I will give you also examples, mostly from Etsy , my favorite handmade website. I am an Etsy seller myself, and almost all items that are shown here are from artisans that I have no connection with, I simply love their products. So here they are !
# 1 - BE ORIGINAL
Yes, I know, it's very easy to go to the department store or the Mall - you'll find millions of cute, adorable, made in China products, that probably hundreds of thousands of other babies already have. You don't want that, right ? I, for one, I'm sure that Mommy to be doesn't want !
Like all other moms, she wants the best for her baby - the best quality, original, something that another mom and her baby most likely doesn't have it ! So, where do you turn for such an original gift ? Handmade. That way, you will know for a fact that your gift is quite unique, original, and that someone, somewhere, put time and passion, and probably a little bit of their heart into that thing.
Find it here.
# 2 - CHOOSE MONOCHROMATIC
Black and white (monochromatic) nurseries are very eye appealing and quite in fashion, even though most new parents are choosing classic baby pink or blue combinations.
However, if you know for a fact that the nursery will be a black and white one, don't hesitate, go for a black and white nursery decor.
Find it here.
# 3 - CHOOSE NEUTRAL COLORS
Neutral colors gifts, such as white or gray will fit anytime, anywhere. They are an easy to match color item. It can be nursery decor, it can be a toy. As for clothing and baby outfits, plain linen, or light gray, or any plain natural color will do just perfect. Imagine - you buy a beautiful light gray outfit set, that mommy can match it with any other color she have ( pink, or yellow, or mint, or blue ).
# 4 - COMBINING COLORS
If you chose to combine colors I , I beg you ! Don't buy some kind of rainbow / carnival colored item . It will be so hard for Mom to match it with anything whatsoever !
One color + one neutral color - that's the rule !
If you really want to buy a multi-color gift, then you have two options : do a little spy work and find out from friends and family what are the colors of the nursery, or get inspired from the samples below on modern color combinations.
# 5 - SYMBOLIC and MEANINGFUL
You can also go for one of a kind gift that has a beautiful significance, like a Guardian Angel for the new baby, that can stay in the nursery as decor.
Or, you can buy a child size gold or silver necklace with a cross, and have it blessed at your church before the baby shower. Now that is a keeper ! I guarantee you !
# 6 - WHAT NOT TO BUY
What ever you do and how awful lack of inspiration you have , or how late you are with the gift, under no circumstance buy a Gift Card !
A gift card is a very impersonal gift. Not only that is a "cold" gift, but it also sends the wrong message, like : I didn't know what to buy the baby, I didn't had the time, I want to get over with this, and so on. NO GIFT CARD.
It means that you don't care to take the time to find a nice gift for the new baby !
# 7 - DO SOME ONLINE RESEARCH - WEBSITES and HASH TAGS to use
To start with your research for the baby shower gift, get first some ideas and inspiration from the web. I personally recommend Pinterest, Etsy, and simply Google, and try to use these words :
modern, urban, babies, gift, nursery, monochromatic, in any combination you want. For example :
- modern babies
- urban babies
- modern nursery
- urban nursery
- modern baby gift
- urban baby gift
- monochromatic nursery
- modern baby toy
- urban baby toy
and so on.
# 8 - WRITE A CARD
A card is a must. If you can, together with your handmade baby gift, buy a handmade card. There are beautiful such cards out there, and it will stand out among the"department store" cards that Mom will receive.
A thoughtful hand written message makes the difference.
# 9 - BUY ORGANIC
If you can, of course, because handmade organic baby items are quite expensive. But they are also something that you usually don't find in a store :) After all, that's what you want, right ?
# 10 - PACKAGING
Pay attention to the packing. It says a lot about you ! Like all the other ideas presented here, it's actually all about you, and what kind of attention and care you put into that baby shower gift ! That's how all others are seeing you. Here is a blog that I came across, where you can actually see and learn how to make these beautiful packages . Enjoy it !
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas !