Baby shower gift shopping is great fun and everything is so tiny and cute that you just want to buy everything in sight. But how do you know what the expectant mother needs or wants? Well, one answer of course is simply to ask, but a better idea would be to ask the person organizing the shower so that the mother-to-be can really be surprised when it comes to opening the gifts. Today however there is an even simpler way of doing things.
The majority of expectant mothers nowadays register their gift preferences at a store that offers a baby shower registry service. After spending an afternoon with a gift consultant selecting the items that she would like to have for her baby, the store will add the list to the store’s gift registry computer so that guests simply need to go to the store’s website and enter the mother’s name, and perhaps the date of the baby shower, and can then print out a shopping list.
It is then a simple matter of taking the shopping list to the baby department and looking for the items on the list. To make things even easier the price for each gift is frequently included on the shopping list so that guests who want to spend a specific amount of money can simply run down the list and select those gifts that fall within their budget.
In addition to being a great help for guests, purchasing from the gift registry prevents the duplication of gifts as items are removed from the list as soon as they are purchased. It also ensures that the mother-to-be gets just what she needs and wants.
Now, while having a shopping list of baby gifts certainly makes shopping much easier, there are still quite a few people who simply do not like to shop this way and believe that it makes for a somewhat impersonal experience. These people prefer to shop without the assistance of a list and to choose something which they feel is particularly appropriate for the mother-to-be. This approach is also fine and is a perfect option for guests who prefer to express themselves through their own shopping choices.
One other thing which many stores will provide is the ability to make baby gifts even more special with the addition of personalized engraving. This is especially popular when the baby shower is being held after the birth of the baby because guests will have the baby’s details including the baby’s full name, birth date, weight and height.
One final point to remember is that the person who is hosting the baby shower does not normally give the mother-to-be a gift as the bridal shower itself is considered to be her gift. This is very reasonable because, as anyone who has ever hosted a baby shower will know, this can be a very elaborate and expensive gift.
However you decide to organize your baby shower gift buying the secret is to make things as simple as you can for your guests, while at the same time allowing them considerable freedom of choice, and leaving the mother-to-be with plenty of surprises on the day of the event.