How Much to Spend on a New Baby Gift

Sabah KarimiSeptember 24, 2010


If you've been invited to a baby shower or are celebrating the arrival of a new baby, it's common to give a practical or luxury gift to the parents-to-be to honor the event. Many new baby gifts can be personalized, and you can attach a heartfelt note or card to the gift. Some gifts may be given as part of a larger gift, such as a gift basket.

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Under $25

If you are on a tight budget or don't know the parent-to-be very well, you can purchase a new baby gift that costs $25 or less. Give a practical but thoughtful gift, such as a keepsake picture frame that can hold the new baby's picture, a baby blanket or a novelty item such as RedEnvelope's Deluxe Tooth Fairy Kit. You can pay an extra fee to have these professionally wrapped, or save some money by wrapping them yourself.

$25 to $50

A baby gift basket that contains towels, a new set of clothes and a plush toy can be a great new baby gift, and many cost under $50. Some other new baby gift ideas that cost between $25 to $50 include RedEnvelope's Pewter Baby Spoon and Fork Set, a set of personalized picture frames, baby keepsake baskets, a mommy and baby necklace and a book with a plush toy. Some of these items can be personalized with the baby's name or initials.

$50 to $100

If you are interested in giving a luxury item to celebrate the new addition, you can find several attractive gift items that cost between $50 and $100. Gift ideas in this price range include a variety of baby blankets a set of personalized books, birth announcement cuff links for the father, a personalized baby quilt or a set of birth announcement necklaces for the mother-to-be and the baby.

$100 or More

When you want to splurge on the new parents and baby, you can find several beautiful and thoughtful new baby gifts that cost $100 or more. Many of these items can be personalized with the baby's name, initials or a special quote. RedEnvelope's Personalized Hometown Map is a good example of both a luxury and practical new baby gift. The can be hung in the baby's room and used as an educational tool as he or she grows. Other ideas include a cashmere baby blanket, a first library set, sterling silver jewelry sets engraved with the baby's name or initials, and a mommy and baby heart necklace.

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