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    29 Baby Shower Gifts That Are Actually Fun

    Because everyone else is just giving a Sophie the Giraffe.

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    1. Delicious-looking baby booties that'll make your amazing gift-giving skills all the other shower guests want to ~taco-bout~.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    Promising review: "These quirky boots are just perfect. I wanted something different for my buddy's newborn, and these hit it out of the park. I knew immediately both he and his wife would love em. Look super cute on the young boy!" —Bunk

    2. A two-in-one nightlight and sound soother masquerading as a jar filled with fireflies — just because something is actually useful doesn't mean it can't also be cute AF!

    This baby does it all: it has four light modes, six pre-loaded sounds (hello Brahms and Mozart lullabies AND white noise options), and Bluetooth capabilities so you can stream your *own* chosen music from your smartphone. Aaaand it has four timer settings for auto-shut off: 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes. With one full charge, you'll get eight hours of playback!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this product! First, it's as adorable as it is functional. The mason jar with firefly light-up effect is SO cute. Second, it will play lullabies, but my favorite thing is to sync it to my Spotify (via Bluetooth) to play all my playlists. Third, I even love using it without music with just the nightlight at nighttime as baby is drifting off to sleep. You can control everything on it via your Smart Phone, which is a WIN for this mama trying to get her baby to fall asleep on her own. Side note: while I LOVE this in my little's nursery, it keeps disappearing and ending up in my 5-year-old's room. Maybe I need a second? It's now officially my new go-to baby shower gift!" —LB

    3. A charming map of Neverland the parents-to-be are sure to hang up in a prized place in their nursery. Over a cabinet filled with storybooks perhaps?

    Get it from The Mathom Society on Etsy for $10+ (depending on size; available in sizes 8"x10"–36"x48"). Also available in maps of Middle Earth, Narnia, and the Hogwarts grounds!

    4. A darling Snuggle blanket guaranteed to become baby's new bestie.

    Get them from Hello Snuggles for $18.95 each (available in the fox, owl, and four other cute animals). And be sure to check out their adorable hooded blankets and snuggle bomb matching sets (that include the blankets, snuggles, socks, and baby accessories) for easy gift-giving ideas.

    5. A plant-like bottle-drying rack any former plant parent and current....well *actual* parent will appreciate.


    It makes drying baby bottles and sippy cups so easy — and it just looks cheery hanging out on the counter!

    Get it from Walmart for $12.99.

    6. A suction-cup silicone placemat plate that'll make any parent say "Well ~owl~ be damned!!" when they realize their kid can't knock their food off the high chair tray anymore!


    AND make meal time (and prep) a little more fun.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in nine colors and animals).

    Promising review: "I tried disposable placemats that stick to the table and my daughter figured out how to lift them up. We have been using this for three months now and she can’t pick it up, it stays in place, and it’s super cute and convenient. I think will keep this one for a long time." —Rachel

    7. A ~magical~ onesie sure to turn any tot into a future Hogwarts student.


    "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." —Dumbledore, talking about the importance of you turning your friends' kids into Potterheads.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in sizes 0-3 months.–12-18 months and two colors, both short and long sleeve).

    Promising review: "My nephew will be the hippest kid in daycare by far in all of his Harry Potter shirts from his favorite aunt. Also everyone at the baby shower was like, 'Aw that's so cute!' 'Love it' 'What a great idea!' So I mean I kind of stole the show." —Glory

    8. And some Golden Snitch crib bedding any someday Seeker for the Holyhead Harpies should sleep on.

    Pottery Barn

    They'll count Quaffles going through hoops instead of jumping sheep.

    Get it from Pottery Barn for $19.99 (originally $34).

    And get the Harry Potter patchwork quilt pictured hanging from the crib for $76.99 (originally $129). I'm sorry to say the Hippogriff rocker is no longer available :(((((((((((.

    9. A faux leather diaper backpack for the parent who doesn't want to sacrifice style when schlepping around all their baby stuff.


    The built-in D rings mean you can easily hang it from your stroller handle. It comes with a pad for on-the-go changings, single-handed side slots for baby wipes, and an anti-theft pocket in the pack for your phone and/or wallet. And it has plenty of room for eeeeevvverrryyything you need to bring with you — including two insulated pockets in the zipper compartment perfect for bottles.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors and a floral print).

    Promising review: "This is my second baby back pack. I have two little ones and I’ve been through a number of diaper bags. I will never go back to over the shoulder bags again. This backpack however is far more superior than cloth bags. My last backpack bad was so filthy and needed up with mold where the bottle sit. This bag is very durable and super stylish. I’m rough on my bags so they need to be able to withstand a lot of wear. I’m so happy I took a chance with this purchase. If you are unsure, do it. You’ll be pleased." —Jessie S.

