There are many shower gifts that are appreciated and a favorite is unique, practical baby gift baskets. You might ask what to do to compile and arrange an assortment that would qualify as both practical and unique. If you are a person who is out of touch with modern baby gadgets or has no idea of what day to day childcare is about, coming up with gifts that qualify to be in both categories might be difficult or impossible to find.
So, here are some instructions for well meaning friends and family without a clue. What happens is that you buy a basket or other baby oriented container and fill it with items that are used every day for an infant's care or entertainment. It's very simple, but if you need more information we have drilled the process down even further.
BABY SHOWER GIFT IDEAS FOR UNIQUE PRACTICAL BABY GIFT BASKETS
Just because we use the term "basket" doesn't mean that you have to stick to the Little Red Riding Hood style of delivery. Elegant baskets are decorative and desirable, but perhaps not the best receptacle for our purpose of creating a unique, practical baby gift basket.
Here are some ideas for containers that will serve the same purpose and will even add a little something if you are shooting for gifts in a particular theme:
- Baby bath tub
- Nursery clothing hamper
- Plastic beach bucket
- Diaper pail
- Baby changing bag
If you are the traditional type and insist on using a classic woven basket you will need to embellish the handle or decorate the sides of the basket with something pretty to send the message that something special is inside. For small items, a round basket with a handle is fine but you may need to find an old fashioned, woven laundry basket to handle large items like a baby quilt or plush toys.
BUYING THE GIFTS TO FILL YOUR UNIQUE PRACTICAL GIFT BASKET
Try to get the answers to these questions:
- IS THE BABY SHOWER FOR A BOY OR GIRL?
This information will help you to know whether or not to buy products in pink, blue or if it might be best to forego the feminine or masculine colors and choose items in a gender neutral color scheme. Neutral colors would be green, lavender, yellow or even purple. In fact, the modern opinion might consider anything except pink and blue to be unisex. However, you may come across a dad that raises an eyebrow at lavender for his baby boy
- WHAT IS THE THEME or COLOR SCHEME OF THE BABY SHOWER?
If you want to score points with the hostess as well as with the mother to be, ask what the layout of the party is to be and then shop for your gifts accordingly. The reason this is so cool is because your unique, practical baby gift basket will be included as part of the shower decorations and everybody will admire your creative, beautiful baby gifts.
WILL THE BABY BE BREAST OR BOTTLE FED?
If mom is breastfeeding, a gift basket filled with baby bottles and nipples would not be practical. Nor would you want to present a basket filled with breastfeeding supplies if baby will be given formula
CLOTH DIAPERS or DISPOSABLES?
It probably wouldn't hurt to include a few of each as most mother's have the motto: "Let no diaper go unused" for the first few years.
WHAT IS THE BABY'S NURSERY THEME?
While not a necessity, it is lots of fun to present some cute decorations that reflect the decor that mom and dad selected for their baby's room. To do so will give their taste in decorating a big thumb's up of approval.
Over the next week or so I will share more ideas for homemade as well as boutique and themed items to include in your unique, practical baby gift baskets on Unique Practical Baby Gift Baskets, Kids Stuff and Party Ideas so get your pens and pencils ready to take notes.