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Cute and Inexpensive Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Updated on October 13, 2014

Gifts for a Baby Shower That Won't Break Your Budget

Baby showers are a fun way for mothers-to-be to get a lot of good stuff for their little bundle of joy. Setting up the nursery for a baby's arrival does not have to be expensive, there are a lot of great gift ideas for a baby shower that can be obtained for a good price. The invention of online shopping makes looking for the perfect gift easy and carefree. Many shopping sites have sales and closeout specials or offer a special coupon code to encourage would-be-shoppers to sign up. If you are a first-time mom or a friend who is hosting the baby shower, this lens offers some good inexpensive ways to have the shower and suggestions for reasonably priced gifts for the new mom.

Gifts for a New Mom

Having a new baby is exciting and scary at the same time. You can never have enough receiving blankets, baby T-shirts and bottle nipples. In the first few weeks of life, the new mom will be busy making sure to get the baby's first shots and keeping those follow up appointments with the doctor so anything that helps her stay organized is a benefit.

Discount Party Supplies

...an inexpensive way to decorate for the baby shower

Many craft and discount stores carry party decorations, balloons and wrapping paper as well as favors, paper plates, cups and plastic spoons. Dollar Tree, Dollar General and the 99 cent stores are good sources for discounted party supplies.Craft stores often carry silk flowers and decorations to make a table centerpiece as well as party favor gift bags.


Most baby showers are given by the new mother's best friend, sister, or other relation. The person giving the shower needs to decide where the party will be held. Then there are all the planning and menus to take care of and invitations to make. Here is a printable checklist for the party Baby Shower Checklist courtesy of BabyShower101.com

Basic Baby Needs

If you have been invited to a baby shower but do not know what to bring, you are in luck. Here are some cute baby shower gift ideas to inspire your creativity. The purpose of a baby shower is to provide much needed nursery supplies for the mom-to-be. These can be inexpensive gifts, nothing elaborate or costly. Simple things like a diaper cake centerpiece, bathing supplies, and crib bedding are gifts that a new mom will need. An easy way to think of items for gifts is to make a list. Here are a few more ideas to get you started.

A Baby Sling or Wrap

These make great gifts for a new mom and help a lot at times when you need the freedom to use your hands. They make shopping trips a breeze because you can carry the baby close to you but still have use of your hands.

A Nursing Pillow

Every new mother needs one of these. These comfortable pillows make breastfeeding easy because they conform to the shape of your body and hold the baby at just the right angle for feeding. This makes it much more comfortable for the mom as well as the baby.

A Portable Bassinette

These little bassinettes have a folding handle which makes it easy to take on trips and have a place to lay the baby down when he or she falls asleep.

Eco Friendly Baby Clothes Bouquet

100% Cotton T-shirts and diapers make great gifts too. There is no such thing as having too many diapers. A baby clothes bouquet is a great way to put a new spin on an old idea.

More inexpensive baby shower gift ideas would include decorative diaper bags, crib mobiles, a baby book, bath sets and plushy toys. Most baby showers tend to focus mainly on the new baby but it will be much appreciated if you throw in a few things for the new mom as well. Eco friendly baby gifts work well too.

Gift Baskets

Baby Starter Kits

Baby powder, lotions and oil soften a baby's skin and mommy's skin too. These make great gifts and come in an attractive package.

Oh Girl! Little Miracle Baby Girl Gift Basket (Personalized Available)

Price: $58.99

Sale Price: $53.09 (10% off)

When You Should Plan the Shower

Optimal Timing

A baby shower should be held about two months or so from the mother's due date. This gives plenty of time for guests to choose their gifts and the nursery to be ready for baby's arrival. The nursery can be decorated in pastel colors of blue, pink, green or yellow for either sex, comes in handy when you do not opt to know the sex of the baby. Paint the room, put up stickers, decals or paint a muiral on one wall. Accessorize with baby furniture, a crib, changing table and diapering supplies.

Diapers Sets - ....diapers, baby bags, changing pads

A new mom can never have enough diapers. New eco friendly disposable diapers make a great gift for the "green" mom.

Breastfeeding Supplies from eBay

Every new mom needs to be as prepared as she can be. Once the baby arrives you will have no energy for last minute shopping, believe me. If you plan to breastfeed you will need a good breast pump to relieve engorgement and it helps to keep your milk supply up. My pump was my lifeline for 10 months, I wouldn't have been able to nurse as long as I did without it.

would you make one...or buy one?

Do you prefer to make your own diaper cakes as a tradition or to save money? Have you bought diaper cakes because you just don't have the time or materials to make one? Which one would you prefer?

Diaper Cakes

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DIY Diaper Cake

This makes a lovely gift for a mother-to-be that will come in handy when the baby arrives. Diaper cakes are easy to make if you have some crafting skills and a little time on your hands.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      good ideas for baby showers!