Let’s find the best baby shower prizes for your party that your guests will love!
I’ll help you find gifts your guests will like, use, and keep. Rather than throwing them in the Goodwill bin…
Or worse… The trash 🗑️.
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This list will cover the types of baby shower prizes you might need, how many prizes and favors to include, and some ideas for each group to fit all budgets.
When planning your prizes for your baby shower, you want to keep a few things in mind.
- What is your budget?
- Is it useful or practical? Don’t spend your hard-earned money on gifts that will wind up in the back of a closet, donated, or re-gifted!
- Is it something that everyone will love? Don’t buy a prize with just one person in mind. You never know who is going to win!
- Who is your audience? If everyone is health-conscious and fitness-orientated, it would be better to have gym accessories and reusable water bottles rather than chocolates and cheese.
Mom Tip: Still in the early stages of planning your shower? Check out the best baby shower venues to host your event.
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Party Favors and Door Prizes
Call them party favors or door prizes, but these are small gifts to show appreciation for each guest. You should spend 50% of your baby shower prize budget on party favors.
Here are the best baby shower party favors (as well as the approximate cost of each):
($0.50+ Per Person)
Everyone loves sweets. Whether you buy your goodies from a professional baker or make them at home, your guests will love this party favor.
To save money, get goodie bags from the dollar store and some lovely ribbon (in pink or blue!) and package the sweets yourself.
I love this Oreo truffle recipe! It’s easy, inexpensive, and does not disappoint.
($1-$6 Per Person)
Grab some nail polish for your guests in a color that represents the gender of your baby or goes along with the theme of your shower. Tie a cute ribbon around the top, and you’re all set!
($2-$10 Per Person)
A plant you can’t kill? Yes, please!
Plants symbolize new life, and depending on the theme of your shower, they might be the perfect baby shower party favor.
Major retailers like Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes sell succulents all year round. Most come in pots, but if not, you can pick up an inexpensive pot at the Dollar Tree.
Mini Bottles of Champagne, Wine, or Spirits:
($2-$10 Per Person)
Just because you can’t sip Champagne doesn’t mean you can’t offer some to your guests🥂!
Make a fun prize by pairing a bottle of Champagne with a mini orange juice for a single-serve mimosa!
Is Champagne too expensive? Mini bottles of wine tend to be more budget-friendly. Grab a 50/50 selection of red and white and let your guests take whichever they prefer.
Homemade DIY Sugar Scrub:
($2+ Per Person)
Making sugar scrub is so easy! IMO, it’s one of the best baby shower prizes out there. It’s affordable, impressive, luxurious, and can be dyed and scented to accompany any shower theme.
Grab some small mason jars, whip up a batch of scrub, package it with a bow, and you’re all set!
A basic sugar scrub recipe is two parts sugar and 1 part oil.
You can use any sugar or oil, but I like raw or natural sugar for a more abrasive scrub and regular white sugar for a gentler scrub.
I also like to use coconut oil because it solidifies, so you don’t have to worry about oils leaking from your jars. Warm the coconut oil to liquid, mix in the sugar, and let it harden in the jars.
Personalized Eos Lip Balms:
($6-8+ Per Person)
These are the cutest! Download my free EOS baby shower prize templates.
Print and cut out the paper template, unscrew the EOS lip balm, and place it around the card. You’ll need a paper cutter to cut out the cards and a 1.5-inch circle punch to cut out the center.
Not in the mood to DIY? You can buy the cards already printed and cut! Just add EOS, and you’re done.
Diaper Raffle Prize
If you are planning on doing a diaper raffle (which you totally should!) to build a diaper stash, the grand prize should be separate from your other game prizes.
The reason is that diaper raffle prizes need to be a little more extravagant to get people to participate–and to get you more diapers!
If you’re having a diaper raffle, you’ll want to set aside 20-25% of your budget for that prize (we’re talking $20-$25 for a $100 budget).
Any prizes below can be used for a diaper raffle grand prize, or you can check my list of diaper raffle great prizes.
Game Prizes (By Category)
Now that we’ve covered party favors, we can think about the baby shower prizes for the winners of the shower games you are going to play.
Pro Tip: Any of these prizes could be used as party favors, but they are more expensive per person than my list above.
Decide how many games you will play, then have one prize per game. I often hear of having ties (sometimes multiple ties) in a baby shower game. Then you run out of prizes for the group! Have a tie-breaker hand, or buy some backup prizes.
I’ve organized all of my baby shower prize ideas into categories. Many of the gifts are also great for coed baby showers.
Beauty and Self-Care:
Any self-care product makes for a grand prize. Make sure to buy a neutral scent that everyone will love (think light citrus). Popular Bath and Bodyworks scents like “Warm Vanilla Sugar” and “Cherry Blossom” are very polarizing. When in doubt, opt for unscented varieties.
Want a more extravagant prize? Opt for luxury beauty, or pair a couple of these items together:
- Hand lotion
- Hand soap
- Body lotion
- Shower gel
- Lip Balm
- Lip Gloss
If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your bath bombs! Choose colors to match your shower theme (or the baby’s gender!).
Shower bombs are becoming so popular. Let your guests experience the relaxing properties of aromatherapy.
If you’ve done it before, you can make your handmade soap. However, the materials are tricky to find, and it isn’t straightforward, so it’s not something you’d want to do for the first time when making such a big batch.
Seek out local handmade soap at a craft fair or farmer’s market. Local artisans will work with you on the scent, add-ins (like dried fruit and flowers), size, shape, and price.
Food and Drink:
Cookie or Brownie Mason Jar Kits
Make a delicious DIY project for your shower with these mason jar kits.
