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Old 06-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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Shower gifts on a budget

I'll be attending a shower soon. The gifts on her registry are WAAAAAY out of our budget. She DID make a note saying that she would love any used baby clothes donations and I feel like that is something I can do. We don't have any children of our own yet, so we don't have any used baby clothes of our own to gift. Would it be a bad idea for any reason to purchase a used baby clothes lot on ebay? I'd be washing them and making sure they don't have any stains or damage.

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ETA: What would you do if the gifts on the registry aren't in your budget? What's the acceptable thing to do?

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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That's interesting. Generally people open to used gifts keep the registry practical and inexpensive.

I would probably find a local second hand store and pick up some good quality used clothing
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I'd buy a clothes lot or find some at a thrift store and make a nice basket out of it. I'd fill in with baby essentials if you can--nail clippers, mittens, baby wash, baby wash cloths, etc. It could be very pretty if you present it well.

ETA: If you are crafty, these clothes bouquets are adorable! http://www.hellobee.com/2012/03/30/d...thing-bouquet/
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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Re: Shower gifts on a budget

I think more than half of the people at my shower bought things that weren't on my registry. I was just happy that people came to celebrate with me and bought me things that they thought I could use. Many of them told me why they bought it and how they found it helpful with their own children. Most just bought cute outfits. I think it would be totally fine to buy new clothes or wash cloths or towels or something fun and funky that is in your budget. You can always include a gift receipt if you feel like it, so they can return it if they already have it or don't need it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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Re: Shower gifts on a budget

I would suggest buying clothes in size 9 months or even 12 month, 18 months. At showers people generally love to buy a million tiny baby newborn outfits and you go through those quickly. It was nice to have some clothes ready for when my DD grew out of the smaller sizes.
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Re: Shower gifts on a budget

I'd be fine with gifts from a second hand store - there are lots of great ones available these days, and many will accept returns, so the mama can exchange stuff as needed. If you have a Once Upon a Child near you, they've usually got some nice second hand stuff.

Other options - as the previous posters suggested, just get something you CAN afford, and maybe include the gift receipt.
If you sew, making little hooded baby towels is pretty simple and practical and nice. My sister and I made a bunch for her girls once, and they were easy to make and the girls loved them. Here's the basic idea:
http://thecottagehome.blogspot.ca/20...orial.html?m=1
Or maybe go in with another friend on a larger item?
Or just get a gift certificate to one of the stores on her registry?
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Re: Shower gifts on a budget

I would probably buy something within my budget that I thought was useful (granted I do have a child so I have some experience with different products) and provide a gift receipt.

Also, could you find one of the less expensive items on Amazon or new on EBay to save? I've ordered items for friends off Amazon where it is less expensive and called the original store and told them I bought the item and forgot to have the cashier ring in the registry #. This way she won't get a duplicate but I save.

Do you know anyone else going that you could go in on a gift with? I've done that too.
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I would suggest buying clothes in size 9 months or even 12 month, 18 months. At showers people generally love to buy a million tiny baby newborn outfits and you go through those quickly. It was nice to have some clothes ready for when my DD grew out of the smaller sizes.
this is EXCELLENT advice
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Re: Shower gifts on a budget

I usually always make some homemade. My most recent shower was a huge hit because I happened to have some fabric that matched an item on her registry! I agree with the PPs who said to check out a local thrift store or consignment shop for clothes. You'll be able to tell the condition much better that way than on eBay
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I do a gift basket. Lately it's been a few swaddle blankets, bibs, bamboo booties and mittens, a bamboo hat, teething ring and toy.
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