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Best baby shower gifts as recommended by real mums

Section: Baby
26 baby shower gift ideas for mums-to-be and babies

Are you looking to find the perfect baby shower gift? If the mum-to-be hasn't already written an extensive gift wish list we have done all the research to bring you this list of our favourite and unique baby shower gift ideas. We have suggestions for both boys and girls as well as some great unisex options.

Most importantly, we have included gifts for the mum-to-be. These present ideas cover every budget and are great for those with zero baby knowledge or even if you simply want some inspiration. 

We've also asked our mum readers what they would have loved at their own baby shower so you know your gift will be truly loved. So what are you waiting for? Add these inventive gifts to your online shopping basket...

Baby shower gifts for Mum

This notebook is perfect for expectant mothers and new mums. Full of gorgeous colour pages including lots of reassurance, self-care advice, journal pages, affirmations and simple recipes. It is divided into 12 months to take you through every stage of a new mum and baby’s first year with eight journal pages per month with space to write notes, thoughts, memories and all those ‘to-dos’.

Pamper the mum-to-be with some wonderful skincare products; this set includes Tummy Rub Butter and Pregnancy Boob Tube cream, all designed to keep mum's skin soft and smooth. 

"I think with baby showers there is so much emphasis on gifts for baby whereas it would also be a nice balance to be given some gifts for Mum like pamper sets, spa vouchers etc," says mum Lauren Wooding.

This silicone teething necklace will relieve your baby's teething pain and help with the healthy development of your baby's teeth. A simplified design with fresh cute colour, it will not only attract your baby's attention but it will match your clothes easily.

This spacious and functional changing bag allows mums to go handsfree with its S-shape shoulder straps for comfortable walking. The baby changing rucksack can be opend wide, making it very easy to fill or to stuff take out of. It is waterproof meaning any messes or spills made can easily be cleaned up in a breeze.

Every mum will say thank you for this once they've had their baby, whether they have a natural birth or a c-section. Simple but effective and possibly the MOST practical baby shower gift you can give her. 

This luxurious, double layered bra is supportive without restriction. Its T-back design and closely constructed straps provide for a snug fit and ensures the straps stay on while sleeping or whilst undertaking any light activity. Knitted from a dense yarn to provide comfort, new mums won't want to take this bra off.

This is the perfect gift for Mums. A relaxing candle that features the 'Mamaste' mantra - a play on the yoga term 'Namaste', that should be interpreted as 'Bow to the divine Mother within you'. This mantra serves as a reminder to take time out for you and the relaxing scent will help to restore a sense of balance and calm. 

Baby shower gifts for babies

Made from wood this box is an ideal way to store those important first keepsakes. Also available in blue.

Sure, reading a bedtime story is a long way off right now, but this classic childhood book always goes down a treat. Make sure you write a thoughtful message in the front cover for the new arrival to treasure forever. A thoughtful present under £5.

And what about suggesting every guest brings along their favourite childrens book as a gift for the new baby? Mum Vicky Fernandes said: "When I had a get together before my first was born my sister told everyone to bring a book which was lovely." 

This ultra-soft and comfortable blanket with colourful tags is made of high-quality material and is safe and durable. The bright and vibrant design with floral themed tags around the petal, it textured and engaging to attract any baby's attention. This is a perfect and relaxing toy for all babies that promotes the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Put simply, you can never have too many muslins. Or, some days, enough! Aden & Anais muslins are just gorgeous - both in terms of the design and their softness. A beautiful gift that Mum will be happy to wipe up sick with. These are swaddle blanket size, so you can use them for a variety of uses. 

Our mum tester Isabelle said: "These swaddles are wonderful and make life with a newborn so much easier. They can be used for many different things such as a swaddle, a cloth for wiping up spills, a breastfeeding cover, a blanket or a mat to lay your baby on. The uses are fantastic. I can keep my baby warm, dry and mop up any spills all with one swaddle when on-the-go. Wonderful."

Keep baby happy and snug in their buggy on colder days by using a Waterproof Fleece Lined Buggy Cosy. With one waterproof side and one fleece lined side, you get two looks for the price of one, as well as two textures to pick from depending on the weather. It is designed to fit most buggies and is super easy to attach.

Sophie is somewhat of a sensation, yet this little rubber giraffe has actually been around for over 50 years! The classic teether relieves sore gums, acts as a squeaky toy and is super lightweight for little hands to hold. The new arrival won’t be the only one holding this must-have baby accessory, but it will be a well-loved present.

