Get creative with these unique and different baby shower gift ideas that a new mum can really use!

Classic Baby Shower gift ideas - knitted booties and crocheted grey bonnet

Are you heading to a baby shower this year and want to avoid the dreaded double-up gift of chain store bibs or rattle? Check out our great list below for baby shower gift ideas that will have everyone asking “Where did you find that?!”.  And read to the end for a delicious recipe your mum-to-be friend will thank you for at those 3am feedings!

1. Handmade Classic Baby Items

Classic Baby Shower gift ideas - knitted booties and crocheted grey bonnet

Photo by Ica on Unsplash

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the classic baby shower gifts of bibs or a rattle – they’re everywhere because they are so handy!

But instead of heading to your nearby chain store, why not check out some local makers instead? You might be surprised at just how much gorgeous knitting and handmade toys there are in your area.

If you can’t find a local maker’s market, check out the Made by Mum facebook group for tons of handmade options, and support local makers.

2. Themed Baby Shower Gift Ideas to Embrace Her Inner Geek

If you know the parents-to-be are obsessed with Harry Potter, Star Wars, Superheroes, Doctor Who, Disney or the like, why not help them deck their baby out and join the fandom the moment they’re born!

My 8-month old has a pair of Harry Potter themed grow-with-me pants from local maker Sew  La La that she lives in – they’re so gorgeous and will fit her for years!

3. Heuristic Play for Baby’s Brain

Photo credit Navy Baby

Have you heard of the benefits of heuristic play? It’s basically loose-parts play where babies can play any way they like with open-ended items such as blocks, brushes, fabric and balls. Babies love to explore and a huge amount of their early learning is done through touch.  

Local secondhand-shops are the ideal place to hunt for items to fill a basket or bag. Look for large items with no small choking hazards, with a variety of natural materials and textures. A silk scarf, a wooden spoon, a textured metal bangle, almost anything can be a world of discovery.

There are also a variety of sellers online who do the work for you – my baby girl has a set from Navy Baby which she loves.

4. Natural Mum and Baby Skincare

Gorgeous, natural skincare is are ideal baby shower gift ideas. It’s something every new mum will use and be so grateful for when she needs it, but not necessarily something she will have pre-purchased herself.

We have a selection of all-natural skincare designed especially for mums and babies at Beebalm.

Our newborn balm and boobee balm make a fabulous baby shower present – available here in a handy gift pack – or we have larger gift packs available that also include a range of our other balms – check out our Ultimate Mum-to-Bee Pamper Pack for a beautiful gift set including newborn, boobee and baby bum balms, and a luscious lip balm and sleep balm for the mum.

5. Meal Delivery Sanity Savers

There are lots of things that suddenly and unexpectedly become more difficult when a new baby joins the family, and one major one is eating well (and enough!).

Why not gift a subscription to a meal delivery service for a few weeks or months to the new family? There are a range of services available now, ranging from fresh ingredients delivered to your door (no shopping = win!) to pre-prepared meals for even more convenience. I’ve personally used both WOOP and My Food Bag and enjoyed both, but you’ll find others too with a quick google.

6. Books, Books, Books

Photo credit Kuwi the Kiwi

With so many adorable books for babies, you can’t really go wrong here for baby shower gift ideas!

We personally love all the Kuwi The Kiwi books in our household, with gorgeous pictures and oh-so-kiwi stories. Written and illustrated by the awesome Kat Merewether, the range includes books for newborns like the colourful Kiwicorn (my fave!) and the black-and-white Sleepy Kiwi board book, perfect for newborn eyes.

Let us know your favourites in the comments!

7. Line-A-Day Journal

Photo credit Mighty Ape

In the sleep-deprived haze of caring for a newborn, its so easy to lose track of time and everything goes by in a flash. I’m sure I’m not the only one with a half-filled out ‘My First Year’ baby book!

How about trying a line-a-day journal? These are usually five year journals, where all that’s needed is a few words each day, and the following year you can easily see what was happening the previous year. Here’s an example but there are lots around.

8. Lactation Cookies (+ Free Recipe!)

Lactation cookies warm from the oven

Not only nutritious, but delicious! Lactation cookies are one of the most practical baby shower gift ideas, and contain ingredients designed to help lactating mums produce good quality and quantity of breast milk.

Eating enough and eating well is hard when caring for a newborn, and lactation cookies make a easy convenient snack, great for hunger pangs at middle-of-the-night feedings!

Pro tip – tell your kids they make you produce milk, and they stop asking to eat them! I’ve tried cookies from both Lactation Station and Totally Devoted and they were both delicious.

Or why not make your own?

I first heard of lactation cookies when a friend made them for me, and I have since also gifted a handmade batch to new mums. Credit to My Kids Lick The Bowl for the recipe below – check out the website for recipe notes, and tons of other kid-friendly recipes. 

Lactation Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 125g butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste/extract
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup LSA
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Brewers Yeast (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  2. Beat/cream softened butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together
  3. Add all remaining dry ingredients excluding the chocolate chips and mix well
  4. Stir in chocolate chips, the mixture will be a little sticky
  5. Wet your hands, and roll tablespoonfuls into balls, place on a lined tray
  6. Use a wet fork to gently flatten each ball
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes (this gives a soft chewy cookie) you can also bake for a little longer 12-15 mins if you prefer a crunchy cookie
  8. Cool for a few minutes on the tray then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container. Eat them often, keep them next to where you breastfeed so you always have a snack on hand.

What are your favourite baby shower gift ideas to give? What stand-out gifts did you receive?

Let us know in the comments below!