Maybe this doesn’t overwhelm you, but choosing the best baby shower gift can be frustrating. If the expectant mother has a registry, it’s less so, but if not, what do you give them that they won’t have already received fifteen of? I’m not trying to come up with the most unique gift ever, but I’d like to save the recipient the trouble of returning my gift.

Since I’m not a mom, to get the inside scoop on the Best Baby Shower Gifts, I enlisted the help of my favorite young mom, my sister (Make sure to get to the bottom for her top recommendation! And, 15% off!). Let’s get shopping!

Best Baby Shower Gifts

The Registry

Start with the expectant parents’ registry. If the gift you had in mind has already been purchased, or you just don’t see something that strikes your fancy, try one of these other ideas.

Date Night

It can be hard to get out of the house with a newborn, so giving gift cards to the new parents’ favorite restaurants, or money for babysitting, makes this a little bit easier. Plus, who doesn’t love a free meal to their favorite restaurant?

Target or Amazon Giftcards

All hail the excellence of a Target Run, and Amazon shopping. Whether your new mom just needs to get out of the house, replace a onsie or two due to an epic blowout, or stock up on essentials the fantasticness (Yes, it’s a word.) and versatility of the Target, or Amazon gift card can not be overstated.


Books, books and more books. Always books. Not only are you helping to educate the new babe, but you’re protecting their mother’s sanity by not forcing her to read the same books over and over and over and over. Gift books from baby to pre-school – babies don’t stay little for long, and one can never have enough books.

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Covered Goods

The name of this one always cracks me up – nice work Covered Goods marketing team. This multipurpose garment is the TOP RECOMMENDATION, can be used as a car seat cover, nursing cover, cart cover, or infinity scarf. Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, this is the must-have gift for any expectant mother in your life. PLUS, get 15% OFF with code LGPhoto!

Don’t Sweat It

This gift list isn’t exhaustive, so don’t be too worried if your gift idea isn’t listed here. I’d love to hear about your gift ideas! Share them in the comments below!