25 Gifts for a "Baby Shower in a Box" Delivery Package

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One of life's happiest occasions is a baby shower, a gathering of dear friends and family members to bestow blankets, booties, toys, and tiny sweaters on an expectant mother so she'll be prepared when her little one arrives. But what if she doesn't live nearby? Or, in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, guests don't feel comfortable gathering together right now. Even if you can't be there in person, you can still celebrate the joyous event.

Enter the themed "shower in a box"—a gift idea devised by our editors for parents-to-be who live far away. Mail a carton loaded with toys, nursery décor, keepsakes, modern baby staples, cute party things, and thoughtful treats for the mom. The idea is even more delightful when there's a theme. In ours, you'll find classic ones like graphic alphabet letters and safari animals. If you like, invite other would-be shower guests to participate virtually. With all the supplies on hand—colorful tissue paper, gift tags, and so on—everyone can have a hand in the wrapping.

The rest of the gifts can be wrapped in tissue paper. For baby, we've included a romper, crocheted booties, striped bib, and toys; for Mom, a few keepsakes to decorate the nursery: framed artwork, a crib mobile, scrapbook, and pretty quilt for hanging. Pack everything in a sturdy cardboard carton as snugly as possible, soft gifts next to breakable ones; this will pad the contents and keep them from moving during shipping. Include a note explaining the premise. Top it all off with a bright helium-filled Mylar balloon to float up and out of the box—like magic—when she opens the package.

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Pop-Up Balloon

Orbz Sphere Balloon
Aaron Dyer

Surprise! Fill a balloon with helium and when the Mama-to-be opens her package, it will get her into the party spirits.

Shop Now: Orbz Sphere Balloon, $6, bonjourfete.com.

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Congratulatory Card

Rifle Paper Co. Welcome Little One
Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Welcome home her newest bundle of joy with a thoughtful greeting card. This Rifle Paper Co. card's blank interior lets your handwritten note take center stage.

Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. "Welcome Little One" Card, $5, riflepaperco.com.

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First Clothes

MORI "Welcome to the World" Newborn Gift Set
Courtesy of MORI

This capsule set makes the perfect gift. It includes four beautiful, yet practical essentials which have been crafted from a blend of bamboo and organic cotton fabric—making it ideal for a newborn's sensitive skin.

Shop Now: MORI "Welcome to the World" Newborn Gift Set, $126, thetot.com.

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Itty-Bitty Bonnet

Little Goodall Linen Scallop Bonnet in Shell Pink
Courtesy of Little Goodall

What could be more charming than a baby's bonnet? With a tie at the neck and scalloped ruffle trim, its sweet details are finely made by skilled craftspeople in North Texas.

Shop Now: Little Goodall Linen Scallop Bonnet in Shell Pink, $33, littlegoodall.com.

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Teether Ring

Chewable Charm Hayes Silicone + Wood Teether Ring
Courtesy of Chewable Charm

This accessory is safe as it is stylish—it's made of BPA-free silicone and organic beach wood, finished in organic beeswax and organic coconut oil. It doubles as a rattle that shakes with a calming sound to soothe the little babe.

Shop Now: Chewable Charm Hayes Silicone + Wood Teether Ring, in Succulent, $25, chewablecharm.com.

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Memorykeeping Book

Sugar Paper The Baby Book
Courtesy of Sugar Paper

It's the album Mom will wish she had when the baby's born, and can't wait to fill out as they grow. Thoughtful details include envelopes for loose keepsakes, a place for "A letter to my baby", month to month milestones, "The way we told everyone you were coming" and "Things I don't want to forget."

Shop Now: Sugar Paper The Baby Book, in Flax, $90, sugarpaper.com.

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Heirloom Quilt

Coco & Wolf Liberty Fabric Heirloom Quilt
Courtesy of The Tot

This vintage-inspired quilt is made with hand-embroidered stitching and the iconic Liberty fabric, one of of our favorites. In the package, it will provide cushioning when it's folded over the gifts. And once opened, it's the perfect thickness to keep the little one dreaming comfortably or for using as a play mat.

Shop Now: Coco & Wolf Liberty Fabric Heirloom Quilt, in Betsy Blue, Rose Quartz, & Capel Turquoise, $145, thetot.com.

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Nursery Mobile

Pehr "Surprise Stork" Mini Hoop Mobile
Courtesy of Pehr

With its modern design and neutral palette, this whimsical mobile is an alluring addition to any nursery. It will encourage Baby to develop their hand eye coordination by inviting them to reach and grasp for engaging objects within their view.

Shop Now: Pehr "Surprise Stork" Mini Hoop Mobile, $25, shoppehr.com.

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Teddy Bear

Coral & Tusk Bear Pocket Doll
Aaron Dyer

This charming character is heirloom quality, embroidered on 100 percent linen fabric and comes with a small slingshot accessory. Each stuffed toy begins as an original pencil drawing by Coral & Tusk's founder Stephanie Housley.

Shop Now: Coral & Tusk Bear Pocket Doll, $70, coralandtusk.com.

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Cupcake Toppers

Meri Meri Safari Animals Cupcake Kit
Aaron Dyer

Mailing a triple-tiered baked dessert may not be a possibility, but you can send her everything she needs to make one special. One-by-one, these toppers decorate her cake.

Shop Now: Meri Meri Safari Animals Cupcake Kit, $14, shopmerimeri.com.

