When buying a baby shower gift, you’re likely choosing something off a registry that is full of essentials. I’d typically recommend to always stick with the registry, but occasionally it’s nice to surprise with something a little more special. Additionally, if the gift is given outside of the shower I think going off-registry is even more acceptable. Below are some of my go-to thoughtful gift ideas for baby (and mom!)
Baby Book – I absolutely love the baby book I received from Sugar Paper. It has Henry’s initials embossed in gold on the cover and the inside is very beautifully designed. I love the contents of the pages, too! About half of it is for pregnancy and birth, and the second half takes you through highlights of months 1-12.
Monogrammed Bath Towel – makes bath time extra special! Etsy is a great source for monogramming if you don’t have a local spot.
Blankets – This one is obvious, but receiving blankets are so important! We use them every day, so having some nice, cozy ones are a treat. I love the ones I have from Little Giraffe, Ralph Lauren and Kissy Kissy.
Tiffany Piggy Bank – A sweet way to teach baby how to save their pennies (And it looks nice in their nursery!)
Onesies – A newborn can never have too many cozy onesies. My absolute favorite are Kissy Kissy because they are incredibly soft and have the sweetest designs.
Solly Baby Wrap – These wraps make for a stylish way to keep baby close to you (and often way more convenient than a stroller).
Monogrammed Pillow – I love the idea of monogrammed anything, but a little pillow is especially a great, long-lasting gift. Again, Etsy is a great source for monogrammed gifts if you don’t have a local spot.
Lands End Canvas Tote – These canvas totes are my favorite casual bag (again, monogrammed!) Get a smaller one for daily use, or the large for a suitcase. I used the XL for my hospital bag, and now for a weekend suitcase.
The World of Peter Rabbit – A classic! The full set (tales 1-23) which are housed in a box set make for an unexpected, yet special gift.
Pajamas/Robe for Mom – if you’re especially close with the new mom, I love the idea of gifting cozy pajamas. She will be living in them for a few months after the baby is born! Currently, my favorite are Lake Pajamas.