Best Baby Shower Gifts

Top Best Baby Shower Gifts


Going to a baby shower can be a lot of fun and a great experience for both you and the expecting Mommy. You get to hang out with your friends, probably eat some pretty good food and play some silly baby games. Pretty much the only possible downside is that you might not sure how to get that perfect gift for your friend and her new baby. Do you buy something you think your friend would like? Do you buy something for the baby? Do you buy something cute? Something they need? How expensive should the gift be?

Fortunately, a lot of new parents will have a registry that you can look at, much like for a wedding shower. Expecting moms and dads will often just give you a list of things they want or need for the baby, and then you can pick off of the list. But what if they didn’t? Or what if you want to think of something on your own?

So we asked almost everyone we know who has ever been to a baby shower or HAD a baby shower what they thought was the best gift to get for the new couple and their new little bundle of joy. After more than 30 hours of research, we decided the best option is to get something useful and cute for the baby, and you can’t go wrong.

We wrote this list with friends in mind looking to buy something, so this is not intended for you if you’re looking to buy your sister an entire nursery for her baby shower or a $200 baby swing. Reasonably priced, useful and something for the baby are the top three things people were looking for when purchasing the best baby shower gifts, and these are the ones that we found to be the top options.

If you really want to cover all of the qualities in a good baby shower gift, we think the EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mats 30 x 30 Inch, Zoo is the perfect way to go. It’s useful for the parents, their new baby will love it, and it isn’t going to empty your bank account.

We also came up with some other options for you to help you on your quest for the perfect baby shower gift!

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Cloud B Soother – Sleep Sheep

Cloud B Soother – Sleep Sheep

It’s no secret that infants have trouble sleeping, which means trouble sleeping for new mommies and daddies. If you ...

User Rating: 3.45 (1 votes)
2 Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper

Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper

No matter what, you can always count on your friend’s new baby needing clothes. So why not buy a cute, comfortable ...

User Rating: 3.85 (1 votes)
3 EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat (Zoo)

EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat (Zoo)

A playmat is a great gift for a baby shower. It encompasses everything a new family could need, and that means that ...

User Rating: 2.8 (1 votes)


EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat (Zoo)

EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat (Zoo) Review

A playmat is a great gift for a baby shower. It encompasses everything a new family could need, and that means that it is useful to the parents by giving them a place for their little one to relax and play while they take a well-deserved rest; it is fun for the baby, complete with toys, colors and things to excite his senses, and it is a reasonably priced gift, so you won’t be judged for spending too much or too little with this gift.

The EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat comes with washable polyester mat with a cute and brightly colored zoo pattern on it. It is comfortable for the baby to lie on, and easy for the parents to wash, which is always a great quality to have for a product that will belong to newborn baby. It comes with two padded playbars, four battable toys and a mirror.

The mat itself is comfortable and cute. It gives the baby somewhere to lie down when he is fussy, and the play bar and toys help keep him occupied while mom and dad are resting, napping or sneaking a glass of wine in the kitchen (no judgement from us).

One of our interviewees bought this for a present for a friend. She told us that,

“My best friend loved this gift, and I’m not just saying that to brag about being great at buying gifts. She said that her son was able to lay in on it for a few hours and bat at the toys and look at himself in the mirror. She said he really liked the colors and loved to look at himself. I am pleased with buying this gift because it didn’t break my budget, but it didn’t feel too cheap either, and I am always happy to give a gift to a friend that she likes.”

The toy bars are easy to assemble and fit nicely over the baby mat. They are also covered in a soft cloth material that is easy to wash and is brightly colored. The product comes with four battable toys that can easily be attached to the bars. It comes with a frog, a monkey a butterfly and a bee all made out of BPA-free plastic. It also comes with a mirror that allows your friend’s new baby to look at herself and even play with the “other baby” she sees in the mirror. All of these things allow a new baby to entertain herself and to learn about her surroundings, her senses and develop her motor skills.

  • About the product: Chart
  • Size: Flat mat 34×34 inches crossbars make it 36 inches tall
  • Color: Variety
  • Prints: Zoo with elephant, giraffe and monkey
  • Toys available: Mirror, frog, monkey, bee and butterfly
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds in the box
  • Minimum age requirement: infant (any baby who can lie down can use it)
  • Maximum age requirement: none, though once your baby gets older he can roll and crawl away if he is bored with the toys. Approx. toddler age.

This playmat makes a great gift for any baby shower, and it will really make any new parent happy to open the box and see it. It is a great place for your friend to let her new baby lie, occupied, while she is able to take care of other things, or she could easily sit next to her little one and watch him play. This mat would fit nicely in any living room or bedroom (probably best on a carpeted floor to be as comfortable as possible for the baby). And is very cute and fun for both the baby and parents.

