If you’re stuck wondering what do pregnant mums want at their baby shower then look no further! We’ve pulled together 12 of the best baby shower gifts, and we’re not just talking about nappies, folks.
That’s right, our 2021 best baby shower gifts roundup goes above and beyond just nappies! We’ve asked the real mums of Mum Central what was the best baby shower gift they ever received.
Here are 12 thoughtful, helpful and beautiful baby shower gifts every mum would be stoked to receive, plus plenty of great reader offers. We’ve arranged them by price so you can easily shop to your budget.
Buying a baby shower gift - our top tips
Something for mum or something for bub? Both are 100% acceptable. Even better – a little something special for mum AND a little something special for baby! We’ve got some great ideas below.
Big-ticket items – Yes or no? Should you buy the cot, car seat, pram or other expensive items? This is often a great gift from a family member (or group gift). However, we recommend asking the parents-to-be if they would be okay with this. Most new parents want to choose their cot, pram, and car seat themselves.
Money matters. Should you give cash? This is totally up to you. Cash is good because new parents can spend it however they like, but it can also be a little impersonal. A better option may be a Gift Card.
How much to spend? This will depend on a number of things. Family members, for example, maybe wanting to give a big item while co-workers may only be looking to spend $50 or less, which is 100% acceptable too! According to Yahoo, the general consensus is this:
- Co-workers and acquaintances: $15-$50
- Friends: $50 – $100
- Close friends and family members, such as your cousin: $100
- Close family members (such as parents, godparents, etc): $150+
Group gifts? We suggest this is a great option, especially if you are on a budget. For example, if five co-workers all put $30 into a pool, this equates to a gorgeous $150 gift (we happen to have several below that suit this budget too).
Best baby shower gifts 2021: Mum Central's top picks
If you’re looking to really spoil the mum-to-be, then these are our top picks, ideal as presents from family members or as a joint gift from a group of friends.
MM Photos Newborn Photoshoot
Price: Regular $600 – $49 for Mum Central readers
Where to buy: MM Photos
Hands down one of the best baby shower gifts you can give is a newborn photoshoot. Having photos taken of your precious newborn is a gift in itself and not having to organise it, well, that is priceless! While newborns grow so quickly, these precious memories will remain in a beautiful portrait form.
If you’re in Sydney, we suggest MM Photos, the most experienced newborn photography studio in Sydney, having photographed over 5000 newborns! They will organise everything with the new mum-to-be and offer a personal, professional, and comfortable photoshoot experience. Plus, they have an INSANELY GOOD offer right now.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Receive a photoshoot, an in-person ordering session plus receive a 12 x 8″ framed print, valued at $600 for only $49!
Pigeon Go Mini Double Electric Breast Pump
Where to buy: Pigeon
The Pigeon GoMini Double Electric Breast Pump is a small electric breast pump designed to support breastfeeding mums. GoMini is comfortable, compact (it’s the same size as a phone), easy to use, portable and efficient at pumping quickly. It’s also stylish, functional, and perfect for mums whether at home, work, or on the go.
Recommended by 100% of mums in a recent trial, and receiving a score of 9.1/10, this is one of the most practical gifts you can give a new mum.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code GOMINI for 20% OFF your GoMini purchase.
Price: From $299
Where to buy: DockATot
DockATot is a new parent’s dream! It’s a multi-award-winning product that offers the most gentle womb-to-world transition to soothe your precious baby and give you hands-free moments. The multi-functional design offers a safe space for your baby to rest and play, a portable space for family adventures and a cosy micro-climate for baby massages or nappy changes.
It comes in two sizes – DockATot Deluxe for babies newborn – 8+ months, perfect for lounging, playing, tummy time and more and DockATot Grand for babies 9-36 months, perfect for lounging, playing, travelling and big-bed transitions.
With thousands of verified 5-star reviews, the Swedish-designed and European-made DockATot is an absolutely stunning baby shower gift choice. *The DockATot should only be used when supervised.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code MUMCENTRAL for $25 off a DockATot Deluxe or DockATot Grand (excludes Sun & Sea and William Morris collections). Valid until 30.09.21
$100 – $200
If you’re looking for a baby shower gift for a family member or close friend, then these are our top choices around the $100-$200 mark.
