A baby shower is a special time for
women whether mothers or not to share their love
for children and joy at the upcoming arrival. The opening of gifts
is an engaging time not only for the mom-to-be, but for all the
guests, as gifts are passed around to be examined, touched, and
exclaimed over. This sharing is made even more special when a guest
has put together a gift basket, as each item is discovered and oohed-and-aahed
If you have decided to put together a baby shower gift basket, you
are probably wondering how you can do it in a creative way. You
might also want a list of ideas of what to fill the basket with,
without emptying your pockets in the process. Here are a few ideas:
First, you don’t necessarily have to put the basket together
by yourself. Pool resources with another friend or two to make your
basket as impressive and filled with goodies as possible.
The basket itself does not have to be a traditional basket (as in
a wicker Easter basket or the like). It can be a large serving bowl,
a toy box on wheels, a laundry basket (wicker or plastic), a car
seat – anything that will hold the smaller items inside. Choose
according to your tastes and budget, as well as what you know the
mom-to-be might appreciate.
Filling the basket with items might seem daunting, but you can,
again, balance your budget by choosing a mixture of items, some
large and others small. A plush stuffed animal can take up quite
a bit of space, and can be found at economical prices. Add in a
baby care product or two, such as shampoo, powder, or diaper cream.
A small toy such as a rattle or teething ring might be appropriate.
Also consider including a keepsake gift in your basket, such as
a thematic photo frame, keepsake boxes for “baby’s first
tooth” or “baby’s first lock of hair” (after
the first haircut), or an at-home infant hand print mold kit. You
might also want to include a couple of items for mom and dad, such
as relaxing bubble bath, a pair of soft slippers, or comfortable
pajamas (for all the nights they’ll spend awake). Include
a heartfelt card or note of encouragement for the new parents.
Finally, consider decorating the outside of the basket with ribbon,
easy-to-remove stickers, or other adornments that add the finishing
touch to your already-special gift. You’ll likely enjoy making
your baby shower gift basket as much as the mom-to-be and guests
will enjoy discovering its contents – and you can be sure
that mom and dad will appreciate all your efforts.