A new mom received this gift during her baby shower and was really excited about it. She said,

“I was so happy to receive something like a baby mat as a shower gift. Sometimes it is hard to be on the receiving end of presents, and this mat made me feel like my friend who got it for me picked out something we would truly like and be able to use, that she cared enough to put some thought into it and that she didn’t spend a fortune. It has been wonderful for our daughter. We can let her lie on the mat at play with the toys, and she is comfortable there. It was a great and thoughtful gift for me and my baby.”

A few people who used this product found there to be some flaws. They didn’t think the mat was thick enough to really support the baby well, and it needed an extra mat or to be sure that it was on a thick carpet to be comfortable.

Some parents thought that the toys on the baby mat were a little bit too easy to come off of the play bars, and that made them nervous. They didn’t want their little ones to be hitting a toy for fun and for it to detach and hit them in the face.

That being said, we don’t think these negative reviews are enough to deter you from purchasing a great gift for your friend’s shower. If you want to buy something that will be useful and fun for her and her baby, then the EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat is a colorful and bright option for you!

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Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper

Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper

No matter what, you can always count on your friend’s new baby needing clothes. So why not buy a cute, comfortable baby romper that will keep the new baby feeling warm, comfortable and looking absolutely adorable? Buying clothes for a baby shower is always a great option, no matter what kind of clothes you choose to get. If you pick them a bit bigger, then the baby can grow into it, and if you buy for an infant, you know they’ll be worn right away. The Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper is a great choice for your friend whether she is having a boy or a girl (or twins–you could buy two?), and it is a fair priced option that isn’t too cheap or too expensive.

This romper is extremely cute. It is an 80% cotton, 20% polyester blend onesie that can be used at night when your friend’s baby is sleeping so she can stay warm or when the weather is a bit chilly to keep her comfortable. On top of that, it has an insanely cute hood which makes it so worth taking the baby outside just so everyone can see how cute she looks like a little elf.

The Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper is machine washable and made to feel fleecy and soft to keep your friend’s baby as warm as possible. It has long sleeves and long legs with fold-over cuffs for extra warmth in the winter time. It is a great gift, because all new parents will be nervous about their baby in colder temperatures. If you want to help ease their minds and help their baby look adorable in the process, then this a really great option for you.

One of the people we interviewed simply thought this romper was too adorable to pass up. She said,

“I saw this while I was looking for my friend’s shower gift, and I had to buy it. It was within my price range, and it was so cute it made me laugh out loud. The little hood at the top is gorgeous with its little elf addition, and I really loved the way it looked. Plus, there were so many color options, and I knew that it would be useful for my friend and her husband to keep their baby warm, so I enjoyed shopping for it, and they, hopefully, enjoyed receiving it!”

The gift is great because it is simple, easy to wear and you can rest assured that it will be used and not just thrown into a closet and forgotten about, especially if you live in a place with colder temperatures or harsh winters. It is a one-piece fleecy, outfit that snaps in the front and can be put on the baby easily. It has feet and hand covers that your friend can choose to put on the baby or not, depending on the weather.

The best part about this particular outfit is the look. It really has a simple, one-color design, but an absolutely adorable hood. It will make any little one look like a magical elf or a woodland sprite, and not only will that make the baby look adorable, but hopefully bring smiles to her parents’ faces.

  • Product Details: (CHART)
  • Material: 80% cotton, 20% polyester blend
  • Colors: Twelve different options
  • Temperature recommendation: Use for when it is cold, fold-over cuffs make it appropriate for even very cold weather
  • Size options: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, Toddler

The availability of colors and sizes makes this a great gift option. You can choose the color that you think would be best for your friend and her family, and you can also choose whether or not you think your friend would like to use the Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper immediately or in the future. Also, it’s best to keep in mind that if your friend’s due date is in the summer, then you should buy the romper slightly bigger to make it a useful gift.

Another of our interviewees purchased this romper for a friend. She said,

“I bought the romper to be a little bigger so she could stuff clothes under it when it was too big for her baby and would last a long time. She was having a little boy, so I bought him the grey and orange one, and I thought it looked really attractive. The romper is so cute and soft, and my friend was really excited to receive it! Since then, I’ve actually seen her son wearing it, and he looks so cute it melts my heart. It makes me happy to know that I’ve actually given her a gift she uses and likes.”

A few parents weren’t pleased that the romper was not as soft on the inside as it is on the outside, and they were hoping for a bit of a cozier product. Some parents found it hard to size not knowing whether or not they would like to use it with extra clothes under it or by itself.

