When it comes to celebrating the arrival of a new baby, choosing the perfect gift for a Kiwi mum-to-be is both a joy and a challenge. With a myriad of options available, it’s essential to pick something that resonates with the unique cultural touch of Aotearoa, while also catering to the practical needs of a new family. This guide aims to shine a light on the most cherished and desired baby shower gifts that Kiwi mums truly appreciate.

Lifesavers Gifts

As a mum, I know that the arrival of a little one is as overwhelming as it is joyful. It’s a time when first time parents need all the support they can get, especially from those who’ve been there. That’s why when it comes to baby shower gifts, it’s not just about the bub; it’s about bolstering the new parents with love and care too.

  • Meal Delivery Voucher: A voucher for a meal delivery service to take the cooking off their plate
  • Postpartum support services: House cleaning, laundry service.
  • Bottle Steriliser: Provides peace of mind about clean bottles for baby.
  • Bath Salts: A gift set of soothing bath salts for a bit of postpartum recovery pampering
  • Baby Swing or Bouncer: A safe place to put the baby down while mum gets a few minutes of hands-free time.
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones: Sometimes a new mum needs to tune out and recharge.
  • Comfortable Support: Items like a cosy dressing gown, soft slippers, or a breastfeeding pillow bring some comfort to the long days and nights.
  • White Noise Machine: this sound machine (baby shusher) can be lifesaver, helping to soothe the little one to sleep with the calming sounds of nature.

Thoughtful Gifts for Experienced Mums

Finding the perfect gift for an experienced mum can be a bit tricky, as she’s already navigated the early days of motherhood and likely has many essentials. However, thoughtful gifts that acknowledge her new reality and offer a helping hand can be truly appreciated. Whether it’s ensuring the older sibling feels included, providing services that make life easier, or offering items that serve double duty, these gifts can bring a bit of extra joy and support to her busy life. Here are some great ideas to consider:

  • Gifts for Siblings: Toys or experiences for the older kids to adjust to the new arrival.
  • Gifts that Make Life Easier: Meal delivery service, postpartum support services (house cleaning, laundry).
  • Gifts for Double Duty: Items that benefit both baby and older sibling (playpen with a reading nook, double stroller).
  • Gifts for mum to wear: Customised jewellery with her child’s birthstone

Must-Have Essentials

When you’re expecting, it feels like there’s a never-ending list of things to get ready. But let’s review the real MVPs of newborn gifts – the must-have baby gear that make all the difference. 

  • Diaper bag: For all your on-the-go needs
  • Car seat: Safety first, always
  • Stroller: For those lovely walks in the park
  • Swaddle blankets: For a snug and secure bub
  • Play mat: For tummy time and playtime

Remember, every mum’s journey is unique, but these top picks are a great starting point. They’ve certainly made my life a bit easier, and I hope they’ll do the same for you!

Thinking Ahead Gifts

When it comes to gifts for parents-to-be, thinking ahead can be incredibly thoughtful and practical. These forward-looking presents anticipate future needs and can be a real lifesaver as the baby grows and develops. From keeping things organised to easing the discomfort of teething, and ensuring a ready supply of larger-sized clothing and engaging board books, these gifts show you’ve considered the journey ahead. Here are some ideas to help new mums prepare for what’s to come:

  • Storage Containers: Help keep all those growing baby clothes and toys organised.
  • Teething Toys: Soothe those achy gums as baby’s teeth begin to arrive.
  • Larger-Sized Clothing: Babies grow incredibly fast! Outfits in sizes like 6-9 months will be appreciated later.
  • Baby’s Library: A sturdy first library that’s perfect for curious little hands.

Not Ordinary Gifts

For those looking to give something truly unique and memorable, not ordinary gifts are the way to go. These thoughtful presents stand out with their personal touches, creating lasting memories and providing special experiences. Here are some ideas to inspire your gift-giving:

  • Personalized Touches: Gifts with a special touch (embroidered blankets, name plaques)
  • Experiences for Baby: Milestone photography sessions, baby massage classes.
  • Themed Gift Baskets: Create a curated basket around a theme (bath toys, playtime essentials, sippy cups).
  • Subscription Boxes: Cater to specific needs (monthly book deliveries for baby, self-care pamper box for mum).

The Gift of Experiences

Experiences can create lasting memories and provide opportunities for families to bond and enjoy special moments together. These thoughtful gifts go beyond the tangible, offering unique and enriching experiences for both mum and baby.

  • Family Outings: Passes to zoos, museums, or aquariums for quality family time.
  • Nature Adventures: Gift certificates for scenic walks, picnics at botanical gardens.
  • Pampering for Mum: Massage vouchers, at-home spa treatments.
  • Classes for Bonding: Baby yoga classes, music sessions for both mum and baby.

Celebrating the Whole Family

When welcoming a new baby, it’s important to celebrate and acknowledge the entire family. These thoughtful gifts show appreciation for dads and partners, and create opportunities for family bonding.

  • Gifts for Dads: Books on fatherhood, “daddy and baby” bonding activity kits.
  • Gifts for the Whole Family: Professional family photoshoot, tickets to a child-friendly play/musical.

Gifts for Every Budget

Baby shower gifts for every budget

Thoughtful gifts don’t have to break the bank. Whether you’re looking for affordable stocking stuffers or considering pooling resources for a bigger gift, here are ideas to suit every budget:

  • Under $25: Cute and useful stocking stuffers (pacifiers, washcloths, baby socks, wipes, lotion, night-lights)
  • $25 – $50: Practical essentials (bibs, hooded towels, baby thermometer)
  • $50 – $75: Comforts for both baby and mom (organic onesies, feeding pillow, baby carrier)
  • Beyond $75: Consider pooling resources for a bigger gift (highchair, playmat, monitor)
  • Bonus Tip: Mention resources for finding deals on baby items (op-shops, online marketplaces).


As we’ve explored all the options for the best baby shower gifts, remember that whether you opt for a personalised touch or a gift box brimming with essentials, the most cherished gifts are those given with love and consideration for mum and bub. So, go ahead and pick something that will bring a smile to her face and warmth to her heart. Happy gifting!

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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