Baby Shower Gifts So Good That You’ll Actually Be Jealous of a Newborn

No, really, we want that beanie.

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When it comes to showering a friend who is expecting, remember this: There will always be someone who gives the practical baby gift. You know—the shampoo, the diaper-disposal system, the car seat. 

We are not those kind of people. Instead we say leave the essentials to the aunties, break from tradition, and give a present that might not take care of dirty diapers but will bring surprise and delight every time a parent picks it up. (And because we’re not total monsters, there’s a stroller and night-light in our mix, too.) 

Each of these stylish baby shower gifts is a special way to celebrate a new life—especially from afar—and have a little fun while doing it. We won’t judge if you bookmark a few of them for yourself. 

So Much Better Than Another Onesie

Strawberry socks, a baby alpaca hoodie, and a bib inspired by 17th-century tapestries—tummy time is about to be a full-on fashion show.

Bambi Hoodie


Baby Lena Lamb Rattle Booties


Liberty Print Aki Bloomers


Mathis Trousers Denim by Petit Bateau


The Ribbed Snap Romper

Lovely Littles

Butterfly Satin Bomber

Stella McCartney Kids

Nursery Necessities

Well, maybe we shouldn’t call an Eames elephant a necessity per se, but a wood rattle and adorable bear night-light will surely come in handy during late-night feedings.

Carolina Sham with Monogram


Wooden Dumbbell Rattle

The Tot

Small Night Light


Floral Vine Baby Pod

Garbo u0026 Friends

Complete YOYO² Stroller with Bassinet by BABYZEN

Jet Set Go

Bashful Blush Bunny Stuffed Animal


Build a Lit Library

We’ll always be fans of the classics, but baby books have come a long way since Goodnight Moon. For example, Vashti Harrison’s Dream Big, Little One highlights 18 Black women who made history, and Art This Way introduces bebe to the works of Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder. 

Art This Way

Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin

Moo Baa La La La

Sandra Boynton

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams


the Places You'll Go!, Dr Seuss

Dream Big Little One

Vashti Harrison

The Secret Garden u0026 More Book Set

Juniper Books

To Treasure Forever

It’s okay if these gifts are more for the parents than the baby, because eventually babies grow up and will give them to their little ones—we’re not crying, you’re crying! From hand-sketched porcelain to a cashmere blankie, each one is a true keepsake. 

Baby GG Cotton Hat


Bubu Baby Sterling Silver Set by Buccellati

Scully u0026 Scully

Cavalcolor Blanket


Cucu Baby Food Set



Julia Stevens

Contributing Editor

Julia Stevens is a Domino contributing editor. Basically, she’s a professional online shopper. She started at Domino as an intern and spent almost seven years in the style department curating products for our gift guides, trend roundups, and product reviews and on set styling the beautiful homes we get to share. Off hours, you can find her scouting New York’s newest design shops and restyling her shelves