But despite that, we think the super cute Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Elf Romper makes a wonderful baby shower gift that your friend can choose to use for her baby for as long as the weather stays warm and as long as it fits. And hopefully, she will find it as cute as we do!

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Cloud B Soother – Sleep Sheep

Cloud B Soother - Sleep SheepIt’s no secret that infants have trouble sleeping, which means trouble sleeping for new mommies and daddies. If you really want to help your friend get through the craziest part of her new mommy-hood, then you can buy her The Cloud B Soother- Sleep Sheep. It’s a cuddly sleep companion that helps your friend’s new baby fall asleep quickly and easily. It is soft, cute, and comfortable, so the infant will love cuddling with it, and it won’t break the bank to purchase, making it a very fair gift.

The Cloud B Soother- Sleep Sheep is a sweet, soft toy that comes programmed to help infants fall asleep using calming sounds and songs as well as being plush and comfortable. It has two sleep timer options, so the toy can play music or noises for either 25 or 45 minutes. If you purchase this gift for your friend’s shower, then it will include 2 AA batteries to keep it working.

This sheep is soft enough to help a baby fall asleep by allowing her to cuddle against it and stay warm and comfortable, making it a sweet companion, but it also has the option to be velcroed to the crib using tabs attached to the toy if your friend’s baby only feels comfortable sleeping with it as a noise maker.  

A new mom was really happy to receive this as a gift at her baby shower. She told us,

“I thought this toy was so cute, when I opened it, and I was even more excited when I saw that it was more than just a cute toy, but actually served a purpose. My son took to it straight away, and while he still did typical things like wake up late and cry through the night, the Sleep Sheep definitely helped him. He liked to sleep with it, and really loved to listen to the music, so I was able to calm him down much faster. I thought this was a cute and thoughtful gift from my friend.”

The The Cloud B Soother- Sleep Sheep has eight soothing sounds for helping the baby fall asleep and calm down as quickly as possible. There are four buttons that are preprogrammed with two sounds or songs each. The sound machine is removable, so if your friend’s baby doesn’t like to hold on to the sheep while it is making noise, then it can be taken out and used as a simple plush.

If your friend’s baby likes to sleep alone, but listen to either the sound of a heartbeat or Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, then the The Cloud B Soother- Sleep Sheep can easily be attached to the crib with the noise machine inside, and the sheep can be set to one of the two timer options to play music or sounds for the little one to keep him asleep.

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  • Material: Soft, plush fleece BPA and Phthalate free
  • Options: Sleep Sheep or Peaceful Panda
  • Sound Timer: 25 and 45 minutes
  • Size: 7 x 9.5 x 7.5 inches

Sound Options: Eight pre-programmed sounds: Mother’s heartbeat, Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, Rain, Rockabye Baby, Surf, Classical Lullaby, Whale song, Tranquil Melody

Powered by: 2 AA batteries

We think this makes for a great gift not only because of how cute and useful it is, but because of how well the baby will like it too. It has been loved by hundreds of babies, and has been cuddled with for hours. It is incredibly soft and we think your friend’s baby will really love holding on to something so cute, soft and cuddly.

We interviewed a friend who bought this as a gift. She said,

“I was really excited to find this product on the market when I was shopping for baby gifts. I wanted to get something for the baby, because I think that’s really who the shower is for, but I was really excited to see that this would also be helpful to keep the baby asleep, making it a good gift for my friend too. Anything that could help them as much as possible, I think is a great gift! She said that her daughter loves to hold it and that the sounds really help her calm down when she’s fussy.”

A few parents were disappointed that the sounds did not play continuously, and that if the sound turned off, then the baby might get fussy again. This could be difficult to have to keep going in and out to turn the music on and off again and again.

Another complaint was that it isn’t recommended to be machine washed or totally submerged in water, but only spot cleaned. This makes cleaning the toy slightly more difficult, and a lot of new parents are looking for products that are as simple as possible.

Despite those minor setbacks, we think this is a great, cute toy and sleep companion that would make a great gift at any shower! Any new Mom would be excited to have a Cloud B Soother- Sleep Sheep knowing that it will help her baby stay fast asleep, and any new infant will be content and comfortable with a cuddly new friend to snuggle with.

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Our Final Product

It’s simple to think that finding a baby shower gift is just an easy thing to do, but we know how daunting it can be. We believe, however, that if you stick to the idea that if you can help the parents, find something the baby will enjoy and not break you bank (while also not buying something too cheap that it seems like you don’t care), then you will find a great gift, because there are so many things you could buy.

We believe these products to follow our rules of baby shower gift-giving, and think that the EMILYSTORES Baby Activity Play Gym Mat is the best option, but that you will have a happy gift recipient no matter which one of these on our list that you choose to purchase!