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Halloween Baby Shower Ideas

Halloween Baby Shower Ideas

Plan The Best Halloween Baby Shower Ever!

If you are lucky enough to be planning a baby shower this fall, then you can consider a fun Halloween theme. Whether you choose to go with a simple black and orange color scheme or a Little Pumpkin theme, the Mummy-to-be and the guests will be impressed with your creativity.

The great news is that many online and local party shops have started making decorations, invitations, cheap favors, and tableware that is specifically suited for a Halloween baby shower.

In this post, I've tried to give you ideas and tips for every aspect of the shower and I've included lots of resource links so that you can plan the Best Halloween Baby Shower Ever!

Photo from Parents.com

Halloween Themed Shower Invitations

Halloween Baby Shower Ideas

When it comes to the baby shower invitations, you have lots of options. Many online companies sell fully personalized invites that arrive at your door fully printed so you simply address the envelopes and send them out. The invites shown to the right are available from Lil' Duck Duck. The other main option for those of you that want to purchase invites is to buy fill-in invitations that coordinate with your tableware and Halloween theme. You must fill in the date, event details, location, and time which can make for a busy schedule, but these invites are cheaper than fully personalized ones.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer or the crafty type, making your own Halloween invites can be fun (although time-consuming). One option is to buy Halloween themed letterhead paper to make and print the invites on your own personal computer. Another option is to use orange construction paper to create pumpkin shaped invitations. Find a pumpkin pattern online if you aren't a great artist. Use some green ribbon to dress up the pumpkin and hand-write the shower details on the invite before sending them out to guests.

Further down in this post, you can find the adorable Little Pumpkin baby shower personalized invitations that are available from All About Gifts & Baskets. I love these invites because they have a motif where a little Caucasian or African American baby is sitting inside a pumpkin. They are sooooo cute! Be sure to check out their baby shower themes page for lots of great ideas for a little pumpkin shower and more.

Halloween Shower Invites from Amazon

Halloween & Pumpkin Themed Decorations

Halloween Baby Shower Ideas

When it comes to decorating for a Halloween baby shower, think black, orange, and pumpkins. At both online and at local retailers, you can find strings of pumpkin lights as well as black and orange streamers this time of year. I also love using large orange paper lanterns or tissue balls to hang from the ceiling. You can even add jack o'lantern faces to the paper lanterns to make them more festive for a pumpkin themed shower. Additionally, I suggest using various sized pumpkins all over the venue as decorations.

As for the baby shower tableware (napkins, plates, beverage cups), I always think that it is best to choose something that coordinates perfectly with your overall shower theme. That may lead you to choose a simple array of black and orange plates, napkins, etc. or you may choose to go with a pumpkin themed party kit. Either way, the tableware and decorations should have the same overall theme and color scheme.

If you check out the Polaroid photo below, you'll see one of my favorite baby shower centerpiece ideas for a Halloween or pumpkin themed baby shower. Basically, a couple of pumpkins were painted and embellished with pacifiers to create adorable pumpkin babies. How cute would that be on the buffet table!!

Cute Baby Pumpkin Centerpiece Idea

Cute Baby Pumpkin Centerpiece Idea

Halloween Themed Tableware from Amazon

Halloween Party Food Ideas

Cake Central Halloween Cake

When it comes to food for a Halloween themed baby shower, think pumpkin! There are so many great recipes available online that incorporate pumpkins. If you are planning on serving a main course or appetizers, consider things like sage and pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin soup, spinach stuffed pumpkins, and of course, roasted pumpkin seeds. You can find lots of tasty pumpkin recipes at AllRecipes.com.

Image: Cake Central

When it comes to the desserts, the options for a Halloween shower are endless. You could set up a veritable buffet of pumpkin desserts featuring one of my favorites - pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting and walnuts, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin rolls. Additionally, you can use pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters to turn ordinary cookies and brownies into fun jack o' lanterns.

