The Best Baby Shower Gifts for 2018
It’s baby shower season for me! I’m not sure what happened around 9 months ago, but boy my friends have been getting busy! That means I have baby shower gifts to shop for. I’m so tired of seeing the same old things by big retail stores that focus on quantity sold over quality.
This year, I’m shopping for thoughtful and unique baby shower gifts that I’d actually want to receive myself (HINT HINT)! I have a love for baby products that are all-natural and/or handmade and personalized (by brands who care), so this list definitely caters to those qualifications. Here are my “must-have” items in the most popular baby gift categories:
Hope & Henry
Here’s why: These are truly some of the most adorable outfits I’ve ever seen for both boys and girls. The best part is many of Hope & Henry’s clothes are made with certified 100% organic cotton. ORGANIC. I may have a slight obsession with that word when it comes to babies (and I’m sure your mom friend will appreciate it, too). But don’t panic — you don’t have to break the bank to buy these. Outlined in Hope & Henry’s mission statement is to make their quality clothing affordable to all. Check out my review of this Hope & Henry Christmas Top I bought for my son’s holiday photos for under $15! It sparked an obsession I won’t soon contain.
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Here’s why: For my nephew’s Christmas gift this year, I purchased a personalized “Baby’s First Christmas” Block by BLOCKSetc on Etsy as an ornament. Even though this item is seasonal, I believe it works year-round as a gift, because who doesn’t love Christmas all year long? However, there are multiple ways to customize this as a generic baby block with cute side panels if you’re not into Christmas. The owner of the shop, Erika, was super responsive to my questions and had the item shipped on a quick turnaround. She uses American hardwood, a laser engraver, beeswax, solid maple hardwood and acrylic paint to bring your vision to life.
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Home From the Hospital
Monica + Andy Cuddle Boxes
Here’s why: Please, PLEASE … someone get me this for my next baby shower! I didn’t know any better the first time around. I used the hospital’s bleh clothes and blankets for Cole … regrettably. The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. That’s why Monica Royer, founder of Monica + Andy, created her own hospital boxes to include everything you need for baby’s stay in the hospital. Unlike the clothes you get from the hospital it’s all made with organic cotton and muslin. I love that you can add embroidery onto the already cute designs for a personalized touch.
The Honest Company Diaper Cakes
Here’s why: How adorable are these Honest Diaper Cakes? The Honest Company has some of the cutest diaper prints you can find. They’re also purely gentle, made without chlorine or bleach processing and naturally derived odor blockers. I received a set for my baby shower and loved taking photos of my son when he was born! Of course, you can opt for a regular pack of Honest Baby Diapers instead of the cakes. To be perfectly “honest” though, I wasn’t a huge fan of their functionality. I stick with Pampers Swaddlers for their soft fit and super absorbancy to prevent blowouts. It’s the only diaper my son makes it through the night in. They’re also way more affordable. But the Honest Diaper Cakes make for a memorable and cute gift!
Here’s why: When I was first researching safe brands of baby shampoo, I followed Safe Baby Wash, Bubble Bath & Soap Guide, which breaks down “the good, the bad and the sneaky” baby bath products and informs you which ingredients are safe and which to avoid. Based on her recommendations, I chose Honest Company Products and Babo Botanicals — and I couldn’t be happier. They are still the only brands I use today for my baby’s grooming., founder of “Gimmie the Good Stuff”. I love her article
Fun & Games
Cate & Levi Collection
Here’s why: I love the Cate and Levi Handmade Dog Hand Puppet and Handmade Softy Dog Stuffed Animal for outside-the-box gifts. They are handcrafted from 100% USA Polar Fleece, an eco-friendly fabric composed mostly of recycled plastic water bottles that are made into a soft fleece. These adorable companions encourage children to use their imagination starting from a young age, and the puppets are a great extension of fun storytelling. Children are mesmerized with the movement and interaction, thereby developing motor skills, hand-eye coordination, communication skills and self-confidence. They make for great cuddle buddies, too!
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Teething & Toys
Finn + Emma
Here’s why: The Finn + Emma Handmade Wooden Play Gym is 100% organic, eco-friendly and fair trade. Its sturdy, handcrafted 100% birch wood frame is finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers that are free of harsh chemicals and adjusts so babies can enjoy it as they grow. The Finn + Emma Organic Cotton Stroller Toy Set is an adorable accompaniment made for traveling with a little one in their car seat or stroller. If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic or a check-out line, you understand the value of mobile entertainment. Moms will be thanking you for this gift!
Here’s why: While there’s no beating the classics like Goodnight Moon, these are a really fun addition to a mommy’s bookshelf. Plus, you’re not likely to run into a double-gift situation with these! Everything Is Mama and Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA are written by Jimmy Fallon — host of The Tonight Show and one of my favorite comedians/people of all time. My son and I have so much fun pointing out the animals and shouting “Mama!” together. And wouldn’t you know, my son’s first word was in fact Dada! And as a lover of all things Disney, I’ve included the Disney Storybook Collection. It’s fun to sit down and read these classics rather than watching the DVD and staring at a screen.
There you have it! Those are my top picks for 2018. Have anything to add to the list? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!