So you’ve gotten your 15th baby shower invitation of the year. You’re so excited for your expecting friend or family member, and you want to really wow them with your gift. Sure, layettes and diapers make great gifts, but this time you want to go all out and bring something that the couple will remember forever. Never fear—we’ve gathered up the 10 coolest, most innovative and just plain interesting baby gifts we could find and listed them here for you.
Even if you don’t have kids of your own and don’t know a thing about babies, there will surely be something here that catches your eye—whether it’s the car seat that miraculously becomes a stroller or the cutest little baby bean bag you’ve ever seen.
Keep reading to see our picks for the top 10 best unusual baby gifts of 2017. And if you want to throw in something super practical, like one of our picks for the top 10 best baby swaddles, go for it! You can’t go wrong with a classic.
1. Best Problem-Solving Unusual Baby Gift: ZoLi BUZZ B Electric Nail Trimmer
I actually had no idea that this product existed, and now I am really wishing I’d had one when my firstborn was a baby. The ZoLi BUZZ B Electric Nail Trimmer makes it so much easier to trim baby’s nails (and let me tell you—they grow FAST!). As a new mom, I would struggle to trim those tiny nails with itty bitty nail clippers, but often I would snag my son’s skin, which always made me feel so bad. I was so nervous to cut his nails that I started making his dad do it. But this product takes all the uncertainty out. It works for babies and toddlers by using cushioned pads in various grits to file the nails down instead of a sharp blade that can damage baby’s sensitive skin. This is the gift that every new parent doesn’t know they need.
Price: $29.24 (16 percent off MSRP)
2. Funniest Unusual Baby Gift: LAIMALA® Cute Duck Baby Pacifier (Set of Two)
This two pack of novelty baby pacifiers, designed to look like cute yellow duck bills, will have the whole family cracking up when baby sucks on one. The best part is they’re actually well designed pacifiers made from 100% safe silicone. Laimala guarantees that you will be satisfied with this product or your money back. I think these duck bill pacifiers are a great “extra” unusual baby gift to tuck in when your baby shower gift is missing a little something.
Price: $9.95 (53 percent off MSRP)
3. Most Practical Unusual Baby Gift: Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System (Bubble Gum)
If you really like the parents you’re gifting, or you just happen to have a little more money to play around with, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System is an awesome option. It’s a combination jogging stroller and car seat in one! Parents will love that this product is so versatile and practical. The stroller can be used from birth up to 50 pounds or 42 inches tall—that should give the parents three to four years of use, easily. The stroller boasts multiple positions, and it has a padded, comfy seat with a five-point safety harness. Additionally, the stroller has all-terrain bicycle tires, as well as a front swivel and locking wheel so you can easily switch between jogging and strolling. The five-point harness car seat is rear facing for a newborn and works for babies weighing five pounds up to 30. The car seat works with the LATCH system for easy installation, and it contains energy-absorbing foam for superior side impact protection.
Get two amazing gifts for the price of one with this innovative and unusual baby gift.
Price: $127.56 36 percent off MSRP)
4. Most Luxe Unusual Baby Gift: Baby Brezza Formula Pro
The Baby Brezza Formula Pro is the mother of all baby shower gifts. If you know that the parents-to-be will be formula feeding, then there’s really no better way to pamper them than with this cool baby gadget that allows caregivers to prepare formula bottles in one simple step. Many people have compared it to the Keurig in terms of how quick and easy it is to get a bottle ready! The patent-pending design measures and mixes water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature (about 98 degrees). So you get the ultimate comfort that a warm bottle provides without worrying that it might be too hot. Water and formula powder are stored in airtight compartments, so it is always ready to go when baby is hungry. The parents can choose what size bottle they want: two, four, six, eight or 10 ounces. The Baby Brezza works with most major formula types and brands, so consider throwing in one of our top 10 best baby formulas for infants with your unusual baby gift as well!
