photo by Claire Marie Photography

Whether it’s someone from your Seattle moms group, the office, or the neighborhood, chances are that you know someone expecting a baby this summer. A group gift is an excellent way to shower the new (or 2nd time) mom with a useful gift – one that allows for time with her baby or a way to capture special moments. After all, does she really need another blanket?

All-In-On Gift Card
With advice books galore, late-night Googling, and girlfriends on speed dial, getting through pregnancy is a piece of cake.  But what about the chaos that comes post-delivery? Elite Baby Planners is a Kirkland-based business that’s a one-stop shop for Seattle area moms who need a little (or a lot of) help after baby arrives. With both a la carte and bundled services, Elite Baby has all the baby shower gifts covered; from helping with baby announcements (and mailing them!)  to catered meals, housekeeping, diaper services and Mommy massages. In its newest offerings, Elite Baby has started Cooking with Mommy and Daddy classes and Mommy and Me spa days, and is launching a line of baby clothes this fall.  And, in about a week, they will offer a coupon book featuring local businesses for new moms (Calidora Spa, Water Babies, Bump Maternity etc…) which is the perfect thing to wrap up for the new mom along with a baby shower gift certificate to Elite Baby Planners.

Group Support
The gift of joining a PEPS group (the Program for Early Parent Support) is one any Seattle mom having a baby shower would appreciate. Coordinate with your friend to find the best fit for her needs (Newborn Group, Baby Peppers (for older babies) or Little Peppers (for families with two children under age 3) and then take care of the details and the cost for her as your group gift. Costs typically range from $150-$200 for an 11 or 12 week session. Groups meet up all over Seattle, the Eastside, and Snohomish County.

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A Photo Session
We all yearn to have cool family photography on our walls. A group gift for a photography shoot is a unique and cherished baby shower gift the new mom and her family can appreciate forever. If she’s still expecting, a pregnancy shoot is always fun and newborn sessions or “first year” packages will help her remember just how small her little one really was – even when time flies by so quickly. Check out our Favorite seattle photographers for some inspiration.

Food, Glorious Food
For many time-starved, exhausted moms, thinking about cooking is a chore more dreaded than changing a poopy diaper. Forget spa treatments and pedicures, a truly luxurious new baby gift is the opportunity for gourmet meal preperation delivery. Help a friend in need with a gift certificate to one of these local meal prep or in-home chef services.

-Kavita Varma-White