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What Can I Put in a Baby Shower Gift Basket?

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Baby Shower Gift Basket Ideas

Going to a baby shower and need some baby gift ideas? Why not try to make a baby shower gift basket!

A baby shower gift basket is a group of baby supplies gathered in a reusable gift basket and wrapped for an attractive presentation. The gift baskets can be large or small, depending on the size of the gifts and your budget.

Learn how to choose a theme, buy the baby gifts, find a basket, and put together a creative baby shower gift basket.

Baby Shower Gift Basket


Baby Gift Sets

Baby Gift Basket Themes

Before making your baby gift basket, you need to choose a theme. Choosing a theme gives the basket some uniformity and can help you when you're shopping using the baby shower registry list.

Here's how to choose your theme:

  1. Consider your budget. How much are you going to spend on the gift as a whole? How much are the supplies for the basket going to cost?
  2. Think about the theme of the baby shower. You have a few options here. Your basket can be designed to go along with the baby shower theme, or with the pink or blue theme for the genders. This will affect the supplies you purchase to make the basket.
  3. Find and print out a copy of the baby shower registry list. Are there items that you can group together in the basket that will be easy on your budget? Highlight the items you think you'd want to buy from the registry list. If there aren't enough items for the theme you'd like to focus on, think of or do some research about some extra things to add to your basket.

Once you have your theme, you can move on to the next step, which is purchasing the baby shower gifts.

Gift Basket Theme Ideas

Gift basket theme ideas for a baby shower gift basket.

Theme Ideas

Feeding Supplies

Diapering Supplies

Car Supplies


Laundering Supplies

Toys and Books

Photo Albums and Frames

Bedding Supplies

Sleeping/Nursery Supplies

Baby Shower Gifts Ideas

Baby feeding supplies as baby shower gifts.

Baby feeding supplies as baby shower gifts.

Baby Shower Presents

The baby shower presents that you buy will depend on the gifts listed on the baby gift registry. Most expectant parents have almost everything they'll need for their newborn, from feeding supplies to nursery supplies and beyond. You can use their list to compile the items you'll place in your baby gift basket.

Of course, there are times then the baby shower registry lists are missing some items that you think would help when caring for a newborn. For instance, the list might be missing dishwasher baskets which are great for cleaning baby bottles and accessories in the dishwasher. If your theme is feeding supplies, add dish washing baskets to your gift basket, and I'm sure the parents-to-be would be grateful!

Don't forget to check for deals and coupons when buying the gifts. Sales and coupons can be a big deal when you want to create a full basket without breaking the bank!

Gift Basket

A gift basket I found at Target for less than $10.

A gift basket I found at Target for less than $10.

Baby Shower Baskets

After purchasing your gifts, you need to find a basket to hold them all. Here are some tips:

  • Find a basket that can be reused. A flimsy basket may be of no use to the expecting parents, but a nice sturdy basket can be added to the nursery and used for supplies.
  • Find a basket that compliments your theme. For instance, if your basket is filled with bath supplies, consider a nautical print or a baby ducky print on the basket. My basket was for a baby girl, so my basket has pinks, purples, and a few other colors.
  • Consider a laundry basket. As the expecting parents will find out, the newborn baby will create a ton of laundry. It would be helpful to have an extra laundry basket for all of those soiled baby clothes and bibs!
  • Use a baby bathtub as a basket! If the expectant parents have a baby bath tub as a gift on their list and it's not in a box, use it as the basket and fill it with bath time supplies.

Once you have your basket and your gifts, you can put them all together!

How to Make a Gift Basket

Once you have gathered the gifts and the basket, you can make your baby shower gift basket. For the actual creation of the basket, you will need:

  • Clear or tinted cellophane basket wrap
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative ribbons or bows

Follow these instructions to make your basket:

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  1. Fill the basket with larger items first. The large items will create the base for the basket. Put the symmetrical items in first, and fill in the gaps with the rest. Place taller items near the center. Rearrange until you find a good fit.
  2. Place the smaller items in the basket. Most items can be placed on top of the larger items, while others can be used to fill in gaps left by larger items. Find an arrangement that gives the basket an attractive, creative layout.
  3. Add some tissue paper or curled ribbon around the gifts. I tucked some colorful tissue paper in the back of the basket to add a pop of color, but you can add curled ribbons around the gifts as well to fill in any gaps.
  4. Add cellophane around the first time. Remove your gift basket from the surface on which your working, without spilling the contents. Unroll enough of the cellophane on the surface so that both sides of the cellophane can easily meet in the middle. Place the basket back on the cellophane. Tuck the shorter sides of the cellophane into the basket, and gather the longer sides so that they meet in the middle. Hold tightly and tie a small piece of ribbon around it. (Remember: tie the ribbon in a bow so that the gift basket is easy to open.)
  5. Add cellophane to the opposite sides. Repeat step 4, this time placing the longer sides of the cellophane on the bare sides of the basket. Gather longer sides in the middle and tie off with ribbon.
  6. Tape excess cellophane underneath the basket. Any remaining cellophane can be folded neatly under the basket and taped to the bottom of the basket.
  7. Cut the top of the cellophane so it is even. Leave enough at the top to spread apart in a flower-like formation.
  8. Add ribbons and bows. To finish off your basket, arrange a few ribbons and bows on the basket. Don't get too crazy!

