Hey there! If you have a friend who’s about to have a baby, you’ll want to give them a gift that shows your support and excitement. Here are a few tips to help you select the perfect baby shower gift:
Congratulations—you’re invited to celebrate the upcoming birth of a very special baby! Give a thoughtful present that conveys your well-wishes by using these simple tips for selecting a baby shower gift.
1. Shop the Registry
Shopping from a pre-made registry isn’t just convenient—it’s a great way to follow baby shower etiquette. Parents carefully select items to put on the registry, often choosing the exact brand, model, and color they want. So you know they’ll appreciate anything you choose from their curated list. Also, some registries make it easy for you to pitch in with others to purchase a group gift that might be difficult to purchase on one person’s budget.
2. Consider the Parents’ Values
Another important tip for selecting a baby shower gift is to consider the parents’ values. If you know either parent well, this is a great way to show your consideration and respect.
For example, if the expectant parents are minimalists or eco-conscious, consider gifting a gift card to a baby store that supplies products reflecting those values. If you know the parents value a clean space, you could pay for a cleaning service to support the growing family in the challenging early stage.
Furthermore, while many expecting parents enjoy gendered baby gifts, gender-neutral gifts are becoming increasingly popular. Keeping the parents’ preferences in mind as you shop is important for choosing a gift they will appreciate.
3. Give a Practical Item
While you might feel tempted to give the newest or cutest baby items, prioritize practicality. Infants need nutrition, sleep, warmth, and a clean environment, so if you give a gift that helps parents meet these needs, the whole family will appreciate it.
Playing white noise, for example, is one of the top ways to help a baby sleep better. A white noise sound machine made for babies will include many soothing sounds that lull the baby to sleep, helping the baby and parents get much-needed rest.
Keep practicality in mind if you shop for baby clothes, too. Think of the baby’s due date and select seasonal clothes in the right size for the baby’s age.
Keep these tips in mind as you shop for your next baby shower gift. Whatever you end up buying, we’re sure your expectant friends will appreciate the care and consideration behind it!