The Best Baby Shower Gifts for Any Budget

From cozy baby outfits to gifts for the parents, these presents top our list

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While baby showers might be full of Instagrammable prettiness, what they’re really about at the core is setting up new parents with the resources they need to welcome a new baby.

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​​Practical and cute, Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs are made of 100% cotton for maximum absorption, and come in lots of fun colors and patterns. If you want to splurge, we recommend the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier.

You might make your purchase from a registry for an easy solution. But in the absence of a registry—or if you’re just looking to personalize your contribution—our list includes some of the best baby shower gifts you can give, whether you're looking for practical or sentimental picks. Natasha Burgert, MD, a Philips partner pediatrician based in Kansas, explains that the best gifts are “simple, interchangeable, and long lasting.”

And ultimately, the best baby shower gifts are ones your guest of honor can really use. “Most parents of new babies enjoy practical gifts versus sentimental ones,” advises  Bethany Cook, PsyD, MT-BC, the author of “For What It’s Worth – A Perspective on How to Thrive and Survive Parenting Ages 0–2.”  

To put together this list, we sought feedback from child development professionals and other relevant experts, and chose innovative and highly reviewed picks across a range of price points and functions. 

From affordable game-changers to big-ticket splurges, these are the best baby shower gifts for 2022.

Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs, 4 Pack

Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs, 4 Pack

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The Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs rank high on our list because these sweet bandana bibs are useful for keeping even the drooliest of babies dry. The fronts are made of 100% cotton for maximum absorption. These sweet, snappable bandanas come in lots of colors and patterns, so babies will always look cute, even covered in drool.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro

Baby Brezza Formula Pro

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For formula-feeding or supplementing parents, the BabyBrezza Formula Pro is nothing short of game changing. New parents are sure to remember you with love and devotion while prepping middle-of-the-night feedings in the easiest way possible. 

Think of this as a fancy cappuccino maker but for formula. It makes a warm bottle of formula at the touch of a button—and this Wi-Fi-enabled model even allows parents to make a bottle right from their smartphones. (Genius.) This works for formula-feeding or formula-supplementing parents, no matter the brand of formula or bottles.

White Loft Canvas Growth Chart

White Loft Canvas Growth Chart

Amazon

This customizable growth chart allows parents to mark kids’ soaring heights over time with pins; that means no marked-up door jams or walls, and a portable keepsake to bring along if the family moves. The chart is made of cream-colored canvas with silvery hand lettering for a dainty and versatile look. It comes in a muslin bag for storage and giftability.

Fawn Design Premium Vegan Leather Diaper Bag

Fawn Design Vegan Leather Diaper Bag

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A chic diaper bag is a gift for both parent and baby. This one has a large, rounded opening for easy access, plus it offers multiple carrying options (including a top-carry handle, and removable, adjustable backpack and crossbody straps) for parents on the go with their hands full. It also has tons of pockets for bottles, diapers—and even a tablet or laptop.

Patagonia Furry Friends Fleece Hooded Jacket

Patagonia Baby Furry Friends Hoody

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A sweet style and the rugged construction from Patagonia makes this the perfect gift, especially for winter babies or those in colder climates.

The cute sweater comes in a variety of colors—from Barn Red to Birch White—and in infants' sizes 6M, 12M, and 18M. Parents note that the sizing runs large, so plan ahead when you order.

JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket

JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket

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Waterproof, portable, and easy to clean, this blanket is perfect to stash in the basket of a stroller or the trunk of a car for any planned (or unplanned) picnics, park diaper changes, or quiet moments outdoors. It measures 5x5 feet when opened but folds into an easy-to-carry tote.

As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby

As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby

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A modern take on a baby book, parents-to-be will love the timeless, chic, and gender-neutral artwork throughout this baby journal. The guided sections provide space for new families to record moments and memories from pregnancy through age five.

LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier

LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier

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Ideal for infants through toddlers, this baby carrier can be used with children from 7 to 45 pounds. With six carrying positions, including an ergonomic outward and back position (for babies 6 months and older), this versatile carrier is attractive, comfortable, and highly rated.

