Nameberry Style: Perfect Baby Shower Games & Gifts

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:

1.)  Teething toy: Sophie the Giraffe has the same soothing effect on modern babies as it did in the 1960s.

2.)  Swaddle cloths: Aden + Anais blankets can be used for everything from swaddling to picnics to extra stroller coverage.  A must.

3.)  Portable changing pad: Skip Hop Pronto is so convenient for moms and dads on the go.  Throw this in your favorite satchel, and save on the brutal diaper bag.

4.)  Baby book: Mom’s One Line a Day minimizes pressure to write down every detail.  Devote time to just one line, you’ll be surprised how many memories you record.

5.)  Dress socks for every occasion: Trumpette makes Mary Jane, Sneaker, Ballet, and argyle, and vans.

6.)  Baby carrier: the Ergo’s name is apt: ergonomic design places weight on parent’s hips and saves the back.

7.)  Hand and foot prints: preserve the tiny with this kit from Seedling.

8.)  Changeable mobile: This Flensted mobile allows you to start with black and white cards and progess to color later.

9.)  Musical animal: I liked having several musical soothers.  Try the Sleep Sheep, Miyim owl, and Haba sheep.

10.) Teaching tools: the Happiest Baby on the Block demystifies babyhood.

One more thing: We’re giving away one copy of Mom’s One Line a Day over at The Itsy Factor this week!  Whether it’s for you or a friend, everyone could use one of these.  Come on over and try your luck.





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Lisa Prosch online » Addicted to… Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 10:28 am

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Nell Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 10:59 am

I think the best baby shower idea I’ve heard of is a fun way to reveal the sex of the baby to yourself and your guests at the same time. You have the tech write down your babies sex on a piece of paper (no peeking!!) and take that paper to a bakery and have the person making your shower cake put pink or blue frosting in the middle layer. Then when you cut the cake at your party it can be a suprise for everyone! I can’t wait to try this 🙂

some fun combos I got from the suggested name game:
A. Marilynn Poplar
B. Kilauea Daphne
C. Mercer Amethyst
D. Wolf Cyan
E. Bronte Heron or Austen Coyote
F. Garnet Knight
G. Jean Louise “Scout” Regina
H. Ellie Blueprinter
I. Dean Cicero
J. Rubeus Walter

pam Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 11:11 am

Wow, Nell, I’m actually stunned by how many great names you came up with — I love Bronte Heron and Rubeus Walter!

CountryLizB Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

A.) Frances Willow

B.) Victoria Olive

C.) Paris Pearl

D.) Buckminister Grey

E.) Lois Bee

F.) Daisy Hornet

G.) Susan Baptist

H.) Beth Mechanic

I.) Alan McKinley

J.) Henry Robert

Trustedwriter Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

How fun!! I wish you had posted this 5-6 months ago so we could have played a name game at my baby shower! 🙂

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

B.) Acadia + cartoon character

C.) + 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

alexa400 Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

A. Beatrice Laurel
B. Paris Lola
C. Holiday Ruby
D. Miller Blue
E. Dumas Sparrow
F. Puma Carnation
G. Alice Petrel
I. Edward Cleveland
J. Peter Robert

gipro2003 Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

A.) Hans Willow

B.) Mediterranean Phineas

C.) Nettles Emerald

D.) Osteritter Purple

E.) Rowling Koala

F.) Poppy Eagle

G.) Minerva Hirschau

H.) Jewelz Bartender

I.) Arlen Dirt-Road

J.) Severus Alfons

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Lois Bee? Frances Willow? Dean Cicero? This exercise is actually giving me ideas after all! Love these.

A.) Birdie + Juniper

B.) Arles + Olivia

C.) Marshall + Emerald

D.) Barron + Red (nice!)

