Inexpensive Baby Shower Gifts
For those on a budget, the baby shower gifts can be overwhelming. However, there are a number of inexpensive and practical gifts that will make you the perfect gift giver. Packaging your gifts in a practical item will also earn you accolades. When choosing baby shower items, make sure you keep with any theme that is selected and whether or not the sex of the child is known.
There are a number of essentials that every parent will need, all of which can be purchased inexpensively. The top of the line of course is the inclusive gift of the diaper cake. Diaper cakes are a great gift made of diapers, blankets, and other small baby essentials. Diaper cakes can be purchased from several online retailers.
Baby baskets are another great baby shower item that can be created with just a little cash. Using a clothes or laundry basket, fill it with small gifts such as baby nail clippers, bulb syringes, nightgowns, and receiving blankets. This is a practical gift and one that not many people think of.
Think consignment. Many high end baby clothes are worn only once or twice as babies tend to grow out of them quickly. Consignment stores will have great prices on good quality clothing and most shops will dry clean clothes before displaying them. This is also a great place to hunt for the holiday items such as costumes and fancy dresses or suits. Your mother will love a fancy dress for her baby girl to get pictures in or a fine suit for her darling boy.
Receiving blankets come in just about every color, fabric, and design. If your mother to be has a theme, pick out a few items that are inexpensive, such as bottles or a diaper bag. Other not often thought of gifts are dishwasher caddies for baby bottle parts, a colorful storage container for bottle extras, mini photo albums that clip to your diaper bag and even magnetic photo frames for the refrigerator. These items can be picked up at most grocery or pharmacy stores and are often under a few dollars a piece
One piece outfits are a blessing to any mother. Babies are messy and will often go through more than one outfit a day. One piece outfits can be purchased in many styles and colors. Keep in mind when the baby will be born when buying any type of clothing. A baby born in June will outgrow a size three month winter coat by September. Every baby grows at a different rate and sizes by manufacturers differ slightly also.
Are you crafty? Can you knit or crochet? Handmade gifts are often the most treasured. Families have passed on baby blankets for generations. Make sure if you are going to quilt, crochet, knit, sew or otherwise create a gift for the young one that it is washable in some fashion. Mothers appreciate items that can be put in a washing machine and not hauled to the dry cleaners or hand washed. Remember that you mother to be is going to be very busy and convenience is the name of the game. A sculpted item or other such decorative piece should be made in such a way that it can easily be wiped down.
Remember that there is a difference between cheap and inexpensive. Chose your gifts according to what the mother to be likes and appreciates, not what you find most appealing. Everyone has different tastes and this is a real opportunity to show your mom to be how much you know and love her.
Wonderful gifts are not often the most expensive ones, but the most thought out ones.