Eric Carle Board Book Box Set

Eric Carle Board Book Box Set

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Babies have been entertained for years with these classic books and beautiful collage illustrations. This box set includes six board books for young kids to love. With simple yet engaging text, these stories are sure to become family favorites.

aden + anais Dream Blanket

aden + anais Dream Blanket

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A soft, breathable, muslin blanket that is known as the “Dream Blanket” because it helps so many babies fall asleep. Beautifully made, these machine-washable blankets are useful for the nursery, tummy time, or anywhere else. Choose from a variety of colors and patterns to fit any style. 

Gerber Baby 5-Pack Solid Onesies Bodysuits

Gerber Baby Onesies

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These white onesies are wardrobe staples for new babies. They’re also great for baby shower games—get a bunch of white onesies and some fabric markers and have the guests create one-of-a-kind baby clothes.

The 100% cotton onesies feature bottom snap closures for quick changing and come in a range of sizes—from preemie to 2 years old.

Baby Shusher The Sleep Miracle Sound Machine

Baby Shusher The Sleep Miracle Sound Machine

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Consider this a portable white noise machine. If the new baby will be on the go a lot or if the new parents are overly concerned about good sleep, this could be a great gift. The "baby shusher" uses a real human voice to lull baby to sleep, freeing up time for busy parents.

Made from easy-to-clean, BPA-free material, the "shusher" features adjustable volume control, so it won't keep everyone else awake while it relaxes baby.

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

The Happiest Baby on the Block

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A lifeline for many new parents, this book offers practical advice from a doctor and baby expert for soothing babies and increasing their sleep. For parents too tired to read, there’s a DVD version they can watch.

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

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This ergonomic, space-saving bouncer seat is certainly a splurge, but well worth the price. Its slim profile and chic look provide comfort and proper head and neck support to babies from 8 to 29 pounds. So many parents agree that this is the best baby seat ever.

Jellycat Bashful Unicorn Soother Blanket

Jellycat Bashful Unicorn Soother Blanket

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Snuggle a Jellycat soother blanket once and you’ll be a convert to these super soft, cuddly lovies. These machine-washable blankies are safe for newborns and up and feature an animal snuggling a wonderfully soft blanket that’ll become a favorite at bedtime or naptime.

Puj Soft Foldable Baby Bathtub

Puj Soft Foldable Baby Bathtub

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Perfect for the early days when a new baby fits into a kitchen sink for bath time, this innovative tub allows for safe, hands-on cleaning. The foldable tub supports the baby, so parents can bathe the newborn with two hands and then hang the device flat when not in use. The baby bathtub supports babies up to 17 pounds.

Little Adam and Eve Maternity Robe and Sleep Sack

Maternity Robe and Matching Swaddle

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Start matching early on with this sweet robe for the new mamma and swaddle for the baby. This set is perfect for newborn photo shoots or just lounging around the house. Robe sizes range from small to extra-extra-large. Make sure to size up during pregnancy for a more comfortable fit.

Fridababy Baby Basics Kit

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New parents will love this comprehensive kit that includes a silicone brush for sensitive skin, a nail clipper set, gas and colic reliever, and a nasal aspirator with refills. Stocking parents with baby basics will make them feel much more confident and ready to tackle whatever comes their way.

Letters To My Baby: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

Letters To My Baby: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

This thoughtful gift has 12 letter prompts to encourage new parents to write letters to their baby, seal the letters, and then give the child the letter at a later date. It’s a cute and easy way to give a new child a piece of their history.

monica + andy Printed Organic Lounge Robe

Monogrammed Robe

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The perfect gift for fashionista moms who want to feel good while lounging with their new baby. Made from super soft organic cotton, the robe comes in two stylish prints—add a lovely monogram for a personalized touch. The rope comes in sizes extra-small through extra-large.

Burt's Bees Mama Belly Butter with Shea Butter and Vitamin E

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Made with shea butter and Vitamin E, this belly butter will keep mamma’s belly smooth and supple as it stretches throughout pregnancy. It’s fragrance-free and 99% natural, so less likely to irritate or bother delicate pregnancy skin.

