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Best Baby Shower Invitations
March 14, 2023

Best Baby Shower Invitations

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Best Baby Shower Invitations

If you’re planning a baby shower—whether an in-person shower or a virtual one—you’re going to need a way to get the word out to guests. There are thousands of baby shower invitations out there, and the sheer number of options can be overwhelming (especially when you have so many other things going on!). So we narrowed it down to a handful of our favorite places to find baby shower invites, focusing on online ordering to keep things convenient for you.

From the time-saving to the amazingly artistic, here are our picks for the best physical and virtual baby shower invitations, no matter what kind of shower you’re having or what the theme is.

Best Physical Invitations

Minted

Minted Baby Shower Invitation

Price: Starting at $2.09 each for 45 cards

Minted offers a ton of unique invitations designed by independent artists, so you can be sure you’re getting something special for your baby shower. You can also find plenty of specialty baby shower options, like virtual baby shower invitations, baby sprinkle invitations (a smaller version of a shower) or sip & see invitations (a shower for after baby arrives). Once you’ve chosen a design and personalized it, they’ll send you a proof of your card to review before it goes to print (and if you need to make changes, the number of proofs they’ll send you is unlimited, so you can keep redesigning until it’s perfect).

Minted also makes it easy to create a whole suite of stationary, so everything from your invitations and thank you cards to favor tags and stickers can match your shower theme.

But what about when it’s time to send the invites out to your friends and family? If writing out every single address doesn’t sound like your idea of a fun time, Minted offers free recipient addressing on their custom envelopes (which are also free)!

Additional Specs
Quantity Multiples of 10 (starting at 15)
Delivery times Standard: 4-7* business days; Priority: 5* business days; Expedited: 4* business days; Rush: 3* business days (* Add 2 business days if you want a digital proof of your design before printing.)
Addressing Free when you select a free custom envelope design
Design proofing Included and unlimited

Tiny Prints

Tinyprints Lovely Blooms Invitation Photo

Price: Starting at $2.98 each for 40 cards

Tiny Prints really knows premium stationary, giving you options for luxe cardstock, crisp color printing and all the fancy embellishments you desire.

As the sister company of Shutterfly, their user experience is exactly the same—so if you’ve ordered anything from Shutterfly before, the system will be familiar. While they have a diverse selection, Tiny Prints also makes it easy to narrow down which design template you want to use (which can be a huge time suck otherwise). There’s no shortage of advanced filters that let you sort through all the options for invitations; you can filter by color, theme and even designer.

Additional Specs
Quantity Multiples of 5; minimum 1 card
Delivery times Economy: 6-10 business days; Standard: 5-7 business days; Expedited: 4-5 business days; Rush: 3-4 business days
Addressing $0.39 per envelope; Free when you purchase a custom envelope design
Design proofing Included

Walgreens

Walgreens baby shower invitation

Price: Starting at $1.09 each for 40 cards

Ordering baby shower invitations online is pretty convenient when you want to see all of the design options at once and take your time going through them, but getting physical invites online also means waiting for them to ship to you. If you have a Walgreens location nearby, you can order physical invitations on their website and pick up the same day for most orders.

Walgreens has a pretty wide variety of card designs to match just about any baby shower, but unlike most other card makers, Walgreens also offers a glossy photo paper option that’s priced much lower than the typical cardstock option. A heads up, though: the print quality might change from store to store, so if you’re not happy with the result at your nearest Walgreens, just return them to a different location and have them reprinted.

Tip: If you’re having your shower after baby has already arrived, Walgreens has literally hundreds of options for photo invitations to help you show off your new little one right on the card.

Additional Specs
Quantity Multiples of 20
Delivery times Same-day pickup (some orders); Ship to store: 12 business days; Ship to you: 4-12 business days
Addressing $0.25 per envelope (not available for all card designs)
Design proofing No

Basic Invite

Basic Invite Clear Baby Shower Invitation

Price: Starting at $1.82 each for 50 cards

Despite their name, cards from Basic Invite are anything but basic. There are over six hundred designs to choose from, each with over 180 color options including metallic and foil! There’s a design for every baby shower, but since having all those options can lead to decision fatigue (we certainly felt it trying to pick our favorite), let’s talk about the design that really sets Basic Invite apart from the rest: clear invitations.

That’s right, these baby shower invitations are transparent! Made of vinyl (plastic), you can choose from clear or frosted backgrounds, plus 64 options for color on the text and illustrations. They’re sure to wow your shower guests, but note that the clear invites are prone to fingerprints and scratches (the frosted invites are more resistant). Basic Invite also offers free recipient addressing and return address labeling to save you time.

Keep in mind: Invitations can only be ordered in multiples of 25, so if you’re inviting fewer than 25 people or between 25 and 50 guests, you’ll end up paying for extra cards.

Additional Specs
Quantity Multiples of 25
Delivery times Standard: 9 days; Priority: 8 days; Rush: 7 days
Addressing Free
Design proofing One custom sample available per design, starting at $2.99

Best Virtual Invitations

Paperless Post

Paperless Post Baby Shower Invitation

Price: Free for most designs; access to premium designs from $0.24 to $0.96 per card depending on the amount of coins you purchase.

By far the most cost-effective option for baby shower invites is to go virtual. Complete with virtual envelope, these invitations look just like the physical ones, but they’re sent via email, text or social media. Paperless Post has over 700 virtual invitation designs to choose from, or you can send a virtual flyer that displays your baby shower info with a cute gif.

Keep in mind: Premium design costs are given in coins, not dollars. If you want to use a premium design, you’ll need to purchase a coin package, which can range from $12 for 25 coins to $115 for 1,000 coins. Premium designs cost two coins per card.

Additional Specs
Quantity Unlimited; up to 50 recipients for free, unless card is a premium design

Greetings Island: Whimsical Watercolor

Greetings Island

Price: Free for most designs; access to premium designs starting at $1.95/month

If you’re looking for invitations that say “delicate and delightful artistry,” the designs from Greetings Island practically shout it. Beautiful watercolor illustrations match all the top trending baby shower themes and more. Everything from florals to animals to calligraphy are painted in gentle neutrals and pastels, making these cards perfect for anyone searching for Instagram-worthy invites.

And the best part: most designs are free! You have the option to send them virtually via email, text message or social media, or you can print them at home using your own paper and ink (that’s what keeps the designs free!). You can also download your design and take it to a print shop. But since there’s no wait time for shipping, your cards are ready to send instantly!

Additional Specs
Quantity Unlimited

Amylia Ryan

Associate Editor

Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing in the topics of health, wellness and lifestyle products. Combining nearly 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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