E.) Cormac + Beaver

F.) Violet + Harvester

G.) Clementine + Mary

H.) Fitz Doctor

I.) Craig Hanover

J.) Winnie + William

jonesy36 Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

A.) Ocie Willow

B.) Jamaica Minnie

C.) Mayer Aquamarine

D.) Clark Teal

E.) Oscar Fox

F.) Iris Cougar

G.) Ronald Park

H.) E.E. Optician

I.) Steven Georgetown

J.) Max William

Kate Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

A. Agnes Willow
C. Garland Turquoise
D. Greene Purple
E. Dickens Horse
F. Daisy Warrior
I. Howard Francis
J. Rufus Raymond

eslarsen Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

A) Ellen Sequoia
B) Monterey Felix
C) Perri Amethyst
D) Atkinson Sage
E) Bronte Wren
F) Lily Grizzly (it could have been worse. My grandma’s high school mascot was the Beetdiggers.)
G) Nickleby Kearns
H) Libby Scientist
I) Hayward Piper
J) Edmund Darrel

Devon Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

A.) Emmeline Willow

B.) Sidney Mikey

C.) Allen Topaz

D.) Elizabeth Pink

E.) Joanne Cat

F.) Gladiola Stingers

G.) Hermione John Rennie

H.) Donut Telecommons

I.) Edward Wain

J.) Harry William

Whitney Gigandet Says:

July 16th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Some of these are ridiculous… but some I like!

A. Violet Willow
B. Marina Daphne
C. Tyler Sapphire
D. McBrayer Blue
E. Rowling Wolf
F. Poinsettia Trojan
G. Melanie East
H. Whit Doctor
I. Glenn May
J. Harry Vaughan

I like Violet Willow, Marina Daphne, and Melanie East. McBrayer Blue actually has a cool ring to it.

pam Says:

July 17th, 2011 at 7:02 am

Some of these are inspired (Marina Daphne) and some are hilarious (Donut Telecomms — coming soon to a celebrity baby near you). OK, I can’t resist anymore. Here are mine, with a couple of blanks:

A.) Eugenie Birch

B.) Jamaica Homer

C.) Smith Emerald

D.) McNulty Orange

E.) Eliot Lion

F.) Carnation Bulldog

H.) Pammy Grocer

I.) Paul Kensington

J.) Eloise Joseph

Amanda Christine Says:

July 17th, 2011 at 10:59 am

A. Florence Magnolia
B. Jamaica Felix
C. Marley Aquamarine
D. Innamorratti Golden
E. Bronte Owl
F. Calendula Redcoat
G. Dorothy Simcoe
H. Boo Engineer
I. Patrick Strathcona
J. Corduroy Thomas

klcalder2 Says:

July 17th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Some of these actually worked out :).
A) Jean Cherry Blossom
B) Florida Phineas
C) Bareilles Emerald
D) Knox Pink
E) Bronte Penguin
F) Lily Indian
G) Holly Christian
H) Kris Flight
I) Don Tealwood
J) Hugo Robert

I quite like Hugo Robert!

British American Says:

July 17th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

My first son’s name (first+middle) shows up on one of these lists above!

I was going to buy Sophie giraffe for our baby #3 – but I read some online reviews that said their children gagged themselves on the legs a lot. I ended up going with the (cheaper) smaller ‘Chan Pie Gnon Yellow’, also by Vulli. And the yellow version has a loops on its head, so you can use the linky rings to clip it to your stroller etc. George seems to like it, but I have to keep taking it away from my older two kids, as it’s very annoyingly squeaky when they get hold of it.

Lisa Says:

July 17th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

LOVE our Aden + Anais blankets, still use them everyday.

A.) Emma Spruce
B.) Coronado Cera
C.) Meloy Aquamarine
D.) Louisa Scarlet
E.) Franz Meerkat
F.) Lily Quaker
G.) Veronica Franklin
H.) Sunshine Doctor
I.) Andy Lakeridge
J.) Max William

Mary Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 12:09 am

A.) Minerva Willow
B.) Jean Audrey
C.) Stevens Amethyst
D.) Logie Lilac
E.) Evelyn Sparrow
F.) Calendula Husky
G.) Derrial Simon
H.) Marr Artist
I.) Andrew Thirty-Fourth
J.) Ezra Robert

Minerva Willow, Jean Audrey, Evelyn Sparrow, and Ezra Robert are all pretty awesome.

