The Best New Baby Gift Baskets for Parents

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Best New Baby Gift Baskets

The Spruce Eats / Lecia Landis

Besides a few hours of uninterrupted sleep, new parents appreciate nothing more than convenient, tasty, and energizing meals and snacks delivered straight to their door. Say "congratulations" with an artfully arranged gift basket brimming with meat and cheese, baked goods, fresh fruit, wine, and even easy pantry meals. From nourishing to indulgent, we’ve rounded up our favorite food bundles that make a new parent’s life a little easier.

Harry & David Grand Signature Gift Basket

Harry & David Grand Signature Gift Basket

Fruit baskets may seem a little cliche, but sending something fresh can be a welcome break from the traditional casseroles, sweets, and spirits often given as congratulatory gifts. Harry & David is known for its fresh fruit baskets and snackable gift towers, and its Grand Signature Gift Basket offers a little bit of the best of both worlds. It’s filled with over 3 pounds of Harry & David’s signature Royal Riviera pears, which taste like an indulgent dessert on their own. There are also seasonal apples, several artisan cheeses, Italian salami, mixed nuts, seeded crackers, pretzels, and dipping relish. 

At checkout, you can opt to add a bottle of wine to the gift for a complete wine and cheese experience. All the goodies are packed into a wooden crate that would make an excellent storage box for baby books or toys when the snacks are gone.

Price at time of publish: $110

Includes: Eight seasonal pears, two seasonal apples, 4 ounces sharp white cheddar, 6 ounces Gouda, 10 ounces pepper and onion relish, 8 ounces pretzels, 10 ounces honey mustard, 4 ounces crackers, 6 ounces salami, and 4 ounces mixed nuts

Murray’s Cheese Slam Dunk Snacks


Courtesy of Murray's Cheese

Based in New York, Murray’s Cheese is one of the premier cheese shops in the country. It sources the best snack-worthy cheeses, meats, and other essentials and has gift packages available for nationwide shipping.

The Slam Dunk Snacks package comes with everything new parents will need to craft a salty and savory meat and cheese board, including charcuterie basics like Genoa salami, prosciutto, and three types of cheese: pepper jack, Gouda, and Brie. A tub of cocktail mix and crackers seasoned with sea salt and olive oil are also in tow.

Everything is packed in a signature gift box and, with 1.5 pounds of cheese and 6 ounces of meat, there’s plenty of food to guarantee several snack sessions.

Price at time of publish: $87

Includes: Pepper jack, Gouda, mini Brie, Genoa salami, prosciutto, cocktail nuts, crackers

Stonewall Kitchen Down East Breakfast Kit


Courtesy of Stonewall Kitchen

The Down East Breakfast gift box from Stonewall Kitchen will transport new parents to a New England bed and breakfast. It comes with everything you need to enjoy a cozy pancake feast.

Stonewall Kitchen’s best-selling farmhouse pancake and waffle mix turns out light and fluffy pancakes with homemade vanilla flavor. The mix only requires the addition of an egg, milk, and a bit of melted butter, so the pancakes are quick and simple to whip up—even for sleep-deprived parents.

This gift set also includes pure maple syrup, wild Maine blueberry jam, and a bag of Maine-roasted coffee.

Price at time of publish: $55

Includes: 8.5 ounces maple syrup, 10 ounces coffee, 33 ounces pancake and waffle mix, 12.5 ounces blueberry jam

Angel Food Bakery Custom Message Donuts

Angel Food Bakery Custom Message Donuts

Courtesy of Goldbelly

Surprise new parents with a custom message spelled out in doughnuts with this unique package available through Goldbelly. Angel Food Bakery, located in Minneapolis, churns out well wishes in the form of freshly baked doughnuts.

You can choose to send a basic “congratulations!” or “it’s a boy/girl!” in doughnut form. Each message is crafted with an assortment of the bakery’s top-selling doughnut flavors, including classic vanilla and chocolate, plus fun flavors like Fruity Pebbles, raspberry chocolate chip, and a coconut chocolate doughnut inspired by the classic Samoa Girl Scout cookie. The doughnuts are loaded with toppings like sprinkles, chocolate shavings, cereal, and toasted flaked coconut.

