Finding cheap baby shower gifts can be tricky when you are on a tight budget. I can remember going through a season of life where I went to A LOT of baby showers, and also feeling so stressed by not having much money to buy presents. I just wanted her love my present, and to feel like I was giving her something special.
Everyone tends to buy something off the registry, but $10 doesn’t go far there. While that’s easy (and you know they want it), often times those items may be too much for your budget. So I’ve made a list for you of cheap baby shower gifts under $10!
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Cheap baby shower gifts under $10
A certificate of your choice including:
- Babysitting. If it’s her 2nd baby or more, gift her a day you will come over and babysit while she gets out. My friend Becca did that for me on baby number 3. She gave me 2-3 hours to go do whatever I wanted and watched my older two while I took the baby. I went and got groceries and bought some new pretty underwear at Ross. It was the best thing ever, because brakes like that are rare! Be sure to text and arrange it because she will never “remind” you of your gift, even though she’s thinking about it 24/7.
- In home help for 1-2 hours. She can choose a nap while you watch the baby and other kids, or list her other options. Ideas include folding her laundry, picking up toys (haha, you can tell I’m a mom with more than one kid 😉 ), dinner prep, holding the baby while she takes a shower and does whatever she wants. Basically offering extra hands.
- Frozen meal after baby. With one or more promised meals delivered after baby. Or, the present of all presents…offer to set up a meal train for her if you know people to email near her. Take Them A Meal has a great site for setting up meal planning.
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A small pack of diapers
Because everyone knows it’s the best present.
Used baby board books
For someone I don’t know well, this is probably the only used item I would gift at a shower. You can gift about 10 for a $10 present if you go to a thrift store like Goodwill. (I love giving used stuff as gifts but more just to close friends/family)
$10 gift certificate to Amazon
Or Starbucks, Subway, or a pizza place… she WILL use it unlike a lot of her baby shower items, hah!
Certificate for a photoshoot
If you are even the slightest handy with a camera or have a nice camera, offer to come over and snap a few pics of her with her baby. Yes, mama can snap her own pics of the baby, but what she will always love is pics with her IN them…holding her baby…makeup/hair done…rocking her baby…etc.
It can be embarrassing to ask (and as a blogger I ask a lot more than some!) so that would be appreciated! Another gift would be some low key maternity photos.
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A girly gift for mom
I always gift Mary Kay to new moms, because 1) I sell it and get a discount so can give more. and 2) Everyone loves a nice chapstick set, or new mascara, or some face wash.
Travel size gift set
Go to a store that sells travel size items like Target, and make a bath basket with baby powder, baby bath wash, a cloth, and some chocolate and lip balm.
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This soft fleece baby blanket. I used mine every day including at the hospital as my swaddle. This makes an excellent swaddle…or car blanket too.
Multi-use nursing cover
This is a great gift for expecting moms! I use mine every day and get told how genius it is by moms who don’t have one every time I use it in public. I’m in love with my KidsnSuch multiuse cover. I use it as a nursing cover, car seat cover, blanket, and it can also be a scarf or shopping cart cover! Even if she already has one, a new cute print will let her swap it up or keep an extra in the stroller.
I actually love how this is stretchy enough to fit over the car seat and keep out the sun when we are driving, or light if we are just trying to rock him to sleep in it.
Update May 2018: If KidsnSuch arrow print is no longer under this price, try this identical arrow print nursing cover .
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Don’t break the bank
I think making a mom feel special is the goal and giving her something she will use and not just give away is also key! Hope these ideas for cheap baby shower gifts inspire you to give a valuable gift and stay in your budget. It’s just sometimes you have to trade a little bit of convenience for your time. I’d love to know what other ideas you have! Drop a comment below if so!
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