Fill a mason jar with all the dry ingredients for your favorite cookie or brownie recipe. Attach a recipe card with some pretty ribbon, and you’re all set. Check out my go-to mason jar cookie gift.
DIY ‘Smores Kit
These are easy to throw together and guests will love them (especially in the summer!).
Make your gift set by picking up some coffee beans and a mug from your local coffee shop.
Insulated Coffee Mug
You can never have too many coffee thermoses to survive the cold winter months!
Just like coffee, tea makes is a crowd-pleaser. Fill a mug with your favorite tea blends. I love this sampler pack to give some exciting variety!
Gift your favorite cookbook and give your guests all your cooking hacks and secrets.
While you might offer mini bottles of Champagne or wine as a party favor, you can splurge on a full-size bottle for your game prizes.
Not sure what everyone will like? Stick to Champagne, white or rose wine, and clear liquors.
Splurge for a luxury chocolate assortment.
Cheese and Charcuterie
Did you know you can buy shelf-stable cheeses? These don’t need refrigeration, so they are great for prizes. You don’t have to worry about refrigeration!
Check for a local olive oil distributor, or buy some flavored or exotic olive oil samples.
Buy your favorite spice blends, or make your own! I made my own spice rub for my wedding favor. Guests raved about it for years!
Home and Kitchen:
Make a note of who wins the photo frame and send them a picture of the two of you from the baby shower to go in it.
No one can ever have enough kitchen utensils. Find some cute rubber scrapers or spatulas that go along with your colors or theme. Tie them with a recipe card for your go-to meal. Are you looking for something more classic? Grab a bamboo utensil set that will complement any kitchen style.
Tea towels are helpful, and you can often find them with a funny saying. Give your guests a good laugh and bring some fun to their kitchen.
Like lotions, candle scent can be challenging to pinpoint. Try to find a scent that is universally appealing (citrus and fresh linen come to mind).
A cute throw pillow or warm blanket is a practical baby shower prize. Pick colors and patterns that will go with any home style. Stick with neutrals like beige, white, or grey. Avoid loud patterns and prints.
Seasonal Home Decor
Home decor can be tricky (everyone has a preference), but seasonal or holiday themes are always popular. Look for wreaths, centerpieces, and table runners.
You can buy reed diffusers and electric diffusers to disperse your favorite scents.
Compliment your diffuser with an essential oil set, or offer it themselves. Essential oils have thousands of uses and are a staple in many households.
Something that everyone always needs more of.
A nice cutting board is a staple piece of any house. They often get worn out over time, so this would make a perfect price for an upgrade.
Summon your inner grill master with a set of new grill utensils.
Opt for a lovely platter or serving tray in a neutral color.
Pro Tip: I think it’s a nice touch to tape a gift receipt to the prize. It lets your guests know that you want them to have something they will love and use.
Stationary and Organization:
Planner or Calendar
We could all use a little more organization in our lives. These make for great prizes… Especially if your shower is close to the start of the school year or new year!
Journal or Diary
A simple, leatherbound blank journal or diary is a classic option. You can also find journals and diaries with prompts to guide your guests as they write.
Snail mail is back in style! Look for inexpensive stationery sets at places like Five Below.
Your Favorite Book
Have a book that you can’t get enough of? Grab a copy for a friend. The two of you can talk about the book later.
Adult Coloring Book and Colored Pencils
Is there anything more relaxing than sitting down with some freshly sharpened pencils and a mandala coloring book?
Gift Cards and Lottery:
My 2 cents? Don’t give a gift card less than $10. It isn’t easy to get anything for $5, even a coffee.
Pick a gift card to a place that anyone would be happy to shop at, like Target or Starbucks.
Lottery Ticket and Scratch Offs
I might be biased–because I love scratch-offs!– but scratch-offs and lottery tickets are a seriously underrated prize. People go crazy for lottery tickets and scratch-offs.
It’s something that most people wouldn’t buy for themselves, but who doesn’t like the opportunity to win big? What’s more, you can give a small stack of tickets at a very affordable price.
Fashion and Accessories:
Need I say more?
A classic black belt bag is a staple in any wardrobe. I wouldn’t buy a regular purse as a prize, but a cornerstone piece of a wardrobe is a safe bet!
Who doesn’t love a good tote bag?
I’m shocked many people don’t have jewelry trays beside their beds! After learning this, I think a jewelry tray is a fantastic present.
Plants and Flowers:
Small succulents make a great shower favor. Large succulents or a succulent arrangement are perfect for a main prize.
A beautiful flower arrangement and a vase is a gift anyone would be happy to receive. Make sure not to buy your flowers too far ahead of time, or they might start to droop quickly for your guest.
Avoid the pot and soil altogether with an air plant! A twist on a succulent.
Look for a small terrarium or handing terranium.
Inspire your guest with potted herbs. Bonus: print and attach a recipe card for your favorite dish with that fresh herb.
Grocery stores and garden centers have potted plants all year long. Find something seasonal or annual, like mums or tulips.
House plants liven up any space. Look for an easy-to-care-for orchid or calathea.
House plants typically have meanings associated with them. Look for a house plant that encompasses your shower theme.
Your friends will be competing hard to win a Stanley Tumbler. Opt for a soft or neutral color.
Reusable Water Bottle
Your sports enthusiasts will rejoice with a nice reusable water bottle.
Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the United States, so it’s likely that your guests have a pickleball court nearby.
Yoga Mat or Blocks
Yog mats–more so than blocks–are versatile gym equipment. Even if you don’t practice yoga, a mat can be used for stretching, meditating, and even put under a weight bench or stationary cardio equipment.