baby shower http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13563/all en-US 16 Best Baby Gifts on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-baby-gifts-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-best-baby-gifts-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3197533182_4a16a23b13_z.jpg" alt="baby gifts" title="baby gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>About five years ago my friends, one by one, started getting married. For me that meant figuring out what being a &quot;grown-up&quot; really means &mdash; buying gifts for other people.</p> <p>Once I finally got that down, my friends started having babies, and my gift-giving education started all over again. Honestly, sometimes I feel like Carrie on that one &quot;Sex and the City&quot; episode where she <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVchsrlP59I" target="_blank">registers for shoes</a>.</p> <p>Well, needless to say, I have no children, but I&rsquo;m finally getting the hang of this buying gifts thing. And even better, pretty much all of my Facebook friends have children, so they made me even better. Recently I did a poll of my friends about the best baby gifts they received and added a little pricing research. The result is this collection of budget friendly gifts you can buy for a friend or loved one&rsquo;s newest little bundle of joy. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-a-new-baby-really-needs">What a New Baby Really Needs</a>)</p> <h2>$0-$10 Gifts</h2> <p>Why, you wonder, does this collection start at zero dollars? Because of...</p> <p><strong>1. DIY Coupons: Cost of Paper</strong></p> <p>This might sound a bit hokey, but it&rsquo;s a great idea from one of my friends.</p> <p>New parents are tired and might be desperate for a night off or a good meal. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">Make them a coupon book</a> and offer to prepare dinner, babysit later, or if photography is your hobby &mdash; offer a photo sesh. You could also find out the thing New Mom missed most during pregnancy and offer to buy in bulk as a present after the birth. In the case of one of my best friends, it was ceviche. I didn&rsquo;t buy in bulk, but I did go get some, and she was a happy camper.</p> <p><strong>2. Boppy Pillow Slipcover: $9.98</strong></p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t know what the Boppy is, scroll down. If you do know and you know your friend already has one, buy them a <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Boppy-Nursing-Pillow-Slipcover-Truffles/17215552" target="_blank">few extra slipcovers</a>. After all, if you know what it&rsquo;s for, then you know how terribly dirty it&rsquo;s going to get (spit up, anyone?).</p> <p><strong>3. Pacifiers: $5.99-9.99</strong></p> <p>Binkies. Pacis. Nuks. Whatever you want to call them, a baby can never have too many <a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=pacifiers&amp;category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories" target="_blank">pacifiers</a>. And they&rsquo;re the perfect thing to round out a gift.</p> <p><strong>4. Baby Gowns, 0-6 Months: $7.99-$10.99</strong></p> <p>No buttons, zippers, or fuss &mdash; baby gowns are perfect for wrapping babies up tight without having to mess with fasteners. Give the gift of a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/circo-baby-2-pack-gown-set-yellow-grey-0-3m/-/A-13525143#prodSlot=medium_1_11&amp;term=baby+gowns" target="_blank">Circo 2-pack</a> or <a href="http://www.target.com/p/circo-baby-2-pack-gown-set-yellow-grey-0-3m/-/A-13525143#prodSlot=medium_1_11&amp;term=baby+gowns" target="_blank">Gerber 2-pack</a>, and give the new parents a little diaper-changing ease.</p> <p><strong>5. Baby Medicine: $1.99-$9.99</strong></p> <p>Another great gift for new parents is a basket of medicine &mdash; little things moms and dads might need along the way including <a href="http://www.target.com/p/children-s-little-noses-nasal-spray-1-oz/-/A-11053392#prodSlot=medium_1_3&amp;term=baby+medicine">nasal spray</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/baby-orajel-teething-gel-33-oz/-/A-10963177#prodSlot=medium_1_8&amp;term=baby+medicine">baby orajel</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/safety-1st-grow-with-me-medicine-dispensing-set/-/A-14061593#prodSlot=medium_1_17&amp;term=baby+medicine" target="_blank">Grow with Me medicine dispensing set</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/little-tummy-s-gas-drops-1-fl-oz/-/A-11198502#prodSlot=medium_1_27&amp;term=baby+medicine" target="_blank">gas drops</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/dye-free-ibuprofen-berry-1-oz/-/A-11262813#prodSlot=medium_1_2&amp;term=baby+ibuprofen" target="_blank">infant ibuprofen</a> and anything else you can think of.