Your colleague, best friend or sister is about to have a baby and you’ve been invited to the baby shower. Now the question you need to answer is what is the best gift and how much you should spend on a baby shower gift? Don’t worry we’re here to help. This is our guide on what to spend, complete with ideas for girls and boys that will fit your budget.
The general rule of thumb is firstly that you should give what you are comfortable giving and be mindful in giving gifts that the recipient will use and appreciate. As to how much, the suggested amount to spend is around $25-30 for a colleague. This could be anything from a baby romper, burb cloths or mobiles to help lull the baby to sleep.
It goes without saying that the closer you are to the mother-to-be the more you would likely spend on their gift. In this instance, it’s a nice idea to make up a baby shower gift basket which you could fill with organic baby clothes, hats, blankets, diaper cream and pacifiers. The suggested amount here is between $50-60.
When it’s a member of the family bringing a new baby into the world you are probably planning to spend a little more, most people spend in the region of $90-100. One option here is to ask the new parents if they’d like to put your gift towards a bigger ticket item that they will need, such as a crib, stroller or baby monitor. In this way your gift is useful and something that they would need to buy anyway.
Once you’ve chosen your gift, don’t forget to get a card and add your gift message. Then just enjoy the fun of the baby shower!
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The average size baby is born 7.5 lbs and grows approximately 1.5 to 2 lbs each month, and 1 to 1 ½ inches in height each month.
3-6 months = Chest: 12-14 inches Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 12-17 lbs
Size translation: Buy this size when you want Mom and Dad to dress the babe up in your purchase for Instagram stories; and, for those fun early refrigerator magnet pictures with Granny and Grandpa!
6-12 months = Chest: 14-16 inches Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 17-21 lbs
Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot make the baby shower. Mom and Dad will appreciate it!
12-18 months = Chest: 16-18 inches Height: 29-31 inches Weight: 22-24 lb
Size translation: Buy this size when you cannot remember when the baby was born—but you think--in the last year and a half! Or, pop into the 2T toddler t-shirt section.
2T = Chest 20 - 21 inches Height 32 - 36 inches Waist 19 - 20 inches
Size translation: Buy this size when you want a t-shirt for a 2 year old. This size can also be worn as a beach cover-up.
4T = Chest 22 - 23 inches Height 36 - 40 inches Waist 20.5 - 21 inches
Size translation: Buy this size for a big 3 year old and a 4 year old.
6T = Chest 24 - 25 inches Height 40 - 43 inches Waist 21.5 - 22 inches
Size translation: Buy this size for a big 5 year old and a 6 year old.