Serena & Lily Nursery Bath Bundle

Serena & Lily Nursery Bath Bundle

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Made with 100% muslin cotton in front and 100% terry cotton on the back, this bath bundle comes in five different print options. Parents and caregivers will love the hooded towel and two washcloths. All pieces in the bundle are machine washable and can be tumbled dry on low.

Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare and Grooming Kit

Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare and Grooming Kit

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With more than 25 pieces available, parents and caregivers will appreciate having these much-needed healthcare and grooming items on hand. The kit includes pieces like a comb, toothbrush, hair brush, thermometer, and more. The best part? A stylish bag is included in the kit so no pieces get lost.

Goldbelly Monthly NYC Subscription

Goldbelly Monthly Subscription

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New babies require a lot of attention which means day-to-day routines, like cooking, are a temporary thing of the past. Give the soon-to-be parents a break with the Goldbelly Monthly NYC Subscription that gives them a taste of the Big Apple. With a three-month subscription, they'll receive New York City food staples, like pizza and bagels, to try out without having to go there themselves.

FridaBaby Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit

FridaBaby Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit

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It's easy to get caught up in the adorable gifts meant for baby, but don't forget about mom, too! She's going to need items to help during her postpartum recovery and this kit does just that. The kit includes 33 pieces, like cooling medicated pad liners, absorbency pads, disposable underwear, and more.

Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor & Wall Mount

Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor

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Give baby's family a peace of mind with this monitor that can track real-time breathing and sleeping with no wires, batteries, or any other extras. Parents and caregivers will love keeping an eye on their little one through the monitor's crystal clear 1080P HD video and night vision. It's even embedded with a tamper-resistant chip for extra security.

Bumco Baby Bum Brush

Bumco Baby Bum Brush

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Say goodbye to messy fingers during diaper changes thanks to this innovative diaper rash brush. The brush is designed to act as an applicator for diaper rash cream so you don't have to get your fingers dirty. It's made of soft, flexible silicone, making it gentle for baby's skin. Cleaning is a breeze, too, as it can be wiped with antibacterial wipe when finished.

Hatch Rest Smart Sound Machine

Hatch Rest Smart Sound Machine

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Give parents and caregivers the gift of sleep with a sound machine for baby. The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine includes a nightlight, alerts, and is fully customizable through the sound machine's app. Once baby is old enough to move around, parents and caregivers can utilize the toddler lock feature so settings don't change.

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock Baby Lounger

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock Baby Lounger

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From diaper changes, play time, lounging, and tummy time, this DockATot Baby Lounger does it all. It's perfect for supervised awake and play time, and can even be used while on the road for comfier diaper changes. No need to stress about cleaning, either, because the 100% cotton cover is removable and machine-washable. Note that this should never be used for unsupervised sleep.

Little Muffincakes Grey Ballerina Large Giftset

Little Muffincakes Grey Ballerina Large Giftset

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Debra Raney founded Little Muffincakes because of a need for representation, and it's safe to say she nailed it! This large gift set includes a blanket, two bibs, and two burp cloths with the option of adding up to three different bodysuits for an additional charge. All pieces are made of 100% cotton muslin and have several layers for extra coverage.

Final Verdict

If you want to be a giver of practical-but-adorable gifts, Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs will make you a new parent's hero. For a really generous gift, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro makes bleary-eyed parents feeding infants very, very grateful.

How We Selected the Best Baby Shower Gifts

We interviewed child development professionals and other experts, and incorporated their advice when compiling this list. We also chose innovative and highly reviewed picks across a range of price points and functions, using our own experience as editors and parents to guide us.

What to Look for in a Baby Shower Gift

Practicality

It's easy to pick out a cute baby gift, but often, the most beloved gifts are the ones that are the most useful for parents. Consider items that will help babies sleep or make outings easier. If you're a parent yourself, remember what products you found to be lifesavers when your child was a newborn. If you’re not a parent, get recommendations from others who are.

