9 practical baby gift ideas

Organising a baby gift? Whether you’re going to a baby shower or visiting bub at home, here are some practical baby gift ideas that new parents will love.

When my twins were born, I was super grateful for the practical baby shower gifts I received – some of which I didn’t even know I needed! If you have a baby shower coming up, or maybe you’re organising a group baby gift at work, here are my suggestions for practical gifts that the parents-to-be will really appreciate.

SOUPER CUBES + baby food recipe book

This gift is certainly one of the most practical! I always found the best way to make baby food was in a big batch and freeze it in cubes. These could then be pressed out and stored in clip seal bags until needed. Having baby food ready in portion sizes to quickly microwave made the witching hour so much easier, and they were very handy to grab and go when I went out.

Souper Cubes paired with a baby recipe book is a gift that will be appreciated long after the baby shower. This was one of my favourites for my kids

Felt Storage Caddy with baby products

Help the new parents get organised for baby with a Felt Storage Caddy filled with baby items. This is such a handy caddy to use for the baby change table and move around the house as needed. Since it has handles, it’s also really easy to hand to the grandparents if they take bub for an afternoon.

For this caddy, I filled it with:

  • nappies
  • wipes
  • a wrap
  • washer
  • bottles
  • a onesie
  • dummies
  • a comb
  • a teddy

You could also include a baby thermometer, baby nail clippers, rattles, bath care or nappy cream.

Strucket Soak Strainer

Babies make a lot of mess! I used to find myself always soaking baby and toddler clothes when the kids were little. Having a strucket is absolute godsend for this, because it’s so easy to strain the water out, without having to put your hand into the mucky water!!  It’s a gift that will continue to be used for years. 

If you’re doing a group gift, a strucket can make the perfect ‘basket’ to put everything in. You can choose from several gorgeous colours or classic white.


Being read to at a young age helps develop kids who grow up loving to read. Gift the baby with his or her first library, presented in a basket or storage box. Choose a selection from bestsellers for Kids aged 0-3 years and pop in a soft toy for night time snuggles.

Baby shower gift idea - Storybook set

image credit, the book basket company


Having lots of basics made from soft organic cotton is so helpful as new parents are juggling feeding and changing in those early weeks! This Burt’s Bees Organic Jumpsuit is a super cute and practical baby shower gift.

sleep-aid vaporiser

Creating a sleep routine is one of the hardest things for new parents. As well as diffusing essential oil to help calm baby, the Aroma Dream diffuser is also a coloured nightlight with a red light setting that helps induce sleep. It acts as an air purifier and humidifier. 

baby video + audio monitor

Keeping an eye on bub helps give new parents peace of mind. This VTech Video and Audio Monitor also has two-way talk back so they can reassure your little one from the next room.

a home cooked meal

Home cooked meals make a really thoughtful gift once the baby comes home. Having a new baby can be a stressful time for new parents. Gifting a new mum a home cooked meal or two can be a gift that can really help her sanity on the tougher days. It’s a thoughtful gift that can also be budget-friendly if you’re popping by for a cuppa.

My favourite meals to cook that can be easily stored in the freezer are Shepherds Pie and pasta bakes such as the Chicken and Roast Pumpkin Pasta Bake. You can gift the meal in a BBQ foil tray from the supermarket.

Lunch Box Cookbook

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