J.N. asks from Peoria, AZ on October 01, 2008
Creative Baby Shower Gift
I am looking to put together a creative baby shower gift for a friend who is having her first child. Have you attended a recent shower and thought, "wow that was a creative way they put that gift together"!?? Let me know your ideas.
As always, thank you Mom's for all your terrific input!!
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D.D. answers from Phoenix on October 27, 2008
I create diaper cakes. I am available at my business number
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K.C. answers from Phoenix on October 02, 2008
I dont know how creative this is...but I always give a big hamper basket, use a baby blanket as the lining (like a gift bag) & stuff it with the essentials, diapers, wipes, lotions, wash, you can NEVER have enough of that stuff & they will us ehte hamper & blanket all the time...
S.G. answers from Albuquerque on October 02, 2008
SaraBear diaper caddy's are very cool. You can get them for $29 on Target.com. You could fill it with all the diaper changing neccessites, lotion, a toy. I would have loved to recieve one.
Something I recieved that I appreciated was a travel bag with things I could use at the hospital...
aroma therapy candle (for the delivery room)
Just odds and ends. It was a great gift and I was so glad I got it.
One more thing. A dear friend of mine does beautiful embroidery and she makes baby gifts. She could but a design (car, butterfly..) on a bib with the babies name and a matching onsie. Just an idea. If you would like her website info let me know.
T.W. answers from Albuquerque on October 02, 2008
I gave a shower recently and I made a diaper cake. It was a great centerpiece and I was able to attach all kinds of great stuff to "decorate" it, not to mention it contained close to 70 diapers! The Mom loved it and everyone raved about it! I'd be happy to coach you in making one or you can get directions on the Internet. There are pics of my diaper cake at www.myspace.com/peek_a_bows. Good luck!
T.A. answers from Phoenix on October 01, 2008
I agree with Melodi on the diaper cake! If you want some examples I can send you pictures of the last one I made - it was awesome! I recommend using larger diapers though - a couple different sizes... that way the mom can keep it on display for a while and have some size four diapers later when she really needs them. Also, for the dad I recommend the Baby Owner's Manual, my husband LOVED it!
S.L. answers from Phoenix on October 02, 2008
Wow! You got a ton of responses! My best friend just had her shower last weekend, and I wish I had seen all the diaper cake suggestions beforehand! I've never actually seen one, I'll be looking that up! Anyway, from her shower experience and my own, here's my suggestion:
USE THE REGISTRY! She and I both got so many duplicate things! I think we each spent a good week returning things back to various stores because no one would use the registry and take stuff off the list that had already been purchased. Also, it takes time to create a registry, and you choose the things that you really want. I got a lot of similar stuff, but I ended up taking it back and getting the product I had chosen, simply because it suited my needs the best. I know it seems ungrateful, but truly it's just because your so excited about your little one, and you have it in your head the things that you'll use and need.
Also, when I had my first, the hospital I had him at gave me a basket. It had a silver spoon with the hospital name on it, some sparkling cider, a onesie with the hospital name on it etc. Well, in it were some Geneva cookies from Pepperidge Farm. I had never tried them before, but they were delicious (of course, if you know her favorite they would be best) Anyway, I kept the basket by my bed and I snacked on one when I was too tired to get up. Now, whenever I see those cookies I'm transported back to my first days as a mommy. It could be any treat though, each person is different.
Lastly, the ideas on here about getting things in the bigger sizes is right on! I know I had a serious shortage of 6-9 month clothing. Keep in mind the season it will be when the baby will wear the clothes, so that you can buy accordingly. Also getting diapers in larger sizes is a good idea, but I got coupons from one guest for free diapers so that when I ran out of them I could buy the size I needed. I think you can purchase these gift certificate from Huggies online. Oh, and one last thing(sorry) is my husband was thrilled that someone bought me a diaper bag that wasn't too girly that he could carry around, he also adored the Snugli we got and COULD NOT wait to put the baby in it. I hope you enjoy the shower! I'm sure she'll love what you get her!
K.F. answers from Albuquerque on October 02, 2008
I like to wrap my gifts in a sheet or blanket that they have on their list, using baby pins to keep it together, then use a rattle or toy of some sort in place of a ribbon...my aunt used to do this, it was really cute. I like the basket idea too...using a basket that they can use later for the baby...
M.M. answers from Albuquerque on October 01, 2008
I like the idea of every guest bringing a book for the baby with their gift. Its a great way to start a library for the little one. They can even write a little message to the baby in it. The is a web site www.cutest-baby-shower-ideas.com that shows you how to make wash cloth lollipops and sock rose bouquets. Good luck and have fun.
J.H. answers from Phoenix on October 02, 2008
Hi J., the moms have given you some SUPER cute ideas. I own an online children's boutique and we offer a lot of products that are personalized with custom embroidery (names with bling, monograms, designs etc...) If you like one of the ideas that the other moms' came up with such as the diaper cake, you can always take it to the next level and I can do the personalization on onesies, blankets, towels etc... Or you can check out some of the gift sets we offer. We accept custom orders, so if you like our products we can talk on the phone or via email and come up with something super creative and unique to this particular mom.
Here are some gifts we have done for other clients: I made a friend an adorable swarovski crystal bracelet in the tinest size for a newborn baby. We included a nice poem and the mom had her baby wear the bracelet home from the hospital. The newborn wore the bracelet for 3 months. They are so tiny and immobile that they can't pull it off at that age! We did a baby bath tub from the mom's registry filled with bath supplies and one of our hooded towels with the childs name embroidered on it, infant princess items (bling onesie, teeny tiny tutu for a newborn, and a headband with bow for a newborn) and we put it all in a silver bucket with a set of princess magnets that the child can use when they get older on the outside of the bucket and wrap it clear cellophane with a giant bow on top. We also did this bucket with our princess theme burps, bibs, etc instead of the outfit.
I have a ton of other ideas. If you want, send me an email at ____@____.com and we can chat some more. Also our phone number is on our website and you can give me a call.
H.S. answers from Albuquerque on October 02, 2008
Wow, you've got a lot of responses and I have not read them so I'm not sure if this has come up already...
At my shower I was thrilled to receive a gift with both a new maternity top for my self as well as cute onsies for my baby.
T.C. answers from Albuquerque on October 01, 2008
I once matched the book, "Baby-gami: Baby wrapping for Beginners" by Andrea Sarvady, with a set of swaddling blankets.
The book is full of cute photos of clever ways to swaddle and sling infants (along with a basic lesson on why swaddling is so important); as well as simple instructions for making home-made swaddling blankets.
(I *think* it went over well - ha, ha!)