Baby Shower by Mail

With heightened concern about doing much of anything outside our homes due to COVID-19, it’s fair to say a lot of people have put plans, both big and small, on hold. Business trips have been canceled, weddings postponed, and even sports were put on pause for much of 2020. But there’s one thing no one could delay: new babies arriving.

Truthfully, there is no “normal” time to become a new parent. Right now, though? What a time to have your whole life change! Anyone who has had a baby this year is likely overwhelmed. And with all the adjustments, preparations, and worrying, it may seem challenging to do anything typical that comes with having a child. But you can — and should — still carry on with some tradition.

4 Steps to Host a Perfect Baby Shower By Mail

For instance, you can still have a digital shower. No, it won’t be precisely the same, but many people are getting creative and hosting a digital baby “shower by mail.” Though this concept has long been used as a way of bringing together people who can’t travel or make a date, it’s now more popular than ever — for obvious reasons.

And, fortunately, it’s not that hard to pull off. Stick to these four steps, and you can host a fantastic shower by mail.

1. Set Up the Event

Pick a date that makes sense for you and put it on the calendar. Now, you’ll want to give anticipated guests some lead time and set up an event page with all the details.

Still, you can keep it simple by creating a Facebook event. Or, given how easy it is to make a personalized webpage these days, that could be a great option as well.

2. Spread the Word

Regardless of whether you utilize social media or put a bit more time into some web design, you’ll also want to inform guests through more traditional means. This is still your baby shower, after all.

To that end, you should still send out mail-delivered baby shower invitations. Some companies have even started designing cute virtual baby shower invites! Even for a digital event in a digital world, there’s nothing like a classic touch.

3. Nail Down the Logistics

The main goal of a traditional “shower by mail” is to allow your loved ones to send gift packages that you can open at the real-life event. So, you’ll want to help do that by providing your home address and a link to your gift registry if that makes sense for you.

Then, arrange a group call with close family and friends for the actual gift-opening. Another suggestion? Order some pastries or other culinary delights ahead of time for guests to enjoy together. You can also play games or find other fun ways to make this celebratory occasion more festive.

4. Enjoy the Shower

Eventually, the time will come, and all the prep work will be completed. Congratulations! The big day is here, and you don’t need to do much more beyond relaxing and enjoying it all. Well, you may have to overcome one last tech hurdle to set up your video call.

Try to get some assistance from a digital-savvy friend for that part. And make sure you take a lot of photos and videos during the gift unveiling and fun times with your little angel.

The Show Must Go On: Embracing Your Baby Shower by Mail

Even in a year like this, there’s no reason to cancel your baby shower. On the contrary, it’s more important than ever!

Of course, you may not be able to enjoy all the visits from friends and family dropping off gifts and oohing and ahhing at your little one, but a shower by mail is the next best thing.

Plus, it’s so easy. Simply plan the event and hammer out the logistics. Then, send out some baby shower invitations to all your loved ones and closest friends. That’s about it. All you have to do now is sit back and have a great time!

One last thing: Don’t forget to eat as many cupcakes and cookies as you want during the shower. After all, you’ve been through during the past year, you’ve earned it!

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.


  1. Would it be tacky to setup your own shower by mail? The people closest to me are very busy and I feel weird asking them.

  2. I don’t think it would be but you could try sending the article to someone close to you as a suggestion first.

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