Looking for the perfect baby shower gift? We’re sharing how to put together the cutest DIY baby shower gift basket that’s not only memorable and sweet, but every part of the basket is super useful and functional, plus, exactly what to put in a baby shower gift basket.
I love being a mama, and I love celebrating other mamas – especially new moms, about to embark on the best, most wild, fulfilling, exhausting, perfect ride there is.
Last year, I shared a DIY New Mom “Survival” Gift Basket post that wound up being one of my more popular posts – I think, in part, because the idea of the DIY gift basket is all about showering the new mom with love and a gift basket full of curated and thoughtful items is always a sweet idea.
Today, I am so excited to share another super sweet DIY gift basket idea; this time – how to put together the cutest DIY baby shower gift basket – the kind that any mom would be so touched to receive.
How to Put Together the Cutest DIY Baby Shower Gift Basket
When I give a gift basket for any event or celebration, I try to make it so that every part of the gift basket is something both useful and sweet. And especially when it comes to a DIY baby shower gift basket, I think making sure that the entire gift is super functional, and something that a new mom would be thrilled to have, including things that as a new mom, she’ll use frequently, makes the baby shower gift all the better and more special.
A big part of that, for me, is to gift things that we have used and loved for our own babies; our favorite books, the quality cleansers and lotions by Cetaphil® Baby, the sweetest socks, and most adorable crib shoes, the perfect nursing-meets-carseat-cover, awesome pacifiers, the softest onesies, washable and beautiful baby blankets, and the very best bibs; the list could go on and on, making gift basket options pretty endless.
Our go to for gift-shopping is always Target. Target is my happy place, and finding the right baby shower gifts is easy at Target.
What to Put in a DIY Baby Shower Gift Basket
Reusable Basket or Bag
I love that the bag I created this gift basket in is something a new mom could use in a nursery or as storage later on. I used a gold reusable bag (that now stores our girls headbands, hair accessories and bows), though you could also use a super functional belly basket or an adorable pom pom basket.
A Few Favorite Books
I love that favorite childhood books can add such a sweet touch to a new baby gift. Some of our favorite gifts for our girls were books that meant something to the giver. You can check out Our Favorite Board Books for the Baby and Toddler Years for some of our sturdy favorites and there are even more suggestions under the Children’s tab on our BOOK CLUB page.
Cetaphil® Baby Wash & Shampoo and Cetaphil® Baby Daily Lotion
We have loved Cetaphil line of Cetaphil Baby products for both of our babies’ sensitive skin from the start. It also smells really good! It’s actually the brand our pediatrician recommended when we realized that our second baby girl had eczema – Cetaphil even has a Baby Eczema Soothing Lotion.
I was shocked how grateful I was for gifted baby socks the first few months (and even years!) We love super soft socks, socks with grips as baby starts figuring out standing and eventually walking, and knee-high socks for keeping little legs warm. (These baby socks from Amazon are our long-time favorites!)
Same goes for cute and comfy shoes! A good quality pair has now lasted us through two babies.
A nursing cover that doubles as a carseat cover is one of our go-to gifts for new moms. We used ours a ton the first few months.
Though not all babies take a pacifier right away, sometimes there’s a bit of trial and error to find the right one. We love pacifiers that are one piece and can easily be cleaned. (Our girls have also both loved these Wubbanub pacifier loveys — they’re great because they’re easier for baby to manipulate and hold and the pacifier comes out so that you can wash both the pacifier and the lovey.)
Baby bottles are another product that take some trial and error for both parent and baby. It wasn’t until baby number two that we really settled on a bottle we love. But it never hurts to throw in one or two of your own favorite bottles, so that the new parents can give them a try.
For the first year, carrying our baby in a baby sling is my absolute favorite way to get around with baby in tow.
The softer, the better. Easy to wash and still look new, even after washing again and again = even better. And the holy grail of footie pajamas; those that zip up (rather than buttons.)
I loved the super soft, totally washable baby blankets. We regularly used and loved baby blankets for our little ones. Even to this day, we still use them for both of our girls, especially on road trips and in the stroller.
I love a super soft, oversized hooded towel that can grow with baby. These H&M towels are the best!
We loved using a good swaddle for both of our babies to help them sleep in the first few months. After that, we switched them to a breathable sleep sack. Emme still sleeps in her sleep sack every night, and I love knowing that she’s warm and safe.
It took us to baby number two to realize just how awesome wipeable silicone bibs are. So much easier to clean than fabric bibs.
Diapers in several sizes are always a good good gift; a.k.a., they’re both needed and very much appreciated.
A Good Baby Thermometer
A good baby thermometer, particularly one that can read a temperature in several ways (i.e., with a quick swipe on the forehead) is super helpful/useful.
You can never have too much.
A soft stuffed animal or lovey is always a thoughtful little addition to a baby shower gift. We received a classic lovey for each of our girls with their names embroidered on them, and they still love them to this day.
A Target GiftCard is always, always, always a good idea. Even when you’re at a total loss for what to give as a baby shower gift, a Target GiftCard is a slam dunk idea. ALL new parents visit Target on the regular to stock up for baby. We’ve even made friends in the aisles of Target, discussing diapers and burp cloths with other exhausted new parents. 😂
I even got our girls in on the gift-making action. They love helping me put together DIY’s and presents, and this one was extra fun for them since it was all adorable baby stuff.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to receive one of these adorable DIY baby shower gift baskets?
For even more baby shower gift ideas, these are our must-have baby items for the first year (and exactly what to put on your baby registry.)
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Photos by Annie Timmons Photography for Glitter, Inc.