NOTE - cookie cutters are a great way to make pumpkin shaped finger sandwiches or orange jello-jigglers for the party as well. Of course, most traditional shower guests will be expecting a baby shower cake so check out the the step-by-step video shown below for instructions on making a jack o' lantern cake. You can always order up a Halloween themed cake like the one shown in the photo to the right from a local bakery.

How To Make A Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Halloween Cake Decoration Accessories & Pans

Make the expectant Mummy some Mummy cupcakes!

Halloween Shower Games & Activities

One of my favorite shower games for a younger crowd is to have a Halloween tummy painting contest. It is a great way to get the expectant "mummy" to show off her baby bump and to get the other guests involved. You'll need to buy a bunch of hypo-allergenic face or body paint for this activity and be sure to have lots of brushes and painting materials on hand. Have the guests pair up and then give each group 10 to 15 minutes to paint the tummies of one another with a Halloween motif. At the end of the timed period, have everyone vote on which person has the best looking tummy to determine the winner. This game can be hilarious with the right crowd. You'll get a wide variety of paintings from sweet and cute pumpkin babies to scary and ghoulish jack o' lanterns to witches.

Another interactive Halloween activity is painting pumpkin themed onesies for the Mommy-to-be. You need to buy each guest a onesie to paint and of course lots of fabric paint. Ask guests to paint a pumpkin or Halloween theme on their onesie. Some cute sayings that can be incorporated are "Princess Pumpkin", Mommy's Lil' Pumpkin, Daddy's Little Pumpkin Pie, Happy Halloween, Mummy's Boy, Nana's Little Pumpkin, etc.

One of my other favorite games is pumpkin bowling where you set up a "bowling" lane and use empty 2 liter bottles or plastic pins as the target. Guests then roll small pumpkins to see who can get a strike. The mis-shapenness of the pumpkins make this game unpredictable.

And free printable baby shower games like word scrambles, trivia, baby bingo, and more are always a big hit at showers so be sure to check those out!

Halloween Baby Shower Favors

Halloween Baby Shower Ideas

Baby shower favors are a detail that sometimes fall through the cracks when planning a shower so I wanted to include some suggestions on ways to thank the guests at a Halloween baby shower. The great thing about this shower theme is that you have tons of options based both on the holiday and the season. Fall is a great time to hand out small pumpkin or maple scented candles, small jars or maple syrup, or autumn leaf-shaped soaps as favors to your guests.

In addition, I love giving home-baked goodies out to guests as favors. You can use cookie cutters shaped like pumpkins, bats, or ghosts to make cut-out cookies or brownies. Simply wrap them up in plastic wrap or a clear cellophane bag and tie with black or orange curling ribbon. To make the party favors extra special, add a personalized hang tag that features the Mom's name along with the shower or due date of the baby. You can make these yourself or purchase them online.

Another great option is to buy personalized baby shower favors that feature Mom's name and the shower date online. Candy bar wrappers, jars of lip balm or hand lotion, and pumpkin-shaped soaps are all available at Baby Gifts & Gift Baskets. They feature the little pumpkin African American or Caucasian baby design shown further up in this lens.

Halloween Themed Favors & Bags

Halloween Themed Baby Giftshalloween baby diaper cake

One of my all time favorite baby shower Halloween gifts is a themed diaper cake like the one shown in the Polaroid photo (courtesy of Lil Baby Cakes). The reason I love diaper cakes so much is because they do double duty as the shower centerpiece and as a gift for the expectant Mom. And you know this is one baby gift that she'll definitely use - after all, what Mom couldn't use a few more diapers.

I particularly like the baby's first Halloween bear, the jack o' lantern bell ornament and the beautiful black and white polka dot ribbon used to create this fun Halloween cake!

Other fun baby gifts for a Halloween themed shower include onesies (e.g. Grandma's Little Pumpkin), bibs (e.g. I Luv Mummy), and rompers (e.g. Little Monster) embellished with all things Halloween like those shown from CafePress below. Additional ideas are ghost booties, large ghost-shaped pillows, and bat-shaped rattles!

