Rachel Bilson is officially our new favorite famous mom-to-be, and it’s not just because she’s proven that you + your bump can look cute as hell in overalls. The Hart of Dixie actress was the guest of honor at her baby shower this past weekend, and the fête featured some seriously creative shower gifts. According to US Weekly, Rach passed up on traditional mini must-haves like booties, bibs and diaper bags for… beads. “Instead of gifts, everyone brought a birth bead,” US Weekly reported. “Each person gave her a piece of advice and a blessing along with the bead.”

Once the baubles were presented, Rachel’s family and friends, including fellow moms Natalie Portman and CW-co star Jamie King, got to DIY-ing, turning the trinkets into a necklace that Rach reportedly will wear during labor to help get her through the very first minutes of being a mom. The eclectic charms are certainly a clever way to keep her extended circle, and all their well-wishes, close during the big moment. Moms-to-be, you’ll definitely want to steal the idea for your own baby shower (we bet you never thought you’d ever register at JoAnne’s, did you?), though we’ll be the first to admit we wouldn’t mind renaming the thoughtful favors to anything but the kind-of-creepy-sounding “birth beads.”

Looking to get your gal-pals DIY-ing a trinket you can wear for your own baby’s Bday?

– Have each guests complete a strand of this bead-iful statement necklace.

Break out the clay! Let each of your besties mold their very own bauble.

– Go high-tech with laser cut tiles that you can stack and personalize!

Are you all about Rachel’s non-traditional baby shower gifts? What have been the most creative baby showers gifts you’ve ever given or seen? Any awesome shower themes we need to know about? Tell us in the comments below.

(via US Weekly)