10 Easy DIY Themed Gift Baskets for Baby

Are you still deciding what to buy for an upcoming baby shower? Pre-made baskets are handy if you’re pressed for time, but they can be expensive. If you’re looking for the perfect baby shower gift on short notice, make your own themed basket.

Instead of buying a hodgepodge of random baby supplies, mix and match several small items that work together in one theme. DIY baskets are practical, creative, and easy to assemble. Two homemade baskets are never the same, so your gift will always be set apart from the rest. Best of all, great gifts can be bundled on a shoe-string budget. But it doesn’t matter how much you spend. The thought and care you put it will be evident, and parents will love them. Plus, they are perfect for either gender. You can’t go wrong with a DIY themed gift basket.

After you purchase your items, simply wrap the entire package in cellophane, tie it up with a ribbon, and then top it off with a big bow, and a greeting card. But first, you have to decide on a theme, and we’ve made it easy for you. 10 modern themes, and all of their ingredients are laid out here.

For your next baby shower, try your hand at one of these 10 easy themed gift baskets.

10 Food Themed Gift Basket

The gift of food—always a lovely offering. An assortment of treats and food-related products is the quintessential gift basket, even for a baby shower.

Food baskets may not be conventional baby shower gifts, but food has always been a universal expression of love. Families use food as a way of welcoming people to their homes. So, in a way, a food basket is the perfect gift for the arrival of a new baby.

Welcome the baby into the world with a basket of nourishment, and all of the supplies needed for a meal.

You can include:

  • Jars of baby food (vacuum packed)
  • Baby cereal
  • Gerber® Arrowroot biscuits
  • Feeding bowls
  • Baby utensils
  • Bamboo placemats
  • Sippy cup
  • Bottles and nipples
  • Bottle scrub brush
  • Bibs
  • Burp Cloth
  • Recipes for homemade baby food

Double check the expiry dates on perishable items to make sure they have a long shelf life at room temperature. A new mom and dad will have peace of mind knowing there’s enough food in the house for their infant.

The baby doesn’t have to be the only one receiving treats. Include hot chocolate, cookies, and cans of soup for the rest of the family to enjoy. This basket will truly be appreciated by new parents. They will know you were thinking of them when you send warm wishes via a warm meal.

9 Spa Themed Gift Basket

The traditional baby shower gift offers items for a newborn, including diapers, soothers, and bibs. When baby shower guests consider a present to bring, they don’t usually think about a gift for the mother-to-be. Try to think outside of the box here. Imagine the expecting mother’s delight to open a gift that is mainly for her.

After many months of pregnancy, expecting moms need to feel special. She may not have the time or the energy to go to a spa, so bring the spa to her. Pamper her from head-to-toe with an indulgent array of relaxing bath products. This basket has mom’s comfort in mind.

You can include:

  • Fruit-scented handmade soaps
  • Wooden soap dish
  • Natural loofah sponge
  • Wooden pumice brush
  • Body lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Bath pillow
  • Terry cloth slippers
  • Scented candles
  • Herbal teas
  • Chocolate
  • Magazines
  • Sleep mask
  • Home-made certificate for afternoon of babysitting

If it’s in your budget, line the basket with a luxurious bath sheet. And since the main focus of a baby shower is the little one, include massage oils for the newborn. The little darling should enjoy the good life, too. This basket, however, is mostly about showering mom.

This is not your traditional baby shower gift, but a spa basket will make mom-to-be feel like a goddess. The best thing about this TLC basket is she can use it more than once, loving every minute of her spa time. And she will love you for your support in mommy taking a little “me time.”

Because of your lovely basket, the soaps and scrubs will wash away her worries of the day. Some much-needed pampering is perfect for a stressed out pregnant woman. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

8 Medical / Organization Themed Gift Basket

After birth, new parents will be overwhelmed with paperwork, records, and documents. When sleep deprivation kicks in, moms and dads can become forgetful and disorganized. Since there will be less time to organize after the baby arrives, helping new parents keep track of their baby’s needs is a compassionate gift that keeps on giving.

A pre-labelled accordion style folder is an organized one-stop-shop for all of the baby’s information. It will keep doctor’s appointments, insurance records, and miscellaneous files all in one place. A 12-pocket accordion folder, 12 folders, filing labels, and markers are all you need.