Price at time of publish: $90

Includes: Exact number of doughnuts depends on the message selected. Choose from "Congratulations," "It's a boy," "It's a girl," "Good luck," "Treat yo self," "Mazel tov," or "Welcome home"

H&H Bagels Half Dozen Bagels, Cream Cheese, and Nova Scotia Salmon


Courtesy of Goldbelly

Whether it’s time for breakfast or a middle-of-the-night snack, any time of day is a good time for a bagel with schmear. Fresh New York bagels can be delivered to new parents’ doorstep from H&H Bagels, which makes each batch of bagels the old-fashioned way by boiling and then baking them in special ovens to get a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy inside.

This gift package includes half a dozen bagels, 1/2-pound of cream cheese, and 1/2-pound of Nova Scotia smoked salmon. You get to pick the bagel and cream cheese flavors you’d like to send. There are 11 bagel flavors, including everything from onion and cinnamon raisin to pumpernickel and egg. There are 11 cream cheese flavors, too, with sweet, spicy, and savory options. 

If you’re gifting to someone who doesn’t eat dairy, there are also tofu spread options. You can even add on an extra tub of cream cheese, whitefish salad, or baked salmon salad to your gift for a complete brunch in a box.

Price at time of publish: $80 for Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon

Includes: Six bagels in your choice of flavor (plain, poppy, sesame, whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, everything, onion, whole wheat everything, blueberry, pumpernickel, or egg), 1/2 pound cream cheese in your choice of flavor (plain, scallion, vegetable, lox, jalapeño, strawberry, walnut raisin, tofu plain, tofu scallion, or tofu vegetable), and either 1/2 or 1 pound of smoked salmon

Harry & David New Baby Gift Basket

Harry & David New Baby Gift Basket

Harry & David

If you want to congratulate someone on their new sweet bundle of joy, send them a sweet bundle of treats. Harry & David’s New Baby Gift Basket has a wealth of candies and cookies new parents can snack on.

Tucked away in the decorative felt basket are yogurt-covered pretzels, shortbread cookies, an assortment of chocolate truffles, raspberry galettes, cookie bars, and pastel-colored Jordan almonds. To top it all off, there is a small card that says “Welcome, Baby!” 

Price at time of publish: $70

Includes: Yogurt-covered pretzels, Jordan almonds, lemon shortbread cookies, vanilla shortbread cookies, raspberry galettes, white chocolate raspberry cookie bars, signature chocolate truffles (coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, milk chocolate), decorative felt basket

Max Brenner New Baby Tin

Max Brenner New Baby Tin

Simply Chocolate

Simply Chocolate’s colorful tin lunch box, labeled “New Baby,” is filled with a variety of chocolate goodies. Once the snacks are gone, the new parents can use the lunch box to store precious baby mementos. 

Each treat is from chocolatier Max Brenner. There are cashew chocolate cubes, milk chocolate thins, dark truffles, a heart-shaped box of chocolates, a hazelnut chocolate bar, and caramelized pecans for good measure. 

Price at time of publish: $80

Includes: Cashew chocolate cubes, milk chocolate thins, dark truffles, caramelized pecans, bursting heart, hazelnut chocolate tablet, “New Baby” decorative tin

Simply Chocolate Welcome Baby 19-Piece Chocolates

Welcome Baby Boy 19pc Chocolate Box

Simply Chocolate

A box of chocolates is a classic gift fit for any occasion—including a new baby. Simply Chocolate has two baby-themed sets of assorted chocolates: one pink with butterflies and another blue with stars. Each box has 19 pieces of assorted chocolate truffles in a variety of fun shapes, including hearts. 

Flavors range from the traditional to the more uncommon. Classic flavors include milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate salted caramel, and dark chocolate raspberry. Some more creative options include milk chocolate coconut crème, white chocolate strawberry rose, and white chocolate passionfruit. 

