Find the Perfect Baby Shower Gift on Any Budget

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: May 9, 2024

    Figuring out how much to spend on a baby shower gift can be a bit of a head-scratcher especially if it’s your first. Do you go all out and splurge on the latest baby gear, or keep it simple with a sweet onesie and some booties? Fear not, my fellow baby shower gift-givers – we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips and tricks for navigating the sometimes-tricky waters of baby shower gift-giving. So grab a cup of tea and get ready to feel like a gifting pro in no time! 

    What is the average amount spent on a baby shower gift?

    There’s no hard and fast rule for how much you should spend on a baby shower gift, but the average amount is typically between $25 and $50. Of course, this can vary depending on your relationship with the mom-to-be and your personal budget.

    If you’re a close friend or family member of the mom-to-be, you may feel inclined to spend more on a baby shower gift to show your love and support. However, it’s important to remember that the thought and effort put into the gift are just as important as the monetary value.

    Here’s a breakdown of how much to spend on a baby shower gift based on your relationship with the mom-to-be:

    Co-worker or acquaintance: $20-$25
    If you’re attending a baby shower for a co-worker or acquaintance, spending around $20-$25 on a gift is appropriate. Consider practical items like onesies, blankets, or books.

    Friend or distant relative: $25-$50
    If you’re attending a baby shower for a friend or family member, it’s appropriate to spend a bit more – around $25-$50. Consider items that reflect your relationships with the mom-to-be, like a personalized baby blanket or a special toy.

    Best friend or close family member: $50-$100 or more
    If you’re attending a baby shower for a close friend or family member, you may feel inclined to spend more to show your love and support. Consider larger items like a high-quality baby carrier or a nursery decor that fits the mom-to-be’s style.

    Remember, these are just general guidelines, and ultimately the most important thing is to give a gift that you’re comfortable with and that reflects your love and support for the mom-to-be and her new arrival.

    What kind of gifts should I give?

    You know that saying, “it takes a village to raise a child?” Well, part of that village is making sure the new parents have everything they need to welcome their little ones into the world. The mom-to-be (or parents-to-be) took the time to make a baby registry for a reason. These are the items they specifically want to have in their home, so it’s essential to do them a favor and stick to it as much as possible.

    Sometimes you’re late to the game and all the gift registry items in your price range are taken. Or maybe they didn’t add enough items for the number of shower invitees. If that’s the case, branching out is more than okay. Just make sure the registry is your first stop. This will ensure that the parents get items they need and want, and prevent them from receiving duplicates or items they don’t have use for. We have a list of baby shower gift ideas that aren’t on the registry if you need some inspo! 

    One gift always appreciated is a box or pack of disposable diapers, bibs or pacifiers. Trust us; the new mom can never have enough diapers. If you are creative, you can even make a diaper cake! Add a small baby toy if such a practical gift feels too cold or empty. Another great option is to choose items from the same brand or collection as items already on the registry. At the end of the day, the best baby shower gift is one that you put thought and consideration into choosing. 

    And don’t forget the gift receipt!

    Is it better to buy something practical or sentimental?

    This really depends on your personal style and the mom-to-be’s preferences. Some people prefer practical gifts they know will come in handy when the baby arrives, while others appreciate sentimental gifts commemorating this special time in their lives.

    Both practical and sentimental gifts can be great options for a baby shower, so don’t be afraid to mix and match. If you can’t decide, pair a practical item like a baby carrier with a sentimental keepsake like a personalized baby blanket or photo album.

    What are some budget-friendly baby shower gift ideas?

    There are plenty of great baby shower gift ideas that won’t break the bank! Consider a smaller gift like baby clothes, books, or toys, or practical items like diaper bags or baby carriers. You can also assemble a gift basket of smaller items like baby wash, lotion, and diapers. Consider getting creative with your wrapping and presentation to add a special touch to your gift, like using a cute baby blanket to wrap smaller items. 

    Are group gifts a good option for a baby shower?

    Absolutely! Group gifts can be a great way to get the mom-to-be something she really wants or needs, and can also be a fun bonding experience for the gift-givers. Consider coordinating with other guests to purchase a big ticket item. A great gift couldn’t be the stroller, car seat or crib, or to assemble a gift basket of items from everyone. 

    Be sure to discuss a budget for the group gift and assign someone to coordinate the effort to make sure everyone is on the same page. This can be a fun and meaningful way to show your support for the mom-to-be and her growing family.

    Is giving money or a gift card as a baby shower gift OK?

    Absolutely! Giving money as a baby shower gift is an excellent option if you’re unsure what to get or if the mom-to-be has specific plans for the funds. Some people feel uncomfortable giving cash, but remember that it can be a thoughtful and practical way to support the expecting parents and help them prepare for the new baby.

    If you’re giving money as a gift, consider presenting it creatively, like in a piggy bank or with a special card with a personal message.