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Okay, let's be honest here. Baby showers are boring, and everyone knows it. There's the occasional baby shower that ends up being a great time, but for the most part, they're quaint, cute, and full of lovely individuals on their best behavior—which usually means boring.
Babies are not boring, though, and neither are most parents or their friends. That said, becoming an expectant parent does have a way of zapping the fun out of a person. Expecting parents often feel tired, cranky, and stressed about providing for themselves and their growing family.
So, while baby showers are undoubtedly happy events, most of them could use is a little levity. That's where these gifts come in. Not only will they lighten the mood of the party—they'll lighten mom and dad's moods too. Come to the rescue a gift that is fun, quirky, and original. These unique gifts will not only add a bit of a party atmosphere to the gift-opening portion of the shower, but they'll also be used by the parents and/or baby, which makes them practical. What could be better?
1. Crocheted Chaps
Crocheted chaps are a big trend on Pinterest right now, with crafty folk whipping them up as gifts for today's hippest babies. If you don't know how to crochet, you're in luck—baby chaps can now be found online and in specialty baby boutiques everywhere. But hold on, pardner—the chaps are just the beginning—some of these sets also include a crocheted vest, cowboy hat, and even boots. Bring this gift, and it (meaning you) will be the hit of the party. Not to mention, the little buckaroo will look absolutely adorable in this get-up, and you'll be the one the parents will thank for the utterly precious photos they're sure to take once the baby is born.
2. A Funny Bunting Set
Why get the parents-to-be a boring old blanket when you could present them with a super cute and funny bunting set that lets them dress their baby up like a football, peapod, sock, monkey, or flower? Bunting sets are fun and practical, as they keep baby warm and snug, giving them a feeling of security. This helps baby stay calm and cry less. They also protect babies from chilly weather and frigid air conditioning.
Because they are super cute and creative, these bunting sets also provide adorable, Anne Geddes-style photo opportunities. Some of the more creative bunting set styles I've seen include bumblebee, tuxedo, leopard, ballerina, zebra, angel, hunter (camo), puppy, watermelon, and more. As a bonus, these bunting sets also make great Halloween costumes for newborns.
3. Funny Pacifiers
Crazy pacifiers are super funny gifts for new parents. When the baby soothes themself with one of these pacifiers, it gives them the appearance of having two huge buck teeth, a mustache, vampire fangs, or other comical features. They may look like gag gifts, but most are actual pacifiers made from heavy-duty, long-lasting, baby-safe materials.
These are many styles available ranging from puckered kissy lips to a full and smiling set of adult teeth. These pacifiers are loads of fun, and most cost around five dollars or less. Since they're so cheap, pacifiers are great add-on gifts and can also be included in a baby gift basket along with other useful items. Every time the parents pop one of these hilarious pacifiers into their baby's mouth, they'll crack up and think of you.
4. Socks or Tights That Look Like Shoes
Adorable baby socks are another gift idea that is both funny and practical. Babies don't need shoes and are notorious for kicking and wiggling them off when they do wear them, so why bother? There are many adorable baby socks and tights available that look like sweet little shoes but are actually soft socks that keep baby's feet warm and snuggly.
A brand called Trumpettes got this trend going, and others such as JazzyToes and Baby Emporio quickly jumped in with their own styles. The original Trumpette Mary Jane socks come in pastels and in bright colors. Some have ruffled tops or satin bows, while others feature sparkly metallic threads, straps, or ballerina styling. For boys, there are socks that look like Converse high-tops, Vans skate shoes, saddle oxfords, and boat shoes. There are also a variety of crocheted baby socks that look like shoes on marketplaces like Etsy. These make a fun statement and are practical at the same time (they're socks, after all). Most come in separate sizes for newborns, older babies, and toddlers.
5. Funny Bibs and T-Shirts
Babies can never have too many bibs or t-shirts since they often go through several in a single day. Parents pop them on the baby, take them off, and toss them in the wash in the time it takes to say "spit-up," "strained peas," or "oh no, not again."
Funny bibs and t-shirts make that mundane on/off/wash routine more enjoyable. Cute and funny baby wear is practical, fun, and inexpensive. There are bibs that make the baby look as though they are wearing a man's tie, Olympic medals, pearls, headphones, and more. Funny t-shirts abound as well—there is one that has the letters ABCD written in the style of the AC/DC rock band logo.
Mysterio shirts by WRYBABY can be a lot of fun at a baby shower. When you purchase one, you don't know which of the 12 available shirts you will receive. Each shirt comes bundled in a "Mysterio" drawstring bag and predicts the fortune of the baby who receives it. The parents-to-be open the bag to find out their baby's future claim to fame, which can range from "Mayor of Hoboken" to "Donut Tycoon" to "Kung Fu Master" and beyond.
6. "Porn for New Moms" Book
For starters, this book isn't really porn at all. This funny gift idea is full of photos of great-looking, hunky, muscle-bound men performing such chores as changing diapers and feeding the baby at 3 a.m. It's a fun gift for any new mom, and it tends to be a real hit with the women at baby showers. I promise this book is actually G-rated!
7. Peepee Teepees
A funny but smart invention, Peepee Teepees protect diaper changers and nursery walls from getting unexpectedly sprayed by baby boys. Place a Peepee Teepee over the little boy's "area" while changing them to prevent any pee from going airborne and hitting Mom or Dad in the face or shirt. These fun and silly changing aids are made of soft, absorbent cotton.
Once the Peepee Teepees have been peed on, simply enclose them in their own little laundry bag (included—so they don't get lost in the washing machine), wash them, dry them, and reuse them. They are available in several fun prints as well as plain white.
8. Baby's First Cleats
These are the tiniest, softest little cleats you've ever seen and are sure to please soccer moms and football dads alike. These cleats are actually crocheted booties with soft and safe crocheted "spikes" on the bottom of each shoe.
9. Teething Necklaces and Bracelets
This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" products. Every baby grabs at mom's necklace and pulls it up to their mouth to chew on it. Why not wear a necklace that is actually a teething ring? This set includes a great-looking disc-shaped pendant and two bangle bracelets. The jewelry looks as though it is made of carved stone, but it's actually baby-safe, food-safe, phthalate-free, federally approved silicone plastic that is the perfect rubbery texture for teething babies. The pieces are just the proper size and thickness for babies to hold and are large enough that they do not pose a choking hazard.
The jewelry resists teething marks and comes in a variety of colors. It is sold in sets or as individual pieces. The customer reviews on Amazon are very positive, with a number of moms noting how pretty the necklaces are and how their babies prefer them over traditional teething toys.
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 10, 2013:
Thanks, twoseven. This was definitely a fun article to research. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on December 08, 2012:
What great ideas! I agree that a funny gift can make the shower, and the parents lives down the road, a lot more fun. I had never heard of the Mysterio shirt - what a fun idea!