Price at time of publish: $30

Includes: 19 pieces of assorted chocolates (flavors include: milk chocolate mousse truffle, dark chocolate salted caramel truffle, milk chocolate coconut crème truffle, dark chocolate raspberry gelate truffle, dark chocolate Himalayan sea salt truffle, milk chocolate hazelnut praline truffle, white chocolate passionfruit truffle, white chocolate strawberry rose truffle, dark chocolate caramel cafe truffle, milk chocolate)

Cheryl’s Baby Treats Tin

Cheryl’s Baby Treats Tin


Cheryl’s has a number of cookie gift tins that are geared towards babies and new parents. There’s a Welcome Baby party box (filled with cookies, pretzels, and clusters), a New Mom box with similar treats, and two classic Baby Treats tins: a blue Welcome Baby Boy and a pink Welcome Baby Girl

The Baby Treats Tins both have a dozen treats inside. There are two large heart-shaped buttercream cookies, an assortment of smaller snack-sized cookies, and even two confection-covered pretzel clusters. The decorative stork-themed tins are absolutely adorable and perfect for storing newborn memories such as sonogram pictures, little handprints, or clips of hair from their first haircut. 

Price at time of publish: $35

Includes: 2 heart-shaped buttercream cookies, 2 snack size buttercream cookies, 2 snack size sugar cookies, 2 snack size chocolate obsession cookies, 2 snack size chocolate chip cookies, 2 confection pretzel clusters, decorative tin

Wolferman’s Bakery Congrats Gift Basket

Wolferman’s Bakery Congrats Gift Basket

Wolferman’s Bakery

Sleep is a precious, if rare, commodity for new parents. This gift basket from Wolferman’s Bakery takes care of breakfast so sleepy parents don’t have to cook for a while. There is a raspberry kringle, a chocolate swirl cake, classic iced cinnamon rolls, a dark chocolate chunk scone, chocolate cookie bars, apricot hamantaschen, and ground coffee for a caffeine boost. 

The bakery treats come packaged in a beautiful woven basket that can later be used to hold baby toys. The set also includes a vibrant “Congratulations” ribbon. If you want to go above and beyond, you can add more goodies to the basket, including fruit spreads and butters or handy kitchen utensils.

Price at time of publish: $50

Includes: Raspberry kringle, chocolate swirl cake, classic cinnamon roll with icing packet, apricot hamantaschen, dark chocolate chunk scone, 2 German chocolate cookie bars, Tiffin blend ground coffee, congratulations ribbon, woven basket

Fruit Bouquet Precious Baby with Balloon and Plush Bear

Fruit Bouquet Precious Baby with Balloon and Plush Bear

Fruit Bouquets

If you’re looking for a well-rounded gift that includes something for parents and the baby, Fruit Bouquet has the Precious Baby collection to celebrate the whole family. The Precious Baby Girl gift set has a bouquet of fresh fruits, two chocolate-covered pineapple teddy bears with pink decorations, a soft plush bear toy, and a Mylar balloon that says “It’s a Girl!” The Precious Baby Boy set has the same treats, though with blue decorations and a balloon that says “It’s a Boy!” Each set comes in a decorative, reusable tin.

There are also options to include only the fruit bouquet or bouquet and balloon. The fruit bouquet is picked at peak freshness by local stores, so new parents will get the best flavor possible. The arrangement can feed up to seven people, making it great for a small baby shower, a welcome home present with close friends and family, or for the new parents to split themselves.  

Price at time of publish: $75 for the bouquet, balloon, and plush bear

Includes: Fresh fruit arrangement (strawberries, honeydew, orange wedges, grape skewers), 2 chocolate-dipped pineapple teddy bears, white chocolate-dipped strawberries, decorative container, plush teddy bear, Mylar balloon

Broadway Basketeers Bakery & Red Wine Gift Tray

Broadway Basketeers Bakery & Red Wine Gift Tray

Broadway Basketeers

Giving birth is a big deal that deserves a big reward. This gift tray from Broadway Basketeers has both sweet treats and a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. The wine pairs well with the suite of baked goods and snacks inside the wooden tray. 

