As far as parties go, baby showers can be oodles of fun, from the sweet decorations to the teeny weeny items that seem impossibly small to the overall cheer in the air. You usually have the option to shop off the parents' to be gift registry but I have rounded up some ideas for my shower gift guide if you're looking for the unexpected gift.
Belabumbum: To indulge the mama to be and really make her feel like royalty, check out the luxe, feminine and beautiful line of lingerie and sleepwear from Belabumbum. From dainty chemises, to playful two piece sets, and robes that make you feel anything but frumpy, each Belabumbum piece has a special design element, is made from supreme fibers making anything you choose a special gift. I am partial to the Queen Bee line (as I am a mama to all B's) and love everything about my set including the satin ribbon, sweet lace and comfortable fit. I know each piece will grow as I continue to grow and will also be perfect to nursing baby once he/she arrives. Belabumbum's line of intimates will make any expecting mom feel good, look good and relish in the fact that looking great doesn't mean sacrificing great style and oodles of sexy, feminine appeal.
Bellini: Love the idea of a gift basket filled with all the goodies a new mama can use and appreciate but don't have the time, energy or creative eye to put it all together? Shop Bellini for gift baskets that are sure to wow your mama to be. Available in several sizes at different price points in both gender neutral, girl or boy themed baskets. Gift goodies included favorites from the talented Bellini designers and are made to order. All baskets include Bellini's signature tin as well as a yummy candy bar.
Brookidlyn: For unique, one of a kind, handmade burp cloths, bibs and other baby gifts Etsy shop Brookidlyn has funny, sweet and charming prints. Select from a variety of prints (we love the mustache one!) to match your recepient's taste. Have a fabric you love? Brookidlyn can adapt a piece and make something just right for you.
Daddy Scrubs: Gifts received at showers are usually for baby and sometimes mama, but I have never seen gifts for daddy. Daddy Scrubs has a unique line of gifts geared just for that special man. I love the "daddy trunk library" which is a bag filled of daddy-themed books. Little ones will love curling up with their favorite man and hearing stories of daddy and their littles. Daddy Scrubs also has scrubs for the delivery room, backpacks, ties and other daddy themed novelties, at various price points. Daddy Scrubs is sure to have something special to let "daddy" know just how much he is valued, loved and appreciated.
Lamaze: Parents that are in the know, will want to get their gift -giving hands on Franky the Hanky Whale. Winner of the 2013 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award and 2013 Oppenheim Special Needs Adaptable Award and also named a Toy of the Year 2013 by Parents Magazine, Franky the Hanky Whale is an ingenious take on one of baby's favorite pastime, pullling all of the tissues out of the box! Designed to let babies have all the fun without the hassle of the mess for parents! I love how sizable Franky is, perfect for clumsy hands and perfect for providing baby with a playtime friend as he/she continues to develop. Feed the tissues in the whale's mouth and surprise baby as they pull the tissues out the spout! Franky the Hanky includes four different colored tissues and features premium fabrics in bright, bold colors and patterns. Baby will adore the crinkly fins and tail and delight in the hours of stimulating play.
Max Daniel: If you're looking for the blanket all the tops celebs are sporting, look no further than Max Daniel. For a luxe, über soft, beautifully crafted blanket, Max Daniel has the sweetest blankets. Trimmed in satin, these plush blankets come in a variety of colors and even animal prints.
Miny-Moe: Looking for a practical gift that mama is sure to appreciate? Miny-Moe is a shower gift like no other. Miny-Moe gifts a new parent several types of the top diapers to try out. It is a selection of about 3 or 4 samples from top-selling brands to help parents decide which type of disposable diaper best suits their child's needs. I loved that there were several more natural options included in the stash. Available in NB, size 1 or 3, Miny-Moe offers free shipping on order over $10 and 20% the favored brand at diapers.com. Miny-Moe also offers samples of disposable nursing pads too, giving the breastfeeding mama a change to find the pads just right for her needs.
MommiesFirst: Subscription boxes are all the rage now and why not send a MommiesFirst box to your favorite expecting mama? MommiesFirst subscription boxes are filled with a chosen 4-5 items just right for chosen stage of pregnancy. My box was filled with natural skin care, organic tea as well as a staple top from my beloved maternity brand of fourth love. The included items are well-chosen, useful and are top-notch in quality. MommiesFirst boxes are available in different subscription options and they even offer gifts for the new mom as well as baby. The boxes are appropriately stocked to match the age and stage of your pregnancy or baby's developmental stage. Quality brands neatly gifted, the perfect unexpected shower gift.
Pearhead: For unique, personalized and adorable gifts for baby, Pearhead has a wide variety of gifts to welcome baby. Since we are leaning toward a nature inspired theme in baby's nursery, (so very Royal family of us!) we love all things Safari-like an adorable, wooden giraffe bank to save all of babies rainy day pennies and what better way to showcase baby's milestones than with a picture perfect frame ready to capture baby's tiny hand (or foot!) forever, classic and timeless. Pearhead has banks, frames, keepsakes, and novelty items (many can be personalized) for baby to treasure.
Skip Hop: For affordable, oh so adorable and innovative toys, you have to check out Skip Hop's Giraffe Safari collection. From play mats, to crinkly stroller toys, soft activity book and the cutest hug- n- hide plush, the collection has a special toy to suit all your shower needs (and to gain the oohhs and ahhhs of the other ladies!) We are also in love with Skip Hop's wooden toy collection. Wooden toys are classic, look wonderful, even when they are on display and are a creative, more natural way to engage a child. The tres' adorbs toys are woodland creature themed (always a "do"), non-toxic and don't require any batteries to stimulate, entertain and amuse your little bundle of joy. Skip Hop has a wide variety of quality toys from birth to toddler (a mom-to- be would really appreciate some items for different stages of baby's development).
Tiny Love: If you've got kids, you already know and love Tiny Love. new to the scene is Flexi Play, an activity toy you can mold to your baby's developmental stage. The movable, brightly colored "arm-like" play toy can be shaped and placed so that it is just right for baby to play with, from birth to 18 mths. When baby is little, use it to make a soft ring and place your baby in the center. As baby grows and changes, use the Flexi Play to help baby develop her gross motor skills while on her back or tummy, and later on create a tunnel for baby to crawl through, a bridge to go under and more. Talk about a versatile toy!
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