I think almost every woman I know is pregnant. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but several of my friends are expecting babies. With babies come baby showers (and oohing and aahing over tiny clothes and gadgets). Printing off a baby registry list and walking the aisles of Babies R Us can be a daunting and expensive experience for a single gal, but it doesn’t have to be.
Give a Practical Gift in Cute Packaging
Diapers aren’t adorable, but they’re a very practical gift for new parents. Often moms-to-be will list their preferred diaper brand on their baby registry. It may feel weird to be childless and looking for diaper deals, but drugstores often have diaper specials that make them free or near free with programs like the CVS ExtraCare program. I’ll wait for things like diapers, baby shampoo and wipes to go on sale and will also buy an affordable item from the registry to go with them. An example of a diaper gift basket I made for a friend is in the picture above. The baskets were from her baby registry, but I got the diapers and toiletries that filled the baskets from drugstores for less than $5.
Sign Up for Coupons
If you have several baby showers to attend, it’s not a bad idea to sign up for email updates from stores like Babies R Us and buybuyBABY. It’s good to have a secondary email address, so you don’t get barraged by baby emails, but can still have access to coupons when they’re available. I also love buybuyBABY because they take Bed Bath and Beyond coupons!
Use AAA to Save 10% at Target.com
A lot of people have Target baby registries (I’ve got to admit that they have some cute baby stuff). You can save 10% on Target.com purchases including those on baby and wedding registries. Visit the AAA discounts page on aaa.com to get the discount.
Offer a Service
If you have a skill like photography or cooking, create a gift certificate for a newborn photography session or meal. Some of the cutest baby pictures I’ve seen have been given as gifts.
Do you have any other affordable ideas for baby gifts?