There are two brownies–one peanut butter and one walnut fudge–mint chip, molasses, and oatmeal raisin cookies, two puff pastries, and a creme brulee-flavored bag of trail mix. The whole set is an indulgent treat that exhausted new parents will appreciate. 

Price at time of publish: $90

Includes: Peanut butter brownie, walnut fudge brownie, mint chocolate chip cookies, molasses cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, hazelnut-filled puff pastry, creme-filled pastry, creme brulee trail mix, cabernet sauvignon wine

FTD New Baby Belgian Chocolate Strawberries

FTD New Baby Belgian Chocolate Strawberries


Chocolate-covered strawberries combine rich and bright flavors for a truly delicious treat. If you want to send some to celebrate a newborn, FTD has three fantastic options. The New Baby Blue gift set has a dozen strawberries covered in Belgian chocolate, with four dipped in milk chocolate with white and blue drizzle decorations, four dipped in white chocolate with similar ribbons, and four dipped in milk chocolate with edible letters spelling out “Baby.” The New Baby Pink set is the exact same, put with pink and white decorative drizzles. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Congrats Belgian Chocolate-Covered BerryGram. This set also has a dozen strawberries, but eight of them have edible chocolate letters that spell out “Congrats,” while the remaining four have white chocolate drizzles. It can be a great pick for twins, a gender-neutral gift, or to celebrate the parents themselves. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Includes: 4 milk chocolate-covered strawberries, 4 dark chocolate-covered strawberries with edible letters, 4 white chocolate-covered strawberries

Hickory Farms Congratulations Signature Flavors Gift Basket

Hickory Farms Congratulations Signature Flavors Gift Basket

Hickory Farms 

Many gift baskets are filled with sweet treats, but what about those who prefer savory flavors? This Hickory Farms gift basket has a plethora of salty, meaty, and cheesy foods inside.  There are two types of summer sausage, three cheeses, two kinds of crackers, and even two mustards, all of which add up to one impressive charcuterie board

It all comes inside a beautiful crate that could be reused for years to come. The cherry on top is the silky red ribbon bow that says “Congratulations” on it. The gourmet meats, cheeses, crackers, and mustards will certainly enhance any kind of baby-themed celebration. 

Price at time of publish: $53

Includes: Beef summer sausage, sweet and smoky turkey summer sausage, smoked cheddar blend, three cheese and onion blend, jalapeño cheddar blend, sweet hot mustard, honey pineapple mustard, golden toasted crackers, olive oil and rosemary crackers, crate

BeanBox Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box

BeanBox Deluxe Coffee + Chocolate Tasting Box


Caffeine is the lifeblood of new parents. While fussy babies are learning to sleep through the night, a cup of coffee in the morning can give parents the boost they need to make it through the day. BeanBox has a fabulous tasting box that features both gourmet coffee and artisan chocolates. 

While both the flavors of chocolates and coffee are on constant rotation, they are always high quality and specially picked by BeanBox’s experts. One choice you do get, however, is the selection of pre-ground or whole-bean coffee. Each box also includes tasting notes to learn more about the brews and candies in the gift set. 

Price at time of publish: $74

Includes: 8 artisan coffees (pre-ground or whole-bean), 8 artisan chocolate bars, tasting notes

Mouth Hey, Baby! Box

Mouth Hey, Baby! Box

Made by Mouth

Mouth is known for their tasty selection of small-batch goodies, but this Hey, Baby box also includes a gift for the newborn. The included swaddle blanket is decorated with adorable stars and moons, perfect for a nap. 

On the delicious side of things, Mouth features a wide range of treats. There are apple and chocolate chip granola cookies, watermelon-lemonade dried fruit jerky, Fiji ginger almond butter, a cold brew kit, and more. It’s a nice, well-rounded selection that will excite both parents and baby. 

