How to Make a Your Own Baby Shower Gift Basket

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How to Make a Your Own Baby Shower Gift Basket

It’s really easy to make your own gift basket.  Making your own gift basket is the best way to make sure you don’t go over your budget.  I say this because once you start baby shopping, you can’t quit – at least I can’t.  There are so many great gifts available today, that even if you give something the new mom already has, she will still be able to make use of duplicates – or as I prefer to call them – backups.

I suggest you choose one really nice gift – within your price range – and then fill in with smaller gifts that mom will need, no matter how many she gets.  Next choose a theme for your basket. Examples are: a Mommy Survival Kit, a Daddy Dooty Kit, a Baby Food Gift Basket, or Baby’s Library Basket.  See below for examples of what  these four baskets might include.

As a container for your gift, you can use either a basket, bucket or decorative tin.  Line it with tissue paper and arrange your items with the heaviest on the bottom. Remember to be creative and keep in mind the parent’s likes and dislikes when preparing your shopping list.

The Mommy Survival Kit might include any or all of the following items.

  • Disposable Diapers
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Healing Ointment
  • Vaseline
  • Newborn Onesie
  • Swaddle Blanket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Ones Sensitive Hand & Face Wipes
  • Lanolin Ointment
  • Nursing Pads
  • Breast Pump & Save Breast Milk Bags
  • Newborn Sleep Gown
  • Pacifier suitable for newborns
  • Cloth Diapers (best burp cloth out there!)

The Daddy Dooty Kit might include the following items.  Be sure to check out our Daddy Diaper Dooty Poem (available in one download of 10 color choices).  Choose the one that best matches the nursery decor and put in an 8.5 x 11 frame to  either hang or sit on baby’s dresser.  Or roll it up and tie a ribbon around it and put in the basket with other gifts.

  • Diapers
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby Wash
  • Wash Cloth
  • Pacifier
  • Bottle
  • Onesie
  • Baby Socks
  • Wet Ones Sensitive Hand & Face Wipes
  • Goggles
  • Face Mask
  • Clothes pin for his nose
  • Tongs for diaper
  • Tylenol…for daddy’s headache, or nerves.

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The Baby Food Gift Basket might include the following items.  You can also include a baby food recipe book, such as 201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat! by Tamika L. Gardner, available on Amazon.com.  Or, you can download our 14 Baby Food Recipes.  Print them out, laminate them (or put in the top-loading plastic page covers) and place them in a folder or notebook (cover page included in download).

  • Steamer
  • Food Mill
  • Stainless-steel Strainer
  • Ice-cube Tray, just for baby’s food
  • Food-storage Containers
  • Gerber infant spoons
  • Slotted Spatula Spoon
  • Baby Food Recipe Book

Below are some great books you can include in a Baby’s Library Gift Basket – you can download the list in PDF format.  These are just a few of the books that baby will love to have read to him or her.  I also recommend a sign language book for baby.  This will prove invaluable for mom and baby to learn early communication. Add a soft baby blanket and a huggable toy and you have a great gift.

  • Corduroy By Don Freeman
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
  • My Very First Mother Goose Edited by Iona Opie
  • Close Your Eyes By Kate Banks
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah Guarino
  • Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed By Eileen Christelow
  • Guess How Much I Love You By Sam McBratney
  • Busy Penguins By John Schindel
  • Gossie By Olivier Dunrea
  • Dear Zoo By Rod Campbell
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass By Denise Fleming
  • Good Night, Gorilla By Peggy Rathmann
  • Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon By Kevin Henkes
  • Love You Forever By Robert Munsch
  • Peek-a-boo! By Roberta Grobel Intrater
  • The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats
  • Wheels on the Bus By Raffi
  • Runaway Bunny By Margaret Wise Brown
  • Alice in Wonderland: A Babylit Board Book by Jennifer Adams
  • In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg
  • Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? by Betsy E. Snyder
  • Haiku Baby by Betsy E. Snyder
  • Kitten Tails by Jellycat
  • Peek-a-boo Forest by Lamaze Books
  • ABC Baby Me! by Susan B. Katz
  • Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
  • Baby’s First Bible by Colin and Moira MacLean
  • Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
  • Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler
  • One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish by Dr Seuss
  • Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • Time to Get Dressed! By Elivia Savadier
  • Pat the Bunny By Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Whistle For Willie By Ezra Jack Keats
  • “More More More,” Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories By Vera B. Williams
Baby Sign Language Basics: Early Communication for Hearing Babies and Toddlers, New & Expanded Edition PLUS DVD!… on Amazon.com

Other examples of gift basket ideas include Nursery decor and necessities, Spa gifts for mom, and Baby Toy Basket for either play or bath time.  Again, remember to be creative.  Decorate your gift basket; don’t just dump your gifts into a container.  Use ribbons, bows, embellishments that can be used as nursery decor, etc.

 Check out our Quick Crafts page for more ideas to add to your gift basket.

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