There’s nothing like a baby shower for an excuse to go shopping, and there’s nothing we love more than perusing the best of miniature goods for babies! We’ve got ideas for everyone and every budget lined up in our Sassy Mama Baby Shower Gift Guide… be it French Chic or Bling Baby, we’ve got you covered with gift-spiration to treat every new beautiful bundle! Got a mama-to-be who likes to be in control and guide her friends on gift choices? Our good friends at My Wish List are experts at putting together gift lists for any occasion – partnering with a whole heap of awesome stores to offer a choice of items and experiences. Too easy!
Right at the top of our Baby Shower Gift Guide List is the wondrous Platinum Gift Box from thebabyboutique. As far as hampers go, this is gift royalty. The team at The Baby Boutique expertly select and assemble bespoke hampers for bubs (and mama). This hamper includes a host of great baby gifts such as a luxurious blanket, extra soft sleeping bag, organic Ultimate Receiving Blanket, designer baby outfit, comfy onesies, stylish 2 piece outfit, 2 gorgeous baby accessories, hooded bath towel and adorable bath toy – all packed in a beautiful large keepsake box (similar to a hat box) and tied with ribbon. Any mama-to-be would love to receive this – if you’re not feeling flush then split the cost with a group of friends – just jump on the website to snag up the baby shower gift of the year!
AED 1,500 at thebabyboutique.com
The heat is on and summer is temperatures are far from over so we’ve rounded up the best jungle-themed baby shower gifts to get mamas in the mood for safari chic. So if the mother-to-be in your life is feeling a bit miffed at not being able to jet off to escape the humidity, do her a favour and bring the cool of the pool to her (and the bump) instead.
1. The Jungle Book
This is a classic movie the whole family will adore and something a new baby will want to watch over and over again (once they’re big enough!). Every child should grow up knowing every lyric to Bear Necessities as well as air-saxaphoning to Louis Armstrong. The greats don’t date and it’s a good precursor to reading Rudyard Kipling to them when they get a bit older.
Around AED 45 on amazon.com
2. Sophie La Girafe
Our jungle favourite Sophie La Girafe never lets us down. Give the gift of security to a new baby in the form of this comforter and soother holder. Hailing back to the sixties, Sophie has been a baby-in-the-know favourite for decades and has been loved by children from Paris to California. It just goes to show it’s never too late to jump on the Sophie la Girafe bandwagon!
AED 92 on dbbabies.com
3. Zara Jardin Tropical Air Fresheners
We can’t get enough of Zara’s tropical theme this season. These scent sticks and candles will transport you to a tropical island, where swinging from a hammock under a palm tree is the norm. An ‘ode to springtime’, this beautiful blend combines lily of the valley and iris to create a crisp and fresh scent. Snap one up for your baby mama — and one for you too.
AED 115 – 125 at Zara
4. Lush Jungle Conditioner Bar
Why is Lush the best place ever? It has amazing gifts for mum, baby, dad, great-aunt, great-great-granny… you get the point! The Sassy Mama team are big fans. Their Jungle Conditioner Bar, packed with fresh avocadoes, bananas, kumquats and cocoa butter, will leave hair fresh, shiny and detangled. The keyword here being detangled – the perfect gift for mama and baby.
AED 40 at Lush
5. Roberto Cavalli Bottle Bag
We couldn’t not include our old friend Cavalli now could we – this is Dubai after all. Leopard print never goes out of style and it’s something a stylish little one should learn to appreciate from a young age – cue Roberto Cavalli’s leopard print bottle bag. Made in Cavalli’s signature brown leopard print, this is one for high fashion babies, yet a practical accessory for busy mamas who need quick bottle access! This handy bag is made in Italy, so while it’s a little steep, you’re guaranteed long-lasting quality. Hang it on your pram for instant Italian glam.
AED 527 at Roberto Cavalli
Nothing is more important than a healthy babe, which is why we’ve scoured Dubai and beyond for the finest organic stores to bring you the best organic baby shower gifts out there. When there’s two to think about all of a sudden, skincare and clothes shopping can become a little more stressful. Offer a new mama a helpful green hand and point her in the right direction with these nature-loving delights.
