Gotta love (or hate) baby showers. After all, they’re pretty great for the parent-to-be — but not always so great for the guest, at least when it comes to choosing a gift. Sure, there’s lots of baby stuff out there, but you want to get something these parents will really appreciate — and use. After all, as the 19th-century designer William Morris once said, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Marie Kondo would agree — and so would we.
Finding the truly useful baby shower gift may be a little trickier than the beautiful (Monique Lhuillier elephant rocker for the win), so here are some ideas to consider as you shop.
Don’t let your new-mom friend fall into the trap of getting the cheapest bottles around. You don’t have to totally break the bank, but you do want to invest in high-quality options like these from Perry Mackin, which mimic breastfeeding with their nipple shape and have a built-in anti-colic air valve (no angry gassy babies around here!).