There are few things more exciting than welcoming a baby into the world. A baby shower is an opportunity to help the new parents to prepare a baby-friendly environment for their little one. Most expectant parents register for the necessities -- car seats, highchairs and infant swings top the list. Those presents are always appreciated, but if you'd rather create a one-of-a-kind gift for a baby shower, you might want to consider making a gift basket. Here are a few unique ideas:
- Dapper Diaper Basket: Buy a nice quality diaper bag and stock it with supplies. Diapers, bottles, cans of formula and small toys would work nicely.
Bath Time Basket: Fill a baby bathtub with small towels, baby washcloths, a tiny robe, baby oil, lotion, soaps, shampoo and tub toys.
Book Smart Basket: Stock a basket with infant and child care books for Mom and Dad along with books for baby. Choose one special book that you loved as a child and write a note to the baby on the inside cover.
Say Cheese! Basket: Parents love to take pictures of their baby, so give them a head start by assembling a basket of photo albums and picture frames. Add a camera for a truly thoughtful gift. The cost of this gift can go from frugal to fabulous by choosing anything from a disposable camera all the way up to a top of the line digital.
Sun and Sand Basket: Fill a beach tote with summertime fun. Include a kiddie swimsuit for the next summer, little sandals, a character beach towel, shade umbrella and of course, baby sunscreen.
Baby Bach Basket: Start the little one on the road to Julliard with a basket of musical gifts. Be sure to include a few different CDs as well as a small assortment of infant and toddler musical instruments. For the card, simply fold sheet music to a favorite song and add your own sentiment.
Seasonally Sensational Baskets: For winter babies, consider filling a Christmas stocking with small toys and a special "Baby's First Christmas" ornament. For springtime arrivals, start with a traditional Easter basket and fill with bottles, rattles, a holiday outfit and a set of bunny ears.
Chip off the Old Block Basket: Is Mom a golfer or is Dad a gourmet cook? Bring a gift that will make the parents smile as they envision their little one learning to share their interests. Fill a basket with child sized versions of their parents' hobby gear. A toddler sized golf bag with a sun visor and personalized towel or a large mixing bowl stocked with junior gourmet bake ware would make a fun and unique gift.
Staying In Basket: New parents will likely be spending a lot of time at home in the first few months after their baby's birth. Stock a large popcorn tub (ask to purchase one at your local movie theater) with a gift certificate from a movie rental store, microwave popcorn packets and movie sized boxes of candy.
Night on the Town Basket: For the ultimate indulgence, treat the new parents to a night on the town. Fill a tasteful basket with a gift certificate to a nice restaurant (let's face it, in just a few years, their idea of a night out will be to a place with plastic forks!), tickets to a local theater or concert event and an offer to baby-sit for the evening. They will be forever grateful!