Updated: Jul 15
Here at Happy Cat Kids I'm pretty pleased with our lovely selection of baby gifts but I was asked this question by someone recently and it really got me thinking...
Baby showers are a slightly more recent tradition here in the UK but are becoming more and more commonplace now. In the States where they originated they can be pretty big business with expectant parents often having a full gift registry, much like you may do for a wedding, where the baby shower guests can purchase gifts already picked out by the expectant parents in advance! At a UK baby shower an expectant Mother may find it extremely useful to set up a wish list too but who in fact are the gifts for? Are you looking to treat your friend/relative to something for themselves that may help in late pregnancy or early motherhood or buy something practical or beautiful for the baby? Perhaps you want the mum-to-be to have something like a pregnancy massage or pedicure as a lovely treat before the chaos of early motherhood is upon them? Which gift is best? Well the simple answer, I believe, is all of the above!!
I think it really has to depend on what your relationship is with the expectant mother and how well you know them! For example, if the Mum-to-be is your oldest and most cherished friend or your sister perhaps then you just need to think about who they really are and what they might like - are they a super-organised person who has already bought everything and anything they could possibly need for the baby? In which case maybe you wish to treat them to something for themselves like a pregnancy massage, or due to current Covid restrictions, maybe some kind of online workshop of a hobby they would love but probably won't have time for once baby is here! Perhaps Mum-to-be has VERY particular taste in things and it would therefore be better to purchase a gift voucher so that she can choose something to her own taste and style.
You could purchase a nice gift set for Mum & baby, like this lovely set that includes some beautiful jewellery that are safe to be worn once the baby is at the 'putting everything in mouth' stage and a matching teether.
Speaking of gift sets, I highly recommend a gift box selection as a baby shower present because it's so nice to receive a lovely keepsake box that can be really useful for something like storing all the lovely new baby cards or mementos from the baby shower and then receiving a selection of lovely goodies inside the box can feel like such a treat! My favourite gift set is this animal themed box that comes complete with super cute baby socks, a handy silicone teether, a lovely little panda rattle and a beautiful fox nightlight.
A practical gift can often be a good idea for a baby shower too as there are no end of items that babies will need over the course of the next couple of years! Maybe think about some of the stages, i.e. teething or weaning.
Perhaps the Mum to be is very focused on the environment and/or looking for more natural products for their baby? In which case you may wish to consider natural rubber baby toys; natural rubber is a wonderful choice for baby toys at is a completely natural product; certified non toxic, fragrance free, BPA free, Phthalate free and PVC free making it a perfectly safe natural teething toy. We have a lovely range of natural rubber toys from Tikiri made in a beautiful family business in Sri Lanka, hand-painted with soy-based ink and including features in 100% organic cotton. Here are a few of my favourites: the