Top 10 Halloween Crafts For Kids

 	 Top 10 Halloween Crafts For Kids

Top 10 Halloween Crafts For Kids

Fun & Easy Halloween Craft Ideas For Children

Halloween is a great time to try your hand at some new decorative crafts. Whether you're a seasoned crafter looking for some new ideas or a first time crafter, you'll find these quick and easy ideas will help liven up the Halloween decor at your house or at a school party. Involve the kids in these easy crafts for lots of family fun time.

Photo credit - Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House Decorating from Amanda at Flickr

#1) Styrofoam Pumpkin Garland

Styrofoam Pumpkin Garland

Pick up some Styrofoam balls in different sizes. You can find them at the craft store. Paint them orange. Once dry, you can add black triangle eyes and a spooky mouth. A splash of green paint on top will make a stem. When all the pumpkins have been decorated, hot glue a loop on top of each one for hanging. You can make it with wire, string or felt. String the pumpkins on a length of black yarn. Hang them in the hallway or weave them around a chandelier for a festive touch. These will also look fun if you just fill a bowl on the table with them.

If you want them to look a bit more elegant, you can buy silk leaves and decorate them like the ones shown in the photo that is courtesy of All Free Crafts.

I love this craft idea for decorations at a pumpkin baby shower. If you are hosting a shower in the fall, this theme is a great way to welcome Mom's little pumpkin to the world.

Kids Handprint Ghosts

#2) Kids Handprint Ghosts

Use black construction paper and white prints to make ghosts. Dip the child's hand in white paint and have them place it down with fingers together on the black paper. Cut around the handprint to make a ghost shape. Add eyes and a mouth and you've got an easy ghost to hang on the fridge.

You can get detailed step-by-step instructions and see the final product at The Crafting Chicks blog.

Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bags

#3) Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bags

This is a fun craft to do with smaller children as well as older ones. Take some white pillowcases and some Halloween rubber stamps. Using fabric paint, stamp on designs.

You can stencil each child's name on their bag or write it with glitter glue. Use rhinestones and other decorative embellishments to make each bag unique. Children will love using their very own hand made bags when they Trick or Treat.

For the more upscale looking option, you can always make the Martha Stewart version of the trick or treat candy bags like the ones shown to the right.

#4) Painted Halloween Pumpkin Contest

Painted Halloween Pumpkin Contest

Since most children are not able to carve their own pumpkins (and it's no fun just watching the adults do it), have a Pumpkin Decorating night. Instead of carving with sharp knives, children can use all kinds of supplies to decorate the most fantastic pumpkin ever.

Use paint, stamps, googley eyes, felt, pom poms and any other embellishments you have around. Children can get creative and you can relax knowing they won't get hurt. If you have several children or want to invite neighborhood friends, you can award Halloween gifts or prizes for the best pumpkins.

Photo courtesy of Lizard888 at Flickr

#5) PlayDoh or Foam Cookie Cutter Creatures

PlayDoh or Foam Cookie Cutter Creatures

Set up a table with an array of Halloween or Fall themed discount cookie cutters. Let children roll out and cut "cookies" from PlayDoh or lightweight craft modeling foam. Poke holes in the top and run a string through each one. Hang them as Halloween decorations on a Halloween tree. You can make one from branches from the yard that you place in a galvanized bucket. Start a new tradition with the decorating of the Halloween tree. (Make sure you designate any rolling pins or cookie cutters that you use on clay as craft only and don't reuse on food.)

To make the Halloween cookie salt dough creatures shown in the photo, go to All Free Crafts to get the recipe and step-by-step instructions.

Black Pom Pom Cats or Spiders#6) Black Pom Pom Cats or Spiders

With a bunch of black pom poms young kids will love making black cats or spiders. Get glue dots at a craft store (small dots of glue that come on a roll). They're easy for little hands to use and don't drip.

