1. Do a little homework.
This part is actually really easy. 99% of all baby showers come with this super not-so-secret list called a baby registry. As an attendee it’s your job to check it out. Look at the items on the list. Look at the styles and colors. Do you notice a pattern? Does the new mommy like gender specific colors or gender neutral? Take a mental note of these things because they will come in handy in tip #3.
2. DON’T BUY ANY OF IT!
I repeat, DO NOT buy anything on the baby registry. This may seem a bit unorthodox but the title of this article indicates tips for buying the BEST baby shower gift, not the one that everyone else is bringing.
Guilty confession: I didn't have a clue about what I would actually need or use when I had my first child. My husband and I picked so many random things for our baby registry that we actually returned almost $1,000 in gifts.
3. Pick a gift that is unique, useful, and compliments the new mother’s style.
I can’t stress this point enough. You’re goal is to bring a gift that will be used for the next couple of years and that the new mommy will enjoy using. A diaper cake is not one of those gifts. Cute outfits with a 3-month size window are not one of those gifts either. And finally, infants don’t need six different types of bottles or blankets- all they really need (and like) is 1.