Baby showers are becoming increasingly popular and are no longer confined to the US. Finding the perfect gift can be tricky, so it’s best to know about the key trends and what the critics are calling the gifts of the year.
Here’s a handy guide to ensure you give the perfect baby shower gift for 2012
Natural and wooden toys
Society and Mums in general are becoming increasingly concerned about the dangers of plastic toys. With their little pieces which can break off and cause choking, plastic toys are becoming steadily unpopular. This led to a huge increase in the popularity of wooden and natural material made toys. Wood is the classic material for children’s toys with teething rings, stacking games, shape and colour games or abacus’ and number aids being the most popular choices for 2012.
Gender neutral gifts
There has been an increase in recent years of mothers-to-be deciding not to be made aware of their new baby’s gender until the birth, leading to new trends within the baby shower craze. The main baby shower trend of 2012 has been to announce the gender at the shower! If you’re looking for a gift for this kind of shower, choose gender neutral gifts in colours such as yellows, duck egg blues and whites to ensure your gift is perfect for either a baby boy or girl.
It’s the thought that counts and many mums-to-be would appreciate a handmade gift from a friend or loved one rather than someone spending a fortune in a department store. One of the main trends of the year is homemade gifts so blankets, knitwear, photo albums and scrap books are popular gifts that can be made at home inexpensively.
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This is another key trend this year but has been a great gift idea for years. Filling a hamper or basket with useful items such as formula, blankets, cuddly toys, nappies etc. can really take financial strain and unneeded pressure off of a new mum, particularly in the first weeks after the baby is born. A similar concept with a baby bath filled with bathroom items also works excellently.
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