Unique Baby Gift Ideas

Choosing unique baby gifts can be hard, even with all the options available on the shelves. You don’t want to overspend, but you don’t want to go the generic route either. Read on for some unique gift ideas that are sure to stand out.

You’d think picking out baby gifts would be a breeze—just run to the toy store, grab something cute and cuddly, have it wrapped and you’re good to go. But then you show up to the party and realize you’ve picked the same gift—maybe even the same wrapper—as twelve other people. Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but you still want your gift to stand out and be appreciated.

Picking out unique baby gifts isn’t as hard as it seems. Babies have a lot of needs, so it’s impossible to run out of options. Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

Gift baskets. The basket idea itself isn’t exactly new, but you can make it as original as you want. You can’t go wrong with a gift basket because you can put in anything you want, whether it’s a mitten set or a luxury bath kit. Pre-packed baskets rarely offer a fair deal, so it’s better to make your own. Try throwing together a bunch of personalized items, such as a bib, plate, blanket, feeding bottle and carrying bag.

Birth plate. This is one gift that’s sure to be appreciated long after the party. A birth plate bears the baby’s name, date of birth, and other key details in a fancy, decorative design. You can get a carved wooden plate, an elegant metal one, or even a hand-painted ceramic piece. It may cost a fair bit more than the average gift, but it’s definitely one of your best options.

Music box. A cute bedside music box is the perfect gift for a cranky baby. There’s nothing like soft, gentle music to help them relax after a full day of play. Baby music boxes are sturdy enough to double as toys during the day. Not all toy stores will carry them, though—try looking at specialty stores, the home décor section, and arts and crafts shops.

Taggies. Taggies are a type of security blanket with little toys sewn around the edges. Kids love to pull at the edges to relax, especially during bedtime. The toys are safe enough to chew on—some are even miniature teethers designed to promote tooth formation. You can find taggies at most infant shops, but if you have the time and skill, you can always just make one yourself. Handmade taggies are more personal and are sure to stand out.

Lighted mobiles. Put a spin on the usual alphabet hangings by getting high-tech lighted mobiles instead. They’re a great alternative to nigh-lights, which can be hard to position especially in large nurseries. Simply hang them over the baby’s crib and you’ve got a unique and beautiful lighting fixture. Lighted mobiles come in a wide range of designs, from solar system models to relaxing blue skies.

Wall decals. New parents tend to overindulge in decorating their first nursery. Help them save a bit of money by giving them baby-themed wall decals. Decals are more practical than wall paint and much prettier than posters. Simply stick them onto your wall, and if you change your mind, all you have to do is peel them off. Alphabet wall decals are the most popular, but you can also get animals, patterns, and a range of other styles.

Baby silverware. Nothing speaks class and elegance like a set of personalized silverware for your baby. Most baby silverware is sturdy enough for everyday use, so you don’t have to worry about your gift gathering dust on the shelf. Just make sure you get hypo-allergenic and dishwasher-safe pieces.

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