depending one a boy or girl if you have a girl maybe you can give away like little pink things like slap braclets or little jewelry things but if its a boy you can do the same just maybe blue but bracelets would be nice to give xx
Depending on the budget... I've done things that some women want but never really buy for themselves. Bath and body bundle, NICE candles/smell goods, local gift certificate for a mani and/or pedi, pretty picture frame, car scents, specialty coffee packaged in a nice mug... etc...
Depending on the season, flower seed packets, some of your favorite, quick & easy recipes, dollar store or discount bin at Michael's, Target, etc. note cards, playing cards, fun pens, picture frames, etc. This all depends on your budget.
To get people excited to win and want to play baby shower games, the gifts should be thoughtful and not exactly just "cheap". I like the gift card idea that was mentioned earlier but leave those for last and only buy a few from Wal-mart or Target that way they can easily put toward there next purchase. Other smaller gifts might include the picture frame idea but decorated with a personal touch and handed out as a memento. They could double as a place holder once you place their names inside.These frames can be bought in bulk online or at a dollar store. The smaller frames like 4X6 work great! Try doing giftbags that have random items inside. Alone a nail polish is plane but with a large toe nail filer and pumastone there on their way to a home pedicure. Stick with a theme: another example is hair products, put colorful hair ties in with a few hair clips and a small travel size bottle of gel, hairspray, or mousse. Hope this helps! :)
At the last baby shower I went to, the hostess had a present for the mother for every game along with each prize for the winner. She had small things that the mother-to-be would need but had not asked for such as ice packs, baby wash cloths, baby wipes, bottle cozies, baby bath items, changing table pads, nursing pads, etc.. The prizes she had for the game winners included scented candles, soaps, chocolates, bath salts, etc. She also had a list for everyone that could, sign up for a day to take dinner for the new family after the birth. Those that lived too far away to deliver dinner gave a gift card for a local restaurant. She packed the list, cards and disposable dinnerware in a big gift bag and that was the "door prize" for the mother-to-be.
Thirty years ago, ALL the prizes were little gifts for the mom - rattles, baby bottle brushes,& small toys. It was a good thing, because the guests would turn around and give that item to the mom and it would be another gift from them. I am throwing a afternoon shower where we will have cake, fruit, and punch. But when it's over, I'm giving everyone a meal. I don't feel like giving five gift baskets or gift certificates as I feel I've rewarded everyone for their presence (presents). I will be giving little gifts that they can pass on to the mom.
I love that my local resort and spa has this amazing thing that they do(I can't call it a deal because it is ongoing forever HOPEFULLY) if you spend or buy a minimum of $30 gift cert for ANY spa treatment you can use the ENTIRE facility for the wholeeeee day! That includes the weight/workout room, three pools(one very very large for many people, outdoor pool(depending on time of year) and the infinite pool) plus hot tub, sauna, steam room, quiet room with tea and fruit. They have three restaurants there and they will even deliver the food to the spa for just the cost of the food(I ALWAYS add a tip for the running around they have to do plus they put a flower on the table and set up silver wear and napkins(even if its just in a takeout box) and there is so much more to do there!! All this for thirty dollars!!! Along w the certificate I will add a pamphlet of ALLL the activities that they can do while there!!! Plus maybe add a good low price bottle of wine and 2 glasses