Good quality baby items can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a fortune to find a great baby shower gift -- even if you are on a budget. Here are some tips for finding inexpensive baby shower gifts:
- Combine coupons with sale prices. Even if you don't have children of your own, you should save any coupons you come across for children's stores. Most children's stores carry newborn items, which can be greatly discounted with coupons. Combine your coupon with a sale price and you can walk away with a high quality baby outfit or toy at a fraction of the retail price. And don't forget to shop those end of the season clearance sales where you can stock up on gender neutral baby items to give as gifts as you need them.
- Dollar or discount store. While the dollar store may not be the first place you would think to go to shop for a baby gift item, you would be surprised by what you can put together using items from the dollar store. Look for an inexpensive basket and fill it with essential baby items like powder, lotion, bibs, a rattle and a pacifier. Using dollar store items, you can create a cute gift basket for under ten dollars.
- Shop Ebay. The online auction site, Ebay, is another great place to shop for gifts. Do a search for new baby items by typing "New" or "NWT" (new with tags) as part of your description in the search bar. Many people sell brand new baby items on Ebay -- clothing that their baby never wore or items that they received as duplicate gifts. Take advantage of the deals you can get by being a savvy Ebay shopper. Don't have time to wait for an auction to end? Look for items that have a Buy It Now option -- you can buy these items immediately at a set price.
- Make something. Homemade gifts are always the most special, so use your talents to make a one of a kind baby gift. Like to knit? Give a hand knit sweater or baby blanket. Is quilting your thing? A handmade quilt is a lovely baby gift that will be cherished for years to come. Is painting your forte? Paint some wall letters to spell out the baby's name (if the baby's name has already been announced) or paint a small picture for the baby's room.
- Buy a book. Start baby's own personal book collection by buying a book or two. You can get great deals on hardback books on sites like Amazon.com. Spend $25.00 or more and you will even get free shipping. Classic books like Dorothy Kunhardt's "Pat the Bunny" or Margaret Wise Brown's "Goodnight Moon" will be a welcome addition to any child's library. You can also shop for inexpensive children's CDs online or at book stores. A CD of lullabies, like "Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics" is a great gift to give if you are on a budget.
- Picture frames or a scrapbook. New parents seem to constantly take pictures of their newborn. Why not give them something to put all of those pictures in? Picture frames, photo albums or scrapbooks are all affordable items that make wonderful baby gifts.
- Completely broke? Give a gift of your time. If you simply cannot afford to buy a baby gift, but want to give something special, offer up some free babysitting. New parents will undoubtedly want some time to themselves once their baby is a few weeks old, so offer to watch the baby while they go out alone for a while. Sometimes the least expensive gifts can be the most appreciated.