5 Unique Baby Gifts for Hip Moms and Dads - Quicken Loans Zing BlogAh, the dreaded baby shower. Between mediocre cold cuts and endless games of Baby Bingo, thoughts of a baby shower bring terror to the hearts of millions.

Occasionally, you’re lucky enough to have a friend so cool that they transcend the basic party tropes. For the parents who don’t make you play pin-the-blank-on-the-blank, a present reflective of their fun and unique personality is in order.

Want a gift that will make you the belle of the baby ball? Here are some great gift ideas sure to stand out with a parent-to-be who’s too cool for school.

 

Instead of: Dear god, yet ANOTHER Boppy5 Unique Baby Gifts for Hip Moms and Dads - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Try: The ciao! baby portable high chair

What it is: This portable high chair features the practicality of a high chair and the ease of a camping chair combined, allowing baby to throw down at a campground or outdoor festival in style. Owners praise the lightweight, locking design featuring a durable vinyl tray and a comfortable and secure lap belt.

Who it’s for: The crunchiest of your hippie granola friends

What they’ll say: “This is a thing? You’re, like, totally blowing my mind right now, man.”

 

5 Unique Baby Gifts for Hip Moms and Dads - Quicken Loans Zing BlogInstead of: A box of white socks

Try: Black Crib Doc Martens

What it is: Sure, some babies are content to loaf around the crib all day. For some, though, there’s more to life. Whether smashing a toy guitar or crowd surfing across a sea of stuffed animals, tiny combat boots let folks know this baby’s here to kick butt and drink bottles.

Who it’s for: Friends who’ve gone from partying to parenting ALL. NIGHT. LONG.

What they’ll say: “Two days of no sleep used to be more fun.”

 

5 Unique Baby Gifts for Hip Moms and Dads - Quicken Loans Zing BlogInstead of: Brahms Lullabies

Try: Rockabye Baby!

What it is: Adults love great music. Babies love the soothing sound of the glockenspiel. Put them together, and you’ll have lullabies everyone can enjoy. The fine folks at Rockabye Baby have assembled soothing renditions of dozens of rock ‘n’ roll faves, from AC/DC to Zeppelin. More of a hip-hop family? Check out collections based on Jay Z, Eminem and Kanye West.

Who it’s for: Music purists who are more into Blitzkrieg Bop than Kids Bop

What they’ll say: “Hey! Ho! Let’s go! To Grandma’s!”

 

5 Unique Baby Gifts for Hip Moms and Dads - Quicken Loans Zing BlogInstead of: A picture frame with a rattle or something

Try: Personalized Storybook Pillow

What it is: Framed birth announcements are lovely, sure, but are they a conversation piece? Get a little more creative with this custom, made-to-order pillow. Uncommon Goods carries several versions, each in the style of a wonderful classic children’s book. The parents’ names fill out the “author” area, and you can even write a “book review” on the back.

Who it’s for: Artsy types

What they’ll say: “This will make do until I actually finish writing my autobiography!”

 

5 Unique Baby Gifts for Hip Moms and Dads - Quicken Loans Zing BlogInstead of: A baby book

Try: Baby Time Capsule Keepsake

What it is: The Baby Time Capsule Keepsake is an amazing gift to share with your science-minded parent friends, and something they can share with their children when they’re old enough to care about such things. Fill it with pictures, newspapers, cash and anything else you can think of (plenty of suggestions are listed in the kit).

Who it’s for: Nerdy friends and their budding baby archeologist

What they’ll say: “Now we’ll have something to look forward to during the Terrible Twos.”

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