Price at time of publish: $115

Includes: Celestial swaddle, DIY cold brew kit, apple and chocolate chip granola cookies, barely sweet granola, watermelon-lemonade dried fruit, chocolate and peanut butter granola bar, Fiji ginger almond butter

Mrs. Fields Baby Rice Krispie Mini Gift Box

Mrs. Fields Baby Rice Krispie Mini Gift Box

Mrs. Fields

Many people say “you’re so cute I want to eat you up” to little babies, but the same could be said about these mini rice krispie treats from Mrs. Fields. The bite-sized squares are decorated with several baby-themed icons, such as a toy block, a rubber duckie, a diaper pin, a bottle, a bootie, and a bow. 

There are two sets available: one with pink icing and decorations and another with blue icing and decorations. Each set features a dozen handmade rice krispie bites, a gift box, and a red ribbon to tie it all together. 

Price at time of publish: $45

Includes: 12 mini rice krispie squares with baby-themed decorations

Doughp New Baby Gift Box

Doughp New Baby Gift Box


The arrival of a new baby deserves fanfare, which is why the Doughp New Baby Gift Box includes a little multi-colored confetti popper. It also features two of Doughp’s most popular flavors: a chocolate chip cookie dough called Ride or Die and rainbow sprinkle cookie dough called Fairy Dust. The dough can either be baked into chewy cookies or eaten as is (since it doesn’t contain eggs and the flour is heat-treated). 

In addition to the confetti and cookie dough, Doughp also includes a fun sticker sheet and a funny greeting card that says “2 AM Menu: Bottle for them, cookie dough for you” on the outside and “Congrats on your sweet little one” on the inside. You can also add a cookie dough bites bag for a few dollars more.

Price at time of publish: $59

Includes: Chocolate chip cookie dough, rainbow sprinkle cookie dough, confetti popper, Doughp sticker pack, custom card

Dylan's Candy Bar BashCake

Dylan’s Candy bar Bashcake

Dylan’s Candy Bar

A gift basket is already a fun surprise, but what if there’s a surprise inside the surprise? Dylan’s Candybar has a fun and interactive Bashcake that’s perfect for baby showers, gender reveal parties, or a welcome home present for the parents. The Bashcake is a chocolate shell shaped like a giant cupcake with chocolate-covered pretzels inside. It comes with a wooden mallet, ideal for cracking open the giant cupcake like a pretzel-filled piñata. 

There are three Bashcakes available. One filled with pink sprinkle pretzels, one filled with blue sprinkle pretzels, and one with rainbow sprinkle pretzels. No matter which one you pick, each comes with a personalized message, a cellophane wrapper, and a celebratory ribbon. 

Price at time of publish: $60

Includes: 32-ounce chocolate piñata, milk chocolate-covered pretzels with sprinkles, wooden mallet

Cookies By Design Baby Blocks Bear Basket - Large

Build-A-Bear - Baby Blocks - Boy

Cookies By Design

Sending a gift basket is a thoughtful gesture, but sending a customized gift basket goes above and beyond—and this option is an absolutely adorable gift perfect for a newborn. The eight hand-decorated cookies are shaped like toy blocks in a variety of colors, four of which can have custom text on them. This could include the baby’s name, birthdate, size, or a short phrase. 

In addition to the cookies, this basket comes with a cute plush teddy from Build-A-Bear Workshop. You can choose either the teddy bear with a blue shirt that says “It’s a Boy!” or a teddy with a pink shirt that says “It’s a Girl!”

Price at time of publish: $106 for large

Includes: 8 cookies, Build-a-Bear teddy plush

Cookies By Design Baby Bouquet - Medium

Cookies By Design Baby Bouquet - Medium

Cookies By Design

Decorated cookies can come in a multitude of adorable designs. For newborn babies, we suggest the Baby Bouquet from Cookies by Design. It comes in three sizes: small (five cookies), medium (seven cookies), or large (12 cookies). Two of the cookies can include short personalized messages of your choice; the others have fun, baby-related shapes such as a rattle, a onesie, a stroller, a duck toy, and a bottle. 

