Baby Shower Gift Guide
I'm often asked what gifts to get for a baby shower.
I believe birth isn’t just about making babies, it’s about making mums too. When a baby is born so is a mother.
Most pregnant women don't realise it, but the birth of a mother can be even more intense than childbirth.
A gift for a mother (rather than her baby) acknowledges and supports the enormous life transition she is going through.
Here are my top ideas arranged by budget, not a onesie or wipe warmer in sight!
$10 - 20 Food
If you are on a budget food is absolutely the best gift for a new mum! If you've left it until the last minute, fresh fruit is usually well received. If you have a little more time, throw together a quick soup. My favourite suggestions can be found here.
Of course, you can spend a lot more on food, for example, a hamper or meal box, and food will always be well appreciated.
Just make sure you check in with dietary needs first.
$30 Recipe Book
This is more than a recipe book! I have to be honest with you, the delicious meals, snacks, drinks and treats are a ruse. What you'll really get is access to:
Nourishing postpartum traditions that bring peace and joy
Insight into crazy love hormones and why baby brain is wonderful thing
Useful tips to boost your milk supply and calm the crying
The book is a week-by-week self care plan for the first 40 days after the baby is born.
For bonus points give the book, bring a meal, set up a meal registry and invite others to bring food too.
$50 - 60 Cleaning
Not the most glamorous gift but seriously well appreciated!! Jump on Gumtree or Airtasker if you don't already know a good cleaner and just book a two hour clean for your friend. She will appreciate this SO MUCH!!! And it's often something mums have trouble buying for themselves.
$80 - 100 Pyjamas
Have you noticed a theme? I love gifts that encourage new mums to rest in bed!
Answering the door in your PJs is a sure-fire way to set the tone with visitors. And beautiful pyjamas make it feel much luxurious lounging around all day, and less slobby!
I adore the Goodnight Society, they are a small Australian business who make quirky, colourful sleep and loungewear. The Goodnight Society believe that everyone deserves a good nights sleep, including the people working in their sewing factories and the organic cotton farmers.
The Unsinkable Mum range is particularly relevant!
$100 - $120 Aromatherapy
A little more expensive but a beautiful gift for creating a peaceful atmosphere is an essential oil diffuser. Lovely oils for new mums and babies include mandarin, lavender and clary sage.