If you’ve ever thrown a baby shower — or attended one, for that matter — you know that whatever the guests take home as a favor will either be the final nail in the coffin that was the shower (yes, I know this is a dark metaphor for an event celebrating birth, just bear with me) by adding a closing note of tackiness — or it will be a final, lasting reminder of just how awesome the party was. Yes, baby showers throw a few wrenches in the usual party-time setup (i.e., the guest of honor is not usually drinking here) and being around a very pregnant lady often causes emotions to run high (why-am-I-crying-right-now-it’s-just-a-tiny-pair-of-socks syndrome). But whether you have kids, don’t have kids, want kids or think children make the worst pets ever, you never know when you could suddenly be responsible for throwing a baby shower. So you’d better be prepared — with some of the cutest and most non-tacky baby shower favors and gifts around.
You may decide to say hell no to a baby shower for yourself, but if not, you want to make sure you throw one that guests will love almost as much as the guest of honor does; and that includes favors that aren’t, um, silly. But before your eyes glaze over looking at all the terrible favor ideas online — and before you devote three weeks to crocheting “bath scrubbies” that look vaguely like misshapen pot holders no one will ever use, relax. Repeat after us: I will not purchase tulle in bulk. And for everyone’s sake, do not go for the pun and give out bags of popcorn that say “About to pop!” (No one is going to eat it. You and I both know that.)
Instead, we’ve gathered 26 absolutely incredible — no, really, you will actually want to keep these final products — DIY baby shower favors guests will adore. Get ready to not only get bragging rights for making that shit, but also to make your baby shower the end-all, be-all of baby showers — a model for all baby showers to come. Yep, it’s that epic.