Here's what our mum tester Jenny said: "I would recommend this to a fellow mum because Sophie La Girafe is a very baby friendly and soft teething toy. Sophie is hand crafted making each Sophie unique. Sophie is make of a soft rubber making her very durable when the baby is chewing on her. She has lots of different angles and areas for the baby to chew on in the hope that each area will give some relief to a teething baby."

She's won various awards at the M&B Awards - read our full review here.

Fill this cute book full of memories, dates, details, and photos for a super keepsake to keep forever. There's plenty of room for notes and jotting down special information, from birth to a year old in this lovely memory book.

Give the gift of natural, with Burt’s Bees. The Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Getting Started Gift Set makes a welcome baby gift for a new mum. This newborn baby gift contains everything mum needs to gently care for her little one’s delicate skin. Plus mums will appreciate that every Burt’s Bees product in this baby gift set is paediatrician-tested with no sulfates, phthalates, parabens or SLS.

From the multi-award winning brand Childs Farm, this lovely gift set includes baby wash, bubble bath, nappy cream and moisturiser, plus a bath thermometer. These baby products have been specially developed with baby’s delicate skin in mind.

He might look like a cuddly toy, but this is one clever little sheep and every mum needs a white noise machine. Ewan mimics the noise babies hear in the womb so settles and calms along with a comforting pink glow. A mummy-must have, he constantly gets rave reviews, so you definitely can’t go wrong with this one.

Our mum-tester Amy Goddard says: "It makes bed time so much easier which is what every parent needs! I know when she gets into bed she won’t be wound up by loud playing music or bright lights but sounds that are able to settle her and help her get into a nice relaxing sleep, it’s such a lovely feeling knowing your baby is going to bed in a happy settled and calming mood."

Let's be honest, sometimes you just don't have the energy to cook when you're a parent and only a takeaway will hit the spot. So what about a food delivery voucher to treat your friend to a well-deserved food delivery? "I’d have loved is vouchers for a meal delivery service eg Pasta Evangelists or even Deliveroo," agreed mum of two George Terry.

"I had a baby shower at work for both my babies and I have two lovely nappy cakes from each. The nappies came in use and all the baby essentials tucked in them. My work mates all chipped in and supplied the stuff that went into the baby bundle. Which was very thoughtful and spread the cost of it all," said mum Amanda McShane.

How cute is this Peter Rabbit nappy cake? It contains 30 nappies size 3 ideal for 4-9kg baby, three 100% cotton baby Muslin cloths, Peter Rabbit Bean Rattle, hand and foot print kit and much more - all wrapped up in one gorgeous package!

Make Mum laugh with this prison-outfit-inspired fun babygrow. It's super soft and made from 100% organic cotton and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the mum-to-be's face during her baby shower. 

There's no need for a towel when you have this fabulous hooded robe from The White Company. Made of absorbent and fast drying hydrocotton, which is a non-twisted yarn of pure 100% cotton, the robe features two pockets, a tie belt and cute little teddy bear ears on the hood. Adorable!

If you’re looking to spend a little more, this stylish feathered friend is perfect for every nursery. Not only does he look cute, it has nightlight belly and soothes the most restless baby with eight different melodies and calming nature sounds. Trust us, every new-parent will appreciate the gift of a good night’s sleep, and we loved this so much we gave it a silver award in the 2017 M&B Awards

Mum tester Alina Davies said: "I would absolutely recommend this product to every parent I know! It is really useful from newborn age to much older. For newborns the white noise is perfect (and really works). The stars give them something to look at and for their eyes to follow - my little boy loves looking at it. For older children the stars look fabulous in their bedrooms and help them drift off to sleep watching them. There is also music for older ones with different time settings. And it looks good too!"

Since the new mum will more than likely soon be sharing all her food with a toddler, we reckon she deserves this amazing 7-inch Nutella Stuffed cookie from Blondies Kitchen to enjoy before she's forced to share. You can even personalise it with your own message for the mum-to-be.


Catriona originally joined the team as an Editorial Assistant to work on the 2019 M&B Awards. As a Digital Writer, she has written and updated hundreds of articles on the site from medical explainers to celebs news and shopping galleries.

Catch her running along the Thames or eating her way around London's restaurants.


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