Unique Baby Shower Gifts Are Better Than Standard Gifts (Right?)
An expectant mom always loves the usual baby gifts like diapers, cute stuffed things, and bibs; however, if you’re like me, sometimes you want to give something completely unique.
I’m a little cheap and I hate spending money on something that I know a new mom will probably get 17 of. Unique baby shower gifts can often be the kind that she doesn’t know she needs… until she KNOWS she needs it. These are generally non-registry baby shower gifts – because mom didn’t think to register for them!
If you aren’t sure where to even begin with a unique baby shower gift, I’ve put together a list to help you get started. I’ve thought back to the things I got that really stuck out to me as unique or thoughtful, and also the things NO ONE thought to give me that I would have loved to get!
Thanks to this list, coming up with unusual ideas for baby shower gifts just got a whole lot easier for you! (It’s also largely a gender-neutral baby shower gifts list, so not knowing baby’s sex won’t be a problem!)
Surprise the mom-t0-be with any of these unique baby shower gifts and watch her smile with delight.
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Unique Baby Shower Gifts (that her other friends won’t think of)
1. Cute “Sleeping Baby” Sign
The last thing you want someone to do is to show up and knock loudly or ring the doorbell when you just got the baby to sleep. Place a cute sign outdoors, and guests will figure it out pretty quickly. This is one of those unique baby shower gifts that will be a gift that keeps giving.
Unlike me, mom won’t have to make her own sort of trashy looking cardboard sign. (Which also does totally work.)
2. Photography Session
Want to really hit it out of the park with a unique baby shower gift? Why not purchase mom a photography session! She will love and cherish the photos for her entire life. It’s impossible to look at your child’s photo (no matter how old they are) and not feel sentimental when you see them.
Check around mom’s local area and find a photographer that fits your budget and has quality work. This will be a meaningful and impressive gift that she will reach for over and over.
3. Framed newspaper from the day the baby is born
Obviously better if the shower takes place POST birth, but in my area, most do.
Also better if the day baby is born has happy headlines. (This comes to mind because a prominent person died the day my son was born, and I’m not sure I would display newspapers from that day haha!)
4. Mattress Cover for HER bed
I know – this is about the baby… but come on moms:
Raise your hands if you’ve had children and your mattress survived totally unscathed?
(Oh, no hands?! Shocking.)
I mean, for a few weeks, there’s blood (“postpartum recovery is a special treat”, she said sarcastically).
Then, for at least a few months, there’s milk.
There’s also whatever the baby is doing because let’s face it… few babies ever spend ALL their time in their own beds.
A waterproof mattress cover for a queen bed (or king – whatever she has) can be put to GOOD use and costs less than 30 bucks here.
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5. Door Latch Cover
A door latch cover is made of fabric and hooks onto both sides of the doorknob. It makes it so you can quietly shut most doors and not make a peep. Most people don’t think of these things, but man, they are handy!
This is one of the best unique baby gifts because you don’t have to worry about startling baby while he is sleeping. Parents that have older kids are going to be jealous; these weren’t around when their children were babies.
6. Pack of Red Light Bulbs (or Lamp With Red Light Blubs)
I know this sounds crazy – but using a red light for those night time feeding sessions helps not wake mom up as much – or baby, for that matter. It’s not as bright, not as shocking. (You can get them cheap – but they will be worth a fortune to mom!)
Most moms won’t ever think of this on their own, and you will be her hero.
Do be sure to explain the point…
7. First aid kit (with all the essentials for baby’s first cold)
I was gifted one of these, and I LOVED it – because she saved me from running to the store at midnight the first time my baby was sick.
- A baby nose snot sucker (yes, everyone needs one of these!)
- Boogie Wipes
- Baby Vicks Rub (make sure you get the one that’s for babies!)
8. Teething “Survival” Basket
This is another “desperately need it RIGHT NOW and don’t want to wait two days for Amazon to deliver it” type of gift that she won’t know how much she appreciates until she DOES know.
You can fill a cute basket with a |”teething survival kit” for mom and baby.
My top picks for baby are an amber anklet (safer imo than a necklace, and my two year old wore his for over a year and a half), a freezable teether, and this banana toothbrush – it was a super hit with both my kids!
For mom, depending on her personality, include a fun coffee mug or nice bottle of wine. (She’ll need one or the other… or both.)
9. Portable Diaper Changing Station
Having a changing table is always a nice thing, but sometimes it’s easier to change a dirty diaper sitting on the floor. (Actually, to this day, we still change 9/10 diapers on the floor.) Or if the new mama is traveling, she can quickly change the babies diaper in the car or a rest stop.