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One-Piece Romper

Romper in Organic Cotton
Courtesy of Hanna Andersson

This organic cotton is super soft for little ones to play every day, with sweet pointelle stitching and easy snaps for effortless changes.

Shop Now: Hanna Andersson Romper in Organic Cotton, in Sea Salt Pointelle, $32, hannaandersson.com.

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Baby Booties

Albetta Crochet Deer Booties
Courtesy of Maisonette

These hand-crocheted booties are the precious gift. Sweet details—doe-eyed and rosy-cheeked—make this pair whimsical, comfy, and cute as can be.

Shop Now: Albetta Crochet Deer Booties, $28, maisonette.com.

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Reading Books

children Reading Books
Aaron Dyer

You just can't go wrong with a zoo concept: Kids adore animals, and the gift possibilities—in these books for their first library—are almost endless.

Shop Now: Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?, $5.89, target.com; I Want My Hat Back, $9, barnesandnoble.com; Creature, $23, amazon.com; Little Owl Lost, $8, barnesandnoble.com; I Am a Bunny, $7, amazon.com.

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Building Blocks

Plan Toys 40-Piece Block Set
Courtesy of PlanToys

To stimulate the baby's creativity and imagination, this starter set contains 40 wooden blocks in 6 shapes (18 pastel color pieces and 22 natural wood color pieces). They'll practice stacking the pieces one atop the other and, eventually, build their own worlds.

Shop Now: Plan Toys 40-Piece Block Set, $30, amazon.com.

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Bathtime Necessities

Pipette Welcome Baby Keepsake Set
Courtesy of Pipette

Gift Mom the cleanest, gentlest, most moisturizing products to smoothly transition through those early months. This set includes hypoallergenic products baby shampoo and wash, lotion, a travel-sized baby oil, and wipes—plus a box for holding all those bottles.

Shop Now: Pipette Welcome Baby Keepsake Set, $36, pipettebaby.com.

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Hooded Towel

Serena & Lily Gingham Banded Hooded Towel
Courtesy of Serena & Lily

And after tub time, she can wrap the little one in warmth, softness, and safety. This hooded towel is made with super absorbent terry-cloth fabric that gets softer with each wash.

Shop Now: Serena & Lily Gingham Banded Hooded Towel, $38, serenaandlily.com.

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Baby Bottles

Olababy GentleBottle
Courtesy of Olababy

Baby deserves the best. These innovative bottles are BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free, and made of sustainably produced medical-grade silicone.

Shop Now: Olababy GentleBottle, in Coral, $29 for 2, buybuybaby.com.

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Bottle Sterilizer

Upang Plus UV Baby Bottle Sterilizer
Courtesy of Upang

First introduced 12 years ago, Upang produces state of the art and eco-friendly baby bottle sterilizers that work with UV light rays and are proven to kill 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria, including the H1N1 flu virus and candida.

Shop Now: Upang Plus UV Baby Bottle Sterilizer, in Beige, $300, amazon.com.

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Fashionable Bib

Louelle Circle Bib
Courtesy of Louelle

Designed to save clothing from dribbles and drool, this soft terry-cloth bib features a crisp contrasting trim and adjustable tie.

Shop Now: Louelle Circle Bib, in Harbor Island Blue, $29, louelle.co.

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Feeding Mat and Utensils

Ezpz First Foods Set
Courtesy of Ezpz

Most parents introduce solids to their baby at four to six months of age. This all-in-one placemat set comes with everything they need for mealtime— a bowl, cup, and spoon—all microwave and dishwasher safe.

Shop Now: Ezpz First Foods Set, in Sage, $35, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Swaddle Blanket

Copper Pearl "Autumn" Knit Swaddle Blanket
Courtesy of Copper Pearl

Swaddling calls for a super-breathable blanket that will keep the little one warm, cozy, and snoozing comfortably. This one comes in an airy floral print.

Shop Now: Copper Pearl "Autumn" Knit Swaddle Blanket, $25, copperpearl.com.

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Stuffed Animal

Jellycat Small Bashful Bunny Stuffed Animal
Courtesy of Jellycat

Snuggly, cuddly, and classic in design—this super-soft bunny is a bestseller, so your little one always has their cuddly companion.

Shop Now: Jellycat Small Bashful Bunny Stuffed Animal, $15, nordstrom.com.

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Alphabet Wall Hanging

Mushie Alphabet Floral Poster
Courtesy of Mushie

Introduce the child to their ABCs with this print that's awash in soft colors and soothing florals. Designed in Sweden, it's the first in a series of prints that combine whimsical themes with modern design.

Shop Now: Mushie Alphabet Floral Poster, $22, mushie.com.

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Diaper Bundle

The Honest Company Diaper Cake
Courtesy of The Honest Company

Tied in pretty ribbon, this gift package is perfect for any baby shower in a box. Stuffed inside the tiers of hypoallergenic diapers are even more of the baby and nursery essentials to help Mama get started.

Shop Now: The Honest Company Diaper Cake, in Multi-Colored Giraffes, $100, honest.com.

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Baby Basket

Olli Ella Reva Changing Basket
Courtesy of Anthropologie

Handmade from soft seagrass and white recycled plastic weave, this basket is suitable for so many different uses. Our gentle suggestion? Tuck everything into it as the gift basket, and this piece will have life even after the diaper days are over.

Shop Now: Olli Ella Reva Changing Basket, $108, anthropologie.com.

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