If you are on a tight budget you'll love my ideas for cheap baby gifts! You will find a great range of inexpensive baby gifts and tips on how to save money when buying respectively giving a baby gift. And one of my tips is even a completely free baby gift!
Being short of money does not necessarily mean that your gift for the newborn must reflect that. You do not need to spend a fortune for a thoughtful and adorable gift.
I have useful tips on how to get inexpensive baby gifts in general, but also on how to find bargains. If you observe a few money saving guidelines and take advantage of discount deals it is quite easy to find a reasonably priced yet lovely gift for baby.
A low-cost and less expensive gift also fits in case you do not know the new family too well but still want to give 'just a little something'.
You never go wrong with giving a baby gift basket, even if it is a rather inexpensive one. A gift basket for a newborn always is a thoughtful and practical present. The new family might receive several baskets but they will most likely all be filled with different goodies for baby. And in addition, cheaper basket items such as pacifiers, bibs, baby lotion, shampoo, socks, etc. are always needed in multiples and can be used up over time.
Making your own gift basket at an affordable price is easy, here you can read my best tips and recommendations: how to make a cheap baby gift basket.
Find more cheap homemade baby gift ideas further below this page.
How to bargain hunt for nice but cheap baby clothes, baby accessories and baby gear:
Actually these tips are not only for those of you who are looking for a cheap baby gift but also for frugal moms who are on the lookout for inexpensive baby clothing and accessories and want to save a few bucks. If you buy baby and kids clothing at the right time (that is 'anti-seasonal' and during clearance sales) you can get high quality for low prices. Just bear in mind to buy the correct size. If you are lucky you can still discount that sale price with coupons. Read my full tips and expert knowledge here: how to find the best deals on cheap baby clothes, baby accessories and baby gear.
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Buy cheap baby items or cheap baby toys that are affordable and nevertheless pretty. Let me name but a few:
If you are an artsy person - and even if you aren't - go for one of my recommendations on homemade cheap baby gifts.
Nearly all of them are easy to make and are made of inexpensive materials, yet they make a nice and personal gift with that added touch of affection.
Diaper cakes: especially the plain diaper cakes are easy to make, the materials (diapers and ribbons) are very cheap but the 'cuteness effect' is awesome! All you need to make one of these is a pack of diapers and some colorful ribbon. Maybe some plastic flowers, too. For instructions click the photo above.
Another great and cheap baby gift idea is to make a baby time capsule. It is very easy to make but you need some time to put it together and you also need to plan ahead. To save on the materials, instead of a ready-made time capsule container just use a (shoe) box and decorate it with some wrapping paper. You do not need to include the more expensive items, just pick the inexpensive or even free ones. On this page I have listed lots of ideas of what to include in a baby time capsule!
For the baby cupcakes gift pictured on top, I have used 3 pairs of baby socks (rolled), 2 washcloths (rolled), 2 felt hearts, some ribbon and a cupcake box. This beautiful baby gift was just about 10 Dollars!
For more homemade and cheap baby gift ideas, here's my full list of hand made newborn baby gifts: cute homemade baby gifts.
"Best gift ever received" - this is the statement of many new moms. The idea presented here will cost you no money or really just a few dollars to create a nice coupon.
This will 'cost' your time instead of real money. But, these favors probably are great fun for you so your time won't really count. And they are great gifts since they take off work from the new parents. In the end the least expensive gifts often are the most practical and appreciated ones.
A babysitting coupon is a great gift, even if it is a free baby gift! I wish, somebody would have given her time and a babysitting gift certificate to me! And every other mommy will agree with me. All new mommies and families will be delighted about such a thoughtful gift and such valuable help.
For your sister, sister-in-law and BFF you can do the babysitting just for her, during the day while daddy is at work - meaning she can go on a beauty treatment, for a manicure and pedicure or to the hairdresser while you look after the little one. If mummy wants the baby close by you can also accompany her and go for a walk with the newborn while the mother enjoys her spa treatment.
Make a cute coupon and give a babysitting gift certificate. The simple way is: Buy a greeting card and use it as your gift certificate. Add some wording like "Babysitting Coupon - good for 5 evenings of babysitting on me. Date and time according to prior agreement". Put it in an envelope and decorate with a ribbon and big bow.
If you prefer a more "glamorous" version: Here you will find a free baby sitting coupon template and also some more printable coupons for (new) moms. If you volunteer to babysit, the new parents might even prefer you over a paid babysitter, since they know you and trust your care.
In case you think babysitting will be too tough on you opt for helping around the house (do some chores like washing the laundry, loading and unloading the dishwasher, cooking, cleaning, dusting, run some errands, do the grocery shopping, walk the dog, etc.) or help in the garden (cutting the grass, weeding, planting, harvesting, watering the plants, etc.).
One last word on this gift idea: Don't feel ashamed to give a low budget baby gift or a gift that did not cost you a single pence - many new moms will let you know that your gift is simply 'priceless'!
Whichever one of the above cheap baby gifts you choose, rest assured that your present will be appreciated and the new parents and baby will feel special in any case!
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