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Baby Shower Gift Question

So my friends and I are going in on a gift and what I planned on picking up is no longer available. Someone else got it first. There are a couple other things but they are not available in our local store (she lives out of state), and I don't have time to have it shipped. (I know we are slacking on the gift buying.)

My question is instead of purchasing the wee bit of random things available on her list. like pkg of wash clothes, a pkg of sheets, a memory book, teething rings, a bib, a bathtub organizer and the like. I was thinking about going to our Sams Club and purchasing a box of diapers in size 1, 2 and possibly 3 and then a large box of wipes to go with it? Would you appreciate this type of gift or prefer a gift card....even though I don't want to do a gift card as it looks from her registry she is getting quite a few of those also and I just feel the need to get a gift.

She does have a baby gate that I was thinking about thats available at the next town over. So I was thinking of doing the baby gate and some diapers as another option.

What would you want?

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

Thanks for the suggestions. I asked my friends going in on it and it seems they prefer something off the list. So I am going to try to get the baby gate at the next town over.

I would have loved the diapers myself.....but I supposed whatever the majority wants I will do. (Then again I was a girl that although preferred pampers could use any diaper brand out there, as my girls had no issues)

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I would not do the diaper thing. Babies sometimes have allergies to a particular brand. Mine could wear huggies but not pampers and luvs leaked on them. so all baby butts are different. I would get the baby bathtub and fill it with all the other items and wrap it like a big gift basket. she will appreciate all those "little random" things or she would not have registered for them.

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If it's child #1, she might not appreciate the diapers so much (to new mom's, it might be a boring gift).... If she already has a child, she'll TOTALLY understand and probably appreciate this gift.. :)

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I would do a gift card. You never know what kind of diapers she/baby prefers and if they're the wrong kind, she'll be stuck with them.

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I would not do the diaper thing. Babies sometimes have allergies to a particular brand. Mine could wear huggies but not pampers and luvs leaked on them. so all baby butts are different. I would get the baby bathtub and fill it with all the other items and wrap it like a big gift basket. she will appreciate all those "little random" things or she would not have registered for them.

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You could get all the little things she will need (wash cloths, etc), but then put them into a pretty box or basket she can keep and use forever. That way she will have all the practical things, but also have something to remember you, and your thoughtfulness, by.

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If it's child #1, she might not appreciate the diapers so much (to new mom's, it might be a boring gift).... If she already has a child, she'll TOTALLY understand and probably appreciate this gift.. :)

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I would do a gift card. You never know what kind of diapers she/baby prefers and if they're the wrong kind, she'll be stuck with them.

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One of the best presents I got was the baby bathtub filled with little necessities. I would buy all the little things left on her registry and either put them in a tub or a pretty basket.

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I am 9 months pregnant and just had my baby shower. I got about 30 fancy newborn size dresses. While I *love* them... what the heck am I going to do with them? My child will likely never wear most of them. What I REALLY need, is diapers, wipes, ointment cream.... so yes, get a pretty basket and fill it with necessities, put a pretty bow on it :) I actually returned some of the dresses to the stores and got necessities for the exchange prices.

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Could you get the baby gate and then clip litte gifts to it with clothespins?

Or get her the baby bathtub and fill it with all the goodies she'll need?

Did she register for diapers? If not, then I would not go that route. Me though - I would love diapers and wipes. But some people are very particular about the brand they want. I HATED crappy wipes. Costco's TENCEL brand are good quality though IMO.

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Some people love practical gifts and some people prefer something more fun. I try to do a combination of practical and fun for baby gifts.

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I 2nd the diaper cake idea! My Sister made me one for my shower and she decorated it with mylecon, nipple cream, infant tylenol. The little things you don't register for, but definitely need! I believe she emailed me the instructions on how to make the cake b/c I made one for my SIL too and it turned out just adorable! I'll check to see if I have the instructions still....
EDIT: I found my instructions and a picture. PM if you would like me to send to you.

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Go with the diapers and such. You can never have too many diapers!

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I say go for the diapers, or get a big diaper cake. Those are SOOO cute. I loved the diaper cake the gals got me at my shower years ago. It was so cute and the diapers were of course very useful.

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Someone gave me the Industrial size box of diapers in 6-9 mos and a huge box of wipes. That was the absolute best gift I recieved. It's one of the only ones I actually remember. Don't get newborn. Babies only wear newborn for like 2 weeks and she may already have a stockpile of those. I had been buying a thing of diaers every 2 weeks while I was pregnant so I didn't need them right away. But right about the time, I started running out of everything I had been given at the shower, and running out of the diapers I bought, that's when the 6-9 mo diapers were right on time!

