Category Archives: Baby Gifts

Stainless Steel: A Modern Spin on Traditional Baby Shower Gifts

We’re in the thick of fulfilling orders for baby shower gifts right now — it got me wondering how baby showers came to be. Through a little research, it seems celebrations of mom- and baby-to-be have been building steam for millennia.

Baby Shower Gifts: How Did They Originate?

In ancient times, people honored moms with a meal on the tenth day following the birth of their baby. But they gave gifts to a ‘Birth Goddess,’ rather than to the mother. It was during the Renaissance period that new moms began to be honored with gifts such as food, clothing and paintings.

Food played a more prominent role during the colonial times when birthing parties were held in the home of the expectant mother. Guests would feast on ‘Groaning Cakes’ (the scent of it baking allegedly eased labor pains) and ‘Groaning Ale’ as a show of sympathy for what the mother-to-be was enduring.

Fast forward to the Victorian era: During this time new moms were honored during a tea after the baby was born (a welcome change, I’m sure, to hosting family and friends while in labor). By the early 1900’s the baby shower as we know it began to take shape. New moms received handmade gifts and grandparents would typically offer gifts of silver.

Timeless Gift Ideas for a Baby Shower

Today, the baby shower can be as simple as a few friends over for tea, or it can be an elaborate affair for the mom-to-be’s closest 400 friends. Food is rarely in short supply, but clever, unique gift ideas are harder to come by. Many shower-goers fear their gift might be outgrown before a baby even gets to wear it.

I find most people want to give a gift that will be cherished, without being untouchable (ahem, sitting on a shelf or behind glass doors). There is still an allure to silver, but it’s not as desirable a baby gift as it once was. At Kleynimals we honor the tradition with stainless steel jangles, rattles, keys and baby silverware.

And babies love metal items — they are shiny, they make noise when banged together or on a table and they are cool to the touch (a real treat for teething babies with sore gums).

Stainless steel Kleynimals give all the benefits of silver, including the timeless feel, without the impracticality, like endless polishing. Because you can personalize many of our Kleynimals with engraving, they make a treasured gift that will last a lifetime. And they are versatile: They make a great baby shower gift for boys or girls.

The Best Gifts for Baby Showers Come With a Stamp of Safety

I learned early on in this venture that not all stainless steel is created equal. Most stainless steel is made overseas (usually in Asia). Since babies and toddlers touch and mouth their Kleynimals all day long, I wanted to be sure I sourced safe steel from the USA.

Safety is important not only to me, but to the gift giver and to the parents-to-be receiving them. You’ll know you’re getting an authentic Kleynimal because we stamp them with our fun characters: Eli the Elephant, Gus the Giraffe, Leo the Lion, Pippi the Polar Bear, Scout the Snowshoe Hare, and Otto the Snowy Owl.

For your next shower, feel confident that, with Kleynimals, you’re bringing a safe, heirloom-quality gift.

You might also consider bringing a Groaning Cake for a good laugh. I found this recipe online, and I’m dying to try it (with or without the ale)!

Personalized Baby Gifts— Timeless and Classy

Spring — it’s a season of birth and renewal. Tree buds are ready to pop, birds are chirping, and flowers are starting to shower us with fragrance and beauty. With spring we look forward to Easter, Mother’s Day, Earth Day…and babies!

Personalized baby keepsakes don’t need to be ordinary

Spring babies are blessed with sweet dispositions (what baby isn’t?).  One study showed springtime babies are more likely to be optimistic and creative. We like to think our personalized newborn baby gifts are a perfect fit for those characteristics.

Kleynimals are a unique choice for your next baby gift. Why? For starters, they are not another:

  1. Embroidered baby blanket
  2. Personalized puzzle or step stool
  3. Set of booties (you get so many of these that babies only get to wear them once)

Instead, Kleynimals are something babies will want with them ALL THE TIME. Babies love the clinking sound and the cool feel of the smooth metal on their tongue and gums. Caregivers love that they are:

  • Non-toxic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Durable
  • Not plastic

Engraved baby gifts aren’t a relic

In the good old days, baby gifts were cherished mementos: engraved baby rattles or silver cups. They were loved from afar while they sat on the shelf out of baby’s reach. And, frankly, a little annoying because without a regular polishing, they’d turn an ugly shade of brown. Those heartfelt baby gifts often ended up in a box in the attic.

Out with the old, in with the new: engravable, personalized Kleynimals made from USA-sourced 100% stainless steel. We can engrave your baby gift with up to 12 characters per line. For a more classic feel, we offer a traditional script monogram. A big plus, they’ll never tarnish — pop them in the dishwasher to clean them.

Kleynimals: Unique baby gifts with a personal touch

When shopping for that perfect baby gift, we know you want options. Our line of unique keepsake gifts is continually growing. Right now, you can choose from these Kleynimals baby gifts:

  • Flatware sets: A fork and two spoons in two different designs
  • Key toys: The practical keepsake gift with no sharp edges
  • Rattles:The sweet jingling sound keeps babies enthralled (note: we also have wearable bracelets for you that double as a rattle, they just aren’t engravable)

If you can’t decide, we offer four gift sets to choose from. But keep in mind, if you want your personalized baby gift to arrive “on time,“ (whether baby does or not) you’ll need to plan ahead. Engraved Kleynimals can take up to three weeks to appear on the doorstep since we work with a family-owned business to engrave our products.

Gender-neutral gift options for babies

Is it a boy? Is it a girl? It’s rare that the baby’s gender is a total surprise until birth day. But if you’re shopping for the unknown, Kleynimals are a great choice because they work for both genders. If you want it engraved, we recommend using the surname (which also makes it easily identifiable should they get dropped).

Personalized baby gifts are great for the second (third, fourth, fifth) baby. These babies sometimes get cheated out of personalized gifts because, well, they aren’t the novelty the first baby was. Regardless, if you buy Kleynimals for baby #1, you can rest assured the product will withstand years of use and abuse from any siblings (of any gender) that follow.

If you’re ready to shop, order online or check our retail locations. Need more info? Read our story and find out how Kleynimals came to be.