If you’re in your 20’s-30’s, chances are you have friends that are starting to get married and have kids. This is an expensive time in our lives, because not only are we trying to start lives and families of our own, but we want to give a nice gift to our friends without breaking the bank. So how do you purchase a nice gift for someone who is having a baby shower without going broke? Gift baskets!
A couple summers ago, I was invited to the baby shower of a good friend of mine from high school, who was having a baby boy. I wanted to get her a gift that was most importantly, useful, but also one that wouldn’t make me go broke (baby stuff is EXPENSIVE!). I didn’t want to be “cheap” either, because she’s a dear friend. Quite the predicament. So what did I do? I got a little creative.
You can purchase an empty basket, or use a nicer one you already have. Every couple weeks you can find baskets for 50% off at Michael’s (or use one of their awesome coupons)! I lined the basket with decorative tissue paper, and filled it with baby essentials: diapers, ointment, baby bath, onesies, socks,etc. Then to make it look pretty, I decorated the stacks of diapers with ribbon and topped it off with a monkey blanket. The baby clothes were the most expensive part, but I went in on the gift with a friend, and she contributed most of the baby clothes.
Now, to make this basket for even less, look for coupons for the items. Target often has printable store coupons for Circo crib sheets and things of that nature. You can always find printable coupons for diapers, wipes, baby food, toiletries and more.
If you’re looking for more things to put in the basket, why not throw in a couple things for mom? Some nice bubble bath, chocolates, or if she’s bottle feeding, you could give her some nice coffee (chances are she’s gonna need it!) or even a bottle of her favorite wine!
Here’s a few ideas for things you can put in your gift basket. Feel free to get creative, these are just a few suggestions of things new moms love, and things that can be bought on a tight budget!
bubble bath (for mom)
breast pump supplies
Really the beauty of this gift is that it can be totally customized (breastfeeding? bottle feeding? organic? no problem!) and you can spend as much or as little as you wish. There’s no crazy markup like when you buy a pre-made gift basket so you save money there too. Don’t worry if you’re not “creative”, even just folded nicely with a pretty bow this gift makes quite a statement.
What do you think of this Baby Shower Gift Basket idea?
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