From practical gifts to luxurious hampers & newborn essentials, these baby shower gift ideas will make those first few months extra special

Baby showers can be a wonderful way to bring friends and family together to celebrate the imminent arrival of a child. Nibbles, games and alcohol-free drinks are all commonplace – as are gifts – and giving a thoughtful, personal present can make the occasion all the more special.

While the term ‘shower’ is often assumed to mean that the expectant parent (or parents) get ‘showered’ with gifts, you needn’t go overboard with a huge hamper – although this is a lovely idea if your budget affords. In fact, just a little something that will help them transition into parenthood will go down a treat.

What makes a great gift? From practical presents to newborn essentials, find something that a growing family will find genuinely useful in those first few months by scrolling through our gift guide and list of top baby shower present ideas.

Who are baby shower gifts for? 

Typically, baby shower gifts are for the unborn baby. A baby blanket, muslin cloths or baby monitor are all popular presents. With that said, they can also be for the parents or for the parent and baby to enjoy together.

What should I buy as a gift for a baby shower?

As it can be so personal, searching for the perfect baby shower gift can be a tricky task. Our advice? Set yourself a budget and start from there. Then decide if you want to go down the practical route (think slings, a car seat or pram) or if you’d prefer to buy a present for the baby (such as a toy, baby bath or an adorable outfit).

12 of the best gifts for a baby shower

Whatever your budget or whoever you’re shopping for, we’ve got you covered. Here are 12 Team H&B-approved baby shower gift ideas guaranteed to make any new parent’s life a little easier, act as a pampering treat or help their new arrival settle into the world.

Hauck Snuggle N Dream - Leaves Mint

• Made of cotton jersey

• Breathable and temperature-balancing

• Hooded

• Machine-washable

If you’re looking for a baby blanket that’s cosy and cute, look no further than this snuggly hooded comforter, complete with little bear ears. Made of super soft cotton jersey and with integrated belt slots to stop it from slipping out of a pushchair or car seat, it’ll soon become their baby’s new favourite.

VTech VM819 2.8 Inch Video Baby Monitor

• 2.4GHz FHSS wireless technology

• 2.8ins colour LCD screen

• Two-way, talk-back intercom

• 2 x digital zoom

• Automatic infrared night vision

• Soothing sounds and lullabies

Give the gift of peace of mind with a high tech baby monitor, such as this one from VTech. With a high-resolution screen, two-way intercom, temperature sensor and even a range of calming sounds and lullabies, it’ll allow parents to keep a watchful eye on their little one, and help everyone get a better night’s sleep.

Geometric Shape Slip-in Photo Album 6x4 - 140 photos

• Photograph size: 6x4ins

• Album type: slip-in

• Holds 140 photos

• Clear PVC dust jacket

You can’t go far wrong with a photo album. With so many milestones to photograph and new memories to capture, this is a fail-safe baby shower gift that’s also thoughtful. Any photo album is lovely but we especially like this chic white and gold design that can hold up to 140 photos.

Spicers Of Hythe Elegance Sparkling Hamper

• Prosecco and chocolate hamper

• Alcohol-free prosecco

• Contains nuts

• Includes sweet and savoury biscuits, chocolate marshmallows and fudge

Whether they’ve been craving chocolate for the past 12 months, or not, this luxury hamper is the perfect baby shower gift that’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Complete with vanilla fudge, salted caramel biscuits, milk chocolate-coated marshmallows, 0% alcohol prosecco and more, this hamper is a great choice if you’re clubbing together with friends.

Tower Vortx 5L Manual Air Fryer in Black

• 5l capacity ideal for couples and families

• 30-minute timer

• Temperature, 0-200 degrees

• Powerful, 1400W

• Non-stick coating for easy cleaning

We know what you’re thinking, an air fryer as a baby shower gift? But hear us out. New parents are often exhausted and, therefore, need speedy solutions when it comes to mealtimes. With up to 30% faster cooking than conventional ovens, this is the ideal gift for healthy food that can be made in record time.

Giles & Posner Electric Bubble Waffle Maker Iron

• 800-1000W

• 18cm plate

• Temperature: 190 degrees

• Non-stick aluminium plates

• Two-minute pre-heating time

Staying on the food theme, this Bubble Waffle Maker Iron is another brilliant gift ideas for new parents who want something quick and easy to snack on. The foolproof iron features non-stick aluminium plates that can cook waffle batter in a matter of minutes. Sold!

Salter Aroma Essential Oil Mist Diffuser With Timer

• 320ml capacity

• LED lights

• USB powered

Help expectant parents create a tranquil atmosphere with this Aroma Essential Oil Mist Diffuser from Salter. Equipped with a 320ml water tank, simply tap in a few drops of essential oil (sold separately) before switching it on for the desired time. The gentle mist will scent their surroundings, while the changing LED lights will help promote a little calm.

Ditsy Floral Leggings

• Machine-washable

• 95% cotton, 5% elastane

• From 9-12 months, up to 5-6 years

• Flat waistband for all-day comfort

On the hunt for a baby shower gift that costs under £10? Turn your attention to these Ditsy Floral Leggings that look far more expensive than they actually are. The super soft cotton fabric is gentle on baby’s skin and has a bit of stretch that makes dressing a wriggly tot a little easier. We’re obsessed.

Dinosaur Long-Sleeved T-Shirt

• Machine-washable

• 100% cotton single jersey

• From 9-12 months, up to 5-6 years

• Dinosaur design

Another purse-friendly present, this time to kick start any kid’s obsession with dinosaurs – surely, a rite of passage. Made from soft-on-skin cotton jersey, this navy-blue, long-sleeved t-shirt is a great everyday essential that’s destined to be worn a lot. Our advice? Size up, as chances are new parents will already have plenty of newborn baby clothes. 

Doona + Infant Car Seat in Blush Pink

• Adjustable handlebar

• Five-point harness

• Rear-facing only

• Two-year manufacturer's warranty

• Suitable for infants from birth to 13kg

• Aircraft-approved

If you’re buying a joint present with friends or family, consider this seriously chic car seat from Doona + Infant. Extremely practical, the two-in-one essential goes from car seat to stroller in one motion and is ideal for parents who are often on the go. It’s also been designed alongside medical and engineering experts to ensure that a baby’s body is properly supported.

Ickle Bubba Sleep Aid Sun Light & Sound Sleep Aid

• Light up setting acts as a night light

• Made with soft, tactile sensory fabrics

• Includes Velcro loop to attach to baby's cot

• Plays a lullaby and soothing white noise

• Battery operated, requires 3 x AAA batteries

How sweet is this sleep aid from Ickle Bubba? The soft sunshine, that’s so easy to attach to a cot with its Velcro loop, plays a gentle lullaby and white noise to soothe baby to sleep. Parents will be pleased to know that it acts as a night light, too. Clever!

My Little Coco Bath & Body Bubbles

• For newborns, babies and children

• Dermatologically tested and paediatrician-approved

• Suitable for sensitive skin

• Vegan-friendly

Fans of Rochelle Humes will already be familiar with her baby care line, My Little Coco. A huge hit, the collection includes this Bath & Body Bubbles, specifically created for delicate baby skin with its gentle formula that contains nourishing organic coconut oil. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, this one’s a winner!