There seems to be a common theme in my peer group at the moment. Weddings and baby showers. They seem to be popping up left right and centre and our weeks seem to be packed with gift buying for one event or the other.

I’ve been to my fair share of baby showers over the last few years, my own included. After talking to a few of my friends, most of us agree that we are always kind of stumped with what to buy for baby showers and our friends that are ‘parents-to-be’.

You see, new parents get really excited. I can vouch for the fact that we tend to go on mini shopping sprees and end up buying everything we need for baby life, before the baby shower even comes around.

So, what on earth can you buy them?

In this post I’ve rounded up 5 unique baby shower gift ideas. If you’re not sure what to get, any of these would be so appreciated and they’re unlikely to already have them.

We’re also running a giveaway below, to win two of the items we mention! Read to the bottom of the post to find out more! 

5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Our list includes gifts just for Mums, gifts just for dads, gifts to capture precious moments and gifts to help parents even through the toddler years.

1. Mums Back –

5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

This is quite possibly my favourite gift idea for a new Mum! There is a company called ‘Mums Back’ who designs hampers especially for Mums. There is so much focus on baby, us Mums need a bit of pampering too. Sally, the creator of Mums Back, has carefully curated gift boxes full of the things that Mums just aren’t allowed in pregnancy, so that as soon as they pop, they can fully indulge and enjoy the things they’ve really missed out on.

2. Baby Record Book –

5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

A keepsake record book is such a must have for new parents. This will be such a lovely gift for a baby shower and the perfect hand me down for when baby gets older. I found my baby milestone book the other day and I was gutted that my mum hadn’t filled much of it in. Perhaps overcompensating, but my daughter has two different ones because we couldn’t decide on which one we loved the most.

3. Milestone Cards –

5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

These cards are just a lovely idea for any baby shower gift list! Baby’s grow up so fast. These cards take you all through the first year of your babies life. The idea is to take pictures of your baby at different milestones using these cards to explain the capture, e.g. when they get their first tooth and when they start walking.

4. Mummy Loves Organics –

5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

This is another gift just for Mums. Well and Dads too. This is a very unique candle and there are designs for both pregnant Mums and new parents. Each candle is made from specific essential oils that are designed to help different ailments. For example, if you’re experiencing bad periods of morning sickness, there is a candle that can help with that. What’s more, when the candle burns it leaves behind a massage oil. Half an hour after the candle has cooled down you can use that oil to give yourself or your partner a massage!

5. Why Is My Kid Crying Book –

5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I was bought this ‘Reason My Kids Is Crying’ book for my baby shower and I have to say it has come in handy on so many occasions. Especially on those days when my daughter just didn’t stop crying and even more so when the toddler tantrums started to come in. It’s so easy to feel stressed as a parent and upset if your kid cries and moans a lot (which is so normal when you have a toddler).

*Bonus – Don’t forget the Dads!

Too many people forget the dads during pregnancy! Mums get a lot of pampering and fuss. It’s so easy to rustle together a quick Daddy Survival Kit. You can click here to see a full list of what’s in our Daddy Survival Kit!


5 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Life Unexpected is currently running a whole month of giveaways. Today we’re giving away a baby record book AND a ‘reason why my kid is crying’ book to one lucky winner. To win, simply enter via the rafflecopter below. Don’t forget to go and check what else we are giving away via our ‘Blog Giveaways‘ page. There are a whole range of items to win, including a camera!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What gifts would you add to the baby shower gift list? Is there any baby shower gifts you received that you couldn’t be without?

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  1. Emma Pearce
    October 10, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    this is a fab idea would have loved this when I was pregnant , would love to win for my sister

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      Good luck!! It’s a really fun idea isn’t it. x

  2. Kelly L
    October 11, 2015 / 12:09 am

    Its a great idea!

  3. October 11, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Wow those scratch off calendars look exciting – wish they had them around ten years ago when I was pregnant with mine! x

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      They’re brilliant aren’t they. I would have been excited to find out a new fact everyday. x

  4. Laura Pritchard
    October 11, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    I wish I’d had it for my two but I’d love to win it for my friend who is expecting her first.

  5. October 12, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    I think its a fab idea, not just for the new Mum but for the new Dad, who may not be a reader of books, blogs and baby websites, but can glance at this often.