To make a cat, glue one pom pom on to a larger one for a head and body. Add tiny pom poms for feet. You can make tails out of black felt. Google eyes complete the Halloween kitties.

To make the spider shown in the photo to the right, visit Inna's Creations for instructions.

#7) Black Halloween Bats

Pick up the following supplies at a craft supply shop:

  • Black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • Googly Eyes

Print out the template and follow the instructions on the video to make these fun bats that you can hang all over the house for Halloween!

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#8) Mummy Candy Holder Craft

A fun idea from Parents.com

An inexpensive and easy craft that all kids can do this Halloween. You'll need some supplies that you likely have lying around the house such as disposable plastic drinking cups, plastic water bottles, plastic milk jugs, or whatever kind of plastic container you want to mummify.

Then you just use some cotton balls and googly eyes to create the face and use long pieces of cheesecloth to get the mummy effect.

Don't forget you can get step-by-step instructions and photos at Parents.com!

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#9) Spooky Spider Craft

I love this idea because we always decorate the front porch of our house for Halloween (as well as the interior). You likely have many of the objects you need to create this giant spider on hand.

The body is formed using a milk jug that you either paint black or cover in black electrical tape.

The legs you can make from pool noodles or black pipe insulation tubes and the yellow eyes are made from those plastic Easter eggs that you probably hide on your lawn for the annual Easter egg hunt. You can get step-by-step instructions with photos at FamilyFun.com.

#10) Any Pumpkin/Jack o' Lantern Craft - Presented by Lifestyle Editor from Parents Magazine

This fantastic video shows how to create pumpkin decorations out of just about anything. Classic plastic ornaments are filled with orange things like crinkle paper or pom poms and then a Sharpie is used to create a jack o-lantern face on the ornament. Throw pillows are covered in orange fabric and then decorated with black buttons to make a jack o'lantern. Little photo frames that you may have or can buy at the dollar store are made using orange craft paper, orange ribbon and glitter. Check out the video for all kinds of inspiration!

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Get Spooky!

Halloween is always so much fun. The costumes, the candy, and of course the decorations! But buying Halloween decor at the store can get spendy for things that you could just make yourself at home for cheap!

You could even choose to give some of these stylish homemade decorations as Halloween gifts if you want! The options are endless!

Image by www.metaphoricalplatypus.com on Flickr

Beyond the Grave

Bring Your Cemetary to Life

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Odds are that you've seen these mock-graves in yards before. They stick into the ground and look like aged tombstones. If you buy them in the stores, they run around $20 and up. Save yourself the money. Just take piece of cardboard and a can of gray or silver spray paint and coat both sides of the cardboard. You can even apply hot glue to the cardboard before you paint if you want to make edges or any raised parts of the headstone.

Image by susan.reed on Flickr

After the paint has dried, take acrylic paint or just a black sharpie and write a name, message or just RIP on it. To make it stick in the ground, simply tape any type of skinny (yet semi-strong) wire you have laying around like those little flags they use to mark your gas lines or sprinkler systems.

DIY Cemetery Ideas

Image by Tammra McCauley on Flickr
Image by Tammra McCauley on Flickr

Boo-kyard Fun

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Simple ghosts are easy to bring to your yard this year. All it takes is a few pieces of scrap wood and some white fabric.

Image by www.metaphoricalplatypus.com on Flickr

First, make a simple cross with two pieces of wood. Angle the bottom of the cross so that you will be able to pound the wood into the ground a little bit. From here, you can just drape your white fabric over the wood cross you've formed. For an extra effect, use a Sharpie to draw faces on your ghosts.

On the night of Halloween, you can even place flashlights in front of the ghosts to light them up and make ghost shadows on your house.

DIY Hanging Ghosts!!

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Spooky Eyes

Minimal supplies needed here, you might just have to save up for a little while. All you will need here are empty toilet paper rolls and little glow sticks.

Image by Thrifty Crafty Girl

Cut out eyes of all different sizes and shapes in your toilet paper rolls. Then place a glow sticks in the roll. From there, you'll need to use duct tape to tape off the ends to keep the light in.

