How much do you spend on baby gifts? I pose this question because I am curious what most people spend on baby gifts.
We have been overjoyed with the new addition to our family. Thankfully, we haven’t had to spend very much money to prepare for the arrival of baby GYM at all because my sister-in-law has basically saved everything up from her young family for us to use. Clothing, a changing pad, two baby carriers…you name it, she saved it for us.
Since we had everything that we could possibly need for the baby, I didn’t want a baby shower. We didn’t have a registry. I don’t like to be the centre of attention because I tend to feel quite uncomfortable. Usually I am a nervous, sweating mess when I am the focus of attention. That being said, I did have a very small get-together prior to leaving on maternity leave and I asked specifically for no gifts, but just the gift of meals.
We asked for food instead of gifts because we had everything that we needed already. We embrace baby minimalism and asked for gifts of food instead of baby gear/paraphernalia. This is because we are in 450 square feet and there really isn’t much more room for extra stuff. Food was so essential and so appreciated by myself and my husband especially in the first few weeks post part when we were so sleep deprived. We had chicken pot pie, cabbage rolls, and chilli, among other food. We appreciated just being able to heat up food without having to prepare food- it was probably the best gift of all when you barely have time to shower or go to the bathroom let alone cooking for yourselves. Basically the gift of food was the gift of time, which is what many personal finance bloggers aspire to have, freedom and time.
Anyway despite asking for meals/food we have received gifts for baby GYM as well.
Which brings me to the title of this post, how much do you spend on baby gifts?
We Received some Generous Baby Gifts
As mentioned, we received a lot of lovely, generous gifts despite asking for meals and food or being firm about no gifts at all for baby GYM. Some of the things we received were wash cloths (which do come in handy I must say), a few memory books, onesies, and other baby clothes. We also received monetary gifts and gift cards for baby GYM.
One of my friends (she isn’t my best friend but I do see her once a month for dinners) gave baby GYM a $200 monetary gift, saying it was for his Registered Education Savings Plan, or (RESP).
That’s a lot of money. I was shocked.
I couldn’t refuse the gift as I opened the card after the visit. It also felt weird to refuse a gift on behalf of my child I suppose. We were certainly very appreciative of the generous gift.
Another friend, a close friend, bought about $100 worth of gifts. It was a package of Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, a pacifier that was $35, and something else which I forgot. We returned it and got baby wash and shampoo instead. We already had swaddles blankets and intended not to use a pacifier.
I would say on average, the gifts we received probably cost around $30 to $50.
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How Much Gifting Baby Center Recommends
According to Baby Center (the guru of parenting advice) for a baby shower:
- If it is for a colleague or an acquaintance, you should spend about $20 to $25
- For a close friend, $50
- In the case of a best friend or a family member, $100
How Much Do I Usually Spend on Baby Gifts
Looking back, I usually spend around $40 to $50 on a baby gift. Compared to my generous friends, I feel pretty cheap. I am still shocked by our friends and family’s generosity for our baby. I feel very grateful our baby is loved by so many of our family and friends already.
Although we much would have preferred not accumulating more stuff, we were appreciative nonetheless for all the love and attention our friends and family were giving us and our new family of three.
If you’re interested in giving a gift that won’t detract from your minimalist friend’s values and beliefs, Nourishing Minimalism has a great list of 18 Clutter Free Gifts for Baby Showers.
How much do you usually spend for a baby shower gift?
What do you usually get for the parents to be or the new addition to the family?
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