for mom and dad in their first few weeks with baby. Date boxes can be a fun combo of activities, conversation starters, snacks, and mood setters (think candles and fragrances). Create your own or order one online.
49) Online Gift Card
Every parent loves the convenience of shopping online, especially now that baby has arrived. For the first few weeks, it will be even harder to get out and about. A gift card allows them to order the last few baby essentials off their registry.
50) Customized Mug
Caffeine is a new-parent must-have. Gift a cute mug customized for the parents-to-be.
51) Customized Wine Glass
When she can finally drink again, mom will feel even more special sipping wine from a customized wine glass.
52) Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipe Book
An expecting mom can still have fun with mixed drinks! Buy her a recipe book of non-alcoholic drinks and include a personalized martini glass.
53) Pregnancy Compression Socks
Socks might not be the most elegant gift, but pregnancy compression socks will be a practical (and appreciated!) gift for pregnant moms.
Staying cozy and feeling good at home is important. Keep mom and dad comfy with a pair of matching slippers.
Add a robe to a pair of slippers and you’ve got a winning lounge-wear baby shower gift.
56) Thank-You Card Kit
Receiving lots of gifts also means writing lots of thank you notes. Make their process a little easier by giving thank-you cards, pens, stamps, and personalized return address labels.
57) Maternity Pajamas
Every pregnant mom wants to feel confident and beautiful — even while she sleeps! Gift her a pair of comfortable maternity pajamas, or a cute postnatal pair for those first long nights of hourly feeding.
58) Breastfeeding Supplies
Although breastfeeding doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment, it might be nice to put together some nursing essentials, like cute nursing bras, nursing pads, and a nursing nightgown.
59) Nursing Cover
For moms who will breastfeed, you can also shop around for a pretty nursing cover that perfectly suits mom’s personality. There are shawls, ponchos, scarves, and aprons. In fact, some nursing covers even come in cashmere, for a truly luxe gift.
60) Memory Book
Every day, there is a new memory made. These formative years promise an unending series of firsts: first smile, first step, first tooth, first word. Give a journal or photo book so mom and dad have a place to store memories of their precious baby from day one.
61) Baby File Folder
Having a baby is an exercise in organization. There are lots of documents the new parents will need to keep track of, like the birth certificate, reports from doctor’s visits, and baby’s passport, for instance.
Why not gift a special baby file folder to help parents keep their little one’s important papers organized and safe?
62) Stroller Hand Muffs
When winter comes around, pushing a stroller can be chilly, and mittens are not ideal for when you need to quickly attend to baby. A pair of stroller hand muffs has become a must-have for parents who want to get some steps in and get a breath of fresh air.
Get a pair that matches their stroller or diaper bag, lined in a nice cozy shearling.
63) Park Picnic Blanket
Once the sunny weather hits, there's nothing nicer than a waterproof park picnic blanket. Mom and dad can load up the diaper bag with bottles and toys for baby and pack a nice lunch for themselves.
They can all enjoy lunch alfresco, and if they’re lucky, might even meet a potential playdate with the same idea.
64) Bestselling Books
Sometimes, a new parent feels out of the loop after having a baby, as nights out on the town are replaced with staying in. Pick up a couple of popular titles at a local bookstore that can be fun to read in between feedings. Get copies for yourself, too, and suggest a mini book club.
They’ll appreciate the tiny break from all things baby with a fast-paced mystery or thriller.
65) Soaps And Lotions
Mom and dad probably can’t get out to the spa these days, so bring the spa to them. Put together a sampling of some luxurious lotions and soaps for an impromptu pampering sesh at home.
Bubble bath, please!
66) A Local Class
There are probably several mommy-and-me or daddy-and-me classes nearby. Take a look and pick one that might be fun for them to do together. It’s a great way to meet others at the same stage of parenthood.
Showing Your Love With Great Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Show your love and excitement for the new baby with one of these 66 baby shower gift ideas — and win the baby shower and your friend’s heart at the same time.
Consider giving the ultimate baby shower gift that the new parents are sure to love: Newton’s Crib Mattress. Made with 100% breathable materials, this mattress allows baby to breathe straight through it. Plus, it’s completely washable, from cover to core. Bye-bye mold, bacteria, and allergens!
Whether you’re going big with Newton’s Crib Mattress or a spa day or keeping it simple with diapers, sheets, or books, a thoughtful gift will mean the world to the expecting parents and their coming little one!