There’s a lot to think about when you’re throwing a baby shower. You want the decorations to be perfect, the food to be tasty, and the cake to induce “Awww”s. Then there are the games. And if you have games, you have to have prizes! You probably tend to think of the typical prize as something for a woman–the typical baby shower attendee. These days, co-ed showers are becoming more common, so we’re also going to look at some prizes that would be appropriate for the guys. What if the mom-to-be doesn’t care for shower games? No problem–we’ll talk about some fun gifts that could be given as door or raffle prizes. You’ll be able to cross this item off your lengthy to-do list in short order because we’ve got you covered!
Baby Shower Prizes For Guys
Times, they are a’changin’ and if you have a guy who wins a game at a baby shower, he’s going to want a prize! So, what kind of gift is appropriate for the dudes? Take a look!
#1 – Gift Cards:
Who doesn’t love a gift card? Think restaurants, (coffee shops), iTunes, the car wash, or even something more general like Walmart, Target, or Amazon.
#2 – Shot Glasses:
A set of 6 makes a nicer gift, but you can always break it up for additional prizes.
#3 – Bottle of Wine:
Bottle of wine. This may be appropriate if you’re just giving out one prize, otherwise, it could become a little too pricey. Another option is to purchase a sampler set of 4-6 different types so that you can give out more prizes.
#4 – Sweet Treats:
King-size candy bars, a box of chocolates, or a bag of delectable candy makes a nice gift that’s also shareable!
#5 – Movie Night:
Put a couple bags of microwave popcorn together with a couple cans of soda, some “movie” candy, and a gift certificate for one movie rental into a big bowl, wrap it in cellophane, add a bow and you’re good to go.
Baby Shower Game Prizes For Guests
We’ve singled out the men, now let’s take a look at some game prizes that are a little more general and/or more “feminine.” Keep in mind that some of these ideas can also work as party favors!
#6 – Jar Cookie Mix:
Here are the instructions:
- Get a clear quart canning jar.
- Mix 1 ¾ cups of flour with a ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ¾ teaspoon salt. Layer this mixture on the bottom of the jar.
- The next layer is 1 ½ cups of any kind of chocolate chips.
- Next comes ¾ cup of packed brown sugar.
- The top layer is ½ cup granulated sugar.
- Seal the jar and tie a cute ribbon around the top, attaching a recipe card with directions for baking: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat 1 ½ sticks of butter, one egg, and ¾ teaspoon of vanilla in a large bowl until fully mixed. Bake for 9-11 minutes and cool on a wire rack. The mix will make two dozen cookies.
#7 – Manicure Sets:
Make a fun little bundle with a little bottle of nail polish, a colorful nail file, a pack of gum, and some lip gloss. Tie it all up with some twine or a cute ribbon. An alternative is to put some nail clippers, nail polish, and toe separators into a small mason jar with some raffia or colored paper. Attach a little card that says, “You nailed it!”
#8 – Shower Sets:
Wrap travel size soap, shampoo, and conditioner in pretty fabric, colorful tissue paper, or some tulle and tie with a ribbon or twine. Attach a note that says, “You won! Your next SHOWER is on us!” If you’d like to go a little more upscale, purchase some shower baskets and fill them with shower poufs, shower gloves, an eye mask, bath bubbles, or a bath bomb, as well as full-size shower gel.
#9 – Mini Bottles of Champagne:
What can really set these little prizes apart is to make personalized labels with baby’s name, the date of the shower, or any other creative saying you can come up with, like, “She’s about to pop!!”
#10 – Coffee Cups:
But not just any coffee cups! Purchase a few reusable, lidded coffee cups and put a $5 gift card for a coffee shop on the inside. Attach a cutesy label that says, “A baby is brewin’!”
#11 – Drink Mixers:
Get some of the (lidded insulated tumblers) that come with straws and fill them with different flavors of drink mixes. You could throw in some chocolates or other candies for fun.
