Gender reveal gifts, what is the proper etiquette? Gender Reveal parties are a new addition to the party world, meaning there’s still some confusion. Everyone also does them a little differently, leaving room for interpretation. One of the biggest questions a lot of us are wondering, both as hosts and guests, is if gifts are appropriate.
The biggest factor determining whether or not to bring a gender reveal gift is if the expecting parents are also hosting a baby shower. In this case, you probably don’t need to bring anything, as the parents will just expect everyone is bringing gifts to the shower instead of doing a gender reveal gift. If you’d still like to bring something small, go for it!
Just keep in mind, the parents probably don’t want to have to give or throw away items so stick to gender-neutral ideas. Here are some great ideas for a gender reveal gift (they all double as great “congratulations” gifts even if the new parents won’t be having a party).
To Do or Not To Do- Gender Reveal Gifts
Gender Reveal Gift Ideas for Baby
This box is simple, sweet and a great way to congratulate soon to be parents on their impending arrival! It comes with a mug for both mom and dad and a onesie for baby. Bonus, it comes beautifully packaged so all you have to do is wrap some ribbon around it and you’re set.
One of the best gender-neutral and gender reveal gifts you can give is a precious pair of moccasins. Freshly Picked is well known for handmaking soft gorgeous mocassins, and I love this gray color. These are a must-have so the new parents will appreciate adding them to their collection. You can purchase these here!
Sophie Teether has been around since the 1960s and has been extremely popular in the US for the last 5 years or so. This cute little giraffe now comes in a set with a rattle as well. It is packaged together beautifully making for a great gift. Not to mention, these will look adorable sitting in the nursery waiting for baby to arrive! A great choice for gender reveal gifts. Purchase here.
Do you know what makes for one of the very best gender reveal gifts? Something that will make parenting just a little bit easier for the new mom and dad. This portable playmat is super soft and perfect for tummy time. It is breathable and hypoallergenic with 1″ of comfy padding.
We had one of our Rookie Moms try it out, and she had very high praises! Of course, her absolute favorite feature is that she could easily fold it up and carry it with one hand to different parts of the house to plop down. Learn more about it here!
Feltman Brothers have been in the business of making high-quality heirloom pieces for baby for over 100 years. Their timeless velour rompers make the perfect gift for new parents and are incredibly soft for baby. See more adorable designs here on their website.
All The Babies (a gift that gives back!)
We love the incredibly soft, adorable, 100% organic baby clothing available from All The Babies (also vegan and sustainable too), but what we love even more is that their business is created around a Wear-Grow-Give model.
How it works- your sweet baby wears their adorable outfit from All The Babies, then when your baby outgrows their All The Babies clothing items you simply send it back (free of charge) to All The Babies and they personally hand-deliver it to a mother in need.
Baby Grooming Items
Boy or girl, all babies take plenty of cleaning up after. There are some sets you can buy with everything already together (like this one), or you can put one together yourself. You can include towels, washcloths, a thermometer, baby Tylenol, baby nail clippers, and wipes.
The parents to be would also probably love to have books to read to their new little bundle of joy, and you can’t really go wrong with picking from the classics or your old favorites. The Giving Tree, Guess How Much I Love You, and Goodnight Moon are all great options. Also, keep in mind board books are a good idea so the baby can play with the book themselves as well.
A Gift for the mama who wants to get a head-start on cooking for baby
You can never be too prepared! Help the expecting mamma out by grabbing her one of the most helpful machines in making baby food. Check them out here!
Gifts that Keep it Crafty
Diaper Cakes, a date night basket, or daddy’s new toolbox full of baby essentials all make for thoughtful gifts. This simple guide will help you to create the perfectly shaped diaper cake from there you can decorate however you’d like.
Gender Reveal Gifts that Focus on Mama
Below are some of our favorite gifts for expecting mamas, you can also find more ideas here!
Give the new mama something to look forward to! She may not be able to drink wine at the moment, but she will have plenty to celebrate in the future. You can attach these labels to any bottle of wine of your choosing and they are also completely customizable as far as color and sayings. Check them out here!
There’s nothing better than the gift of sleep! The Mommly Pregnancy Body Pillow will be the one and only pillow the mom-to-be needs during her pregnancy. With its soft velour cover, she will be wanting to cuddle up to it all day long. Not to mention, it provides full-body support and will add comfort no matter how you sleep.
It even works for side-sleepers! Mommly will relieve some of the pain and body aches that come with pregnancy, allowing mama to get the sleep she needs before the baby arrives.
This pillow is also temperature regulating, which is a must with all the pregnancy hormones making you feel too hot and then too cold.
My favorite thing of all is that this pillow has a side pocket and an integrated cup holder. Say hello to a Hulu marathon with snacks and a drink for mama! It’s also light enough to be easily portable, so you can move it from couch to bed as needed. Check current pricing here!
Help give the house a peaceful vibe with this delicious smelling candle from Acacia Accents. It is made of soy wax and essential oils giving off the scent of peppermint, citrus, and lavender. The candle comes in sizes from 3.5-16 oz, so you can stick with something small for the Gender Reveal Party or go bigger. Purchase a candle here!