    10. Teeny tiny socks designed to look like hiking boots for the child born of outdoorsy parents. They don't know what they've gotten themselves into.


    Get a pack of three pairs from Amazon for $8 (one size, fits 0–9 months; also available in several sneaker versions).

    Promising review: "Just saw my friend's adorable son wearing these super cute socks. Functional yet stylish with his holiday outfit. Also super appropriate for hipster babies." —Paleopal

    11. Or a pair of red-bottomed moccasins any Louboutin-lover would adore. Honestly, if no one buys these for Cardi B's baby, I will be so disappointed.

    Get them from Anastasiy Design on Etsy for $30+ (sizes 1–10). Check here for all their options with red soles!

    You can also get a similar pair in black with red soles from Amazon for $25.

    12. A book of fold-and-mail letters that'll serve as mini time capsules the kid can open when they're all grown up. Hello PRICELESS gift!!

    It includes 12 letters — each with a different prompt — to inspire them to write meaningfully and give the letters to their kid later in life.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

    Promising review: "These letter templates and envelopes are GREAT. They're printed on high quality paper, and the 'prompts' are just what I need to start some letters to my baby for him to open when he's older. A friend suggested I just start a journal for him, but this book makes that process really easy by prompting letters with open-ended starter ideas. Envelopes are built-in, so you don't need to hunt for those, either. What a great idea! I also bought the Grandparents one for my folks as a Christmas gift. They love the idea!" —Amazon Customer

    13. A cushy bathtime helper for the couple who already has an Insta handle picked out for their kid — can you say artfully-arranged photo op? Plus it actually makes bathing a baby bloomin' easy!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in 12 colors).

    Promising review: "This changed bath time for us. Best investment we have made for our eight-week-old. She hated bath time and it was because she was so uncomfortable and it was so hard to keep her warm and actually wash her. In the lotus she was so comfy and I was able to wash her instead of figure out how to securely hold her. She actually fell asleep. Highly recommend!" —Kelly F.

    14. A supersoft milestone blanket so they'll remember to take plenty of pics at every stage. They just grow so fast! 😭


    This even includes the little frame you can move around to show how old their precious bundle is!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $22.50.

    Promising review: "Love this product. The blanket is large, soft, and looks just as advertised. Perfect for baby book pictures!' —Cpicc

    15. A copy of Go the Fuck To Sleep, because the new parents will definitely need a good laugh when they're totally sleep-deprived.

    Psst! Samuel L. Jackson reads the audiobook!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

    Promising review: "I had heard of this book a few times and since I have a baby shower to go to, I decided to purchase this book. This book is hilarious. I wish this book was around when I had small children. It isn't meant to be read to babies or children, it is more for the parent’s enjoyment. It covers many things that parents go through when raising babies and toddlers. I would highly recommend this book for those moms that are expecting their first child. It is meant to be humorous and in a way should make the parents laugh, especially if they are dealing with a child that refuses to sleep or if they want another drink or anything else." —HappyMama88

    16. A knit cold brew rattle for the offspring of anyone who drinks iced coffee 365 days a year — now their kid can join in on the fun!

    Get it from Estella for $14.99 (originally $18).

    17. Or a teether shaped like a coffee to-go cup to keep them busy while mommy or daddy gets their fix in the morning. "Just give me a minute."


    "I can feel the caffeine kicking in!" ^this kid's face

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    Promising review: "My son loves to pretend he’s drinking out of this all the time. He likes trying to reach in and pull the beads out and seems to get a kick out of pretending to be like mommy and daddy!" —Dayday

    18. An album or two of lullaby renditions inspired by the parents' favorite artists (like The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac) — we're talking soothing and non-repetitive music that *won't* make them want to shove cotton balls in their ears.,

    Do you think Queen Bey plays the lullaby renditions of Beyoncé CD for Blue and the twins? 😭

    Get the albums from Amazon: The Beatles version for $16.15 and the Fleetwood Mac version for $15.89. These CDs are available in a wide range of artists, including Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Metallica, David Bowie, and more! Check out a list of all the Rockabye Baby options on Amazon.

    You can also stream them all with Amazon Music Unlimited, which you can get for $9.99 per month.

    19. A mid-century modern rocking chair with a sleek frame but cushioned padding for new parents who whose nursery decor is on point.

    Poly and Bark

    Get it from Walmart for $110.

    20. A cushy shark-themed bath or beach set that'll make the kid so friggin' adorable you'll just want to take a big ole bite out of 'em. *Cue cute aggression*


    It comes with a hooded towel, bath mitt, and li'l slippers with elastic backs.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.49+ (available in seven animals/varieties).