Cookies by Design has two choices for the Baby Bouquet: one with pink frosting and the other with blue frosting. The cookie bouquet does come with a plastic container to hold the cookies and festive tissue paper. However, you can upgrade to a premium silver-colored container if you want to give the gift more pizazz. 

Price at time of publish: $70 for medium

Includes: 7 hand-decorated iced sugar cookies Veuve Clicquot Champagne Gift Basket

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Gift Basket

New parents deserve to pop bubbly and enjoy gourmet goodies. If you want to treat them, this option features fancy Champagne. The bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Champagne has notes of fruit and raisins, with a long-lasting spice that tickles the palate. 

In addition to the Champagne, it also includes Godiva chocolates, artisan truffles, and some toffee crunch. It all comes inside a beautiful basket with brushed bronze filigree that can be used as a decorative piece in the home. For a few dollars more, you can include a customizable satin ribbon with the color and message of your choice.

Price at time of publish: $190

Includes: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Champagne, Godiva chocolate domes, Godiva milk chocolate cashews, artisan chocolate truffles, toffee crunch trufflecremes, decorative bronze swirl basket

Gotta Be S’more New Baby S’mores

Gotta Be S’more New Baby S’mores

Gold Belly

If you want to take a fun, nontraditional route for a baby gift, consider these bite-sized s’mores cupcakes. The New Baby set from Gotta Be S’more includes your choice of 12 or 36 s’more treats. Each cupcake has a graham cracker base hand-dipped in chocolate and topped with a roasted marshmallow. There are a variety of flavors that may be included, such as salted caramel, dark chocolate, cookies and cream, milk chocolate, or a rotating seasonal flavor. 

Each cupcake is individually wrapped and has a cute (and edible) baby-themed decoration on top. There are safety pins, rubber ducks, baby bottles, bows, and toy blocks to celebrate the newborn. 

Price at time of publish: $60

Includes: 12 or 36 s’more bites with baby-themed decorations (flavors may include: salted caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cookies and cream, monthly seasonal flavor)

Gourmet Basket Cheese and Wine Hamper

Gourmet Basket Cheese and Wine Hamper

Gourmet Basket 

Though many gift baskets sent to new parents are themed around babies, with pastel colors and kid-friendly sweets, this basket is all about the adults. Gourmet Basket’s Cheese and Wine Hamper caters to a more sophisticated palate. Within the upscale black packaging are wasabi peanuts, gourmet crackers, beer quince paste, Brie, caramel onion and balsamic relish, mixed olives, and roasted pepper antipasto.

The hamper also comes with a bottle of Motley Cru Shiraz, which has a dark red hue and notes of black pepper, blackberry, chocolate, vanillin oak, and liquorice. You can add extra gifts, including baby-themed items, such as blankets, onesies, or plush animals.

Price at time of publish: $115

Includes: Wasabi peanuts, gourmet crackers with sesame seeds, sesame crispbread, beer quince paste, prestige Brie, shiraz, caramel onion and balsamic relish, mixed olives, roasted peppers antipasto

Sugarfina Design Your Own "Congrats" 3-Piece Candy Bento Box

Sugarfina Design Your Own "Congrats" 3-Piece Candy Bento Box


Not all gifts have to be huge. In fact, this three-piece candy bento box from Sugarfina says a lot without breaking the bank. You can select up to three different types of candy cubes from a list of more than 60. They arrive in a beautiful blue rectangular box that says “Congrats” on the outside. 

If you know what the new parents like flavor-wise, go ahead and add those picks to the set. You could also select candies that resemble baby-themed shapes or colors, such as gummy bears, pastel chocolate confetti, baby butterfly gummies, strawberry hearts, robin’s egg caramels, or birthday cake cookie bites. 

