Better, Cheaper and Personalized!
Fully assembled baby gift baskets are convenient, but overpriced. And if you’re looking for gender neutral items, the basket contents can often be generic and disappointing.
With a little inspiration, you can easily put together a thoughtful and unique gift basket for a new parent or baby shower. Not only will it be more appreciated, but it will cost you less than a prepackaged collection of the same quality.
Choosing Your Basket
For baby gifts, choose a sturdy basket or box with a wide base.
I like to present the gifts in something attractive and useful, and I consider it to be part of the gift.
This simple and elegant Decorative Organizer Bin from EZOWare is a great value, and just perfect for presenting baby gifts.
It’s constructed with durable, natural bamboo slats, and has a bottom support insert and top metal frame tor retain its shape.
You can also remove the inner lining for cleaning, and when not in use, this bin folds flat for easy storage.
The bin measures 14.37 x 10.6 x 6.3 inches.
This Set of 2 Handwoven Wicker Baskets from ShopOnNet provides you with a couple of size options at a fantastic price. You can choose the appropriate size for your gift basket, and keep the other one for yourself or future gift giving.
These eco-friendly storage baskets are made with durable rattan/wicker material, and come with a curved pole handle on each end of the basket.
The large basket measures 14.2 long x 11 wide x 4.3 inches high; the smaller basket is 13 inches long x 10 inches wide x 4 inches high.
As a similarly-priced alternative to a basket, why not present the gifts in useful diaper bag?
This large capacity, Backpack-Style Diaper Bag from Becmd is smartly designed and waterproof. It’s a roomy bag, with multiple functional pockets for carrying all of baby’s essential items.
This handy bag is a popular choice with great reviews. It measures 16½ inches long x 10.6 inches wide x 8.3 inches high.
For assembling your gift basket, you’ll also need some cellophane for filling and/or wrapping, as well as a bow (plus scissors and clear tape).
For a larger gift basket, choose a roll of cellophane so you can customize the dimensions.
For filling, you can cut smaller pieces as needed to crumple and place under the gifts, and between any empty areas. The filler will add a professional look to your gift basket, as well as help to add stability to your gift arrangement.
You may also want some crinkle cut shred filler to add fun and color to your basket.
Remember to choose gender neutral colors, such as clear, white, yellow, green, orange or red.
Another option for wrapping is a shrink wrap cellophane bag.
Shrink wrap cellophane (as well as gift assembly) is demonstrated in this quick video below.
High Quality Unisex Baby Gift Ideas
To inspire you, we’ve presented a selection of items that will showcase your good taste, and can be presented to either a boy or girl.
Any of these gifts would display marvelously in a gift basket or on their own.
This adorable Rocky Chicken WubbaNub Pacifier from Mary Meyer is a stuffed animal and infant pacifier combined into one soft, soothing toy.
The pacifier is latex-free, and made of medical grade silicone. It’s BPA, PVC, and pthalate-free, and sewn securely into the WubbaNub for safety.
Recommended for babies 0 to 6 months, the WubbaNub is machine washable (on the gentle cycle, in a mesh laundry bag, and air dry).
This soothing toy measures 6 inches long.
This set of Newborn Terry Socks from Luvable Friends is so cute in the unisex “safari” motif.
Made of 73% cotton, 22% polyester, 3% nylon and 2% spandex, these socks are super soft. They’re also easy care – just toss them in the washer and dryer.
These blankets are made of an eco-friendly, breathable blend of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, and they’ll get softer with each wash.
The ratings for this blanket set are nearly perfect, with purchasers commenting that they’re very soft, well-made and durable.
One happy reviewer reported:
“These Muslin blankets are the softest blankets ever. I have them to my cousin that just had a baby and forgot to take a photo. It’s a large size so it’s absolutely perfect size to wrap swaddle her baby in and it’s perfect breathable fabric. It washes amazing and didn’t shrink one bit, she said.”
Generously sized at 47 x 47 inches, these muslin blankets are also easy care: machine wash in warm water and hang to dry.
Baby Body Wash
This popular Baby Shampoo and Wash from Burt’s Bees Baby is 99.9% natural, and cleanses gently with soy proteins.
