Baby Shower Time….

April 11, 2012    |    By +
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Spring marks the beginning of a boom of events in my social calendar. If you’re like me, you have an endless amount of baby showers to go to. And if you’re completely clueless on proper etiquette and gift ideas, like I was not too long ago, I can help.

When thinking about the perfect gift, the first thing you should find out is whether the expectant mother has a baby registry or not. The perfect gift always starts with finding out what someone really wants. I always start with the registry and then I like to add a little something extra special. The personality of and the relationship I have with to the mom-to-be determines the personal touch I add. If you do not have a personal relationship with the expectant mother stick with the registry! If you are stuck with no registry here are a few do’s & don’ts.

1. Personalized gifts are only a good idea if you are 100% certain of the gender and name. My suggestion is: don’t do it, nothing is ever 100%.

2. You can never go wrong with gender neutral, super adorable gift sets. Some of my favorites are apple park crate gift sets, Pottery barn kids critter gift set and sugar booger peek-a-boo dish set.

3. Memory boxes or albums are also great sentimental gifts that can be gender neutral and don’t always have to be personalized. I love Pottery Barn’s baby cloth & book collection and Kerrie Lee’s birth year box and shadowbox art.

4. Any gift that will make baby’s life easier! Sleep soothers, loungers , bottles, bottle warmers, teethers, burp cloths, soft activity toys and swaddle blankets are all items that will help mommy and baby.

5. Don’t forget mom needs love too. Along with a gift for baby, pamper the expectant mom with great beauty gifts sets. I highly recommend philosophy welcome baby and noodle and boo mommy gift set. It’s very important try to stay away from products that may be sensitive to mom such as stretch mark or varicose vein crèmes.

Leave the big price items like strollers, bouncers, swings and nursery décor to family members and very close friends. The mother-to-be usually knows what she wants and if there isn’t a registry the people close to her will be able to fill you in on exactly what she wants.

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Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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