Baby Gift Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on January 30, 2010

in Gifts & Celebration Etiquette


Baby gift etiquette used to state that if the parents were having a boy, all gifts bought must be blue; if they were having a girl, all gifts bought must be pink. Let’s fast forward to the 21st century. That rule is so old fashioned – now, anything goes! Get the baby anything you want, as long as it is totally adorable! The same goes for accessories for the parents (diaper bags, strollers, etc.). If you think they would like it, screw the color rules!

And what are you supposed to do if the parents have either chosen not to know the sex of their baby or are not telling anyone the sex? Traditional baby gift etiquette dictates you should purchase the baby something yellow, but, let’s face it, very few babies look good in yellow and there aren’t that many cute yellow outfits out there. If this is the situation you find yourself in, then go crazy in the toy department. Whether the baby comes out a boy or girl, they are still going to need things to play with!

As far as what you should spend, spend what you are comfortable with. Baby items can add up quickly and the sad thing is, the baby outgrows everything very fast! Check out your local discount department store for discontinued clothes and toys. The baby won’t know the difference (and neither will the parents). Then you can get more bang for your buck.

If the parents to be are having a baby shower, that would be when you present them with the gift. If they are not having a baby shower, you are not under any obligation to purchase a gift for the baby. However, if you still choose to, when you visit the baby for the first time, that is the perfect opportunity to bring your present along.

Photo: dreamstime/Cheryl Davis

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