Coming up with original and creative baby shower party favor ideas should not be a terrible stress. When brainstorming, take into consideration if there is a theme to the party and personal characteristics of the mother-to-be and baby. You may be working within a limited budget, but ingenuity and craftiness are fabulous ways to make a dollar go a long way. Have fun, and try to come up with something personalized and meaningful as a thank you to the attendees of your party.
Giving a gift that will grow with time is symbolic to the birth of a new child. This sort of gift requires nurturing, attention, and love, just like motherhood! Shop your local thrift store for some big tea cups and saucers. Fill the cups with a transplanted baby tree or other plant of your choice. Baby myrtle trees are a suggestion of Martha Stewart. Make sure to provide instructions for care. The plants should be watered and planted into a larger pot or ground within a week.
Flowers, as well as the tree gift idea, are not only wonderful gifts to give, but make a lovely table arrangement for the party. Choose beautifully scented flowers to fill the air with magic. If there is a color theme to the party, choose flowers to match. For instance, if the baby is a girl, there are a myriad of pink flowers to choose from. If the baby is a boy, use blue flowers like hydrangeas, asters, and columbine. As blue flowers are harder to find in nature, you might have to settle for artificially dyed blue flowers, or dye your own by letting light colored flowers like carnations soak up water with blue dye.
Many companies offer personalized gifts, and many women love to receive the gift of chocolate. If you are working with a small budget, personalized chocolate kisses may be the perfect idea. From the company Announce It! you can order 120 stickers for the cost of $15. These small, circular stickers adhere to the bottom of the Hershey Kiss and are printed to say the date of the shower, the baby's name, or any combination of announcements. In the center you can have printed an illustration or a photo of the baby or mother-to-be.
A functional gift is always an appreciated one. Glasses can be sandblasted or etched with the baby's name, the date of the event, or words of congratulations. On a smaller budget, glasses can be purchased and decorated by the crafty hostess. These glasses can double as your glassware for the party, if you're so inclined.
Decorate a disposable camera with a ribbon and attendee's name and allow your guest to choose which memorable moments to capture from the baby shower. This can be a fun and festive way for each person to have an active roll in their attendance, while providing a great memento for an important occasion. As an alternative, you could have a Polaroid camera for each person to take photos with the mom-to-be and baby to bring home for a great refrigerator addition.