Is one of your friends or family members about to be a mom? Whether it’s for the first time or the fifth, she’s certain to be excitedly preparing for her new bundle of joy. Each new baby deserves a warm welcome into the world, wrapped up in love and tenderness. Bundling together a basket of presents for a baby shower, holiday, or just because can help a new mother put together an inviting, inventive nursery nest for her baby girl.
To help you get started, I put together four ideas for fun, functional baby girl gift baskets perfect for your favorite mother-to-be. These gifts go beyond traditional baskets full of consumables like soap, shampoo, and diapers, replacing them with practical gifts that a new mom can use and that a little girl will cherish for years. Each basket includes a warm blanket for cuddling, a soft pillow, a playful lamp to light up story time, and a whimsical clock, all adorned with colorful, friendly artwork. With each basket, I’ve also included some small, on-theme items and DIY ideas if you’re looking for that little something to complete the gift.
These gifts can be given together or in any combination. If you’ve recently seen the new nursery or talked with the expecting mother, you can find out which items she already has, and which she still needs. Or, if you’re going to a baby shower, you can check in with the other invitees to see what they’re bringing. Now read on for four ideas for baby girl gift baskets!
Artwork by Mel Armstrong
Even if the new mother in your life hasn’t been near a barnyard in a while, her daughter may fall in love with the cute cows, silly sheep, and wide-eyed donkey in this bundle of gifts! A barnyard blanket can wrap the little girl up in cozy Sherpa, while the donkey throw pillow can ease Mom’s back as she sits and reads aloud (the book Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton would be a perfect addition here). When Caley the Cow clock says it’s time for bed, Mom can turn off the woolly lamp so baby can count sheep! If you’re feeling crafty, you can even add in a DIY barnyard mobile for baby to watch as she drifts off to sleep. A few small dowels, a little string, printed pictures of farm animals, glue, and cardboard are all you need!
Artwork by Sue Downing
Next up, our happy bunny basket! These marshmallow bunny friends will be funny for Mom and friendly for baby. They can snuggle up for story time using a soft, starry pillow and sweet bunny blanket. Considering including a bunny book to go with, like Goodnight Moon or The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. A moon and bunny lamp will offer gentle light for middle-of-the-night feedings, while a raincloud clock makes sure Mom never misses an appointment. If it’s a bunny baby shower, you can help decorate with a DIY printable bunny banner—which doubles as nursery decor when the shower’s over.
Artwork by Emily Dove
If your sister, daughter, friend, or cousin is a water-lover, chances are her daughter will grow up by the shore or frequently visiting it. Inspire a lifelong love of the seaside with a bundle of useful aquatic-themed nursery items! Picture the new mother singing lullabies to the light of this loveable coral reef lamp, or asking this shy seahorse what time it is. At the end of a long day by the beach, the sweet little girl can wrap up in her ocean creatures blanket for the car ride home, resting her head on her smiling sea turtle pillow. For a fun extra, you could find some playful sea-themed teethers, or a rubber ducky to play with in the bath!
Artwork by Paola Zakimi
Some of the first things babies start to notice in their world are the busy little creatures we share it with. Inspire this attention to nature with a bundle of woodland creature gifts! The sweet busy squirrels lamp provides the perfect light for bedtime stories. As the baby grows, she will always know what time lunch is with her foraging squirrel friends clock. She can even help gather “nuts” (read: kid-friendly snacks!), then sit down on her charming treehouse blanket and busy squirrel pillow to eat! Help Mom out by packing the gifts together in a fabric bin that can later be used for toy storage. A woodland creatures gift basket is also a great opportunity to give a stuffed bear to go on adventures with!
Whether you’re looking for a single present or to fill out the entire nursery, these gift baskets will give you a great place to start. Blankets, pillows, lamps, and clocks are all practical items that every nursery needs, and they’re items that a little girl will use for years to come. You can choose your gifts based on the baby shower’s theme. Or if it’s for a holiday like Christmas, base your gifts on what you know the new mother likes. No matter the theme, what’s most important is the color and whimsy of the designs, the quality of the products, and the thought you put into it.
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