When you are invited to a baby shower, you know you need a gift but you may not know how much to spend or what you should get. If you’ve yet to have your own child, it can be confusing understanding all the gadgets and baby stuff that is available. Be sure that you check their baby registry so you can be sure to get them something they need. This will prevent you from buying a gift that someone else already bought as well.
If you need to look for baby shower gift ideas so that you can pick a present that will be appreciated, we have put together some ideas that can help.
How Much Should You Spend?
Naturally, you should spend what you can afford and what you are comfortable with. The relationship that you have with the person having the baby can also help determine the amount you should spend.
If it’s an acquaintance or a co-worker, 20 to 25 dollars is a good price range. A close friend or relative, 30 to 50 dollars is an appropriate range. If it’s your best friend or a very close relative, you can spend all the way up to 100 dollars. It’s important to put some thought into the perfect gift if it’s your best friend.
A Group Gift
Some items which are needed, such as a crib or a stroller can cost a good bit of money. Getting together with other friends and relatives of the recipient is a good way to be able to give these important gifts so that it’s easier on everyone’s purse strings.
It can be more thoughtful to make a gift rather than buy one. Although proper etiquette for a baby shower is buying something on the registry, you could buy something small and pair it with a handmade gift. Another great idea is to make a gift basket and fill it with small gifts such a fingernail clippers, digital thermometers and pacifiers. These small items are greatly needed by the new parent and this is the perfect way to create a care package that has all these small items.
Gifts for New Parents
A new parent may be overwhelmed because so many things are needed for the new baby. When they add the items to their registry, they have probably put in plenty of research so be sure to check it as it will help you get the perfect gift.
If you are yourself a parent, you may give them something that is much needed even though they haven’t added it to their registry. You could add a special note to let them know why this item will be helpful and when to use it.
Second Child Baby Showers (or Third or Fourth)
Most parents have saved many of the items from their firstborn so they may not need some items. Some of the best gifts for these parents would be diapers or other small incidentals, such as baby shampoo, lotions and other small items. Another great gift that you could give might be for the parent, such as a meal delivery service or even a maid service.
Having a new baby can be overwhelming. A baby shower can help the new parent when it comes to the many things that will be needed for the new baby. Use these baby shower etiquette and gift ideas so that you are sure to get a gift that will be truly appreciated.