Baby Dink Carrier
Where to buy: Baby Dink
Okay, hands down one of the best baby shower gifts out there is a carrier. Our choice is the BabyDink, the Original hands-free, all-in-one baby carrier. Simply put it on like a t-shirt and off you trot. It’s simple to use and doesn’t have complicated wrapping, buckles, or clips to fasten.
The patented design uses organic cotton fabric – it’s super soft and stretchy to grow with you and your baby. It’s suitable for birth to six months, Australian made and owned and makes a lifesaver of a present for a new mum. Trust us, she will LOVE this!
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code MUMCENTRAL15 to receive 15% OFF full price carriers.
Faux Leather Nappy Backpack
Where to buy: Oioi
Every mum needs a nappy bag and the Faux Leather Nappy Backpack from OiOi is the most popular one in Australia right now. This bag is a game-changer ladies, as it’s got the comfort and convenience of a backpack combined with the necessities of a nappy bag, including insulated side pockets for bottles.
Crafted from premium water-resistant faux leather, this gorgeous Nappy Backpack is available in six gorgeous colours and comes with padded shoulder straps, a portable change pad, a bottle holder, stroller clips and a clear zip purse. Plus, it’s made by Aussie brand OiOi, so you know the quality is going to be great!
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code MUMCENTRAL to get 15% off OiOi Nappy Bags. Cannot be used with any other offer.
Newborn Sleep Gift Pack
Price: $182.80. Buy together for $146.24
Where to buy: Tommee Tippee
When we asked our mums what the hardest part of new motherhood is, most agree it’s sleep. That’s why a sleep gift pack is always a great baby shower gift. Tommee Tippee does a beautiful newborn sleep gift pack featuring four popular sleep products.
Each pack comes with their Light and Sound Rechargeable Sleep Aid Grofriend (choose from three adorable characters) which activates soothing sounds upon hearing baby cry to soothe them back to sleep (meaning you don’t have to!)
Their GroEgg2 is another amazing sleep aid that acts as a nightlight and temperature controller. You’ll also gift the new mum with a breast-like soother and your choice of GroBag Easy Swaddle, ideal for both arms-in and arms-out swaddling.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Buy this newborn sleep bundle together and save over $30!
La Abode Neutral Bliss Hamper
Where to buy: La Abode
Another beautiful option for a baby shower gift is a hamper and La Abode is the best in the business for this. La Abode‘s Neutral Bliss Hamper combines all newborn essentials in a gender-neutral palette making it the perfect unisex baby shower gift.
The hamper is curated using Australian designers and is designed to keep little tootsies warm and toasty this season with the 100% wool bonnet and booties set and ultra-soft swaddle wraps – the perfect gift for babies born in the chilly winter!
The hamper comes packaged in a reusable eco-friendly basket that can be used within the nursery or throughout the home.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Receive 15% OFF your next order using discount code MUM15 at checkout.
The Young Folk Collective Baby Play Mat
Price: Starting at $109
Where to buy: The Young Folk Collective
Another cute baby shower gift for bub is a padded playmat – and we are certain this must-have item will get A LOT of use. From tummy time to wobbly first walks, The Young Folk Collective has a beautiful range of foam-padded playmats. Designed by renowned Byron Bay artists using bold, yet tasteful colours, these gorgeous playmats fit harmoniously into the home.
Made from memory foam and compliant with the highest International Standards, these baby play mats are super soft, durable, easy to clean and shock-absorbing. Suitable for all ages, fully reversible with two designs to choose from and completely waterproof, they really are the gift that keeps on giving.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code MUMCENTRAL10 for $10 OFF the full range of baby play mats!
Braun ThermoScan 7 Thermometer
Where to buy: Baby Bunting, Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
One of the most useful gifts on our baby shower gift list is a thermometer. Braun is Australia’s number one ear thermometer brand and the Braun ThermoScan 7 provides parents with peace of mind when it comes to fever.
