If you've received an invite to a baby shower, then no doubt you're already thinking about what to buy for the parents-to-be. To help you narrow down the search for the perfect present, we've put together this list of baby shower gift ideas.
Affordable baby shower gifts (under £20)
You don't have to spend a fortune on baby shower gifts to show that you care. There are plenty of practical things that you can buy on a budget that all new parents will appreciate (whether it’s their first, second, or third child).
We love these kids' wardrobe dividers from Leo, Ivy & Co. At £15.99, they come with a small price tag, but they are incredibly useful for organising baby clothes by size.
Clothes make great baby shower gifts, and guests often buy them in bigger sizes for the baby to grow into. Wardrobe dividers make it easy for mum or dad to put their hand on the right size outfit quickly.
For a practical baby shower gift that won't break the bank, this universal phone holder from Boots ticks all the right boxes. At just £14, it clips to the handle of most prams, so parents can stay connected when they're out and about.
If you’re looking for something that mum or dad can indulge in before the baby arrives, then consider getting them an edible treat.
This ‘Baby on the Way’ chocolate brownie from Pink Pepper Kitchen comes in its own decorated tin with a pram on the front. We think this would make a great gift to send through the post if you can’t be at the baby shower in person.
Unique baby shower gift ideas
If you’re looking for a present and you’ve got no idea what the parents-to-be still need, then it’s up to you to find something they don’t already have.
It might sound like a big task, but this is your chance to get them something unusual, and they don’t come much quirkier than these handmade dog biscuits from Afternoon Paws.
The gift bundle includes two dog biscuits in the shape of a baby grow with the words ‘My humans are having a baby’, and two bone-shaped biscuits with the baby’s due date.
You can choose from peanut butter, beetroot, or carob flavour (doggy chocolate) for your four-legged friend.
For something that is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of mum and dad, we like this parent-decision flip coin, from Oh So Cherished at just £6.10.
When it’s time to change a nappy or get up in the night, there’s often a bit of a wrangle over whose turn it is – but with this wooden flip coin, that decision is left up to chance!
The trademark design has ‘mummy’s turn’ on one side and ‘daddy’s turn’ on the other, and it comes beautifully presented in an organza gift bag. For a fraction more of the cost, you can order it in a slimline, grey gift box.
We also love this white bunny rattle from Best Years, an independent British retailer specialising in crochet and knitted soft toys that are suitable for newborn babies.
All their designs are original so you’re sure to find something here that the lucky new arrival doesn’t already have.
Personalised baby shower gifts
There’s something special about giving someone a gift with a meaningful name or date on it, and you can guarantee that it will be cherished for a long time.
Soft toys and blankets are popular with parents-to-be, and they can be personalised with the baby’s name.
Gifts with the year on them are a great alternative if the baby’s name is still to be revealed. We like this blue hooded fleece robe from My 1st Years that has the words ‘born in 2022’ stitched into it.
The robe is also available in pink and ivory, and there are lots of other options to choose from including cute baby grows and stylish white high tops.
When you’re shopping for a baby shower gift, don’t forget about the older kids. Our personalised keepsake books are a great way of making siblings-to-be feel included.
‘This is my baby brother’ and ‘This is my baby sister’ are activity books for older siblings to record their experience of the new baby’s arrival from their point of view.
There are places to put photos, draw pictures, and answer questions, like ‘can he wave his hands?’ and ‘can he eat fish fingers and peas?’.
Getting them involved early is a great way of warding off sibling jealousy, and it’s something that the whole family can enjoy looking back on in years to come.
You can also choose to order your memory book in a personalised tin with the name of the child printed on the front. The tin also doubles-up as a place to keep small mementos, like baby socks and their first lock of hair.
For something a bit different you might also like this inkless hand and footprint kit from The Lovely Keepsake Company, designed to capture those first tiny prints without the mess.
This is an ideal gift for baby’s born early who have to spend time in hospital before they are allowed home.
Indulgent baby shower gifts for mum
If you’re looking for things to spoil the mum-to-be, then why not consider putting together a gift basket filled with products to help her unwind before the baby arrives?
We love this organic bath oil from Neal’s Yard at just £15. Mother’s Bath Oil is made to relax the mind and nourish the body with essential oils like bergamot, lavender, apricot, and ylang ylang.
There are also products made specifically for baby in the same range, including massage oil, baby bath, and shampoo.
If you’ve got a little bit extra to spend, the Mama Mio Bloomin Lovely gift set from Look Fantastic at £45 would make the perfect baby shower gift for a new mum.
It's designed specifically to target the areas of the body where pregnancy can take its toll. It includes cooling leg gel, breast cream, tummy rub butter, and ‘megamma’ shower milk.
Moving away from bath and beauty products, we love this Mama pink ceramic mug from Oliver Bonas. At £12, it’s great value, but it’s also beautifully finished with a pink glaze and the word ‘mama’ in white script across the centre.
Baby shower gift ideas – the bottom line
A gift card is the obvious go-to when you don’t know what to buy for someone, but nothing beats a well-chosen gift that you can’t find on the high street.
Personalised baby shower gifts are popular, and there is something to suit every member of the family from pets to siblings.
Finding the perfect present can feel like a lot of pressure, but what really matters to the parent-to-be is just you being there, whether that’s at the baby shower or during those first few weeks after the baby arrives.
Consider making frozen meals that the family can use when the new baby comes along. This is a huge help and it can really make a difference to tired parents who don't have time to cook during the early days and weeks.
If you’ve already got kids of your own consider getting them to make a card to welcome the new baby. This is a wonderful memento of the arrival that will no doubt be cherished for a long time.