Baby showers can be one of the best parties to attend. But trying to figure out what to give, without busting your budget, can be daunting. Here are a few frugal baby shower gift ideas to get the wheels turning in your brain and keep your checking account full.
Frugal Baby Shower Gift Ideas and Tips
This post will also include some frugal baby shower tips, as well as gift ideas. The tips will help you find the best deals on gifts, or create a DIY baby shower gift that would be perfect for the parent to be.
Look But Don’t Touch The Registry
The infamous baby registry. It can be so inviting to guests to just look down an online list, pick a gift, and call it a day. But, by paying attention to what is chosen, you can see what products are important to the mom-to-be and what kind of shower this may turn out to be.
For example, if most of her picks have to do with breastfeeding, you know that’s something truly important to her and can gift accordingly. In the same aspect, if you see 200 dollar dressers and 600 dollar cribs listed, you can assume this party just might be a bit more upscale.
The best part is that once you figure these hints out, you do NOT have to buy gifts right from the registry. You’ll be able to keep the new mama’s wish list in mind and randomly find frugal baby shower gifts in places where you actually shop, like your favorite department stores or even the grocery store.
Check The Grocery Store For Baby Deals
The grocery store is one of those places most shoppers tend to overlook when it comes to things other than groceries. Next time you’re picking up a bag of groceries from the store, take a walk down the baby aisle.
More often than not, you’ll find a great sale not only on diapers and baby food, but baby lotions, pacifiers, sippy cups and more. These are all items that can easily be turned into a cute frugal baby shower gift, like a baby basket.
Also, take a look down the laundry detergent aisle. Sales on Dreft and “Free and Clear” detergents pop up quite a bit. A most grateful mom-to-be will squeal if you can give her the gift of a laundry detergent stockpile. You can pair the detergent with packs of onesies, and call it a gift!
Stick To The Basics
When guests go shopping for baby gifts, and get caught up in all the cute outfits and fun toys, they forget those things are mostly temporary. Getting someone a newborn outfit for their baby means that gift will only get used maybe once or twice before the baby grows out of it.
Onesies, sippy cups, burp clothes, crib sheets and baby socks are just a few things you can focus on. But don’t just grab a few in size 0 to 3 months and call it a day; make sure to be a responsible gift giver and think ahead.
When a friend of mine was having twins, I got her items that would last up to one year with her girls. I got her onesies, but made sure to get multiple packets in each size up to 18 months.
I got her sippy cups, but made sure they were the small size ones to start off with and then the 8oz ones for when the girls were older.
Her girls are 7 now, and she still talks about that gift. It set her up for success and gave her a mini stockpile of baby items she knew she would need eventually.
Give Gifts To Other Members Of The Family
Keep in mind that you don’t always have to go “full baby” at a shower. The parents or older siblings can be the recipients of your frugal baby shower gift.
So often, other members of the family are neglected when a new baby arrives. Create a “date night” basket filled with a Blu-ray or DVD, large popcorn tub and a box of microwave popcorn.
Or, for the older siblings, create a gift filled with cool toys or crafts for them to play with while visiting mom at the hospital.
Offer Your Service
Do you love to babysit? Are you a good cook? Do you have a knack for cleaning and organizing? Offer up those services as a gift.
Most moms won’t ever think to ask for help, so offering it up to them before it even comes to mind is a great way to give of yourself.
New moms tend to not have much time to cook a quality meal, so you can offer up your services there. Plan to come by the first few weeks after baby is born, to cook a meal for her in-house. You can also cook some of your cheap and easy weeknight meals, and drop them off to her a few days after the baby is delivered.
Do you love to clean? About a week or two after the arrival of baby, I guarantee you she will need help in that area. Offer these services to her at the shower, so she knows you would love to be on the short list of people she can depend on during her time of need.
Inspiration Goes A Long Way
Please don’t forget the mamas! If you can’t give them advice from experience, find a parenting book with great reviews, or a heartfelt card to add to those gifts.
Truthfully, a hand-written note expressing how proud you are of your friend or family member will make her feel like a million bucks. Your love is one of the most, and least, expensive things you can give a new mom.
Quick Baby Shower Gift Tips:
Keep a look out for online deals at places like amazon.com. These sites do offer deals on baby items, and at a great price! Also, if you order online, don’t forget to check with sites like Rakuten to see if you can get cash back on those purchases.
Watch your drug stores. Just like the grocery story, this is yet another place to find hidden baby item deals. You may also get a cash back deal if you spend a certain amount.
Gift cards are more than welcome. Unlike giving these around the holidays, giving a gift card to a new mom is giving her license to shop for whatever will make her life easier at that time.
Since babies can be particular when it comes to the type of bottles, disposable or cloth diapers, and pacifiers they like, giving a gift card gives her the chance to try out other items and see which ones fit her baby.