6 Baby Shower Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank

shopping for a baby
shopping for a baby
shopping for a baby

Baby fever is real. And there’s no antidote in sight.  

Does it seem like all your friends are getting pregnant at the same time? Your fridge is so covered in baby shower invites, it’s hard to get to the food! Of course, you’re thrilled for your loved ones. But all these impending bundles of joy are starting to add up. 

Looking for some inexpensive baby shower gifts? Read on for 6 ideas that will make new mamas smile. (And not max out your credit card!)

Diapers — Everyone’s Favorite Baby Shower Gift

It’s true! You’ll never have too many diapers. If you’ve spent much time with newborns — you know they go through diapers like crazy. The cost of disposable diapers adds up and can become a big pain for new parents.

While diapers will never be the most glamours baby shower gift, you can package them cutely and creatively. Fire up Google and search “How To Make A Diaper Cake.” You’ll find tons of ideas for adorable displays.

Pacifiers & Teethers

best baby Teethers
best baby Teethers

These little guys are a mama’s best friend and a great budget option when shopping for a baby shower gift. You’ll find tons of cute teethers and pacifiers on the market. Be sure to look for ones that are non-toxic and BPA free. Collect a few and put together an inexpensive, matching baby shower gift.

This Cutie PAT Round is a two-in-one teether and pacifier. It’s easy for babies to grip and helps them self-soothe. Another stylish choice is this Bunny Teether. Do new parents a favor and gift them a pacifier clip too. The Gentry Cutie Clip attaches right to baby’s clothes. Stop the endless cycle of dropped pacifiers and crying babes with this thoughtful gift.

Babysitting (When Shopping for a Baby Gift Isn’t in the Budget)

This might be one of the most valuable gifts you can give a new mama. And it costs you nada! Offer your babysitting services to the mama-to-be. You can make a cute gift certificate or write it on the card. Watch the little one while mama runs errands or treats herself to a bit of pampering.

Not comfortable babysitting? Schedule a time to bring dinner over for the new parents a few weeks after the baby arrives. You’ll be a superhero.

Smart Onesies

baby shower gift under $15
baby shower gift under $15

A bold, graphic onesie can really hit the spot! You don’t need to pile on the gifts if you’ve got a great onesie that packs a punch. Find a onesie or bodysuit that says something special. It could be an inside joke or a sweet message.

The Crib Hair Don’t Care bodysuit makes a hilarious statement about both mama and babe. If you’re looking for something more inspirational we love this graphic bodysuit in Be Kind.


Books are an easy and cheap baby shower gift idea. You don’t have to worry about how they’ll fit. They’re classic, never go out of style and the little one won’t outgrow them in a month. Choose a few of your favorites from childhood. Or select some with similar themes — think animals, fairy tales, etc…

Swaddle Blankets

Like diapers, you can never have too many swaddles. These blankets have tons of uses and easily become soiled. This bamboo Uni Sushi Print Swaddle Blanket is too cute for words.  A more neutral option is this Bamboo Swaddle in Moss. Look for blankets made from bamboo or organic cotton. These healthy fabrics help to regulate the baby’s temperature.

Remember you don’t need to buy your cousin that $450 stroller to show her you care. A simple and thoughtful gift will make her feel loved. Set a budget when shopping for a baby shower gift and stick to it.