Several of my friends are in the process of starting their families – which means I’ve been going to quite a few baby showers lately! If you’re searching for some creative and thoughtul gift ideas, look no further! Here are seven of my favorite gift ideas for moms-to-be!
Gift Idea #1: Monthly Onesies
One of my favorite gifts to give! It’s a unique and wonderful way to track baby’s growth for the first year of their life. Here are a few photos from my son wearing his monthly onesies…
…and my niece!
If you’re interested in a monthly onesie tutorial, let me know! I’d be happy to post directions on how to make your own!
Gift Idea #2: Books!
My in-laws threw me a baby shower and asked guests to bring a book in lieu of a card. By the end of the shower we had received over fifty books and had a book shelf full of great stories for our son.
My favorite part of this idea is that each guest wrote a little note inside their book, so everytime we read a book we have a special note from our family and friends.
Recordable Books: One of my favorite books we received was from Casey’s Great Grandma Evelyn. She purchased a recordable book and recorded herself reading each page. She glued a photo of herself inside the front cover. I love it!
Old Books: Another great surprise was that my mother-in-law saved some of my husband’s books from when he was little. She gave them to us at my shower and now we get to read the same stories to our children.
Interactive Books: One of our favorites is the “Tickle Monster” Laughing Kit. It includes monster gloves for you to wear while reading the story. My son thinks they are so funny!
Gift Idea #3: Baby Binder (Extremely Useful and Inexpensive!)
One of my friends gave me a “Baby Binder” at my baby shower. It was a simple, white binder with divider tabs inside and clear plastic protector sheets. I am not kidding when I say, it may be the most useful thing I received!
There is a tab inside for each of the following:
- Strollers & Car Seats
- Baby Gear
- Activity Sets
- Indoor Toys
- Outdoor Toys
- Bath & Potty
- Books, Music & DVDs
- Toddler Gear
- Clothing Receipts
- Gift Cards
At the end of my shower, when I was unpacking all of our gifts, I simply placed all of the instructions, warranties, and manuals under the proper tab. Now all of our baby paperwork is in one place! Whenever I need to find out a weight limit, how to replace batteries on a toy, etc. I go to one place. It’s so handy!
Gift Idea #4: Big Brother / Big Sister Gifts
Now that we’re expecting our second child, the cutest gift I’ve gotten so far is a “Big Brother” t-shirt for our son and a “Big Cousin” onesie for our niece. I really want the little ones in our life to feel included as we welcome our latest arrival. This is a great way to make them feel special!
Gift Idea #5: Growth Chart
It’s not something I thought about when I was first expecting, but I’m glad someone else thought of it for me! A growth chart is a great way to track a child’s growth and makes a super cute decoration for your home.
The best part is: they are inexpensive and adorable! Interested in making your own? I’d be happy to post instructions!
Gift Idea #6: Grandparent’s Basket
Before my son arrived I gave my mom and mother-in-law a “Grandparent’s Basket”. Any mother will tell you, the first year of motherhood is a lot of work! These baskets were a way to simplify packing when visiting Grandpa & Grandma’s house. There’s a lot to remember when visiting family and I knew I’d probably end up forgetting one of these common items…
Inside each basket I included:
- Play mat
- Receiving blankets
- Small toys
- Extra bottles
It really did make my life easier! When I dropped my son off for quality grandparent time, I had less to pack and knew he’d be well taken care of! These make great gifts for any mom-to-be (or grandma-to-be)!
Gift Idea #7: Photo Session Gift Cards
Another one of my favorite gifts to give! Several new parents want to have professional photos taken of their little one, but many don’t think to ask for a photo session as a gift.
One of our friends bought a newborn photo session for us and taped it to a cute baby picture frame. When our son was born, it was so nice knowing the photos had already been taken care of! Now it’s one of my favorite gifts to give as well!
This is such a thoughtful gift idea and most parents won’t expect something so personal!
Do you have any favorite gifts for new moms? If so, head over to our Facebook page to share! I’d love to hear your ideas!