</p> <p><strong>6. Baby Safety Nail Cutter: $3.99</strong></p> <p>Baby nails are surprisingly sharp, but unfortunately they&rsquo;re also unsurprisingly soft. Cutting them is a necessary evil, however, because otherwise the baby could cut up their legs. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cutter-Scissors-Manicure-Accessory-Easy-Fingernail-Clipper-1/dp/B002ZQLFPQ" target="_blank">Simba brand nail cutters</a> have great Amazon reviews and seem to solve the problem of cutting more than just a baby&rsquo;s nails.</p> <p><strong>7. Ouftits, 6-9 Months: $6-$13</strong></p> <p>When a baby is on the way, parents are inundated with tiny clothes, but once the baby has arrived, he or she is mostly dressed in baby gowns or swaddled, so when it comes time for the baby to wear their cute outfits, they've outgrown them. <a href="http://www.target.com/c/outfits-boys-clothing-baby/-/N-59yk2" target="_blank">Outfits</a> in the range of <a href="http://www.target.com/sb/girls-clothing-baby/-/N-5xtigZ5vgua#navigation=true&amp;viewType=large&amp;sortBy=bestselling&amp;minPrice=from&amp;maxPrice=to&amp;isleaf=false&amp;navigationPath=5xtigZ5vgua&amp;parentCategoryId=9976102&amp;facetedValue=/-/N-5xtigZ5wzgk&amp;RatingFacet=0&amp;categoryId=4394" target="_blank">6 to 9 months</a> seem to be one of the more important gifts you can give. Pick out some cute ones!</p> <h2>$10-$20 Gifts</h2> <p>There are more clothes to be had in this price range as well as some affordable maintenance gear.</p> <p><strong>8. Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack: $14.99</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;ve seen this <a href="http://www.target.com/p/boon-grass-countertop-drying-rack/-/A-12190250?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&amp;AFID=Google_PLA_df&amp;LNM=%7C12190250&amp;CPNG=Baby&amp;kpid=12190250&amp;LID=PA&amp;ci_src=17588969&amp;ci_sku=12190250" target="_blank">grass countertop drying rack</a> at many, many baby showers, and all parents attest to its greatness. The straight up-and-down design allows for even drying, and the color and style allows for that cuteness factor.</p> <p><strong>9. Diaper Genie Essentials Pail: $19.99</strong></p> <p>If your friend is going to be breast feeding or their outside garbage is far away, get them a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/diaper-genie-essentials-pail/-/A-14126367?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&amp;AFID=Google_PLA_df&amp;LNM=%7C14126367&amp;CPNG=Baby&amp;kpid=14126367&amp;LID=PA&amp;ci_src=27500988&amp;ci_sku=14126367" target="_blank">Diaper Genie</a>. It&rsquo;s perfect to keep the stink out, and most parents can&rsquo;t live without it. Bottle-fed babies go number two less, though, so it might not be a necessity for them.</p> <p><strong>10. Socks, All Sizes: $18.99</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.target.com/p/bibi-mimi-baby-socks-weekdays-0-12-months/-/A-11008476#prodSlot=medium_1_1&amp;term=baby+socks" target="_blank">Socks</a> of all shapes and sizes are a surprising necessity. Probably not surprising to parents, but surprising to me. Pick up a pack of socks, and the parents will be eternally grateful.</p> <p><strong>11. Backseat Mirror: $19.99</strong></p> <p>As you know, babies have to face the other way in the backseat. Buy a handy <a href="http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-luv-u-zoo-music-lights-mirror/-/A-13931323#prodSlot=medium_1_5&amp;term=car+mirror" target="_blank">backseat mirror</a> so your friends won&rsquo;t ever miss a moment (well, besides the moments when they have to pay attention to the road).</p> <p><strong>12. Boogie Wipes: $10.99</strong></p> <p>None of my friends actually recommended these <a href="http://www.target.com/p/boogie-wipes-saline-nose-wipes-original-scent-set-of-3-90-wipes-total/-/A-11138563#prodSlot=medium_1_1&amp;term=saline+baby" target="_blank">boogie wipes</a>, I just really liked the name. And upon further investigation found out that they&rsquo;re actually more than just a cute name. They&rsquo;ve gotten <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Boogie-Wipes-Average-Chamomile-Vitamin/product-reviews/B0017HLF04/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&amp;showViewpoints=1&amp;sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending" target="_blank">great reviews</a>, but apparently going unscented is the best way to go.</p> <p><strong>13. Nosefrida the Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator: $14.54</strong></p> <p>Apparently Sweden does <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nosefrida-The-Snotsucker-Nasal-Aspirator/dp/B00171WXII/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1358301839&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=swedish+snot+sucker" target="_blank">baby snot removal</a> much better than anyone else. In fact, I wish this had existed when I was little &mdash; the only thing I remember from my childhood was the evasive boogie removal. But this seems to do the trick, painlessly and easily.