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    Updated on Apr 24, 2019. Posted on Apr 12, 2018

    26 Baby Shower Gifts That Are Actually Fun

    Everyone else is giving a Sophie the Giraffe — you need to start out your reputation as the good gift-giver before the kid's even born.

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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~.

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    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!

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    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?

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    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.

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    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 silicone placemat plate that'll echo the happy face any parent will make when they realize their kid can't knock their food off the high chair tray anymore!

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors and a larger rectangular size for $24.99).

    Promising review: "Love love these mats!! It helps so much with estimating portion sizes and helps me come up with ideas for dinner, believe it or not! This was our first mat and I can't wait to order a couple more plus the bowl as well!! Very easy to clean, aesthetically pleasing, and my daughter has not been able to dump it off the highchair tray, which is a nice change. We used to just put food right on the tray but then I was noticing that whenever we went out to dinner if we had food on a plate she would automatically dump it immediately. This helps her learn to use a tray and I will soon be buying another to take on the go. Tray comes in a resealable storage case which is also great. I bought the coral colored mini mat and my daughter loves it. I can't wait to get a couple more styles. Recommendation: Buy it, make mealtime a little easier. You'll love it!" —Rebecca Hallaman

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

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    "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 $11.99 (available in sizes 0-3 months.–12-18 months and three colors).

    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

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

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    Get it from Nordstrom $149.99 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "Love it! I've been long searching for the perfect diaper bag to fit mine and my sons needs. This one definitely fits the bill! It's spacious enough to hold all of his essentials and stylish as well. Love the key clip and the back entry zipper! The changing pad that comes with it is pretty cool too, I love how it has a zipper pocket for a few diapers and wipes. Before I had to search for everything, but now it's all together. I searched and read reviews of several diaper bags and this one seemed like the best option for me, and I'm so glad I purchased this! Now I just have to see how it holds up over time. Overall, super pleased so far!" —Destanie

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

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    Get a pack of three pairs from Amazon for $10 (one size, fits 0–9 months; also available in two 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

    9. 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.

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    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.

    10. 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!!

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    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 $13.46.

    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

    11. 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!

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    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in eight 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.

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

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    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

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

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    Psst! Samuel L. Jackson reads the audiobook!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.46.

    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

    14. 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!

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    Get it from Estella for $18.

    15. 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."

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

    Get it from Amazon or Target for $4.99.

    Promising review: "My one-year-old is absolutely obsessed with my coffee cup, so I had to order this teether when I saw it! It is so cute, and fits her hands perfectly. The beads in the top make just enough noise to amuse her but aren’t overwhelmingly loud in the car. We love this toy!" —APiperMichael

    16. 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.

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    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 $14.57 and the Fleetwood Mac version for $14.99. 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.

    17. 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*

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

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (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

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

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    Get it from Overstock for $22.89.

    19. A Magic Bullet Baby Bullet emblazoned with happy faces, because making baby food will be so easy with this 20-piece set, their smiles will be that big too.

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    It comes with the blender, storage cups (with date-dial lids to track when they were pureed), accessories, and a manual and cookbook for ideas!

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    Promising review: "We super love this baby food making set! It makes food prep time a breeze. It’s very convenient and very useful. Even my husband loves to use this and prepare our baby’s food. He even thanked me for purchasing this for our baby. It makes us feel good to be able to prepare all natural baby food without much hassle. It’s super easy to use and clean. The size is perfect and we super love it that the set comes with storage containers that we can easily freeze. We don’t even have to use a bowl anymore, once thawed, we feed the baby right away. The storage cups have dial lids for dates. This product is amazing and we totally recommend it to all parents who are planning to make their own baby food at home." —May@36

    20. 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!

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    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (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

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

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.52.

    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

    22. An ice cream cone set that'll make the little bundle of joy even sweeter!

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    And if you're more of a savory over sweet person, how about a tortilla blanket that turns any newborn into a burrito?

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    Promising review: "This was a big hit at the baby shower. When she was born family photos were taken, and this is a hallmark moment. In the last photo she was crying, so that was titled 'We all scream for ice cream'" —Dalago

    23. 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!

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    Get it from Target for $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

    24. A non-toxic, dishwasher safe teether that'll prove to be a true gem 😉 when the kid's teeth start to come in.

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in a mustache version).

    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

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

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.15.

    The Baby University series comes in tons of other installments too, like (deep breath) Rocket Science, General Relativity, Newtonian Physics, Quantum Computing, and the soon-to-be-released Organic Chemistry and Nuclear Physics (on May 1!) Astrophysics (on July 3!).

    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

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

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

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