Shopping for a baby shower gift usually leaves you with two options: buy something off the mom-to-be’s registry and surrender all chance of surprise, or go rogue and make your own choice but risk it being returned or re-gifted. Recently, I came across a third option and I am thrilled to have found it! Citrus Lane is a new subscription service that sends a box out each month with goodies suited to your baby’s age. Boxes range from newborn to 18 months and you can opt in at any age.
If you’re shopping for a shower gift, you can choose from a single Deluxe Shower Box for $35 or purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month gift subscription. Monthly subscriptions cost $25 if paid per month but are discounted if you prepay for a 6 or 12 month period.
I signed up for Citrus Lane a few months back for my son and have been really happy with what they’ve sent. The products are age-appropriate, useful and are from brands that are healthy and trusted, including Baby Bjorn, Green Sprouts, Plum Organics, Zoe Organics and Skip*Hop. They also include a pamphlet with info about each product, tips for parents and the retail price for all the items. Speaking of prices, $25 a month is a good value for what you get. Boxes typically include between $40 and $50 worth of products (I double-checked the prices on Amazon!). If you sign up for the newsletter, you can most likely score a coupon code or promotion of some sort. I received a $50 gift certificate to Minted (an amazing personalized stationery website) but I’ve since seen other promotions like 20% off subscriptions.
Next time you’re invited to a baby shower you should skip the long registry print-outs and consider hopping online for a creative and useful gift from Citrus Lane. No baby showers in your future? Do what I did and order a subscription for yourself! It’s an easy and fairly inexpensive way to try out fabulous baby products and who doesn’t love a fun package in the mail every month?
What about you, moms and dads? Do you always shop from a registry when heading to a baby shower?