While useful and cute shower gifts are always nice, a great gag gift can get a good laugh out of everyone and lighten the spirits of new parents who might be a bit nervous. There are some excellent options out there for shower gifts that will leave the mom- and dad-to-be chuckling for many months to come.
10 Great Gag Gifts for Baby Showers
If you're looking for the perfect gag gift, you are only limited by your imagination. Try one of these great ideas on the mom-to-be, all of which are guaranteed to garner a laugh.
Dirty Diaper Survival Kit
A Dirty Diaper Survival Kit makes a great choice. This hilarious option from Angelic Baby Shower Gifts includes protective gloves, "Stink B Gone" air freshener, a clothespin for hands-free nose protection, and a practice mess for the new parents to clean up. It retails for $16.
Baby Decision Dice
Any new parent quickly learns that you can't always tell why the baby is crying. These Baby Decision Dice from PartyPail.com lighten these tense moments by showing just how random new parenthood can be. The set of two dice includes random reasons the baby may be upset, such as a dirty diaper, being hungry, or needing a nap. The set retails for about five dollars.
Prank Pak Crib Dribbler Box
The Prank Pak Crib Dribbler from Amazon is a hilarious option for presenting your gift. The picture on the box features an amusingly awful rodent-style baby feeding and watering system. Your real gift goes inside the box. This choice is sure to get a laugh at any shower and retails for eight dollars.
Little Toader Appeteether
The Little Toader Appeteether is a gift that will continue to garner laughs for months to come. These baby-safe teethers are shaped just like real chicken wings and are sure to startle anyone who sees the baby gnawing on food that isn't exactly age-appropriate. Each teether retails for about $10.
Homemade Nursing Dad
This homemade gift is best for small showers where everyone is well-acquainted, and you can be sure you won't offend any of the other guests. To make it, you'll need a gel bra, such as the Embroidered Liquid Lift Bra from Frederick's of Hollywood, a hot glue gun and glue sticks, and two water bottle caps with nozzles. Remove the caps from the water bottles and hot glue them to the center of the cups of the bra. Then package it up and present it to the parents-to-be at a co-ed shower.
Baby Ear Plugs
Anyone who has spent a lot of time with a newborn knows that crying is just part of the package. The New Parent Ear Plugs from Amazon poke fun at this idea. The package includes two cork earplugs and retails for just over five dollars.
Safe Baby Handling Tips Book
Another great option is the book Safe Baby Handling Tips by David and Kelly Soppy. From instructions for how to lift the baby (not by the head), to nursing tips that will have you rolling on the floor, this book will be a hit with the new mom. It even comes with a responsibility spinner on the cover to help new parents decide who has to change that diaper. This book retails for about eight dollars.
Pacifier with Teeth
Yet another gift that keeps on giving is the Pacifier with Teeth from Spencer's Gifts. This baby-safe pacifier makes the little one look like he or she has a full set of none-too-clean adult teeth. It retails for about $10.
This is a gift that will be useful, as well as amusing. New parents will love the These Fools Put My Cape on Backwards Bib from Cafe Press. The generously-sized, easy-wash bib retails for about $12.
Maternity Coffee Mug
This hilarious Maternity Coffee Mug from Amazon is a fun choice for a baby shower gift. It resembles a pregnant belly with the handle supporting the lower back. The dad- and mom-to-be will both be laughing when they open it. It retails for about $20.
Tips for Successful Gag Gifts
A baby shower is a tricky setting for giving gag gifts. You may not know everyone present or be able to predict if people will be offended by your gift. Keep these tips in mind for success:
- Make sure it's obvious the gift is a gag. Choose gifts with packaging that don't look too realistic, especially if the gift could be misconstrued as dangerous or offensive.
- Consider reserving naughtier gifts for smaller gatherings where you know everyone. If the mom-to-be's grandma will be there, she might not be as amused.
- Avoid poking fun at things that really bother the parents-to-be. For instance, if the mom-to-be is worried about her size, skip maternity t-shirts that make jokes about it.
- Don't make the gag gift your only present at the shower. While the gift is funny, the shower's purpose is to help the parents-to-be get ready for their newborn.
Keep Everyone Laughing
There are dozens of great gag gifts that are perfect for baby showers. No matter which one you choose, you'll help break the ice at this social gathering and have everyone talking and laughing about your present for years to come.