Price at time of publish: $28

Includes: 3 cubes of buyer-selected candy

What to Look for in New Baby Gift Baskets


Keep in mind people's food preferences can change all the time for a variety of reasons. It's common for parents to experience food aversions and cravings before and after the arrival of a new baby. A gift that includes a variety of textures and flavors (think: sweet, savory, salty, and even spicy) offers something for everyone and increases the odds of the recipient(s) finding something they enjoy eating.


Some of the gift baskets on this list include perishable items, such as fruit, doughnuts, and bagels with cream cheese. Sending perishable gifts is a great option if you know the recipient enjoys and appreciates that food. However, if you're sending a gift to someone whose food preferences you're not as familiar with, it may be wise to send a nonperishable gift basket. That way, food gifts will be less likely to go to waste.

Food Restrictions and Potential Allergens

Whenever you're sending a gift that includes food, you need to consider any dietary restrictions the recipient may have. Are the new parents following a vegetarian diet? Are they allergic to nuts? If you're unsure, you can certainly reach out and ask and/or choose a gift that is free from common food allergens, which include dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and/or gluten, and shellfish.

Again, if you're unsure if someone's eating style has changed or if they have any dietary restrictions, you may want to skip sending any perishable items. If the parents can't consume the perishables, they may go to waste.


Since you're sending a gift, you want it to impress, and that means it needs to be packaged safely and deliver on aesthetic appeal. Plus, you want the food to taste good. Checking customer reviews before ordering can give you some real-world experience regarding the presentation, quantity, and quality of items in a gift basket. If the majority of ratings and reviews are positive, it can provide some additional assurance that you're sending a quality gift that will delight the recipient(s).


When should you send parents a new baby gift?

According to Lizzie Post, etiquette expert at The Emily Post Institute and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast, you can send parents a new baby gift any time you wish. How you send the gift, though, will depend on where you're geographically located. If you live some distance from the recipients, you'll want to take advantage of deliverable gift baskets, like those on this list. Just double check shipping policies before ordering to make sure the gift can be delivered to your chosen destination.

If you live nearby and would like to deliver a gift to the family in person, you may opt to ship the gift to yourself. Keep in mind it's best to wait to be invited to meet the new baby or ask the new parents for the best time to visit.

If I already gave a baby shower gift, do I need to send another gift when the baby is born?

No, it's not necessary to give another gift once the new baby arrives if you've already given a shower gift. It's up to you whether you wish to send a congratulatory gift basket once the baby arrives.

Some parents welcome food gifts in the early newborn days, but not all parents want or prefer food gifts. If you're in the position to do so, check in with the parents before selecting on a gift to see if they have any requests. Post points out that new parents tend to be inundated with hand-me-downs and gifts, so asking what the family may need in those early days is often much appreciated.

How do I know my gift basket has been delivered?

Most gift baskets let you select a delivery date or provide an estimated delivery date, whether you select standard or expedited shipping. Tracking information is typically provided, so you can keep tabs on shipping and delivery status.

If you're sending a gift basket that includes perishable items, you might consider letting the parents know to expect a delivery. Doing so lets the recipient know to expect a delivery with items that need to be placed into cold storage.

While sending a thank you is always in style, it can slip a parent's mind to do so in a timely fashion in those early new baby days. If you've sent a gift and haven't heard from the parents, Post notes it's perfectly acceptable to reach out and ask if they've received it. Although rare, deliveries can be delayed or go missing, so it's best to check.

How We Researched

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ease of use, material, or price—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Sharon Lehman, RDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist, a new mom (established 2020), and the author of this gift guide. One of her favorite parts of those early, ravenous new-mom days was finding food- and snack-filled gift baskets on her doorstep that made it easier to focus on resting, recovering, and taking care of her baby.

Allison Wignall, who updated this article, prides herself on gift-giving. She tries to tailor each gift especially for the recipient. An auntie to a number of kids, she also knows a thing or two about sending gift baskets out to new parents. Her work has been featured in publications including Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.


Lizzie Post is an etiquette expert at The Emily Post Institute and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast.

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