Baby blankets are one of those classic shower gifts that's hard to get wrong. There are so many styles and types out there that it's possible to find something good no matter what your budget. And, while it might not be as useful as diapers or a stroller, one blanket doesn't take up too much space in a nursery.
Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, this shop mixes locally made pieces with modern brands and vintage finds. They specialize in items for children under six. These square Baby Play Blankets are made from a cotton shell with poly fill, $42 each.
They carry the popular DwellStudio line, a budget version of Christiane Lemieux's modern baby bedding. This DwellStudio Baby Blanket is made from cotton and comes in multiple styles and colors, $12 each.
This Legacy Baby Blanket, $78, is a pastel checkerboard pattern that's made by Maine-based Brahms/Mount Textiles. (Brahms/Mount's hand-woven linens are beautiful and expensive, and this Garnet Hill line is one way to get a Brahms blanket for less.)
Land of Nod
Based in Chicago, this store has a well organized online catalog with a ton of bedding options. This Soy Vey Blanket, $19, is made from half soybean fibers and half cotton. It's reversible and comes in four different double-sided colors.
Located in Portland, this company specializes in cloth diapers and organic linens. They sell these basic white unbleached flannel receiving blankets for the affordable price of $6.50 apiece or ten for $6 each.
Based out of California, Amenity has made a name for itself as a premier organic modern baby brand. This is their Woods Organic Baby Blanket, $45 - $115, made of certified organic cotton percale and fleece, printed with GOTS compliant dyes, and manufactured in Los Angeles.
Fawn & Forest
This online shop carries a good mix of well-known modern baby collections and smaller emerging brands. These Baby Blankets, $42, are made with a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and regular printed cotton. They come in 5 different contemporary prints.
This Brooklyn shop has a well curated inventory of modern baby bedding. This Swaddle Classic Muslin Collection, $44, is made by Australian company Aden and Anais. The set comes with four 100 percent cotton muslin blankets, available in different colors and patterns.
With multiple national locations and a strong online presence, Giggle is a good source for baby gifts. They have a line of affordable "better basics" that includes this reversible red and pink Deluxe Organic Receiving Blanket, $35.
Olli & Lime
Headquartered in England, this baby company has international distribution and sells their products through a number of US stores. They carry four distinctively mod lines of baby bedding — this is the Egg Blanket, made in the UK from cotton percale and fleece, $45.
Based out of California, this store maintains an online catalog of Scandinavian textiles. Styles are colorful and the quality is high. This Bruno Bear Baby Eco Wool Blanket, $98, is made by the Swedish Klippan Yllefabrik company.
With thousands of sellers and listings, Etsy is good for handmade baby blankets on a budget, as long as you're willing to sort through some not-so-great pieces to find the good stuff. This Modern Argyle Baby Blanket is currently available from Etsy seller Ahmelie for $14.