1. Aden & Anais Little Bamboo Swaddle Cloths
A longtime favourite, we just can’t get enough of these beautiful bamboo swaddle cloths. They’re perfect for keeping baby cosy and snug (and shoulders clear from spit up!) plus come in all sorts of cute patterns. Breathable and super soft to the touch, these multi-use swaddle cloths are the ultimate gift for a new mama who wants be eco-conscious and ensure the best for her baby’s delicate skin while also avoiding overheating. Perfect to use for shading buggys from the sun, as play mats and blankets too!
AED 240 at BabySouk
2. Nuumi Any.wear Muslin Wrap
This muslin wrap is adorable, useful and eco-friendly for both baby boys and girls. Adorned with a cute woodland owl print, this super soft wrap is made from pure bamboo and is 100% sustainably produced. It comes in a pack of two — perfect for twins!
AED 106 at nuumi
3. Muddyfingers Stuffed Organic Owl
We’re riding the owl theme here and this little fellow is complete sweetness, perfect for a newborn, plus it’s a guilt-free gift that doesn’t cost the earth. Made from untreated cotton, it’s a gorgeously soft companion for a new baby and at approx AED 71, won’t break your wallet. Fair cotton, fair prices, fair deal! Thanks Muddy Fingers.
AED 71 at Muddy Fingers
4. Neals Yard Mother Organic Collection Gift Set
With a bump to attend to, skincare can be tricky and there is no better time to go organic now that there is one extra person to consider in your beauty regime. Neal’s Yard Organics provides a great range of organic products that are safe and natural for mamas to use both during pregnancy and after baby arrives. Their gift set collection contains bath oil, massage oil and mother’s balm, softly scented with uplifting oils.
AED 315 at Neals Yard Organics
5. I’m A Mummy Now – massage by Sensasia
There’s nothing a new mama needs more than a little rest and relaxation, which is why a Sensasia gift voucher is a guaranteed gift win! Their I’m A Mummy Now massage is specifically designed for new mums, providing a detoxifying and relaxing experience. A tired body will feel deeply relaxed and rejuvenated and mama will emerge feeling refreshed and recharged, ideal for post-baby recovery.
AED 385 for a 60 min massage at Sensasia
6. Dotty Bee’s Mama and Baby Gift Set – Bouquet and Native Essentials Skincare Pack
Organic and show-stopper aren’t often found in the same sentence but Dotty Bee’s baby clothes bouquets really are special gifts! Tiny baby socks rolled up as roses? Genius. In addition to cute baby clothes, the Native Essentials skincare pack also includes a Mama Relax and Baby Sleep body and bath oil made with organic ingredients such as rice bran, sandalwood, mild lavender and chamomile.
AED 473 at Dotty Bee
We’re dreaming of picnics along the banks of the Dordogne or sipping a coffee on a Parisian café terrace after putting together this list of Dubai’s finest French fancies. French theme is always a fail-safe gift option, after all — everyone loves navy and as long as you keep it vaguely Chanel, you’re on to a present winner!
1. Wallcravings We Are Sailing wall decal
Ooh La Mer, La Mer. If you don’t live in St. Tropez (if you do, we’re jealous), these little sailing boat wall stickers should whet a little one’s appetite for the seaside and make a great gift for mamas-to-be who like to keep it classic. These vinyl stickers are none-marking and you can stick them almost anywhere. Versatile and classic without the St. Tropez price tag — genial!
AED 280 at Wallcravings.com
2. Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans from Amazon
A child who reads will be an adult who thinks! It’s never too early to start reading to a child and the story of fearless Madeleine is one that will enchant little ones and parents alike. Add a little note in the front and voilà – a special gift to grow into, not out of!
