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Throwing a baby shower, for yourself or someone else?   Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn of The Itsy Factor today suggests a name-themed shower game that’s a lot more modern and fun than covering the expectant mom’s bump with gift bows.  Plus ten fresh ideas for the perfect shower gift. And click here if you’re shopping for baby shower supplies.

Are you looking for an original group activity for your friend’s baby shower?  Registering for your own and don’t even know where to begin?

We’ve got you covered on both counts.

First of all, baby of course needs a name.  Liven up the party by having your guests play this baby name brainstorm shower game.

Names are crazier and more creative than ever these days.  Anything goes: Names from history, place names, last name names, animal names, hero names, even word names like Ever and Moxie.

To help come up with some fresh ideas, ask the guests to fill in the blanks with names of people, places, and things important in their own lives.  Remember: the more individual and meaningful, the better.  Feel free to improvise here, and please share your answers below!

A.) paternal great-grandmother’s first name + favorite tree

B.) place where you honeymooned + cartoon character

C.) favorite musician’s surname + father’s birth stone

D.) maternal grandmother’s maiden name + favorite color

E.) author of choice + favorite animal

F.) mother’s birth flower + father’s high school mascot

G.) favorite film character + mother’s alma mater

H.) your childhood nickname + grandfather’s occupation

I.) father’s middle name + street where you grew up

J.) children’s book character + paternal grandfather’s first name

Okay, so maybe you won’t really find the perfect name for the baby in this game, Jamaica Tweetybird and McNulty Orange not making it onto your short list.  But you’ll have a lot of fun and learn some new things about your friends in the process.   Plus, everybody loves to talk about names, and this is a non-threatening (to the expectant parents) way to let friends and family get into the baby naming act.

After you move on from the food and entertainment portion of the shower, it’s time for baby gifts!  There is so much stuff in the baby world it can be overwhelming to decide what’s best.  These choices all bear the seal of mother approval.  Here are our top 10 suggestions for every new parent:

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Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn, doyenne of The Itsy Factor and You Can’t Call It It, has a wonderful treat for all our Facebook friends and their friends this week: a chance to win a beautiful, personalized art print by Sarah & Abraham.  Here’s her scoop.

Here at Nameberry, we’re big devotees of the unusual name. We’re thrilled to hear of a new little Eloise or Aloysius. But we don’t take much time to consider the fact that our beloved, uncommon monikers are never to be found on a personalized placemat.

Until now.

Meet Sarah + Abraham, a company that specializes in monogrammed wares for children. They don’t just stop at the name either. You can order customized placemats, plates, bowls, water bottles, announcements, invitations, wall art and more — that’s a whole selection of their wares pictured above — to match the spitting image of your child! How fun is that?

As much as I try to emphasize sharing, my own daughters are already very much in tune with what is “their own.” What better way to celebrate individuality than a gift made especially for your favorite person in the world? Young Thisbe will certainly appreciate it.

Today we have a special giveaway from Sarah + Abraham! One lucky winner will receive a personalized wall art print of their choice, either 8” x 10” or 11” x 14” in any of the styles pictured below.

To enter:

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