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by Andrea Sparks
When a family member or friend is having a baby, you want to have the best baby shower gift possible. With so much baby gear and clothing to chose from, however, finding the perfect baby shower gift can be overwhelming. The following tips can help you narrow down your search for the perfect gift.
Ask if there is a registry: This is probably the easiest way to start your search for a baby shower gift. A registry or wish list lets you easily determine what the couple needs, what they want and their taste. You can purchase baby gear directly off the registry, or use it as a jumping-off point for finding a unique gift that suits their tastes.
Boy, girl or a surprise: When you purchase a baby shower gift, you always want to consider the gender of the baby. While butterflies and kittens are cute for a little girl, they probably won't be appropriate for a little boy, nor would fire trucks and footballs be for a little girl. If the parents don't know the gender of the baby, look for baby clothes, toys and other products in gender-neutral colors and patterns.
Tis the season: Consider the time of year the baby will be born. Winter babies will need warm, snuggly clothes and accessories to keep them warm, while summer babies will need lighter clothing and sunhats. If you're buying larger sizes of clothes the baby can wear months down the road, think what season it will be when the baby is six, nine or 12 months old, and buy accordingly.
Go for practical: Every new baby will need baby bottles, pacifiers and a seemingly endless supply of diapers. Give the parents a hand by purchasing some of these items as a baby shower gift. Itty-bitty outfits and stuffed animals are cute, but practical, everyday items will help the parents take care of their new baby from day to day
Bigger is better: New parents receive a lot of newborn clothing as baby shower gifts, but not a lot of clothes for the later months. The fact is that infants grow out of their newborn clothes very quickly and need more clothes for the following months. If you give clothes as a baby shower gift, consider purchasing clothes sized for six months to 24 months.
Think outside the box: A unique baby shower gift can make a great impression and give the new parents something special to share with their baby. Baby books and DVDs are educational and entertaining, and can even grow with the child for a gift that keeps giving. Baby picture frames and keepsake books help the parents remember their baby through every stage of his life. Baby jewelry is a beautiful baby shower gift that can even be saved as an heirloom.
Pitch in: Larger gifts, like nursery furniture and strollers, will certainly help the new parents get off to a great start. These items can be pretty pricey though, and may be too much of an expense for one person to give as a baby shower gift. If you're looking at purchasing one of these larger items, you may want to consider asking other shower guests to pitch in and give it as a group baby shower gift.
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