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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I got in the mail today a baby shower invite. It might be best to call her mom for ideas but I though I would check here first.

The mom to be in question comes from a family while not Amish or Menonite (they call themselves missionaries) live very plainly. They have a TV but probably not much used, plain clothes-not into material things. When she got maried a bunch of us bought her a kitchen aid mixer.

So what would be some plain but nice and useful baby gifts?? No cutesy clothes or toys for example. I would rather not get a gift card for a discount store.

The shower isn't for another month so I have some time!!
post #2 of 21
Pacifiers, pacifiers, pacifiers! They are so likely to get lost back-ups are always good. And Diapers. Blankets. Diaper creme. Bibs, and wash clothes. That is all I can think of at the moment.
post #3 of 21
Diapers--cloth and disposable
onesies
bibs
bottles-if not breast feeding
pacifiers
baby powder/shampoo
nail clips for baby
baby monitor
car seat--if they drive that is
baby blankets
formula--if not breast feeding
stuffed animals
crib
crib mobile
pjs

eta---
high chair
baby wipes
diaper rash creme
post #4 of 21
I think onesies , plain sleepers, receiving blankets, bibs, just the basics
post #5 of 21
A life saver for us, was the Mommy bear.........not sure that would help them though
post #6 of 21
But I have to ask, if they are missionaries and not into material things and basically live off of the land etc...why is there a baby shower?

Apparently by the sounds of it what they would get for a baby in a shower would be very limited. One can only have so many soothers or blankets. Why not just give them a card with some money in it or a certificate to a sewing store (if they make their own clothing).
post #7 of 21
This is what I did for a friends baby shower



It's a diaper cake

Buy a pack of newborn diapers, and wrap little things in each diaper, and use a rubber band to hold it together. Put them in a circle (I put a toy in the middle, then surrounded it with diapers) for each "layer". Then tie a ribbon around each layer to hold them all together and hide the rubber bands.

We put things like bibs, washcloths, little travel sized talcum powder, baby shampoo and things like that, and some little onesies in them.

So it was great fun to put together, it made a fun centrepiece and she had fun "unwrapping" everything, and was full of practical things.

If they're going to use cloth diapers, you could probably do something similar with them.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by crittermom View Post
Diapers--cloth and disposable
onesies
bibs
bottles-if not breast feeding
pacifiers
baby powder/shampoo
nail clips for baby
baby monitor
car seat--if they drive that is
baby blankets
formula--if not breast feeding
stuffed animals
crib
crib mobile
pjs

eta---
high chair
baby wipes
diaper rash creme
i agree with that. never can have enough of the staples!
post #9 of 21
Practical things I always need and Im sure she will to. Are diapers, butt cream!, nuks, onsies and socks!
post #10 of 21
diapers are always appreciated. i usually get a larger size, because most people buy the just born ones, & the babies grow so fast that they don't all get used!
post #11 of 21
I love those little towels with hoods for babies..they are so useful and often overlooked!
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
This is what I did for a friends baby shower



It's a diaper cake

Buy a pack of newborn diapers, and wrap little things in each diaper, and use a rubber band to hold it together. Put them in a circle (I put a toy in the middle, then surrounded it with diapers) for each "layer". Then tie a ribbon around each layer to hold them all together and hide the rubber bands.

We put things like bibs, washcloths, little travel sized talcum powder, baby shampoo and things like that, and some little onesies in them.

So it was great fun to put together, it made a fun centrepiece and she had fun "unwrapping" everything, and was full of practical things.

If they're going to use cloth diapers, you could probably do something similar with them.
Aw! That is super cute! What a creative and good idea
I have a baby shower coming up soon, thankfully she registered somewhere, that makes it easier. The basics are important. I am also making these to take to the shower: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-C...ns/Detail.aspx
I thought they were way too cute!
post #13 of 21
how about useful things like...outlet covers, cabinet locks, bottle set, wash clothes...stuff like that.
Those are the kind of things that come in handy!
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
Aw! That is super cute! What a creative and good idea
I have a baby shower coming up soon, thankfully she registered somewhere, that makes it easier. The basics are important. I am also making these to take to the shower: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-C...ns/Detail.aspx
I thought they were way too cute!
Yah I'm not at ALL creative (someone else recommended it to me), but if you're the creative type, you could make it look heaps cuter
post #15 of 21
I always buy clothes for like at least a year to 18 months down the road. Chances are, they'll end up with so much newborn/infant stuff that the kid won't even have a chance to wear it all before he grows out of it. But then, when he's 1 and a half...
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Good ideas everyone!! I will be seeing all my SIL's who also got invited and pass along the ideas. This is the first grandchild for the family so I'm not sure what they do. Thanks again.
post #17 of 21
How about a great big baby blanket?

Or buy one of those little baby bathtub things and fill it with soaps and lotions and other things.
post #18 of 21
I usually make a gift "basket" or "bag". One year I got a plain white wicker trash basket, and glued baby things to it.... you know, like the little decorations from the craft store? Anyway, then I just filled it with all sorts of stuff like was mentioned on here. Not really clothes, but outlet covers, pacis, bottles, brushes, lotions, soaps, washcloths, towels, etc. So far everyone has loved it, because they can actually use the trash basket too. i'm not in to clothes, so I don't ever go and buy the cute things. I just try to get what they really might need.
post #19 of 21
For my cousin's baby shower, I made up a gift diaper bag, with diapers, wipes, lotions, baby powder, baby shampoo, all those little "non-cute" things. Almost everyone else got her stuff for the nursery. I was invited at the last minute (we aren't real close) because she couldn't find my new number. I felt a little stupid for not knowing what her nursery theme was and getting her that. But, she came over for dinner after the baby was born and thanked me for being so practical. Apparently, her entire nursery matched, but no one else (including her) thought about a diaper bag!
post #20 of 21
A diaper bag is a must!!
I can't belive I forgot about that. ........................................................Hope, you are the only one that thought about that.
post #21 of 21
I like to make up a basket of useful things. Towels, baby wash, 1 outfit, teething toy, diapers (newborn size - no one ever gets those) and there is a great book called "the Baby Book" by Dr. William Sears. I have found this book to be an amazing resource.

I love baby showers!
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