Label the medical sections as follows:

  • Hospital Papers
  • Doctor Visits
  • Health Records
  • Insurance Documents

In the same theme as medical files, a well-stocked medicine cabinet will help new parents quickly deal with common baby ailments. Include infant medical supplies, such as a digital thermometer, non-aspirin liquid pain reliever for babies, a bulb syringe, diaper rash cream, teething rings, and baby nail clippers.

The remaining file folder sections can be labeled as follows:

  • Government Documents
  • Receipts/Warranties
  • Milestones
  • Keepsakes
  • Pregnancy Photos
  • Parenting Articles/Pamplets
  • Manuals
  • Miscellaneous

This amazing filing system will keep baby’s documents together, while the first aid supplies will treat baby’s minor ailments at home. Giving the gift of health and organization is smart, practical, and delightfully original. If a basket could receive an award, this one would certainly deserve a medal.

7 Laundry Themed Gift Basket

Expectant parents need everything from diapers to detergent, so a supply of laundry essentials makes a thoughtful gift. This helpful basket will turn a mundane task into loads and loads of fun.

Again, this baby shower theme may not be popular, but that just means your gift will be unique. New parents are sure to love this refreshing offering.

You can include:

  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Lint roller
  • Mesh bags for delicate clothing
  • Clothes pins
  • Scrub brush
  • A box of baking soda

A small laundry basket is the obvious container for this DIY gift. Wrapping paper is thrown away, and gift bags can be reused once, but laundry baskets are gifts that keep on giving. With easy-to-carry side handles, the container is also a convenient tote. A laundry basket will be well-used by the family.

If your budget allows, line the basket with a plush baby blanket for a soft, protective layer. Don’t forget to place heavier items on the bottom, and the fragile items on top. Fill it to the brim, and wait for the grins.

Consider a laundry theme gift for your next baby shower. This basket will be a welcome addition to a growing family.

6 Bedtime Themed Gift Basket

A bedtime themed basket is the perfect gift for parents with a new baby in the house. How soothing it will be when mom or dad rock their infant to sleep using the products in the bedtime basket. It has all of the building blocks to encourage a baby’s peaceful nap. All the proud parents need to add are cuddles and snuggles.

You can include:

  • Plush baby blanket
  • Crib sheets
  • Sleeper
  • Baby books
  • Teddy bear
  • Lullaby music CD
  • Night light

This basket combines the joy of reading, with the stillness and calm of bedtime.

Books are a gift that will encourage developmental learning. You may encounter duplications if you buy timeless classics. “Goodnight Moon” is a wonderful book, and a gentle read, but it is a title often purchased for baby showers. You may want to skip the most popular baby books, or take the risk that someone else may buy the same book. 

Whichever titles you choose, make sure the books in the baby’s first library are short and sweet, so they hold the baby’s attention. Don’t forget to purchase a hardcover format. These books are durable enough to last for years to come.

Baby will like the books, but is sure to love the teddy bear or whatever stuffed animal you include. The infant and the cuddly toy are sure to become fast friends and longtime reading buddies. This bedtime basket will help mom and dad launch a nightly ritual. Giving parents the tools to snuggle up with their baby, and send them off to dreamland will be greatly appreciated. This nurturing and comforting gift will leave a lasting impression.

5 Nursery Themed Gift Basket

If you’re looking to commemorate the arrival of a newborn in an original way, create a nursery themed gift basket. Items that add a charming new look to a nursery will change the baby’s room into a haven.

Room décor items are pricey, and can add up quickly. With some items, you may have to either search for great deals and sale items, or think about creating homemade projects. Look for items that will add colour and playfulness to the baby’s room.

You can include:

  • Crib sheets
  • Throw blanket
  • Small art print
  • Books
  • Bookends
  • Ceramic piggy bank
  • Cushion
  • Wall stickers
  • Small floor rug

A pillow is a beautiful accents that light up a room. Add a colourful throw to a rocking chair. Be creative, and ask the soon-to-be parents about their favourite colours.

For this gift, select a basket made of natural fibers. Baskets made from bamboo or palm leaves are natural alternatives, and attractive additions to a home. It’s a loving gift for mom, dad, and baby.

Pieces of art make a unique baby shower gift. Wall hangings are delightful additions to the nursery, but store bought art can get expensive. You can personalize the gift by making the art? You don’t have to be a professional artist to make something that looks professional. The expense will be much less than what you would spend at an art store.

The handmade element of this lovely gift is sure to impress all of the ladies, especially the guest of honor. These sentimental presents will be remembered with fondness. The whole family will enjoy this priceless basket for years to come.

4 Diaper Themed Gift Basket

Diaper changes are always a special experience. You can help make each moment memorable by supplying a diaper themed basket.

