Thursday, November 24, 2011

How To Save On Baby Gifts

By Rebecca Lane

Stop to think for awhile. How many baby showers have you attended in the past year? Next, think about how much money you've spend for baby shower gifts. Could it be just one, or as much as three hundred? Some spend about five hundred dollars, or even more. Wouldn't it be a lot easier and cheaper if you just made the gift yourself? I know what you're thinking, "But I'm not creative. I can't make anything." The truth is, there are many gifts you can create with very little time and effort.

One idea you might consider are baby gift baskets. You can buy wicker baskets, ribbons, and lace at crafts stores or discount stores. To fill your basket, purchase baby care items like lotions, baby wash, shampoo, and other baby necessities. You can place a stuffed animal or toy on top.

You could also make a diaper cake. A diaper cake is an increasingly popular baby gift made of diapers, shaped in tiers resembling a cake. The diaper cake contains everything a new baby would need such as bottles, blankets, toys, and baby care items. You can find diaper cakes online or you could make them yourself. You needn't worry if you don't know how to make one, because there is help online. Directions with pictures are the best thing for you.

If you want, you could also make a gift basket for the mom! We often forget about the mom because we're so excited about the baby. Moms need some pampering too. A "Pamper Mom" gift basket will be really appreciated. You can include things like lotions, soft slippers, a foot bath, and other things. Present this to the expectant mom at her baby shower and watch her eyes light up.

There are so many creative ways to save money on baby gifts. Gifts that are both practical and useful often mean the most are the most appreciated.

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