Plus, anything that is portable will make the new mom’s life so much easier. She will be sending you a silent thank you every time she reaches for the portable changing station.
10. Bath Time Kneeling Mat
No one realizes (pre-baby) just how hard it is to kneel on the hard floor night after night.
A padded mat that you place in front of the tub for bath time will be much appreciated.
11. Drool bibs
I feel like these drool bibs have to make the unique baby shower gift ideas list because both my sister and I got a few of these for our showers, and both of us LOVED them. (Yet, you don’t always think “Oh, I’ll buy drool bibs for Suzi…” you know?)
Especially if you live in a cold climate, where you can’t take baby out with a soggy shirt, these are SO HANDY and totally saves you having to change your kids 5+ times per day.
12. Wubanub Pacifier
Pacifiers can be controversial, but I personally love them! I got some for my shower, and those ended up being the brand I LOVED the most and used for both my kids.
But a wubanub pacifier is AMAZING, and I bought one of these for both of my kids. They are attached to little animals, so a baby can hold onto them without help – ulike a traditional pacifier.
13. An old fashioned compression gate
It’s funny – when we were baby-gate shopping, we leaned towards the gates that need to be installed permanently.
But you know what we ended up using THE MOST?
An ancient compression gate that we got handed down from a friend.
Because it’s mobile, and quick to use to trap baby in a room where they need to be trapped. Plus you can grab it to take to grandmas for the weekend!
14. A great nursing cover
Not all nursing covers are created equal. I had one of these, and I LOVED that thing. Used it constantly.
15. Mom Survival Kit
Everyone spends most of their focus on the new baby, and mom (and dad) often gets forgotten about in the shuffle. That is entirely normal, and to be expected, but it doesn’t always make it fun, either.
While everyone is buying gifts for baby, do something just for the mom-to-be. It will be so appreciated.
Just use a little box or jar and fill it with her favorite things. You can create a themed gift that she can take to the hospital or something to throw into the diaper bag on future outings. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Hand lotion
- Gift cards for a coffee shop or food
- Fuzzy socks
- Nail Polish
- Comb and pocket mirror
- Her favorite snacks
- Nice water bottle
16. Monthly Milestone Blanket
Not only is a monthly milestone blanket thoughtful and unique, but you are also giving the gift of some of the most precious memories she will have while taking photos of her baby laying on it.
It’s incredible how fast a new baby grows in the first year, so documenting every month helps you really notice the changes (sniff). There are many choices available out there, but once you decide on one, I know that the new parents will love this gift for many years to come.
17. Sentimental Book
First of all, here’s a fair warning: this gift has been known to make expectant mothers cry. Maybe it’s the hormones or maybe it’s just how thoughtful the gift is. Either way, moms will absolutely love this gift!
There are so many sweet books out there to give a mom-to-be. Baby books are fantastic gifts, particularly when paired with a pretty pen set. Another book I love handing out as unique baby shower gifts is this sweet book, Letters to My Baby.
18. Date Night
A gift card to mom’s favorite restaurant will help furnish her cravings. Pair it with another fun activity such as a spa treatment for two or playing arcade games, and you’ve just gifted the couple a pretty fantastic date night.
This can be a particularly helpful gift if the parents-to-be already have a child. Offer to come over and babysit while they have a date night on their own—it might be a while before they can have one again!
More Unique (and also Gender Neutral) Baby Shower Gifts to Consider
If you are looking for more unique baby shower gifts to purchase here are several ideas to consider:
- Wooden monogram sign with the baby’s initials on it
- A family tree that can be framed
- Gift certificate for a custom illustration that matches the baby’s nursery
- Monogrammed jewelry with the family’s initials or baby’s name
- 5-10 freezer meals labeled and ready to go
- Bottles of wine with milestone labels (ex: baby slept through the night, mom’s first day back at work, etc)
- An Alexa – great for voice activating white noise or lullabies when mama’s hands are full (ooooo how I wish I had that when my kids were babies!)
- Footprint kit to help mama document those teeny, tiny feet ( I DID have this, and I know all moms will love it!)
- A meal delivery service (or homemade freezer meals)
- Babysitting for older siblings. (I found that I lacked “alone cuddling time” with my second!)
- a subscription to Disney+ (honestly one of the best apps for new moms, esp. if they have older kids!)
Whatever unique baby gift you gift mom, she’ll probably love it.
You could also MAKE mom a baby shower gift – then it would be 100% unique!
Some of the things on this list make my list of the top ten best baby shower gifts, and some don’t, but I still bet she’ll love ANY of them!
The thing she needs the most is your love and support, so be sure to check in on her.
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