Put some thought into your baby shower gifts

Welcoming a new baby is an exciting time for the parents to be, and having a baby shower to celebrate gives all of their closest friends and family the chance to share their experience. Baby showers also serve the practical purpose of providing the parents with useful baby items that they won’t have to buy later. If you want combine the excitement of waiting for the baby with the urge to help out, here are some great gift ideas.

Baby essentials. No matter who the family is, you can be absolutely sure of one thing: the baby will need nappies, baby wipes, bottles, and bibs. These are gifts that you know will be put to good use as soon as the baby is born, and they are also some of the least expensive items that you can find, just in case you’re on a budget.

More expensive baby items. If this is the family’s first child, they are likely to need baby furniture, as well, such as a crib, bassinet, and high chair. If you are a close family friend or a relative, giving the parents one of these items could be a gesture of your anticipated role in the baby’s life. Plus, these furniture items can be used again if they have more children.

Educational items. Many people make a beeline for the toy section of a store when they hear that a baby is on the way, but you can make an even greater impact on the little one’s educational development by giving a book, CD, or DVD that he or she can use now or later to stimulate the mind. Lullaby tunes are a good choice if you would like your gift to be put to use now, and perhaps a book that reminds you of your childhood will make an excellent bedtime story one day.

Gift certificates. If you really don’t know what to get the family, a gift certificate to a big retailer will always be appreciated. They are destined to have to make a store run in the future for an item that they forgot, and a prepaid card will come in handy when they do. Try to choose a store close to their home to make it more convenient to use.

Starting a savings account or fund. If you’re a grandparent or a godparent, starting a financial account for the baby is a great way to invest in his or her future. The account can be for college or some other personal or professional endeavour when the child reaches adulthood. Even an amount as small as £100 could be a nice financial seed to plant.

These are just a few gift ideas for a baby shower. If you still find yourself at a loss, you can look up the expectant parents’ registry if they have created one. You could also try looking online at luxury lifestyle sites like Achica Living to get more gift ideas. And if all else fails, don’t hesitate to talk to the parents and ask what they really wish they had but haven’t received.