People have babies, and they don’t necessarily plan their conceptions around their friends’ budgets. When that unexpected baby shower invite arrives to a friend, budgeting for a baby gift can be a burden, especially for those still dangling between college and career, with babies far from their minds.
But there’s no need to stress. Baby shower gifts don’t have to be a huge investment. In fact, there are many unique, precious gifts that can be made or bought for little more than pocket change.
For the crafty gift givers, there is an array of ideas for handmade goods to be found in craft store bargain and scrap bins. A sewing machine is handy, but not necessary for making a set of bibs or a small blanket. A yard and half of baby-themed fleece can make a knot-edged blanket with nothing but a pair of scissors and a set of working fingers. If you can work a needle and thread around the hem of a cloth, you can sew a few bibs in no time at all. Fabric stores such as JoAnn or Hancock Fabrics have scrap-fabric bins that can provide section of many types of fabric, and often for only a few cents. You can create blankets, stuffed animals, bibs, burp rags, and more for very little. Craft stores often have weekly ads with coupons, too.
There are also the gift givers out there who aren’t so crafty. So what deals lie out there for them? There’s no shortage there. Rather than shopping at Baby’s R Us or other such stores, one can take a look at the types of things on the registry, turn around, and shop outlet stores, like Ross or TJ Maxx. You will probably find the same things, at about half the price. Anything from clothing outfits, diaper bag accessories, and toys can be store-bought while also saving you money. Websites like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy are also helpful options. One can find great deals from all over the nation without leaving her home. All she needs to do is give this option shipping time, and she can find great deals on great baby gifts.
There is also the option of second-hand shopping. Many times these stores are local, one only needs to hope online and check out what stores are in her area.
Ways to save money can be found all around. And many times, there is no need to spend extra money, even if it can be afforded. All one needs to do is a little research, put her hand to a needle and thread, and the mother-to-be will never know how much money she saved.