Why are diapers always a welcomed gift? The reason is, new parents need so many of them. Having plenty of diaper changing supplies can help new parents over the hurdles of infancy. Triple-tiered diaper cakes are pretty and practical, but this basket offers a new twist.

Again, forget the gift box. Instead, use a diaper bag as the basket. Everything needed for a diaper change is in the bag, and ready for mobility. When mom and dad bring home their bouncing baby, they’ll be ready to diaper. How’s that for giving the new parents a gift?

You can include:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Vaseline
  • Baby Powder
  • Toy rattle
  • Pacifier
  • Water-proof change pad
  • Hand sanitizer

A selection of baby essentials is what every new parent needs. With this gift, practicality meets presentation. An overflowing basket of goodies will ensure the little one is covered day and night. This baby shower basket will keep the baby healthy, happy, and secure.

With the new nursery dweller at home, this basket will be the perfect gift waiting when they arrive. It’s what they will actually need, and what they’ll actually use. The diaper theme is an ideal basket for an expanding family.

3 Bath Time Themed Gift Basket

Splish, splash, baby’s having a bath! Soaking in the tub can be tons of fun when you have the right tools. Send your congratulatory wishes with a container of skin cleansers. No parent has ever complained about receiving too many bathing products. Is there such a thing as too many sweet-smelling supplies? There is no doubt the new mom and dad will not forget your sweet generosity.

One of the best smells in the world is a baby after bath time. After a relaxing bath, the little one will have that wonderful essence of a baby. With this basket, bath times are easier for expecting parents. They will enjoy having the freshest baby around. Who wouldn’t love an assortment of grooming products for their little one?

This can be for baby or for mommy

You can include:

  • Baby shampoo
  • Hooded Bath Towel
  • Rubber Ducky toy
  • Washcloths
  • Body Wash
  • Baby Oil
  • Bath thermometer
  • Baby powder
  • Brush and comb set
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby’s first toothbrush

For the bath time kit, you can ditch the gift bag or wrapped box, and use a portable baby bathtub as the basket. Welcome the baby with only the highest quality of products, and ensure that everything is made for sensitive skin.

Celebrating the birth of a baby has never been easier. This basket is a fresh way to share the delight with the happy family. It has all of the ingredients to make everyone smile at bath time because the bathtub, and it’s tiny treasures are ‘just ducky.’

2 Labour Themed Gift Basket

This is another basket that doesn’t forget the new mom. With so much attention on the baby, mom-to-be needs to feel important, too. Some of her favourite treats will help her feel great.

Forget the flowers and balloons. If you want to give a new mom practical support, give her the essentials that she will need during her stay at the hospital. All moms, first-time and experienced, need ‘real life’ stuff.

You can include:

  • Comfy pajamas
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

Again, a tote bag is an ideal ‘basket’ for this gift. Add a makeup bag or a compartmentalized travel bag to keep all of the toiletries organized. And for Mom and Dad, there are delicious treats when hospital food is not available.

Like the spa basket, these items will make the soon-to-be mom feel special and included. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, a hospital themed basket is a good choice. It’s what she will use and appreciate to welcome earth’s newest baby.

1 Clothes Themed Gift Basket

The goal is to congratulate the new parents, and greet their newborn into the world with an elegant gift. This wardrobe starter kit is a thoughtful gift any parent would be grateful to have. This basket will make the first few months easier for mom and dad. It’s an extraordinary gift that is built to impress parents, and make their little darling smile.

You can include:

  • Onesies or Bodysuits
  • Socks
  • Scratch mittens
  • Baby hat
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Cozy blanket
  • Booties
  • T-shirt
  • Pants
  • Baby hangers

Babies grow super fast. If the mom-to-be receives even three ‘newborn’ sized outfits, that will be enough. Bigger babies will be too large for ‘newborn’ sizes. Even an average-sized baby will not fit into them for very long. Do the baby a favour, and buy generous sizes because you don’t want the clothes you buy to be immediately outgrown.

Start with sizes 0-3 months, and then buy in a range of sizes. Select gender neutral tones, and then you’ll be ready to wrap. A basket overflowing with adorable clothes and baby accessories is more than any new parent could want. From top to bottom, their baby will be strutting in style. It’s a cute gift for a little angel.

When you’ve finished creating your basket, you’ll realize how fun, easy, and cost effective they are to assemble. And who knows—you may enjoy it so much, you’ll want to start your own basket business. 

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