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The Best Off-Registry Baby Shower Gifts for New Parents
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March 8, 2024

The Best Off-Registry Baby Shower Gifts for New Parents

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The Best Off-Registry Baby Shower Gifts for New Parents

When you think of baby registries, what’s on them and what you might give as a baby shower gift, we’re willing to bet you think of tiny outfits, colorful toys and maybe some gear items like a swing or carrier.

But what about gifts just for the new parents or something extra special for baby that will last a lifetime? While the typical registry items will certainly be appreciated, it’s those extra-thoughtful gifts that parents may remember most out of the sea of other shower presents. It’s also lovely to give a nice gift to a new mom or a present that’s just for dad.

These are our favorite baby shower gifts that may not be on the registry, but are sure to ease postpartum recovery, smooth the transition to new parenthood and help new parents feel like their normal selves again.

Luxurious Skincare

It’s often said that new parents will forgo their own self care because they’re so busy with their new little one (and so tired!). A task as simple as washing their face might be thrown out of the schedule. So here’s a gift to help them feel refreshed in a jiffy—and to remind them to take a little time for themselves.

Perfect Pedicure

The third trimester = carrying around a bowling ball belly day in and day out. Treat a pregnant person to a nice pedicure to soothe away the aches and pains, bonus points if a partner or friend can do the pedicure for them (they can barely see their feet as it is).

Postpartum Cleanse & Soothe

Whether they have a C-section or a vaginal birth, this postpartum recovery kit is sure to be a recovering mom’s best friend. With disposable underwear, perineal healing foam and cooling pads and liners, it has the goods to help soothe everything that comes with postpartum recovery. Be sure to include the Peri Bottle, too, since it’s not included in this kit. The super-sized kit includes all of the above plus labor and delivery needs too (like a gown, socks and a travel bag). Some expecting parents might find it a little awkward to receive this at a shower, but don’t worry, they’ll thank you later.

For Precious Memories

First lock of hair, favorite stuffed animal, birthday cards…there’s no end to what you can put in a little one’s keepsake box. Some parents start putting items in even before their baby arrives. So if you’re looking for a special baby shower gift that will keep memories for a lifetime, a beautiful keepsake box is a go-to. This handmade pine box has a beautiful, delicate design, and there are thousands more to match every nursery and personal style.

Breastfeeding Relief

If the expectant parents plan to breastfeed or pump, then this gift just might be a lifesaver. There’s some frankly unpleasant stuff that can come with pumping and breastfeeding, like sore and chapped nipples, engorgement, mastitis…and this awesome kit can help provide relief. It’s complete with soothing nipple cream, nipple shields, collection cups and more.

An Extra Helping Hand

No parent wants to cook multiple meals and clean the house every day when they have a new baby. Good thing gift givers can offer to help with these Help and Favor cards, from cooking and cleaning to dog walking and babysitting. While this gift may not have much in the way of presentation at a baby shower, it’s pretty safe to say it’ll be appreciated just as much as (if not more than) any other gift.

Practical Desserts

Diapers may not seem like the most exciting gift, and while it’s true that a jumbo box of Size 1s isn’t likely to elicit a reaction from shower guests, there are ways to make a bunch of diapers look aesthetically pleasing. Diaper cakes have been around for a few decades, but we wouldn’t consider them out of fashion just yet—especially since diapers are the thing new parents need the most of (besides, you know, sleep). The new parents will be super thankful, and the design is just the cherry on top.

Meet the diaper cake’s hip cousin. Bodysuit cupcakes are the same concept but with the option for more variety. You can include bodysuits, hats, blankets, socks…anything that’s soft enough to roll up into a sweet little cupcake shape. Plopping the rolls into oversized cupcake papers and placing them in a baker’s box makes for a pleasing presentation too.

Babymoon Getaway

A babymoon is a lot like a honeymoon, only this one happens before the big event, not after. It’s one last chance to have a relaxing trip before the new baby comes—not to say that there’s absolutely no chance for a vacation after baby, but it’ll definitely be more difficult to swing it. This makes a great gift for a group to give, and even something as simple as a small Airbnb a few towns over can be enough to help expecting parents rest before the big day.

Surprise Guests

If the expectant parents have friends or family far away that normally wouldn’t be able to make it to the baby shower, one of the best group gifts you can give is to bring the out-of-towners to the party (either physically or virtually). If you can afford it, providing the flights and lodging to allow out-of-town guests to attend the baby shower will easily make the most memorable and cherished gift of all. If that’s not in the cards, then consider setting up a live stream so remote guests can attend virtually.

Baby’s First Photoshoot

People love baby photos—showing them off to coworkers, displaying them on the mantle, comparing them to senior portraits in the yearbook—so why not give the gift that will keep on giving for baby’s entire life? Either getting a gift card to a portrait studio or paying for a private photographer is a perfect way to help new parents capture the newborn memories forever (and rake in those Instagram likes).


Amylia Ryan

Associate Editor

Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing in the topics of health, wellness and lifestyle products. Combining a decade of experience in writing and editing with a deep passion for helping people, her number one goal in her work is to ensure new parents feel supported and understood. She herself is a parent to two young children, who are more than willing to help product test endless toys, books, clothes, toiletries and more.

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