</p> <h2>$20-$30 Gifts</h2> <p>We're a ways from stroller territory, but we're definitely moving into long-term baby comfort and care with the gifts available in this price range.</p> <p><strong>14. Boppy Nursing Pillow: $29.98</strong></p> <p>Every mother (and father) attests to the <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Boppy-Bare-Naked-Nursing-Pillow/15220306" target="_blank">Boppy</a>. And as neither a mother nor father, I can attest to the effectiveness of the Boppy as well. Holding babies has never been easier!</p> <p><strong>15. Diapers: $25 and Up</strong></p> <p>No, seriously. Unless you&rsquo;ve had a baby or otherwise have a grasp of having a baby, this could surprise you &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers" target="_blank">diapers are expensive</a>! And although they&rsquo;re a seemingly boring or obvious present, they&rsquo;re extremely important. If you feel the present is lacking originality, try making a <a href="http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/08/how-to-make-a-diaper-cake-centerpiece/" target="_blank">diaper &quot;cake&quot;</a> (but don&rsquo;t frost it... the baby will do that).</p> <p><strong>16. Swaddle Blankets: $29.99</strong></p> <p>Swaddle blankets are rather expensive, probably because they work so well. The ones suggested to me cost over the limits I set for this article, so I did <a href="http://alphamom.com/pregnancy/swaddling-blankets-the-good-the-bad-the-useless/" target="_blank">a quick search</a> for one in the price range. Luckily, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&amp;x=0&amp;ref_=nb_sb_noss&amp;y=0&amp;field-keywords=aden%20%2B%20anais&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps" target="_blank">aden + anais</a> make an affordable and reliable option.</p> <p><em>What's the best baby gift you've ever given (or received)?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-baby-gifts-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-financial-gifts-for-children">Great Financial Gifts for Children</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-window-air-conditioners">The 5 Best Window Air Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foot-creams">The 5 Best Foot Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pencil-eyeliners">The 5 Best Pencil Eyeliners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-supplements">The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping baby gifts baby shower new parents product reviews Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:24:33 +0000 Jennifer Holder 967509 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Throw the Most Fabulous (and Frugal) Baby Shower of all Time http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-the-most-fabulous-and-frugal-baby-shower-of-all-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-throw-the-most-fabulous-and-frugal-baby-shower-of-all-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3542700192_bd5e19fa3b.jpg" alt="Baby shower-themed cupcakes" title="Baby shower-themed cupcakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="189" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of my very best friends in the whole world is having her first baby this August and I&rsquo;m excited to help her celebrate by throwing the <em>best</em> baby shower of all time. While I&rsquo;d like to say the sky&rsquo;s the limit as far as budget goes, unfortunately, my funds are actually quite limited. So how do I plan to throw the best baby shower in the history of the world, without spending myself into the poorhouse? So glad you asked! (See also: <a title="baby shower theme ideas" href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-a-better-baby-shower">Build a Better Baby Shower</a>)</p> <h2>The Invitations</h2> <p>Homemade invitations are generally the least expensive way to go when it comes to making invitations for your baby shower. I plan on buying some colorful cardstock and a border punch used for scrapbooking. Other embellishments include die-cut paper (wonderful for dressing up the cardstock), die-cut ribbon, and rub-on borders. For ease of printing, plan on making two or four invitations per 8.5&rdquo;x11&rdquo; piece of cardstock. Lay out your wording in Microsoft Word or with a free online template (search for &ldquo;free baby shower invitation templates&rdquo;), print, cut, and decorate.</p> <p>Other inexpensive (or free!) invites include e-mail invitations like those found on <a href="http://www.evite.com/">Evite.com</a>, or you can buy pre-printed invitations relatively cheaply from a site like <a href="http://www.tinyprints.com/">Tiny Prints</a>, a personal favorite of mine. Invitations on Tiny Prints start for as low as $0.59 per card.