Put these in your windows facing the trick-or-treaters for a wonderful little surprise.

Flying Bats

When bats take over, things go crazy! Add a little fun to your trees this year when you plant some spooky bats in them. You'll need black construction paper or cardstock, fishing line, and old black socks. First you'll cut out the bat wings from the construction paper or cardstock. Make the middle of the wings about 2 inches wide. From here, you'll roll up your black sock and place it in the middle of the wings.

Use a hole punch to make two holes, one on each side of the rolled sock (or bat body) - you'll string your fishing line through these holes to hold your bat from the trees. Tie it tight to the branches and wait for a little breeze to move your bats and wait for the screams to begin!

Budget Haunted House - This man paid less than $100 for this!

Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations

Treat Your Guests

After all this spooky decor, make sure that you are prepared with lots of Halloween candy to make up for all the scary stuff your trick-or-treaters had to pass to get to your door! They'll deserve a little treat for that.

If your decor is for your Halloween party, then consider putting out some yummy Halloween cookies for everyone to enjoy.

Image by kinwart on Flickr

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

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Personalized Baby Gift Ideas

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

My Favorite Personalized Baby Gifts

It seems in the last few years that all of my friends have had babies. I guess that is what happens when you are in your 30's... that infamous clock just started clicking so loudly that they couldn't resist anymore.

In fact, I think I've purchased nearly 40 baby gifts for friends, family members and co-workers over the past few years. And I've found that the most talked about and well-received gifts are the ones that incorporate the newborn baby's name on the gift.

There are so many great personalized baby gift options on the retail market today so in this lens, I've put together my list of favorites based on the rave reviews that they've received from friends and family.

#1 Personalized Baby Gift Basket

Top 10 Personalized Baby GiftsThe above basket is available in pink or blue

What I truly love about personalized baby gift baskets is that they usually contain several items that are customized with the baby's name and sometimes even their birth date and weight. And the container options are endless - from little red radio flyer wagons to bassinet shaped baskets perfect for holding stuffed animals in the future to giant baby bathtubs.

It seems gift basket companies are getting more and more creative when it comes to putting together a fun baby gift. That said, I usually try to choose a basket that contains items that Mom & Dad can truly utilize in the future. Baskets that include personalized bibs, blankets, burp-cloths, onesies and other clothing are always a hit. And so too are gifts that contain keepsakes such as baby footprint kits or personalized first curl containers.

While gift baskets can be expensive because they contain so many great items, many retailers also sell the basket components such as the personalized baby blankets separately for people that want a terrific new baby gift at a lower price point.

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

#2 Personalized Baby Blanket

The great thing about personalized blankets are that they can be used for years as it seems toddlers love to tote them around as much as little babies like to be swaddled in them. There are a wide array of baby blankets on store shelves these days ranging from plush animal and sports ball security blankets to full size baby blankets in every color under the rainbow.

No matter what design you choose, be sure to have it embroidered with the newborn baby's name and even their birth date to make it extra special.

Handmade Baby Gift Books

For those creative few who like to sew, crochet or knit, there are a wide range of unique baby gifts that you can make yourself. Try making a doll for the little prince or princess that has just arrived and you can personalize it with their name too!

#3 Personalized Baby Cookie Gift

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

A great choice when this is the 2nd or 3rd child in the family, baby cookie baskets are a great way to congratulate the new parents. And we all know that Mom & Dad can use a little energy during those 3 AM feedings and what better way to lift their spirits than with a big 'ole chocolate chip cookie?

I love buying cookie gifts that are packed in unique, reusable containers like these personalized rocking horses or a custom clay cookie pot that can be displayed in the nursery long after the cookies are gone. The older siblings and visitors stopping by to see the new baby will enjoy indulging in these fresh-baked cookies too!