    Promising review: "This is our GO TO baby shower gift, and it's a never fail gift. People love having a little shark action show up in the mix with all their practical and dull breast pumps, bath tools, and the buckle up chair nonsense that show up in piles for their new wee one. This is an affordable win every time." —J. Jorgenson

    21. A plush elephant mat to make sure they never forget the importance of tummy time (because elephants never forget!!).


    Get it from Walmart for $38.99.

    22. A pacifier combined with a stuffed animal, making this both the most delightful thing of all time AND super easy for baby to grab and hold themselves!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three animals).

    Promising review: "I cannot give Wubbanub enough praise. I would wear a Wubbanub t-shirt. Get a Wubbanub tattoo. I owe my sanity to this %#+=!& pacifier! Whenever I see a kid with a stuffed animal-less soothie, I mourn for them. They stand up in the wash, they’re soft, they make nap time and sleep training a breeeeeeze because baby can super easily find and replace binky without your help. And! AND! The best part is, when you’re ready to wean off of the pacifier, baby already has a 'relationship' with the animal on the end, so they’re not completely without the comfort of the binky. They are the pinnacle of pacifiers." —Em

    23. A Q&A a Day journal for mom, because it might be nice to give something that isn't just for that lucky kid.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    Promising review: "I have been writing in mine since June 15 and I look forward to doing so every night after my kids have gone to bed. I put on a little music, read the subject or question, and then I spend a good 10 minutes thinking about my answer before I write it down. It's just been a lovely, quick little winding down activity for me. I highly recommend this to any new mom! I wish I had known about it when my first baby was born! Side note: I got one for myself and another copy for a close mom-friend. And we cannot wait to read all 365 days together once we have filled up the journal." —Eva Tsang

    24. A tortilla hat and blanket set that'll improve their baby-swaddling skills (if they already know how to properly wrap a burrito) or their burrito-wrapping skills (if they already know how to swaddle).

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a baby shower gift for friends having their first and they loved it! It is a little confusing to figure out what it is when just looking at the package, but once they opened it up and pulled out the blanket and beanie.. they figured it out. Can't wait to see their little burrito all wrapped up! The helpful note about how to wrap up the little one was a lovely addition for new parents." —BabyShowerWinner

    25. An eight-pack of tongue-in-cheek milestone labels you can attach to their favorite kind of wine — when their baby reaches them (first projectile vomit!!!), they can uncork a bottle and "celebrate!"


    Get the pack of eight from Amazon for $19.95.

    And if you're looking for some easy wine to order, check out's ~best values~ page for their top rated (rated over 90/100) for under $20.

    26. A cozy crown to keep your royal niece or nephew's head warm and officially designate you the king or queen of gift-giving — for the same amount of money you'd spend on a fancy card!

    Get it from Target for $2.99 (originally $5.99).

    Promising review: "So cute! I bought this as a gift for a friend's first time baby and when they got it, fell in love with it. They instantly took a pic in it and it melted my heart. It's just a perfect something." —Thatat

    27. A non-toxic, dishwasher safe cactus teether that'll prove you don't ~succ~ at gift-giving when the kid's teeth start to come in.


    The soft "spikes" are made of silicone and are super soft for soothing gums.

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (also available in a mustache version and false teeth).

    Promising review: "Great teether ring for my daughter. Wife likes it because its 'baby bling' and baby likes it because she can easily hold onto it and it works well to sooth as her teeth are coming in. Overall it has been a great product so far." —Troublebaker

    28. A board book for scientists in the making, because the person reading aloud deserves to learn a little something, too!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.25.

    The Baby University series comes in tons of other installments too, like (deep breath) Rocket Science, General Relativity, Newtonian Physics, Quantum Computing, Organic Chemistry and Nuclear Physics, and Astrophysics.

    Promising review: "I came across this book series while making a baby registry for my third child and pre-ordered it out of sheer novelty. Quantum Physics for babies is a very simple book... but really, what do you expect? It's a science book made specifically for babies & small children. The quality of the board book is excellent — nice and sturdy. Mr. Ferrie does an excellent job of simply explaining the bare bones of Quantum Physics. I'm ashamed to say I've never been much of a science or math person myself (I LOVE art & history) and reading this book to my son was actually a learning experience for me as well! My 9-month-old wasn't too interested in it but my three year old was, and he asked me lots of questions. For me this book was worth the purchase (I think this would be a SUPER cute baby shower gift for 'nerdy' parents) and look forward to checking out the rest in the Baby University series." —H_Burg

    29. An interactive squirrel stroller toy that'll make entertaining any kid a ~walk in the park~.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $19.95 (also available in a skunk version).

    You can do better than this:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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