15 of the best baby shower gifts

Baby showers are joyous occasions. Here, we reveal the best baby shower gifts to buy for a mum-to-be friend or expectant relative who's celebrating her baby's close arrival...

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Baby shower gifts aren’t always easy to buy: it’s hard to know what the mum-to-be already has for her little one, plus sometimes we know mums-to-be don’t always specify what they’d like for fear of seeming presumptuous.

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If you are planning to purchase a gift there are lots of lovely trinkets and useful baby shower presents available for every budget. Our selection goes from £10, all the way up to £149. 

We’ve covered everything from expensive keepsakes, newborn essentials, and baby toys – plus a couple of gifts that the new mum will surely love.

Don’t panic: our pick of the best unique and useful baby shower gifts will help steer you right…

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1. Memory Makers Gift Box: 3D Framed Casts, £147

Why we love it: These stunning casts are the ultimate keepsake, presented in choice of 2 wooden frames. They’re made in Mothercare stores, whenever’s suitable for the new parents.

Don’t worry if someone else has had the same idea: the parents-to-be can always make casts at different stages of their baby’s development, keep their casts at home, in the office, or perhaps gift to grandma and grandad. 

Available from: Mothercare


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2. Bright Baby Muslin Square Bouquet, £24.95

Why we love it: We speak from experience when we recommend this one – muslins are so practical when you’ve got a little baby. For feeding, burping, keeping an eye on dribble… and these ones are lovely, bright, and gender neutral in green and yellow.

Available from: Say It Baby


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3. Neal’s Yard Mothers Balm, £20

Why we love it: A luxury balm made with oils and beeswax to soothe tired skin and also reduce the appearance of stretch marks. A treat for the new mum.

Available from: Neal’s Yard


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4. Royal Selangor Piccadilly Musical Carousel, £79

Why we love it: Made from 100% pewter, this stunning carousel features a winged bunny, and plays the tune ‘Around The World’.

Available from: John Lewis


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5. Jellycat Bashful Bunny Money Box, £12

Why we love it: Sweet, simple and a purse-friendly gift for a little family looking towards the future. We love that it’s from a classic baby brand like Jellycat, too. Don’t forget to pop a pound coin in before you wrap it.

Available from: John Lewis


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6. The White Company Hello Baby Gift Set, £50

Why we love it: This set of a baby hat, booties, onesie, top and leggings (wrapped in a drawstring bag) is made from 100% cotton, and is a crisp white – ideal if the baby’s sex has yet to be revealed.

It comes in sizes newborn, 0 to 3 months and 3 to 6 months. You’d be surprised how fast babies are out of newborn sizes, so a gift in a bigger size could come in very handy sooner than you think. 

Available from: The White Company


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7.  Ewan The Dream Sheep, £29.99

Why we love it: This baby sleep aid creates soothing sounds to mimic mum’s heartbeat, and acts as a gentle night light. Make sure to include 3 x AAA batteries with your gift.

Available from: Amazon and Sweet Dreamers


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8. The Care Package, from £41

Why we love it: A thoughtful gift that a new mum will so appreciate: an excuse for 10 mins of ‘me time’. You can personalise the gifts inside a bit, too, so you know your pregnant pal or relative will love it.

Includes a thermos (for keeping tea from going cold), Teapig tea bags, a luxury caramel and cranberry flapjack, triple chocolate brownie truffles, your choice of women’s lifestyle mag and a stylish scarf. Bliss.

Available from: Don’t Buy Her Flowers


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9. Personalised Baby’s Birth Certificate Holder, £30

Why we love it: A personalisable silver holder for the new arrival’s birth certificate – a lovely way to give a keepsake gift that’s a bit different to what you’d usually expect!

We especially like that’s it’s useful, too, but probs not something you’d think to buy for yourself amongst so many other purchases.

Available from: Not On The High Street


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10. Peter Rabbit Nappy Cake, £45

Why we love it: Erm, yep… nappy cakes are a REAL thing. They contain no sugar, no icing, in fact no cake at all.

Instead, this cake contains 24 disposable nappies, a soft muslin square, 3 pairs of ‘stay on’ new baby socks (see: the lollipops) and a Peter Rabbit keepsake toy (which can be played with after they’re 12 months old).

Available from: Babyblooms


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11. Puj Tub Foldable Bath Insert, £44.95

Why we love it: An ideal gift for a new family with limited space in the house, this bath seat fits into the sink and is best suited for newborn babies.

Read our full Puj seat review for more info

Available from: Natural Baby Shower


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12. Sophie La Girafe Teething Toy, £15

Why we love it: A classic teething toy, made of natural rubber – and it’s phthalate-free.

Available from: Mamas & Papas


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13. UGG Bixbee Infant Slippers, £24.50

Why we love it: While mum and dad worry about the key purchases (like buggies and car seats), baby shower gifts can be a little more ‘want’ not ‘need’. 

These gorgeous baby slippers from UGG are so sweet, and feel cosy for baby’s feet, thanks to their terry cloth interior and faux suede exterior.

Available from: Amara


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14. Mum To Mum Pass It On Book, £10

Why we love it: A 14.8cm x 14.8cm colourful hardback book featuring wisdom from fellow mums. It’s a lovely token, especially for the new mum who’s worried about the challenges ahead.

Available from: Not On The High Street


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15. Stomp Stamps Magic Footprint Gift, £19.95

Why we love it: An ink and paint-free way to capture the new arrival’s footprint, which uses a wipe and a special kind of paper. No mess = genius.

The kit is A5 size (so the perfect size), and comes with the card, wipe and instructions, along with a tin to keep everything in (not the frame pictured).

Available from: John Lewis

Last updated January 2019

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