Are you trying to think of a fun and unique baby shower gift idea for your friends’ baby shower? There are so many ideas out there and so many things you can do. The important thing is to think about the person you are giving the gift to and what they like!
A truly unique gift shower basket that you can easily make yourself is a gift card basket. Why a gift card you might ask? Well, often the child is the firstborn that the parents have no idea of the things they need. They will also often receive duplicate gifts and therefore will be forced to exchange and return gifts. So a fun and unique idea is to assemble a gift basket of gift cards.
By giving a few different gift cards you are allowing for great flexibility. They will be able to shop at their leisure after the baby is born. They aren’t stuck buying a particular item or being stuck with a gift they won’t use. Gift cards can be a practical and easy way to tell someone to go out and get whatever you need.
For example, with our first born we registered a series of baby bottles which we then decided didn’t work for us. However, we had a lot of them since they were on our registry list, many people have been nice and got them for us. However, it was all wrong and we didn’t know it until after our baby was born. We then got stuck exchanging bottles and trying to find something from that shop that worked for us using the shop credit. We then had to go to another shop to actually buy the bottles we wanted.
By giving a gift card you allow the couple some flexibility in their purchases and they can find items that will work for them.
With a gift card you can be sure that future parents won’t have to go and return the item you gave away. This saves them a lot of time and the big hassle of returning. It also eliminates the gift receipt and the attempt to hold and track all receipts for the different gifts that have been given.
Fill in the gaps
Often, after the baby shower is completely over and the baby is born, there are inevitable other things the couple will find they need. At this point it would be nice to have a gift card and be able to fill in the missing items they need without having to worry about money.
By giving a basket of baby shower gift cards, the couple can use the gift cards at a time that works best for them. This is often after the baby is born and they can make a great first outing. They can also keep the card longer and decide to use it whenever they want.
A random sampling
If you’re putting together a baby shower basket of gift cards, it’s nice to get what I call a random sample of gift cards. While this isn’t really a random process, it helps make sense of the idea. In fact this is an exact science. We recommend that you get a variety of gift cards so they can be used at different times when needed. For example, a gift card in one of the following places would be very useful
Bookshelf – This card can be used to purchase a parenting book or even a leisure reading book. Or it could be used to buy some baby books like the “Baby Einstein” series.
Food To Go – This is a real life saver. After the birth of your first child and after you wake up every three hours during the first few nights, you will find that you are too tired to cook and unable to go out and eat. This is where a local restaurant gift card offering a takeaway order can be a very useful and actually life-saving gift. They can just phone up for an order and then let Mom pick it up while Dad takes care of the baby for a while. This allows mom to take a little outing and dad a chance to spend time with the newborn while also feeding their hungry stomachs.
Baby Store – This is a little obvious, but providing a gift card to your local Babies R Us or other baby supply stores can also be a real lifesaver. It will help to purchase infant formula, diapers, or items they need like a bottle warmer or a different stroller.
By collecting the cards from different places and assembling them together in a fun gift basket you can make a very practical and a lot of fun gift. Try gifting a basket of baby shower gift cards at your next shower and see how people’s faces light up! It is definitely a unique gift idea for the baby shower and useful to boot.
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