5. Most Inappropriate Unusual Baby Gift: Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
If you haven’t heard of this book before, do yourself a favor and watch the video below of Jennifer Garner reading it out loud. It’s hilarious. Written in a soothing rhyme scheme like your typical children’s book, Go the F**k to Sleep is actually brilliant satire for overtired and over-stressed parents everywhere. Even if the expectant parents can’t relate yet, they’ll be able to soon! (Pro tip: If you gift this book, let your friends know about the audiobook version of Go the F**k to Sleep, read by Samuel L. Jackson. It’s sheer genius.) Just be sure you know the couple’s sense of humor well and are sure they would appreciate the cursing before buying this book as a gift.
6. Most Sentimental Unusual Baby Gift: Owl Baby Monthly Stickers
These Owl Baby Monthly Stickers from Nora’s Nursery make a sweet yet unusual baby gift that tons of new parents would appreciate. They’re adorable and gender neutral, and parents can use them either to scrapbook their baby’s first year, or to put on a blank onesie to take monthly growth photos. Either way, the parents will be so excited to have this sweet keepsake that will remind them of their first precious year with their bundle of joy. The stickers are stylishly and artistically designed with a matte finish to avoid glare from photos. They would make the perfect gift combined with this set of Gerber Grow with Me plain white onesies in various sizes, going from newborn up to nine months.
Price: $9.95 (45 percent off MSRP)
7. Most Adorable Unusual Baby Gift: Baby Aspen Simply Enchanted Unicorn Hooded Spa Robe
Every new parent knows their baby is the most adorable baby in the world. What better metaphor for exceptionalism is there than the unicorn? I’m so obsessed with this Baby Aspen Simply Enchanted Unicorn Hooded Spa Robe that I truly wish it came in adult sizes. The white kimono-style terry spa robe includes multicolored wave print cuffs and a pink ribbon tie closure, in addition to the gold, aqua and pink ribbon tail and embellished hood. The hood is the showstopper, with embroidered eyes, white and pink ears, an aqua mane and a gold unicorn horn to top it off. This robe is sized for zero to nine months old, so it’s the perfect unusual baby gift that the new parents can get several months of use out of. This product is made from 100% terry cloth. It can be machine washed and dried on low.
Price: $19.99 (33 percent off MSRP)
8. Most Soothing Unusual Baby Gift: Rainbolights Night Light Teddy Bear
Another groovy baby shower gift, the Rainbolights Night Light Teddy Bear is a 3D night light that projects the image of an adorable teddy bear holding a heart. It glows in several different solid colors—or it can rotate between all the colors. See the video below for a demonstration. This night light is really innovative and cool, and it is safe for young children, as it doesn’t heat up when operating. If you’re not into the teddy bear, it also comes in a ton of other cool designs, including a baby dinosaur, Budha, a donkey and a time tunnel! Plus, check out our top 10 best nursery night lights for more super cool night lights for babies and toddlers.
Price: $23.90 (40 percent off MSRP)
9. Snuggliest Unusual Baby Gift: BayB Brand Baby Bean Bag (Filled)
The BayB Brand Baby Bean Bag is an absolutely adorable but also useful product that your expecting friend or family member will love. Just look how sweet that baby looks all strapped into his bean bag! This baby bean bag comes pre-filled and ready to use. It’s double stitched to give it extra strength, making sure no beans can escape. In addition to being a cozy-comfy spot for tots, this bean bag “chair” helps to prevent the development of a flat head, and it also relieves symptoms of acid reflux and gas! It’s got a comfortable seat belt to keep baby safely in place and face up. It’s easy to wipe clean, and can even go right into the washing machine in case of bigger messes.
10. Most Innovative Unusual Baby Gift: Baby Shusher, The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies
Um, a product that helps soothe your baby to sleep? Why hadn’t I heard of this? I guarantee you that in the throes of our “baby won’t sleep no matter what we do unless we hold him and rock him for two-plus hours” phase, I would have purchased this gizmo in a heartbeat. Your soon-to-be-parent friends may not know what is about to hit them, but once their baby is born they will be so thankful you got them this unusual baby gift! The Baby Shusher is a revolutionary product that quickly soothes baby to sleep with a rhythmic “shush” sound, utilizing one of the sleep/soothing techniques from The Happiest Baby on the Block. It’s got two timing options, 15 or 30 minutes, with a built-in sound sensor and user-controlled volume.
Price: $31 (11 percent off MSRP)