#12 – Measuring Spoons:
Seem silly? Not if they’re sweet heart-shaped measuring spoons. You’ll think of baby each time you use them, plus, who doesn’t need an extra set?
#13 – Brown Sugar Scrubs:
Here’s an easy recipe for a brown sugar scrub to die for.
- 3 cups of brown sugar (dark or light)
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- All you have to do is stir all of the ingredients together and put in a quart size mason jar. Get creative with a tag for the jar! You’ll have some very happy prize winners!
#14 – Nail Polish:
This is a little simpler than the other nail sets but still, makes a great prize. Choose some colors of your choice and attach a tag that says, “Here’s to 10 perfect fingers and toes!”
#15 – Mason Jar Cocktails:
Here’s what you need for these sassy little prizes:
- 16-ounce mason jar mugs. They should have a mouth that is at least 2 ½ inches wide.
- 7 ½ ounce mini cans of soda
- Mini bottles of alcohol
- Cutesy straws
- Twine or ribbon
Here’s how you put them together:
- Tie a double knot around the top of your jar with two pieces of twine or thin ribbon.
- Make another knot, but insert the straw into the knot before you pull it tight.
- Attach the bottle of alcohol the same way and then tie another double knot to secure everything.
- Add your tag, put the can of soda inside, and you’re ready to make a lucky prize winner very happy!
#16 – Flower Arrangements:
The great thing about using flower arrangements as gifts is that they can do double-duty as decorations and centerpieces for the tables. Once the flowers die, the winner still has a sweet little vase or jar that they can use over and over.
#17 – Honey:
Initially, that may seem silly but not when you present it in an attractive way. A tiny jar with a stopper lid makes a great little gift when you attach a little (wooden honeycomb stick).
#18 – A Journal and Pen:
Stationery items are popular baby shower prize ideas. Journals are a nice idea, or you can give magnetic notepads, fancy sticky notes, and/or sets of gel pens or markers.
#19 – Adult Coloring Books:
They’re all the rage these days. Tie a piece of twine or ribbon around the coloring book and attach a small box of colored pencils.
Prizes For a Diaper Raffle
A diaper raffle is a little bit different than the normal game that’s played while at the shower. The way it usually works is each person receives a raffle ticket in their shower invitation. If they bring a package of diapers with them to the shower, they can put their raffle ticket into a drawing. A winner is chosen at the end of the shower. Normally, this gift would be a little bit bigger than the usual game prize. A good rule of thumb is to choose a gift that is at least as valuable as a pack of diapers but can be as extravagant as you’d like. Gift certificates and gift cards make fabulous prizes for a raffle. Here are some great ideas:
#20 – Spa or Salon:
These can range in price depending on the services that are specified. You can include a massage, pedicure, manicure, facial, or a combination of a couple.
#21 – Gasoline:
It’s not flashy, but nearly everyone can put a gift card for gas to good use.
#22 – VISA:
A card in the amount of $25-$50 makes a wonderful prize that anyone would love.
#23 – Restaurants:
For many people, eating out is a special treat, making this a welcome reward.
#24 – Movie Theater:
Most people enjoy a trip to the movies but hesitate to spend the money on themselves. Your winner will be excited for a night out to take in a flick on you.
#25 – Amazon:
While this is already on our list, think bigger! A $25-$50 amount is more appropriate for this type of gift, as opposed to the smaller amount you’d give to the winner of a regular shower game.
Don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box!
Baby Shower Prizes Final Thoughts
Guests don’t come to a shower to win prizes and get gifts for themselves – but they will appreciate it! The idea isn’t to take the focus off the expectant mama or the new baby but to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and having fun as they’re celebrating. As you’re choosing gifts for prizes, think about who you’ve invited and the tone of the party. For example, if it’s a more formal affair, make sure the prizes are appropriate. Or, if it’s a co-ed shower, include prizes that could be used by a man or woman. Ultimately, you’re thanking the guests for their attendance at the shower and for their participation in making a fun and memorable day for the parents-to-be! Have you received a prize at a shower that you really loved? Was this shower game gift guide helpful? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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