</p> <h2>The Venue</h2> <p>Baby showers are often held in the hostess&rsquo; own home, which is, of course, free. In my case, my little abode won&rsquo;t accommodate the number of guests who will be attending, so I&rsquo;m relying on the generosity of my friend&rsquo;s (and mommy-to-be) mother to open her home. If you&rsquo;re not so lucky or if you prefer to think outside the home for a baby shower venue, consider having the shower in an outdoor location like a park &mdash; just remember to keep the comfort of the guest of honor in mind before planning an outdoor shower in August! Other frugal venue choices include churches or Jewish Community Centers, where rental fees are generally less than banquet space at a hotel or restaurant.</p> <h2>The Food</h2> <p>When it comes to food, simplicity is key. Not only will it save your sanity when planning a baby shower for 50 (as I am); it will also save your wallet. I plan on enlisting several close friends to each bring one hors d'oeuvre &mdash; that way, I&rsquo;m not burnt out from preparing numerous dishes, and my friends get to exhibit their fabulous culinary skills. As a matter of logistics, I&rsquo;d recommend only cold or room-temperature dishes, since coordinating oven cooking times and outlets for crock pots can get onerous. If you need some inspiration for easy-to-make finger foods, try checking out this article on <a title="party dishes ideas" href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-frugal-office-party-foods">frugal office party dishes</a>.</p> <p>For the pièce de résistance, I intend to honor the mommy-to-be with some fabulous, frugal desserts &mdash; cake pops, to be exact. Try <a title="cake pops recipe" href="http://www.cakepops.org/how-to-make-cake-pops/">making your own</a> or, if cake pops aren&rsquo;t your thing, find some bright ideas for <a title="cupcake ideas" href="http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/your-best-baby-shower-cupcakes">baby shower-themed cupcakes</a> at MarthaStewart.com.</p> <h2>The Gifts</h2> <p>One of my all time favorite baby shower gifts I&rsquo;ve seen was a nested toy box set. The gift giver had purchased three unfinished wooden boxes of different sizes and painted them with whimsical animals and finished them with snippets of nursery rhymes winding around the boxes&rsquo; sides. If you&rsquo;re creative, try something similar with a memento box or photo box. If you want a meaningful present without the hassle, take a look at some of the handmade gifts on <a href="http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=baby+gift">Etsy.com</a> for one-of-a-kind items.</p> <h2>The Entertainment</h2> <p>When I did some preliminary research about baby shower games, I found that suggestions are nearly endless. People are apparently suckers for a good baby-themed game. The nice thing about this is that the cost of putting together any one of these games costs nary a penny. The downside, though, is that I have to find something that my mommy-to-be friend doesn&rsquo;t find tacky (and frankly, I&rsquo;m with her &mdash; no poopy diaper game for our crowd, thank you). With a comprehensive <a title="baby shower games" href="http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-shower-games_10300277.bc">list of games</a> like the one found at BabyCenter.com, I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;ll find something that satisfies both my budget and my friend.</p> <h2>The Favors</h2> <p>As with most things, favors are generally less expensive if they&rsquo;re something that can be made rather than purchased. In my case, I&rsquo;ll be making cake pop &ldquo;bouquets&rdquo; for each guest to take home: they&rsquo;re tasty, they&rsquo;re easy, and they&rsquo;re a whole lot less expensive than a personalized candle. You can make pretty much any edible treat a favor by packaging it appealingly &mdash; try cookies in cellophane and ribbon matching the shower theme, or muffin mix in tins with computer-generated labels.</p> <p>So there&rsquo;s my quick guide to throwing the most frugal, fabulous baby shower in the history of the world! Will I do it for my own BFF? I don&rsquo;t know, but I plan to try! Any tips or thoughts for me? Share your insights in the comments!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-the-most-fabulous-and-frugal-baby-shower-of-all-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-must-do-to-throw-a-frugal-fun-backyard-party">8 Things You Must Do to Throw a Frugal, Fun Backyard Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube">9 Best Money Saving Channels on YouTube</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment baby shower baby shower ideas frugal baby shower Party ideas Sat, 02 Apr 2011 10:24:08 +0000 Janey Osterlind 516114 at http://www.wisebread.com