New parents would appreciate this tear-free formula, which is clinically proven safe for every day baby care.
This plant-based, pediatrician tested baby wash is made without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum or SLS. Plus, this one’s a nice change from the one in the pink bottle.
Slumber Buddy (Projection/Melody/Plush Toy)
This Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother from Summer Infant is a sweet and versatile addition to any nursery.
For parents, getting a newborn to sleep through the night can be one of the most daunting and challenging issues they face.
Slumber Buddies combine a calming starry sky display and peaceful selection of sounds to help relax and soothe baby to sleep.
Older children will also love this soft, fun buddy that acts as a nightlight to help little ones who are afraid of the dark.
There are over 1,00 fantastic reviews for this Slumber Buddy, as well as several photos from purchasers. It’s a terrific value, too.
This is a really thoughtful gift for a baby girl or boy.
Nursery Throw Pillow
This super-cute Mice on a Log Pillow from HedgeApple will add spirited decor to any nursery! This throw pillow would look great displayed on the rocking chair, and will continue be a fun addition to the bedroom as baby grows.
This is a luxury item, so you’re looking for something fancy and exclusive to give a new parent, this is it!
This is another one of those items that new parents can never have too many of! These 3 Gerber Unisex Burp Cloths are soft and absorbent.
Made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester, they can be machine washed and dried.
Each cloth measures 18 inches x 6¾ inches.
This Mint Nature Baby Blanket is super soft, with a intricate hand-drawn print on one side and a delicate unisex mint color.
The pattern features intertwined botanical shapes and frolicking animals with textured fill and oversized decorative stitching.
This blanket is easy care: just machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on low. It’s made of 100% combed cotton shell with polyester fill.
The reviews on Hallmark Baby for this lovely blanket are excellent.
This Lavender and Yellow Baby Throw Blanket from Belle & June Home Decor is supremely soft and cozy while its two-tone color scheme keeps it looking elegant and sophisticated in any nursery.
As part of a Charitable Giving project, one baby blanket is donated for every 20 sold to United in Harmony, a non-profit organization for impoverished and homeless children.
This gorgeous, gender neutral blanket measures 29 x 35 inches, and it’s made in the USA.
Machine wash on the gentle cycle.
A baby rattle is a classic first toy, and this Very Hungry Caterpillar Rattle Ring from World of Eric is a popular, well-made choice.
Rattles provide hand/eye stimulation and this cute choice has multiple textures to touch and moving beads create jingle sounds.
The reviews are fantastic for this first toy – you can’t go wrong with this toy. Plus, it will add a bright personality to your gift basket.
This charming Bandana Buddy Toy from Skip Hop features textures, patterns, rattle and crinkle sounds, and a removable soft bandana teether.
With the top ring, you can attach Bandana Buddy to the stroller, car seat or infant carrier.
Again, fantastic reviews on this sweet toy, and several purchasers’ photos, as well. You can add this to your gift basket with confidence.
This Baby Lotion With Moisturizing Coconut from Seventh Generation is formulated with pure coconut oil and shea butter to soothe and nourish delicate skin. It’s non-greasy, lightly scented, and absorbs quickly.
A natural, USDA Certified Bio based product, this non-toxic formula is pediatrician tested and contains no mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, phthalates, or formaldehyde donors. Harness the benefits of coconut oil for baby care you can trust.
This formula is orally non-toxic per The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
Parent reviews are excellent for this lotion, with many reporting that this is a better quality product than the one in the pink bottle.
Milestone Age Blocks
These Milestone Age Blocks from LovelySprouts can make any combination of weeks, months, years or grade!
The blocks are made from premium solid wood, with a matte finish and rounded corners. The letters and numbers are heat transferred onto the blocks with eco-friendly, water-based paints.
The large block is 5 x 2½ inches, and the small blocks are 2½ inch cubes.
I hope you’ve been inspired to put together your own gender neutral gift basket.
It’s really a simple process, and you end up with a thoughtful, customized gift that you can be proud to present to an expectant parent.
Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear your ideas!
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