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      I agree, it’s so perfect for dads too. It keeps them involved. I think women look things up more whereas dads just go with it, so this is a nice quick way for them to feel more apart of the pregnancy. x

  6. October 12, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    This is a great list and very original!! I like the sound of the BabySteps scratch on calendar. I haven’t seen this before. I would’ve loved to have something like that when I was pregnant because I was always desperate to know what was happening every day with my baby. I’m sure all pregnant women are the same. It is a great giveaway. I didn’t do the Baby hand and foot print casting kit with any of my daughters and I think it was silly of me as it would’ve been lovely to have that. Thanks so much lovely for linking up with me at #KCACOL. I hope you join me again next Sunday! 🙂 x

    • October 15, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much. The calendar sounds brilliant doesn’t it. Were you like me and googled everything all the time? I think I signed up to all the baby weekly e-mail sites to see how my baby was growing every week. But this would have been perfect and a great way for dads to see what’s going on too.
      We were bought a casting kit and I’m so glad we were. Our mould are a little bit squiffy (it’s surprisingly hard to keep their wiggly feet and hands still) but you can definitely see how small they are. Thank you so much for hosting. I adore your new linky. x

  7. October 15, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    Looks great – not seen these before

  8. October 16, 2015 / 8:00 am

    I think its great – my friend is due next month and she would love it!

    • October 19, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Thank you. I sent it off today first thing, I hope it gets to you in time. x

  9. October 16, 2015 / 8:15 am

    I´m currently expecting number two, so I´ve entered the competition as it´s such a sweet idea I never would have thought of as a gift! I´ve also got on my Baby shower list this time around; Baby swaddlers (didn´t get these for my first) and one of those baby bottle machines that are like a nespresso for formula milk!! #picknmix

    • October 19, 2015 / 6:21 pm

      I hope you’re enjoying pregnancy! It’s a brilliant idea isn’t it. Baby swaddlers are genius, we didn’t have these either but wish we did. O’ve also heard of those nespresso time baby bottle machines. They must make it so much easier. x

  10. October 21, 2015 / 6:43 am

    I wish the baby milestone cards had been around when mine were small, it would save the trying to guess how old they were in each pic for a start!
    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix Stevie x

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      haha I know what you mean! We’ve recently sorted through our pictures and put them into folders with the month of the year name. Half of them are just guesses and mostly we’re going by the outfit, if it looks like a summers outfit it must be June haha. x

  11. October 21, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    I love the Milestone cards and have bought the for friends. Some great ideas for babyshower gifts. Love the scratch off calendar. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      They’re so great aren’t they. I really wish we had some milestone cards for Evie. We just found out they do a toddler version too which is exciting. Thank you so much for hosting. x

  12. Margaret Gallagher
    April 10, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Great idea – my neice would be so excited with THESE

  13. janine atkin
    April 10, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    i like to give some pamper products for the mum to be

  14. Jen Oconnell
    April 10, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    Such a lovely giveaway! Wish I’d used milestone cards!

  15. Rachel Craig
    April 10, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Baby Milestone Cards seem a great idea. Baby Shower can be Fun, as Refreshments, Gifts, Games, etc. My Ideal Baby Shower would be one which includes Mum to Be, Dad to Be, Expectant Grandparents, Expectant Great- Granparents, etc. Would be Lovely to have the various Generations, as well as those who are going to be close ( there for the baby, etc for time to come / future) e.g Expectant Aunts, Expectant Uncles, Godparents to Be. Welcoming New Life / Family Addition can be a time to Unite and Prepare for the Future.

  16. Iain Maciver
    April 10, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    great gifts for baby showers ,perfect for new parents

  17. Solange
    April 10, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    I love to give gifts not only for the baby but Mum too, such as pamper products.

    April 11, 2018 / 3:57 am

    I would like some pampering bath time goodies for both Mum and baby.

  19. Robert Price
    April 11, 2018 / 4:59 am

    I would love to give my Grand Daughter some pampering gifts

  20. Rosemary Tily
    April 11, 2018 / 10:20 am

    I would love to give my daughter a bottle warmer for either stored breast milk or formula for when her first baby arrives. Hopefully this might help with night feeds so that someone else can help with feeding while she catches up on some sleep!

  21. Cat Sims
    April 11, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I would honestly be grateful for anything chosen with love by my friends

  22. Laura Pritchard
    April 11, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I love the Reasons my Kids is Crying- I follow him on Facebook and it’s just the funniest!