penilou Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 3:27 am

A.) Alma Jacaranda

B.) Cooktown Bart

C.) Buble Emerald

D.) Smith Purple

E.) Bagley Sloth

F.) Rose Mascot

G.) Zoolander Mareeba

H.) PP Accountant

I.) Albert Jamieson

J.) Dougal Edward

I actually don’t mind Albert Jamieson and Dougal Edward. Probably wouldn’t use them though…

ycw Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 8:42 am

A.) Rhoda Willow

B.) Worcester Felix

C.) Krippayne Topaz

D.) Brigham Red

E.) Peter Cat

F.) Daffodil Gompei

G.) Luke Worcester

H.) Jesse Carpenter

I.) Sidney Sycamore

J.) Benjamin Alfred (also my kids’ uncle)

katybug Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 11:24 am

A) Helen Magnolia
B) Wimberly Phillip
C) Keen Emerald
D) Coleman Azure
E) Austen Hawk
F) Aster Patriot
G) Jeffrey Edmond
H) LouBell Printer
I) Dion Apache
J) Christopher Ivan

pam Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

A lot of these lists sound like the cast of characters of a new adventure film. I can’t wait to see if Keen Emerald rides off into the sunset with strong silent Austen Hawk or bad boy Dion Apache!

kelloggs Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

A.) Rhea Maple

B.) Cozumel Diego

C.) Keenan Opal

D.) Osborn Silver

E.) Fischer Cheetah

F.) Aster Eagle

G.) Rhett Washington

H.) Shmoo Teacher

I.) Randell Ferndale

J.) George Leo

Becca Says:

July 19th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

A.) Mary Oak
B.) Britain Phineas
C.) Turner Garnet
D.) Williams Blue
E.) Nicholas Jaguar
F.) Narcissus Gopher
G.) Darcy Arlington
H.) Becca Derrick
I.) Paul Chaucer
J.) Corduroy Jim

Lyndsay Says:

July 20th, 2011 at 12:43 am

A.) Lilian Oak

B.) Manhattan Mirabelle

C.) Stefani Emerald

D.) Pilieri Yellow

E.) Beatrix Birdie

F.) Jonquil Cavalier

G.) Francesca Santa Ana

H.) Ninny Realtor

I.) Earl Freeman

J.) Eloise Earl

Fun game! And Nell, my SIL just did that a few months ago! It was the coolest thing ever, seriously! It was so nice for the whole family to get to be involved! I’ll definitely be doing it for my next baby! Highly recommended to anyone! And the woman at the bakery was SO excited too! Oh, and he’s a boy and his name will be Jackson McGuire!

Mrs Vicki Says:

July 20th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

A.) Antonia Avacado

B.) Disneyworld Mightymouse

C.) Collins Emerald

D.) Torres Amarillo (yellow in Spanish)

E.) Leeann Manatee

F.) Aster Terror

G.) Romeo Pirate

H.) your childhood nickname + grandfather’s occupation

I.) Castro Geottege

J.) Peter Rafael

pdxlibrarian Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Love it! Some of these are more hilarious than others.

A.) Clara Willow

B.) Vegas Daria

C.) Apple Ruby

D.) Noel Lavender

E.) Iris Jellyfish

F.) Rose Highlander

G.) Margo Grenada

H.) Lirpa Engineer

I.) Preston Rainbow

J.) Milo Preston

Bee Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 2:41 am

A.) Isabel + Willow

B.) Ireland + Marie (from the Aristocats)

C.) Bryson Garnet

D.) Savage Blue

E.) Nora Cat

F.) Holly Ram

G.) Sugar Glendale

H.) Bee Electrician

I.) Larkin Rose

J.)Ferdinand William

I actually LOVE Isabel Willow, Larkin Rose, Ireland Marie and Bryson Garnet is actually pretty cool.

evil_laugher Says:

January 16th, 2012 at 3:55 am

My cousin’s baby has that exact same giraffe, and it is hilarious to see her teething on it.

me va be Says:

May 2nd, 2012 at 8:22 am

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