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

#4 Personalized Baby Birth Plate

Keepsake and hand-painted birth plates are a terrific custom gift choice. Many online stores carry them. You can even find places that carry birth plates in tons of unique designs including classic keepsake plates to carriage designs to hand-painted frog and prince themed plates. No matter what the nursery theme, you are sure to find a plate that will coordinate perfectly.

#5 Personalized Baby Clothing

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

Clothing of all types is available embroidered with the baby's name. There are so many great personalized baby clothes to choose from including lacy pink diaper covers, pink and blue infant caps, baby bibs with custom sayings like 'I Love Grandma', onesies, t-shirts and much more. Just choose a design that you like and add baby's name - no matter what you choose, it will get rave reviews because parents love to dress their kids in personalized clothes.

NOTE: The little onesies shown to the right are available for about $18 at All About Gifts & Baskets.

#6 Personalized Silver Baby Keepsake

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

When Mom & Dad already have everything they could possibly need for baby (maybe because this is their 3rd child), I go with a keepsake gift that they can cherish for years to come. The Personalization Mall is a great source for silver and ceramic keepsakes such as silver plated rattles or birth certificate holders that are engraved with the child's name and birth date.

Another great keepsake option are personalized piggy banks that are hand-painted or silver train banks that are etched with the child's name.

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

#7 Personalized Bathtime Gift or Hooded Towel

Adorable personalized hooded towels or gift baskets featuring bath products are always well-received. Bath puppets, water activity 'books', plush towels, terry washcloths, and baby bathing products like shampoo usually take center stage in bath-time gift baskets. Since this is a daily or bi-daily occurrence in most households, these gifts are as practical as they are adorable.

#8 Custom Baby Book

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

Get the newborn baby library off to a good start with a book designed just for them. My Create A Book.com designs books where the child becomes the star character in the story. The books are printed on high quality laser printers and then bound to create a hardcover storybook. As baby gets a bit older, they'll love to read the storybook that is all about them and their adventures. There are tons of unique story lines and designs to choose from - this is one personalized baby gift they will cherish a lifetime.

Great Baby & Shower Gift Ideas Video

Soooo cute - these flower pots make great shower centerpieces and do double duty as a gift.

#9 Personalized Baby Photo Frame

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

The above frame is also available in pink.

Displaying photos and showing off baby is one of the joys of being a new parent so why not give a gift that can be used immediately. The new parents will love hanging a framed photo of baby in the nursery or somewhere else in the house. My favorite baby photo frames not only feature a unique design, but also display the newborn's name and other birth information.

In the past, I've even purchased those inexpensive wooden frames from Michael's craft store and hand-painted them myself using baby-themed stencils. I also bought letter stencils so that it was easy to paint the frame with the baby's name as well.

#10 Personalized Layette Set

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

The ultimate personalized clothing gift is a layette set. Whether it is 3 pieces or 8, layette sets are fully coordinated and often have appliques like prince or princess, pink or blue embellishments, sailboats or flowers, and other unique themes.

You can find both fully personalized or monogrammed sets with items such as bibs, burp cloths, fleece hats, and ultra-soft baby blankets.

A Gift That Will Score BIG Points!

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

The arrival of a new baby can often leave older siblings feeling like they aren't special anymore. Well a great way to get them involved is to include a big brother or big sister sibling gift along with your congratulatory baby gift.

These days you can find personalized baseball caps, t-shirts and even photo albums that include the child's name along with a big brother or big sister caption. They'll proudly wear their new clothing and Mom & Dad will be thrilled that you remembered them too!

Something For Baby & Mom

Top 10 Personalized Baby Gifts

A Two in One Gift!

A mommy and me gift is always a great idea - at least it was amongst my friends. All of them needed a little pampering after the countless nights without sleep and the delivery. Many companies sell gift baskets that incorporate some bath and body products along with the new baby gifts.

The particular mommy and me gift basket shown above includes pamper items like vanilla body wash and bubble bath as well as monogrammed items like a gorgeous golden dress and terry bib for baby.

