Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas You Can Do On A Budget

Happy Friday! What do you have planned for this weekend? I have a baby shower to go to on Saturday and I must say I am last minute with a gift at the moment. My sweet older cousin is expecting a girl and I haven’t gone shopping for a gift yet!

Whenever I go shopping for baby shower gifts, I try to make it cute and personable with a theme. I wish I had taken photos of the gifts I created back then, the diaper owl I made was so cute!

When my good friend was expecting her first child, I made a blue themed gift basket of all the baby essentials (i.e. diapers, wipes, onesies and a few toys). Another theme I went with was a diaper owl and a diaper cake for two new mommies that were expecting girls. I always try to add the essentials that a baby WOULD need. I try to avoid purchasing clothes as much as possible only because a lot of people tend to focus on gifting clothes and tons of receiving blankets.

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For each baby shower gift I give, my max limit is $30. I try to stretch every dollar as much as possible.

This time around, I’m looking to do something a little different. I did a Google search to see what other ideas are out there for someone who is on a budget or is trying to be frugal. Here is what I found based on baby shower gifts ideas on a budget.


Tip found from 4 Hats and Frugal

Avoid the Registry

Taking a look at a baby registry can show you what new parents are looking for. For example, if you see supplies for breastfeeding on there, you can find other breastfeeding supplies at your favorite stores. I like to shop at places for the lowest price possible. When I was nursing my son for his first year I stocked up on a lot of milk bags to freeze my milk. I bought them at Walmart only because I could get gift cards from Swagbucks and it was more convenient for me regarding location.


Tip found from Living on the Cheap

Be on the Lookout for Clearance Items

If you’re a bargain hunter or a couponer, then you must know where the clearance sections are in each store. Don’t forget to shop to stalk clearances on seasonal items too! You’d be surprised to see how many cute baby clothes go on sale due to season changes.

Be sure to have coupons in hand too! You can check for Huggies or even Pampers diapers on Coupons.com. Huggies seem to always have $2 off coupons to print and the best part about the site is that you can print two of the same coupons off of each smart device (i.e. smartphone, tablet, and a computer).


Create a Coupon Book

New mommies and daddies have their hands full with a newborn. Create a coupon book that has fun and useful ideas that can help with time. A coupon for each chore would be much appreciated! See below for some ideas.

  •  One night babysitting for a date night
  •  One day of laundry and folding
  •  One free meal
  •  One day housekeeping

Create a First Aid Kit

While everyone is busy looking for the cutest onesie with a cute saying “Daddy’s Little Angel”, Preparing a first aid kit for new parents would be a sigh of relief heard around the world. All you need is a cute little pouch to hold everything.

Include supplies such as:

  •  Baby Qtips
  •  Band-aids
  •  Bacitracin
  •  Baby nail clipper (or scissor)

I hope these ideas are helpful to you. I have to go shopping after work today. I think I’ll create a first aid kit for my cousin decorated in all pink.

What kind of baby shower gifts have you received or even gifted?



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Comments (6)

  1. So you know what I realized after having my son? Food is an amazing gift. I had a group of friends friends get me 2 weeks worth of catering with delivery and honestly, it was the best gift I’ve ever gotten in my life.

    Every gift I received was a huge help, and instead of cards, we asked for people to personalize children books so we can read to him.

    There are a ton of ways to get creative out there, awesome article!
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    1. Food is an amazing gift! When I gave birth I was lucky that someone was home with me. I lived with my bf’s family at the time. It helped out big time, especially when I was nursing and was so sleep deprived lol. I swear if no one was home with me I wouldn’t be eating anything.

      You’re lucky to have friends cater your food! You didn’t have to worry about food for awhile.

    1. Lol gosh, I received so many onesies that my son didn’t even wear them all. I should add food to my list of possible gifts. I forgot how important it was when a new baby arrives.

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