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Tired Of The Same Old Baby Shower Gifts?

Jul 16, 2008
How many times have you seen it happen... you're sitting at another baby shower while the mom-to-be opens gift after mind-numbingly repetitive gift each and every time. Everybody in the room is yawning when they should be paying attention - but you can't help but blame them because they've seen it all before. So what to do?

The great news these days is that personalized baby gifts are wonderfully easy to obtain. Even more important, they provide that special touch of thoughtfulness that gets remembered more often than those tired, more traditional newborn gifts. In fact, toddler gear these days has been amped up to entirely new levels with everything from baby "bling" to monogrammed Swarvoski crystal rattles! You need to step up your own game too, if you want to get a head above the crowd.

Competition is tough, but if you want your gift to stand out you must put a little more thought into it than grabbing something cute off the rack of your nearest baby store. Keep in mind that everyone else has access to the same old shelves. But luckily, in this day and age of modern science, it's not uncommon for mom to already know the sex of her child way before the birth. I've even been to showers where the baby already has a name, and sometimes even a birth date! This type of information helps you, the shower-goer, in fantastic new ways never before possible.

With advanced knowledge like this available, there's absolutely no excuse for the standard baby shower gift. Push aside that Toro stroller and put down that Graco car seat. Hundreds of beautiful and more personal options await you, from custom baby shirts and monogrammed blankets to personalized wall tiles and nursery wall art. Kids wall decor these days can be customized by the artist for a child's name or even by your own phrase or saying. And since usually by the time the shower arrives the mom-to-be has already decided upon her nursery color, you can tailor your choices to suit that decor by doing a little advanced research.

These types of gifts are something to be remembered. When the shower is over, who do you think the buzz will be about? The person who brought the standard every day diaper cake? Or the one who showed up with the baby's name spelled out in beautiful hand-painted wall letters dropped from ribbon that perfectly matches the baby's nursery decor?

And don't forget gifts for mom, either. All manner of mommy jewelry and child name bracelets are obtainable these days almost everywhere you look. If the name of the baby is available, or even the birth date, why not take advantage? You'll be glad you did, and these type of small presents make great supplemental shower gifts with a nice, personal touch.

So remember, the next time you're out shopping for that upcoming baby shower, try to think outside the box. Because in the end, your box is all you have. And since your box is going to be sitting alongside a whole lot of other boxes... you've got to do your best to make it stand out!
About the Author
Aurelia is a freelance writer, stay-at-home mom of three kids, and the owner of her own online business. For personalized baby shower gifts, be sure to visit The Frog and the Princess Baby Boutique!
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