When you're finished, don't forget to add your gift tag or baby shower card to the outside. A bit of tape should hold on a card nicely.

Voila! You have made your very own baby shower gift basket!

Baby Shower Presents

A finished baby shower gift basket.

A finished baby shower gift basket.

Creative Baby Shower Gifts

Making a baby shower gift basket allows you to make a creative baby shower gift for the special parents-to-be without having to buy and wrap just one to two presents. Remember to have fun choosing your theme, arranging your basket, and decorating the basket!

© 2012 Marissa


Alison Gibb on February 05, 2016:

Great ideas for a gift basket. I love making homemade gifts!

Lisa Garland on February 02, 2016:

I'm going to a baby shower soon, great ideas. I think I am going to try the baby bath gift basket!

Sarah L on December 10, 2015:

I like making gift baskets for many occasions.

Natalie on September 10, 2015:

I would have never of though to use a bath tub as a basket!!

Lara C. on September 06, 2015:

Very cool! I'm impressed with how nice that turns out! I wouldn't have thought to do cellophane and ribbon myself to make it fancy!

Dandi Daffyhill on September 03, 2015:

This looks really neat--I am always looking for good ideas for shower gifts!

jilliann m on July 14, 2015:

This is really cute! I like that you suggest buying off the registry too. I always try and include one thing that maybe is not on the registry but I found helpful and include the gift receipt in case they decide they don't need it.

Shannon on July 08, 2015:

This is great. I'm going to do it for a baby shower this weekend.

Jo-Ann Brightman on July 07, 2015:

These are wonderful tips and directions on how to make a baby shower basket. I shall certainly use them for my next baby shower.

Sarah L on July 05, 2015:

Doesn't have to be as fancy as that but the concept is easy.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 16, 2015:

Hi Marissa, Now I wish I was going to a baby shower so I can make one of these baskets. You made it look so pretty and easy. Let me know if you get pregnant again.


Marissa (author) from United States on March 25, 2014:

You're welcome, Wanda! Thanks for stopping by!

Marissa (author) from United States on March 25, 2014:

You're welcome, Wanda! Thanks for stopping by!

Wanda on March 25, 2014:

These is great ideas for a baby shower. It is something I am considering doing for a family member baby shower. Thank you.

Marissa (author) from United States on May 07, 2013:

Peggy, glad you like it! Yes, the fun part is personalizing it. :)

Peggy Greco from Suffolk, Virginia on May 07, 2013:

This is a great gift project idea that can be personalized anyway you like ;thanks for informative post.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 28, 2013:

william saylor , gift baskets are so versatile; they can be created for almost any occasion! Thanks for reading!

william saylor on April 28, 2013:

This is a great idea me and my daughter make gift baskets for births ,birthdays ,and christmas.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 21, 2013:

Debbie Langley Waddell, thanks for reading, and have fun making a basket for your daughter's baby! :)

Debbie Langley Waddell on April 21, 2013:

I really liked all your ideas on making a baby shower basket. I am eager to make one for my daughter's baby.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 20, 2013:

Karen Glatt, thanks for reading! I'm glad you found it useful, and best wishes to your sister!

Karen Glatt on April 20, 2013:

I think that this is such a great idea to make and do for a Baby Shower. My sister will be having a baby shower soon, and I would love to make this awesome gift basket for her! I like some of the ideas on how to make the basket and what to give. Thanks!

Marissa (author) from United States on December 09, 2012:

teaches12345, thank you for your comment and for reading! :)

Dianna Mendez on December 08, 2012:

Your finished basket is very nice. I can see how a new mom would love many of the themes you posted in your chart. I have not had a new birth in our family for awhile, but I now many out there who could use this information. Voted up.

Marissa (author) from United States on December 08, 2012:

Sharkye11, that was a good idea to put the gifts in a reusable tub! It took me a while to learn how to use the cellophane without getting too crazy. Practice makes perfect!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on December 07, 2012:

Very useful hub. Your gift basket looks so pretty! I am no good with cellophane and ribbon, so for my sister's baby I placed her gift items (all bath time and grooming supplies in a plastic tub with a handle and lid. I figured she could use it for supplies now or as a toy box later. Now I am eager to try a basket like this with cellophane!

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