Fun and Practical Baby Shower Gifts

Choosing the right baby shower gifts is always a challenge, so here are some practical (but fun) options to consider.

When it comes to baby shower gifts, most of us know what to expect: diapers, onesies, bibs, pacifiers, and the occasional blankie with ducks or bunnies. You know: the usual. Every baby needs 'em, and the mom always appreciates them.

On the other hand, there's a certain sameness there that can be, well, boring. But that doesn't have to be the case; if you put some thought into it, you can give what's needed in a way the shower-goers won't soon forget.

Strolling Along

In a previous article, we extolled the virtues of the diaper cake, which has become something of a baby shower classic in recent years. As the name suggests, this is a cake-shaped centerpiece made out of cunningly arranged disposable diapers. You can't eat it, but it's both fun and practical.

Clever individuals have extended the idea to little baby-doll strollers, crafted from decorated shoeboxes and covered with rolled-up diapers, ready to use in moments (unless, of course, the new mom would like to keep the stroller to embarrass her kid with in later years).

It takes some effort to make a diaper stroller, but imagine the recipient's reaction when they open it up! The best thing is, this gift is not just cool, it's also cheap to put together. Check out this video on how to make a diaper stroller.

A Baby Bouquet

If a diaper stroller isn't for you, consider a baby bouquet. Basically, this is a bunch of what appears at first glance to be flowers... but the buds turn out to be cleverly rolled and folded baby clothes, attached to artificial flower stems.

This is a bit more expensive than the stroller, but it's very clever and will likely be the hit of the party. You can purchase such bunches online; however, the manufacturer of one variety of baby bouquets shows you how to do it step-by-step on this clip from The Martha Stewart Show.

Wrapping It Up

No matter what you decide to give, you can usually jazz it up with special gift-wrap. But let's take that a bit farther: instead of paper, how about wrapping it in a baby blanket? It's a simple matter of wrapping the gift as you normally would, and tying it up securely with ribbon. You can even attach a stuffed animal if you like.

Now there's one piece of gift-wrap that won't end up in the recycling bin after the party's over!

A Little Imagination

It's hard to come up with memorable shower gifts these days, since it seems we've all been there, done that. Hopefully, though, these ideas will help you exercise those imagination muscles, and devise one-of-a-kind baby shower gifts that people will be talking about for years to come.

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