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise

Background on Breast Cancer

Over 2.6 million people in the United States suffer from breast cancer. According to BreastCancer.org, one in eight women will develop this disease at some point in her life; for men, the risk is one in 1000. But there is hope: survivorship rates have increased over the past five decades, and much of this is the result of better screening and treatment options.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its NYC race for survivors in 1991; since then, the world has shown its support for awareness, research, and funding with pink.

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise

Who Wears Pink?

Everyone Does!

Pink is considered a feminine color, but today, you will see some of the country's biggest, toughest men sporting pink.

Image by sportsbusinessnetwork.blogspot.com

The NFL, for instance, holds a breast cancer awareness day and players show up with pink cleats, wristbands, helmet decals, towels, eye shields, skull caps, gloves, and shoe laces to show their support.

These teams join millions by wearing pink merchandise, which is designed to help boost awareness, urge women to get regular screenings, and help raise funds for research. There are stores and shops worldwide that specialize in these types of products.

Pink For a Cause

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise
Image by Fifth world art on Flickr

Why Should We Wear Pink?

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise

Gain Awareness

The goal of pink ribbon merchandise is twofold: to increase awareness of breast cancer and the need for screening, and to raise money for research and treatment. Wearing pink is wonderful - but it is much more effective and powerful when your purchase helps the cause.

Image by audreyjm529 on Flickr

How Can I Really Help The Cause?

Purchase your pink ribbon products through organizations which donate proceeds to breast cancer research or treatment. BreastCancer.org, for instance, offers gifts, home decor items, jewelry, skin care products, clothing, accessories, books, CDs, and more. A portion of the proceeds goes back to BreastCancer.org in order to fund its free programs, which include clear, comprehensive information/research for those with breast cancer.

Other sites on which you can find merchandise include: the Breast Cancer Site, which uses proceeds to fund free mammograms at clinics and hospitals around the country; the American Cancer Society's Hope Shop, which helps fund research and is the official sponsor of "more birthdays."

What's Most Important - Here's the bottom line

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise

Fundraise With Apparel Sales

Here's How...

Purchase pink ribbon items for a fundraising event. Maybe you are holding your own event; maybe you are participating in a race or other fundraiser and want a better, more efficient way to make money. Soliciting donations can be difficult, and often, merchandise makes it easier.

You can find shops online that distribute bulk items, such as tee-shirts, bracelets, ribbon pins, hats, and more that you can resell at your event to raise funds for research, treatment, etc. Try the Pink Ribbon Marketplace or FundRaisingforaCause.com.

Fundraise with a Fashion Show!

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise
Image by cliff1066 on Flickr
Goodsearch.com Screenshot

Search to Give

One Way to Raise Funds Without Selling

Not all of your merchandise has to be pink to help fund breast cancer awareness/research. In fact, now you can shop and help as well. GoodSearch.com, a search engine, donates 50 percent of its ad-sponsored search revenue to charities designated by users. You use it as you would a "regular" search engine, and proceeds go to the charity of your choice.

The GoodShop mall is a collection of merchants who donate 3 to 20 percent of your purchase to the designated charity, such as BreastCancer.org, or any of your choosing.

Get Out There and Help!

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise

Pink For a Cause

Pink ribbon favors and merchandise is a great way to show your support for breast cancer victims, survivors, and families; shirts, caps, and bracelets are terrific ways to show your solidarity during charity walks or events; these products are a visual reminder to everyone who sees you that they should make screening a priority.

Image by epSos. de on Flickr

But you can also do a lot of good by skipping the merchandise and making a donation in the same amount; you won't get the t-shirt or hat, but you will give 100% of your money to a very worthy cause. Make sure to look for sites (like the BreastCancerSite) which guarantee to 100 percent donation.

Pink is the new black! It goes with everything; looks good on everyone; and does a lot of good for the women and men who suffer with breast cancer.

Add your touch to a mural to give to the hospital

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Merchandise
Image by Andrea_44 on Flickr

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