This little tote will give the mom to be one less thing to worry about when it comes to packing their hospital bag. It is a reusable cute tote full of the big day essentials. Check it out here!
Why not shower mom with a little love? A lot of expecting moms don’t buy very many maternity clothes and just try to work with what they have. Target is a great spot to start looking for basic items, along with Buy Buy Baby and Old Navy. BAE the Label and Pink Blush Maternity are great if you’re shopping for a fashionista mama to be. They have pretty much everything from dresses to kimonos to swimsuits, and they all show off your bump in the cutest way.
If you’re unsure about size just grab a gift card from one of the many places that sell maternity clothes and write in the card you’d love for mom to be to spoil herself with new clothing. One of the best gifts my Sister-in-Law received was a gift card to Stitch Fix Maternity where a custom stylist picks out clothes for mama and she can return anyone she does not like.
Save the new parents from ever having to run out for diapers in the middle of a blowout with a subscription from ABBY&FINN! They deliver diapers right to your door, and it’s a feel-good gift too!
For every subscription box purchased this amazing company gives 30 diapers to families in need. Even better, these diapers are chlorine-free and plant-based so you know your babe is safe from toxins when wearing them. Learn more about ABBY&FINN subscriptions here!
New Parent Pampering
Pregnancy can be stressful and uncomfy. Gifts like a comfy robe or a pregnancy massage certificate will be greatly appreciated. Mom and Dad mani-pedis are another great gender reveal gift that will guarantee the new parents feel pampered.
Mommy and Daddy Memorabilia
Since it’s still probably pretty early on in the pregnancy parent to be mugs or shirts make for fun gender reveal gifts. As you already probably know, Etsy is the place to look for these. These Mom Life hats pretty much give us life and so do all the Mama shirts.
A bracelet like this is super thoughtful and sweet. We can’t help but love these cute mugs, even if mom can’t have coffee right now just put some yummy hot chocolate mix inside. For expecting dads, this shirt will give them all the credit they’ve been looking for.
Parent Prep Books
Every new parent can use some more tips to help them transition into being Mom or Dad. There’s plenty of options out there like What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Kind Mama, and Parenting with Purpose. There are also some books on the funnier side like Sh!t No One Tells You, Ketchup is a Vegetable, and Confessions of a Scary Mommy.
Grab the new mom a shirt that tells it like it is
How much fun is it to be able to hand your pregnant bestie or family member a cute and fun shirt that’s totally different than the original go-to gift of diapers? I know I’d wear the heck out of this if I was gifted it! Check them out here!
Baby Boxy is one of my favorite gift items to give to a new mama because us moms know that the presentation of the present means almost as much as the present itself. The Baby Boxy arrives at your doorstep in a beautiful box with a silver bow so you are instantly ready to take it to the gender reveal party. Or if you can’t make it to the party, you can have it shipped to the new mom and it will arrive waiting to be unboxed.
Baby Boxy makes the unboxing experience fun for the new mama. The interior is carefully crafted, and every detail is thoughtfully planned to make sure your gift looks perfect.
Baby Boxy is filled with adorable clothes, bibs, teethers, rattles, and more. There are several gender-neutral options that are perfect for a gender-reveal party. I personally love the Giraffe and the Sloth Baby Box. They are so so cute. Check out all the gender-neutral options here!
The greatest invention ever, no seriously.
Sleeping while pregnant is no easy task. Getting comfortable after a long day of swollen ankles and back pain is virtually impossible. While the pregnant momma might be suffering, you can be the one to help ease her pain with this ingenious pillow! Check current prices here!
With this fragrance-free belly butter, the expecting mamma will have the prettiest of skin on and all around her precious tummy. Check current prices for this gift here!
Give the parents one of the best tech gender reveal gifts that gives them a way to connect to their peanut. Technology- the things it allows you to do nowadays. Check out this neat gift here!
Comfort is what counts, and can every expecting mamma use something to help ease the discomfort pregnancy is capable of bringing. Check current prices on these cute things here!
Other Ideas for Gender Reveal Gifts
Washmind Hospital Kit
We love gender reveal gifts that are a little unique, especially since no one is really quite sure about the etiquette of them anyways. One thing that you might not find on the classic gift list is a Washmind Kit. However, we consider it an absolute essential.
It will help the parents-to-be and everyone around their newborn remember to wash their hands. Did you know only 40% of the hands in the hospital are clean? You can share that information with the new mom & dad so that they can be well prepared down the road! Get your kit here!
If you wanna stick to a simple gift, it’s always safe to bring over a tray of cookies or brownies. You could also bring blue or pink flowers, it’s fun to choose the color of the gender you’re predicting! There’s non-alcoholic wine or you can bring a normal bottle with a fun label to be saved for after the baby is born.
Some common labels are “It’s a pump and dump kind of day,” “Naptime is my happy hour,” and “Save for first Mommy meltdown,” just make sure that the new mom isn’t missing wine too much already!
What Gender Reveal Gifts would you bring to a Gender Reveal Party?
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