The Braun ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer is designed to go into the ear. It gives incredibly fast readings, features Memory Recall, a colour coding system and is one of the most accurate thermometers in the world. One of the best features about it is the AgeSmart Technology which is only available on Braun thermometers and determines whether your child has a fever based on his or her age. Simply select your child’s age and get the most accurate reading possible.
If you’re after a gift under $100, then these gorgeous choices are thoughtful, beautiful and useful for every new mum.
Snotty Boss Nasal Aspirator
Price: From $79.95
Where to buy: Snotty Noses and selected pharmacies
Looking for a unique baby shower gift? Try a motorised nasal aspirator. It’s practical, essential and will be used for years and years until little ones learn to blow their own nose.
Snotty Boss is the newest, premium, motorised nasal aspirators that makes snot suction a breeze. It’s the only aspirator in Australia to come as a full kit and can clear noses in 10 seconds so little ones can breathe easier and sleep better. Safe, effective and natural, a nasal aspirator is ideal for colds, congestion and allergies. Suitable for newborns +.
There are cheap manual and noisy motorised aspirators on the market. Snotty Boss is quiet, strong, safe and worth the investment. It’s registered with TGA as a safe medical device and comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, from Brisbane-based Snotty Noses Australia, the experts in aspirators since 2013.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code MUM15 for 15% off Snotty Boss.
Snotty Boss is a registered medical product with TGA Australia. Only to be used with adult supervision in accordance with instructions. If symptoms persist, seek medical advice.
The Baby Card
Price: $50 to $500 denominations (physical and digital options)
Where to buy: The Card Network, Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Target, Qantas Rewards Store
If you’re unsure what to buy the new mum or are concerned about doubling up on something she already has, then a gift card is a great choice. Shower the new addition with gifts galore courtesy of this handy gift card. Choose from the best baby gifts out there. We’re talking rattles, strollers, cots, books, stuff that smells a treat – the works!
The Card Network is your one-stop-shop for baby shower gifts and allows the new mum to shop at leading baby retailers, including Baby Bunting, purebaby, ToyWorld, Ripe Maternity, Booktopia, Trybe, Adairs Kids and more.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Get 5% Off The Baby Card, using the code MUMCENTRAL at the checkout on The Card Network website. Valid until 31/07/21.
OiOi Bamboo Baby Clothing
Where to buy: OiOi
Baby clothes are a popular baby shower gift, but you’ve never felt anything quite as soft as the OiOi Bamboo Baby Clothing collection? Made from beautiful, breathable, buttery-soft bamboo blend fabric, these baby rompers are in a class of their own.
All prints have been designed by local Australian artists in collaboration with the OiOi team, making these outfits a unique gift for a baby shower. They come packaged in a matching reusable bag for the ultimate gift reveal, plus matching outfits are available for older siblings and mum too.
Enjoy the option to add a personalised gift message & gift wrap at the checkout and the OiOi team can post your gift directly to the recipient. Free Shipping for orders over $60 Australia Wide.
MUM CENTRAL READER OFFER: Use code MUMCENTRAL for 15% OFF the complete OiOi Bamboo clothing range.
OiOi Bamboo Mama Robe
Where to buy: OiOi
If you’re going to buy bub an adorable romper, can we also suggest buying something extra sweet, cosy, and matching for mum too? Perhaps this amazing OiOi mama robe, for example?
Luxurious, lightweight, and breathable – these highly rated bamboo robes are beautifully soft and comfortable to wear. They’re ideal for pregnancy and post-partum with security ties inside and out, a breastfeeding-friendly design and 3/4 length sleeves that won’t get in the way.
Perfect for any time of the year, this is one of the softest robes you’ll ever feel and comes in a sweet leopard print drawstring bag too.
MUM CENTRL READER OFFER: Use code MUMCENTRAL to SAVE 15% OFF your purchase.
So shoppers, that’s a wrap. Which baby shower gift above would you have liked to receive the most?