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How Much Should You Spend on a Baby Shower Gift?

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How Much to Spend on a Baby Shower Gift

So, you’re invited to a baby shower and you’re in the rut of how much should I spend on a baby shower gift? It can be difficult to gauge how much to spend on a baby shower gift especially with how many options you’re faced with–babies need a lot of things! We’re going to break down for you how much to spend on this bundle-of-joy-to-be and even a few gift suggestions!

How Well Do I know this person?

First, ask yourself, “How close am I to this person?” This is going to be the key indicator on how much to spend on a baby shower gift. If you’re co-workers or closer to acquaintances this puts you in a lower spending bucket, but a grandparent will qualify for purchasing those big $$$ items.

Baby Shower Gifts $25 and under

You Are: Co-worker, acquaintance, distant cousin

In this case, you aren’t required to spend too much money on a shower gift. Try to pick something off mom’s registry that she really wants under $25, this could be anything from her baby soap and lotions to the bottle warmer she asked for. You may feel the pressure to get something “cute and fun,” but new parents will appreciate the practicality of your gift the most.

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Here are some of our favorite items $25 and under

Baby Shower Gifts up to $50

You Are: close friend, cousin, relative on a budget 

If you’re a staple in the mom-and-dad-to-be’s life then spending up to $50 on a baby shower gift is common practice. This allows you to be more creative and thoughtful with your gift. Gift baskets make shopping easy at this price point, but you can also make your own combination of gifts and get a diaper pail + diapers & wipes.

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Here are some of our favorite items $50 and under

Baby Shower Gifts $100 and Up

You Are: aunt or uncle, grandparents, god parents, a very generous friend 

Big ticket items fall into this category and the sky’s the limit when it comes to gifts over $100. Swings, cribs, bouncers…all those big baby items tend to come in around $100-$250. If the thought of spending that much is overwhelming or not in your budget consider splitting a big item with another family member or friend. This option is getting a lot more popular these days and parents really appreciate being able to cross off some of the more costly items on their list.

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Here are some of our favorite items $100 and up

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Melissa McCartney

Melissa has been writing for 10 years about a little bit of everything. For work, she manages all things content at Munchkin, but her real boss in life are her two red-headed daughters ages 6 months and 4 years.