  23. Fay
    April 12, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    My best friend had her first baby shower in February. I got her nappies, wipes, creams, shower gels, baby toys, dummies, pregnancy teabags, anti sickness band. There was so much more, like 2 huge bags full of gifts for her but I can’t remember what else

  24. April 13, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    So many lovely ideas here! I really like the milestone cards in particular. x

  25. April 13, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Love these ideas! If I’m giving a gift I always try to get something for the parent as well as the baby – something fun, but also something practical! Oh, and chocolate! x

  26. Simone Griffin
    April 14, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    I think any baby shower gifts are lovely, but I’d love to receive something small for me too – maybe some pamper goodies x

  27. Holly king
    April 15, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Wow fab Giveaway x i love the bunch of flowers made out of baby grows and blankets rolled upto look like roses

  28. Ailsa
    April 15, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I like the candle as it’s a proper treat for mum to enjoy

  29. Karen Barrett
    April 15, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    I like to make up hampers that include all the basics

  30. Emily
    April 16, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Being only a few months away from giving birth to our first baby, would love to win this 🙂

  31. Lorna Ledger
    April 16, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    I think I would like pamper products, beauty products, even vouchers for a massage after baby is born

  32. Ana Nowell
    April 17, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    This looks amazing

  33. lynn neal
    April 18, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    I like to put together a small hamper of really useful items!

  34. mandydoherty65
    April 19, 2018 / 9:47 am

    A hamper of pampering treats for mum and wipes, nappies etc for baby

  35. Debra Simmons
    April 20, 2018 / 10:32 am

    I’m about to be a grandma for the first time. My daughter would be thrilled if I won this for her ☺

  36. Kerryn Johnson
    April 21, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Fantastic idea

  37. Susan B
    April 21, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    The title of the book Sleep is for the Weak made me laugh! I like things that feel like a relaxing treat such as bath bombs and diffusers.

  38. Angela W
    April 22, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    My favourite gift was a photo frame which had 3 parts to it…one for 1st scan photo, one for 1st born photo and one for 1st birthday photo. It takes pride in my daughters bedroom now. I must buy myself one for my sons room x

  39. Kim M
    April 22, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Loved getting soft cuddly babygrows and an unexpected gift for Mum to be is nice x

  40. Gillian McClelland
    April 22, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    A casting kit to capture their tiny little toes

  41. Julie
    April 22, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    At the moment I seem to be giving a lot of “experience” gifts. I love getting them too!

  42. AnnaS
    April 23, 2018 / 5:53 am

    Superb Idea.Thank you.

  43. Sadiyya Maryam
    April 23, 2018 / 7:17 am

    Such a lovely gift idea. The baby milestone cards are my favourite .

  44. olivia280177
    April 23, 2018 / 10:42 am

    If it was my baby shower I would have liked nappies, baby vests, cotton wool, socks and maybe some chocolate for me (I only eat it when I’ve been pregnant!). I just like practical gifts the most.

  45. Emma Fox
    April 23, 2018 / 11:12 am

    I like the milestone cards as they really help to record key steps over time.

  46. Sue Bebbington
    April 23, 2018 / 11:59 am

    I would love Tom give a keepsake Box, so that they could keep all the special memories through their childhood. Thanks for the entry x

  47. April 23, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    With my eldest I would have liked clothes in a bigger size, everyone bought him a newborn outfit, he didn’t even get to wear half of them as he was a big baby.

  48. carol Boffey
    April 23, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    lovely giveaway

  49. Carly Belsey
    April 23, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    I had a wonderful gift which was a five year diary to record something little about baby every day. It was a wonderful gift

  50. sandy ralph
    April 23, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    my daughter recently had a baby shower and i made her a nappy cake with things such as baby bottles,brushes,shampoos etc all made up within it

  51. Jessica Barber
    April 23, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    I’d love to give something really useful that’ll be helpful to the new parents! I once got a friend a voucher for mummy time off from a fab company (the mummy company!) who come and take care of whatever you need (look after little one, do the washing, wash the dishes – whatever you might need!) while mum can relax!

  52. Lauren
    April 23, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Proper gifts such as a waterproof jacket for when you are out in the rain with a pram, an endless supply of muslins (for everything!) and a thermos flask to ensure parents have a hot cup of tea whenever they need.

  53. Natalie Crossan
    April 23, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I always like to give a gift to the mum, like a something to pamer herself with because I think people often forget about mum

  54. Liv Lee
    April 23, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    I’d get loads and loads of chocolate, everyone loves chocolate

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