Everyone wants their gift to stand out at the baby shower. Every toddler wants to mark themselves out as an avant-garde trend-setter early in life. That’s exactly what this list of unusual new baby gifts is for! Alternative baby gifts will help develop your child’s imagination and lateral thinking, whilst fitting into your home seamlessly as kooky décor. These unique personalized baby gifts will be just as appealing to oddball toddlers as it is to their equally off-beat mums and dads.
1. MOLUK PLUI RAIN CLOUD - £9.95
All UK residents must master the art of complaining about the weather at some point, and this will give your toddler a head start! They can produce their own precipitation at bath time and then you can teach them how to whinge about it. A great cheap baby gift.
2. GEMMA TEETHING NECKLACE - £15
Normally I hate it when people start chewing my jewellery, but with this gift for new mums I welcome it! Well, as long as it’s a teething toddler and not Gary at the Christmas party again. Made of slobber-resistant stylishly-coloured silicone.
3. POM POM BIRD - £20
Much like the Dodo this utterly un-camouflaged flightless bird is completely unsuited to survival in the wild. Luckily your child can save this Pompom bird from extinction. Great for people bored of the regular colour spectrum and looking for some rainbow baby gifts.
4. BALLOON LAMP - £24.00
Stephen King has a lot to answer for; IT has given both clowns and red balloons a bad reputation recently. But never fear! Balloons are making a comeback with this awesome nightlight. This balloon will never pop.
5. GREY PENGUIN BABY PRAMSUIT - £28.00
Having kids can be tough: the constant smell of fish, the honking in the middle of the night, the seawater dripped over your living room floor… oh no wait, that’s penguins! But with this adorable playsuit it’s a mistake you can expect to make a lot. This isn’t a bad Christmas baby gift, if you want to be proactive.
6. MELISSA AND DOUG GIRAFFE PLUSH SOFT TOY - £79.99
They used to have life size giraffes in Hamleys when I was little and I refused to accept my parents’ claim that the 20ft plush simply wouldn’t fit in the car. Of course now I realise the concern was actually over the £2000 price tag. Retrospectively, I could have been placated with this 5ft funky UK baby gift. Caution! It’s a hell of a job to gift wrap!
7. NEO CHILDRENS ROCKING MAMMOTH - £118.95
When your toddler is all grown up perhaps they’ll take a gap year and ride elephants in Thailand. But, if they’ve been raised with this mammoth it’s bound to seem underwhelming. With this elephant baby gift you’re sure to save thousands on future hostels and harem pants. It’s basically an investment.
8. OEUF NYC REVERSIBLE BABY HOODIE IN INDIGO MONSTER – £147
This exclusive UK baby gift has a dual advantage – the pockets will keep your child’s hands out of trouble and it makes them look like an adorable little denizen of hell! What’s not to love?
9. WOODEN ROCKING BIKE - £184.99
Kids are so independent nowadays. Little Jolene is only two, but already she’s cruising the windswept planes of her bedroom carpet, singing along to Bruce Springsteen and feeling the wind in her hair. This birch-wood Harley is an achingly cool baby gift.
10. LOLA DOLLSHOUSE AND DESK - £890
I’ve heard of a work/ home-life balance, but this is ridiculous! Your toddler’s dolls can keep track of their high-flying careers by literally living on their own desk. In all seriousness this is an incredibly cool piece of furniture, and would make a totally unique baby shower gift.