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What are the Best Budget Baby Gifts

Aug 14, 2008
Ok, so someone you know is having a baby, which necessitates the need for a baby shower gift. One problem, aside from the fact that you have absolutely no idea what babies need or would want as a gift: you are broke. Sounds like a problem that some of us have encountered before.

Let's face it, any baby is adorable and no matter how clueless you are about baby gifts, you would want to give a baby something that he or she will like or can use. If budget is the main issue there are a lot of ways that you can do to come up with unique baby gifts that won't hurt your wallet. It is good to note that babies have no need for iPods or cellphones, or else you'd really be in trouble.

Because most baby gifts are given during baby showers, your options for baby shower gifts do not need to be restricted to the things that the baby can use, like cool baby clothes, strollers, or mobiles. You can also give baby shower gifts that mom and dad will find useful. For the baby one great baby gift idea is a pack of baby wipes and diapers. This will cost you just about the price for one baby outfit. The baby probably already has a wardrobe of cool baby clothes anyway.

Another baby gift option if you are on a budget are burping cloths. You can buy a dozen, put them in a cute little box or a plastic wrap along with shampoo, baby soap, lotion and other toiletries, and, voila! A great baby gift for only a couple of dollars. You can try online baby stores if time is a consideration.

And how about something for the new older sister or brother? A book for the older brother or sister is also a great baby shower gift idea. A book won't cost you much (certainly not as expensive as a rocking chair or a baby monitor!) and might help prevent making the older child feel left out from all the attention that's surrounding the latest addition to the family.

For something truly unique, you can make a baby gift of your own. A great idea is making a photo album of the baby or having a picture of the baby framed. This is one unique baby gift that busy parents will surely appreciate and printing and framing costs will surely be under your budget.

Budget baby shower gifts for the mother can take the form of aromatherapy bath salts or even a free foot massage to help her unwind and relax. If you are feeling a bit generous, how about giving out a coupon for free dinner for the new parents at their favorite restaurant? This will give them some time off from taking care of the baby. A similar idea is cooking a meal for the family or forming a group to help cook the family's dinners for the initial one or two weeks after the birth of the baby. A new baby will surely take up much of the parents time away from doing regular chores or even attending to the rest of the children. This is something that the parents and the whole family with surely appreciate.

Finally, you can offer to babysit the baby especially when the parents need some time off to relax, have dinner and generally spend some alone-time together. The best part about this gift is that baby-sitting won't cost you a dime, the perfect solution if you had no baby-gift budget to speak of in the first place.
About the Author
To learn more about the baby gifts. This site has researched and ranked the most popular baby gifts so that you don't have to. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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