There is a lot to prepare for before the parents of a newborn baby can welcome them into their home, and a baby shower is an excellent way to help parents be more prepared.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate the impending birth and bring gifts which are going to be extremely useful to the new parents. Which is why there is an etiquette to purchasing baby shower gifts that you should follow. Everything you need to know is below.
How Much to Spend on a Gift?
One of the most significant difficulties that people face when looking to purchase a baby shower gift is how much they should spend.
There is no written rule for this, and you should only spend what you can afford to, but if you are looking for a rule of thumb, you can use the below figures as a loose guideline.
- Distant family friend or colleague at work – $25 – $30
- A friend or relative – $35 – $60
- A close friend or relative – $65 – $120
As well as purchasing an individual gift, you can also pool your money together with other people so that you can afford to buy a big-ticket present that the family will need, such as a car seat or a stroller.
Make Sure that Your Gift is Practical
There will be a lot of upheavals when a newborn baby arrives in the household, so it is best to ensure that you give a gift which is going to be practical and will get lots of use.
Excellent gifts that many parents love to receive are those unique newborn baby hampers, which are full of loads of useful items for the new bundle of joy, including:
- Teething Rings
- Bathing Products
There are also companies where you can create a unique hamper and include the products that you want to give, so you do not need to settle for an off-the-shelf baby hamper and can create a bespoke one.
Shop Bought or DIY?
There is also nothing stopping you in creating a unique gift yourself, and you can put together a baby hamper yourself, rather than buying one from the store.
You can also create a myriad of other items that the new parents may need once their baby arrives. The critical thing to keep in mind is making sure that the gift is practical and will get plenty of use.
Whether you purchase something or make it yourself, it is the thought that counts and whatever gift you decide on, the proud parents will gratefully accept it.
Doubling Up is More than Okay
You do not need to worry about giving a gift that someone else gives as well, as the rate that babies go through things like nappies, clothes, baby shampoo, and other essentials, is frightening.
The parent may have a massive pile of nappies after the baby shower, but do not worry as they will all get used.
Practical gifts can be a lifesaver when you are a new parent, and if you want to give them a present they will appreciate, you can always offer to babysit the new bundle of joy, and give the tired parents a break.
Published in partnership with Medabuzzer.