“You don’t want parents to be overwhelmed with more unnecessary stuff,” explains Melissa Bowley, founder and CEO of the baby registry platform Flourish Fund. “I think mixing one fun gift with other useful items is the way to go. That way you can have a little fun, but also make sure the new parents are getting what they want and need.” 

Stick to essentials and choose quality, she advises. “Many parents are combining some products and a gift card for an excellent experience for the parents or family into one gift. That way the new parents are getting the stuff they need, but also the support services they need such as sleep consultants, lactation consultants, or doulas to name a few options,” Bowley suggests. “It's the best of both worlds!”

Sentimentality

Especially if you know that all the basics for a newborn have already been bought, consider a gift that will help parents remember this special time. Whether you make it personal with a monogrammed item or give something to help with photos and scrapbooking, gifts that hold sentimental value will be remembered long after the shower.

It’s OK to give a gift that’s more sentimental than practical “when you know the parents’ and babies' basic needs are met,” Cook says. “Buying a cute outfit when someone is struggling to afford diapers isn’t helpful. Ask the parent if they need any supplies or self-care type items, and if they don’t, feel free to buy fun.”

Style

There’s definitely something to be said for those gifts that elicit all the "oohs" and "awws" at a baby shower. Baby gear can be downright adorable, and it’s fun to find gifts that match the parents' style and taste as well. Finding a gift that's practical, cute, and personalized is the ideal trifecta.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of gifts do you give at a baby shower?

    Deciding what kind of gift to bring to a baby shower can feel like an overwhelming process, especially when there are so many intoxicatingly cute options to choose from. Obviously, many of the specifics will depend on who the expecting parent is, what your relationship is with them, and how much you'd like to spend. But the one non-negotiable for baby shower gifts is that they should be something the parent and baby can use. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to go for the practical diaper pail over the adorable baby booties, but it does mean you should think about what the parent(s) will actually need for their new baby.

  • What's the most useful gift for a baby shower?

    Many potential baby shower gifts have practical uses, but there are a handful of items that you simply can't go wrong with. From diapers and wipes to bibs and bottles, there are many things that no baby can seem to have enough of, but there are also certain items that are necessary in single or limited amounts, including a sound machine, a baby bath tub, and even a stroller. Just make sure to check with the recipient (or their registry if there is one) to make sure they don't already have some of these bigger items, or if they have a preference for the brand or style.

    Cook says the most useful—and appreciated—gifts are the ones that keep on giving, like a “house cleaner, a certain number of hours of babysitting, a personal trainer, homemade meals, or takeaway budget,'' she suggests.

  • What do I buy for a baby who has everything?

    While there are seemingly endless options for baby shower gifts, the biggest challenge can often be finding something that the baby doesn't already have. The good news is that this can be a great opportunity to get creative. If the essentials are already covered, go for something a little bit more exciting, whether that's an adorable baby onesie, a unique book, or a personalized baby blanket.

    Beyond that, remember that the gift of love and support is truly the most valuable one. “People want to buy cute little clothes and toys for the baby but honestly the best gift a baby can have is a happy parent to care for them lovingly,” Cook says. “Happy and low-stress parents equal happy and content babies.”

  • What gift shouldn’t you give at a baby shower?

    The first thing you should never give at a baby shower? “Your opinion on how to raise the baby, unless explicitly asked,” Cook says. Beyond that, avoid fragile keepsakes at this stage.

    “Let the baby get a bit older and parents get a little more sleep before passing down family heirlooms or giving keepsake-type gifts that may inadvertently get thrown out or broken during the first 12 months,” she says. “Breakable keepsake items that require dusting or safe storage don’t offer practical help.”

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter. She loves to get her kids involved in gifts and have them each pick a favorite board book (or two) for the new baby. As a mom, she loved gifts that were for her, since the baby was sure to receive plenty of gifts.

Additional reporting to this story by Alesandra Dubin

Alesandra Dubin is a professional product reviewer in the parenting and lifestyle space. She’s also mom to boy-girl twins and has attended, planned, and been the guest of honor at numerous showers.