Looking for great gift ideas for a baby shower that won’t break the bank? Everyone wants to give a gift that will be liked, be appreciated, and most of all, be USED! It is possible to give great gifts when you’re on a budget, and don’t forget that sentimental and practical value are king where baby presents are concerned. A more expensive gift is NOT guaranteed to be a better gift!
What do new moms really want to get for gifts at baby showers? Surprisingly, these 13 most-wanted gifts are affordable and desirable baby shower loot!
13 Best Baby Shower Gifts on a Budget
1. Diapers. The MOST important gift that is given the least! You can’t have too many, and all sizes are appropriate. Diapers are expensive, it’s true, but can still be a frugal gift if you can’t afford a lot. For a really small budget: buy a very small pack of diapers, roll each individually and tie with ribbon, then fill into a cute gift bag. Diaper cakes are also high on impact and easy on the pocketbook.
2. Wipes. The #2 most useful gift, also not given as often as they should be. Combine coupons with store sales to get a nice stockup gift of wipes for a bargain price.
3. Bottles. Check with the mom ahead of time to find out if she’s planning to use a certain brand. Any little bit you can contribute to a bottle stock is good – extra bottles, nipples, or liners for the drop-in models. With an infant, you can never have enough bottles (a large supply keeps you from running the dishwasher 10 times a day!).
4. Thank you cards with envelopes. Save the new mom a few extra minutes and put the return address on each one. She’ll be thanking you for it when her precious minutes are better spent sleeping than working on thank you cards!
5. Gift cards to Starbucks. Sleep deprived new moms still have to do errands. Give her the gift of caffeine with several $5 Starbucks gift cards bundled together in a homemade card. She’ll thank you for it!
6. Gift cards to mass merchandisers like Walmart or Target. There are always items on the list that the mom is hoping to receive at the baby shower but probably won’t. Gift cards to these stores will allow her to get what she really needs the most at the last minute.
7. A portrait package from a studio or a gift certificate towards part of a package. This is a great big gift to go in on with friends also. Sears, Walmart and JC Penney have inexpensive portrait studios that often run package specials. The new mom will love having photos taken of her little angel!
8. Receiving blankets. New parents always need more clean receiving blankets than they have, making them a great gift. You can NEVER have too many!
10. Keepsake calendar. Inexpensive and incredibly time-saving, a keepsake calendar hangs on the wall in the nursery. New parents without time to dig out the baby book or scrapbook for each milestone can simply write them on the calendar.
11. Babysitter list compiled by you of all the available babysitters in the area, along with contact information.
12. Babysitting coupon. Give the gift of your services! Homemade babysitting coupons will be well received: you watch the bundle of joy so the parents can have a few hours alone for dinner or even sleep!
13. Date night movie pack. Quick, easy and cheap: buy a bargain-priced comedy, add a pack of microwave popcorn, a few packs of assorted candies, and put into a gift bag. Voila! A date night in a bag for after the baby is asleep! Make sure to include a handmade card from you telling the new parents to enjoy their movie date night
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Photography by Kim Byquist, my wonderful sister!