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I would do the gift card. It would be easyer to ship and that way she can get what she needs and no one else gets.

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Since several are going in on it together, have you asked them which they would prefer?

Why not a pack of diapers, wipes, something small off her registry AND the bulk in a gift certificate?

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I would be all for the diapers and wipes if she lived in state, if she has to transport them, then it loses a bit of appeal to me. also more and more people are using cloth diapes so you might want to confirm her perforance first.

I got my sil a gift card to the portrait studio near her house, it happened to be JC Pennys and we had enjoeyed the quality from the one in our town. Is the mom is super fussy, she might want an smaller independent studio that you could get a package too and she could up grade if it wasn't enough. But how nice to not have to shell out for your babies first picts.
And maybe a nice picture frame to go with it.

She might not have asked for it by toy storage would be another good idea that is for a bit older kid but might still be appreciated, bins or book shelf.

a nail trim kit for baby and a manicure gift card for mom. might be nice.

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I would go for a gift card, if it were me. Or, buy the diapers from a store she can easily return.

My church bought several boxes of diapers for me from Sams. (We cloth diapered after the first two months, but you know how many diapers get used in two months!!) I HATED the diapers for my son. They didn't fit right, they leaked, we just could not make them work. So...I was stuck with 4 boxes of diapers I couldn't return, because I don't shop at Sams.

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Diaper cake!!!
I just opened my etsy shop, look at my profile and click on the link, I can make it to fit whatever theme you want!
Yes, shameless self promotion, I know ;)

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Diapers are always a great gift because you always need them and never have enough. Same as wipes i would buy a brand as Pampers or Huggies because sometimes we as mothers can be picky regarding our little ones. I think that would be a great gift and you could always just get a teether or something little to go along as well, or I was gonna say gift card but since you think she is already getting quite a few of these the diapers n wipes are a fantastic idea and are always greatly appreciated. Every baby shower I have been to i have always included a bag of diapers.

The best received gifts I've ever given for baby shower and first birthday gifts have always been diapers and books.

I usually have my son pick out some of his favorite books from when he was little at the bookstore, then pick up a giant box of diapers.

It's always the perfect size and neither gift ever goes to waste.

I'd also opt for the gift card. Purchasing diapers ahead of time may backfire; she may not end up liking the brand or baby may be big and never fit into the size 1's, etc. A gift card ensures that she can pick up whatever she didn't receive, or things she's discovered along the way that are must-haves.

My personal opinion is diapers are the best gift ever!

I appreciated the diapers, of course, but after so many diapers, I prefer gift cards. Unless you know the preference of diaper brand and the correct size, it's kinda useless. Once I knew what I liked and wanted, I set up my shopping online at Amazon--diapers, wipes, etc. that come on a schedule.

I tend to not bring gifts to the shower (except maybe something for Mommy/parents) because I like to wait and see what is really wanted and/or needed that wasn't received. People don't always follow the registry, so their will be duplicates. My baby got a set of designer pacifiers that he has used very little as teethers. He just wasn't/isn't a pacifier baby. We got clothes that he couldn't wear (heavy pullover sweater for July in Houston, and he is always warm, anyway; lots of newborn outfits that he sat around the house in because the only place he went was to the doctor's office...and sleep). I hate to feel like money's been wasted. While I certainly appreciate the generosity and kindness, I am annoyed to have something that I can't use. Not everyone is this way, I know. There were lots of last-minute purchases before the baby that I hadn't counted on--nursing bras (once i knew what size my breasts would be), pajamas for hubby for when helpers would be at the house, parking passes to offset some of the cost for certain family members to visit the hospital, cash in hand for the craved pizza deliveries while I was at home alone with baby.... Oh, I digress. Depending on my relationship with the mommy/couple, I like to wait until the dust settles and they say, "Oh, I wish I had--". Then, I make it happen.

I am attending a baby shower this weekend and wanted to get her diapers but also wanted to get her something fun (she is a young single mother of an almost 4 year old and expecting her second child). So instead of just giving her diapers i decided i would make a diaper cake. It was soooooooooo easy even though i had never done it before. 2 packages of diapers (about 100, 50 newborn and 50 size 1). you can look up how to do it on the internet and it turned out sooooo cute. Practical and cute cant go wrong.

Get the random gifts and make a gift basket with the items.

I did 4 of these for my sister-in-law's baby shower and they were such big hits I ended up starting my own side business making gift baskets.

It is sentimental, thoughtful, and you are keeping to the registry items!

You can get a basket and some shrikwrap from your local Dollar Tree so it is shipping friendly!

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