AED 43 on amazon.com
3. Petit Bateau Jacket and Trouser Set
Stop everything. Why is this so cute? Will not the most chic of babes be wearing this adorable Petit Bateau number along the Riviera? We think yes. For both little boys and little girls, this adorable jacket and trouser set will be a keeper and will no doubt be passed down to younger siblings. Stylish and also efficient, Petit Bateau never lets us down.
AED 254 at Petit Bateau
4. Ikea ‘Poisson’ Cushion
We love Ikea’s Lisel ‘poisson’ cushion and think it would look fantastic in a new nursery. It musters up salty summers on the rocky beaches of Brittany with a bucket and spade and is perfectly snuggle-sized (tried and tested). As it’s good old Ikea, you know you’re getting Jean Paul Gaultier Style for a tenth of the price. Winning!
Approximately AED 60 at Ikea
5. Ladurée Macarons
If we’re going for the French thing, we wouldn’t be doing it very well if there wasn’t something edible on this list and it wouldn’t be very fair to show up to a baby shower armed with a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape and a wedge of camembert, now would it? Bring along a box of macarons — there is nothing more à la francaise. And if you do, get it from renowned French patisserie, Ladurée because they are outrageously yum!
Around AED 165 for a box of eight macarons packed with a nice gift box at Ladurée
For every newborn, there is a doting godmother, godfather, auntie or uncle ready to raise the stakes and buy them pressies their parents won’t feel they can justify. Indulge the new child in your life with these bling-themed baby shower gifts.
1. Versace Baby Grow and Hat Gift Set
No one does bling better than Versace, so spoil the new arrival rotten with this adorable Versace gift set! Made from soft jersey cotton, this little number is soft against delicate skin while still being fabulously bling, adorned all over with the Versace Medusa logo. The Children’s Salon has been clothing stylish little ones since 1952, its design history firmly rooted in Parisian Haute Couture. To this day, it continues to stock the crème de la crème of children’s style, and we find ourselves wishing we were a metre shorter or so.
AED 380 at Versace
2. Harrods of London Baby Soother
Okay, so we know it’s a little on the ridiculous side, but these Harrods baby soothers are fun and glamorous and we just couldn’t resist. This one is for the sassiest of mamas — the mama with the most and certainly not for the faint hearted. If one chooses to use dummies, chances are they are going to be scattered around the house, left on top of the fridge and down the side of the sofa, so there may as well be one glam-o-dummy you can keep track of! Swedish-made to the highest standard, this one’s a keeper.
AED 60 at Harrods
3. Carrs Silver Loop Handle Spoon
Measuring 9cm in sterling silver, this is for the silver-spoon-fed child (literally!). Probably too dainty to use to feed stewed apple with, this is a little treasure that will go in a special box and be played with great pride and pleasure for many years to come in lavish pretend tea parties and indoor picnics. This is also ideal for christenings, but we can’t wait that long can we?
AED 514 at Carrs
4. Sleepy Time Star by Baby GUND
Littlies will snooze soundly with this gorgeous and super soft Sleepy Time Star by Baby GUND. This adorable plush toy lights up and softly plays “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star” as bubs drifts off into dreamland, perfect for hanging inside a crib or stroller.
AED 102 at Amazon.com
5. Memo Luxour Oud Candle
This is a fabulous gift for a new mama craving a long soak in the bath to de-stress with a luxurious candle to take her mind off bottles and burping for half an hour or so. An “Oasis of Roses”, this luxe candle is sure to take the strain off. With notes of wood and red berries paired up with oils such as mandarin and patchouli, a new mama might just have the chance to get lost in her own thoughts, if only for a fleeting moment.
AED 367 at Harvey Nichols
6. Lush Sunny Side Bubble Bar
Do we work for Lush? Nope. Do we wish we did? Absolutely. If you’re blinging on a budget, then we give you the Sunny Side Bubble Bar. Not only does it sparkle and shine and give us the feeling of bathing in jewels but it’s also packed with lemons and tangerines, giving tired new mummies a small, shiny boost at the end of a long hard day of burping bubs.
AED 38 at Lush
We hope to have inspired you to find your mama-to-be friends the perfect gift for them and their new little bundles – happy shopping mamas!