Shower season is in full swing, so when you’re looking for special presents for all of your favorite moms- or brides-to-be, our baby and wedding gift guide is like a trusty umbrella: It’s got you covered. In addition to offering inspiration on what to give, it also celebrates Long Island retailers.
That’s where you’ll find “memorable and meaningful gifts,” according to Danielle Daley, 28, a project manager for an interior design company who tied the knot in November 2019 and treasures shower presents she didn’t see coming. “You want to be surprised.”
One of her most beloved gifts came from a Rockville Centre boutique. Spilling out among the wrapping paper and ribbons was a personalized placard from Jeannine’s Gifts that reads: Danielle & Zack Daley, established 2019.
“It was the first time I saw my new name,” says Danielle, who grew up in Malverne and worked at the boutique in high school. “It made it all feel real. It was very sweet.”
Sage Scoli, 25, who works at a business in Westbury that makes costumes, has a cousin’s shower set for the end of May. A real gift would be being able to have it in person. Either way, she counts on her gifts to be original.
“You want to be different. You don’t want to give the same thing your friend found at Nordstrom's or Bloomingdale's,” she says. “What I like about shopping at boutiques is that I can find gifts I won’t find at department stores.”
Here are a dozen ways to shower loved ones with gifts from the heart.
This carefully curated collection for brides-to-be includes a botanical facial steam, gold tin candle, chocolate-covered pretzels and more curated treats from this Locust Valley-based online boutique. $150; Panache Gifts, 646-341-2411; panachegiftshop.com.
A made-to-order monogram quilt is a family keepsake you can pass down. $65; Jeannine's Gifts, 6 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-536-7467; jeanninesgifts.com.
Shower your favorite bride-to-be with an assortment that blends accessories, home décor, fashion, festivities and fun. $250; Bubble East Boutique, 25. E. Main St., Babylon; 631-983-8858; bubblebabylon.com.
A full outfit by Babyface + a comfy security blanket + a good book = the most popular baby shower gift at this store. $90; Bubble Learning Boutique, 15. E. Main St., Babylon; 631-587-0050; bubblebabylon.com.
Gently turn the knob on this wooden music box and a cheery reminder of "You Are My Sunshine" plays. $78; Painting with Flowers, 298 Main St., Port Washington, 516-883-4164; paintingwithflowersltd.com.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but this "We're Engaged" frame captures a love story in just two of them. $26; Madison's Niche, 14 Wall St., Huntington, 631- 683-5700, and 3 more LI locations; madisonsniche.com.
Toast the happy couple with a print that's all about L-O-V-E in the words of notables ranging from Shakespeare to the Beatles. $398; Painting with Flowers, 298 Main St., Port Washington, 516-883-4164; paintingwithflowersltd.com.
Handmade soy candles scented in lemon verbena, lavender tea, cactus flower and pomegranate tickle and soothe a bride-to-be's senses. $10 each; One For All, 53345 Main Rd., Building 7 Unit 2, Southold; 631-765-8317; oneforallgifts.com.
A personalized onesie makes for a cute custom baby gift. $15 and up; On a Whim Gift Boutique, 63 West Main St., East Islip, 631-650-6483; onawhimgiftboutique.com.
A custom sign commemorates the bride and groom and their big day. $65 (top), $75 (bottom); Jeannine's Gifts, 6 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-536-7467; jeanninesgifts.com.
The Ollie the Elephant Blanket playtime mat is plump and plush and oh-so-cozy for little ones. $40; Madison's Niche, 14 Wall St., Huntington, 631-683-5700, and 3 more LI locations; madisonsniche.com.
Colorful teething beads designed to hang from your stroller will be there when you -- and your little one -- need them. $18 each; Dimples, 554 Central Ave., Cedarhurst, 516-792-3290; dimplesbabygifts.com.