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How Much Should You Spend On A Baby Shower Gift?

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Have you been invited to a baby shower and are unsure about how much to spend on a gift?

Knowing what amount to spend is a common question among many guests, as are other queries relating to baby shower gift etiquette and whether it’s okay to gift cash.

So in this article we’ve taken a look at these questions and more, so you can spend the right amount and move on to what matters most: celebrating your friend or family member’s impending precious arrival!

How Much Should You Spend On A Baby Shower Gift?

The first thing to think about before you set your budget is to think about who you are buying for.

This is because the general rule of thumb is the closer you are to the parents-to-be, the more you are likely to spend on a baby shower gift.

There are also other factors to consider, like how extravagant the baby shower is, if you’ve had to travel specially for the party, and whether this is mom’s first baby shower or not (more on all these later).

But firstly, let’s take a look at how much to spend based on who mom is and what they mean to you.

1. Immediate Family & Close Friends

It sounds obvious, but clearly you are more likely to spend a greater amount on the baby shower gift of your sister or niece than that of a co-worker who you aren’t particularly close to.

The average baby shower gift for a close family member or very good friend is often $100-$200, which allows you to buy bigger ticket items like a stroller or car seat (if you share the cost with another guest), high chair or baby monitor.

2. Friends & Distant Relatives

If you are attending the baby shower of a friend or distant relative, you will probably want to spend less than you would on the group above.

For those distant relatives and those friends who are important but aren’t your closest, you’ll probably find a good amount to spend on the gift is between $50-$100, which is enough to buy a nice baby bouncer for example.

Many people also wonder if it’s ok to give cash as a baby shower gift.

In terms of etiquette there is nothing to suggest you cannot give cash, and most moms-to-be are likely to be thrilled to receive cash because they can spend it on what they really need the most.

Raising a baby is expensive work – the cost of diapers alone in the first year can be up to $2,000 – so any extra cash will probably be very well received!

Incidentally, this is the reason why diaper raffles are so popular and a lovely way to help out the new parents, who will be getting through at least 10 diapers per day during the first few months.

3. Co-Workers, Employees & Clients

The third group on this list contains people who are likely to still be important to you (hence why you’ve been invited), but at the same time aren’t people you are particularly close to.

If you have been invited by your colleague, employee, or client to their baby shower, it’s totally fine to buy a relatively small gift for them.

As always the relationship between you and the new parents is the most important factor.

But most guests find that a nice, thoughtful gift in the range of $25 to $50 is sufficient for this group, who you have more of a professional rather than personal relationship with.

Other Factors To Consider

Here are a few other things to consider when deciding how much to spend on a baby shower gift or present.

How Grand The Baby Shower Is

The size, location and extravagance of a baby shower can vary dramatically depending on the budget of the event, the preferences of mom-to-be and who is hosting the baby shower.

So keep in mind that expectations are likely to differ between a baby shower held at a nice restaurant or hotel conference room, compared to one in a park with only a handful of invited guests.

Whether It’s Their First Baby Shower

Traditionally baby showers are only held to celebrate the expected birth of mom’s first baby.

Nowadays this rule is more relaxed, and some moms like to have baby showers (or more specifically baby sprinkles) for their second, third or fourth child.

But if you’ve already attended mom’s first baby shower and spent a decent amount on a gift, there’s probably going to be less expectation for you to spend the same on subsequent baby showers.

Your Budget

You definitely shouldn’t feel under any pressure to buy a gift you cannot afford, so if money is particularly tight right now then there’s no shame in reducing your budget.

It’s good to keep in mind that a well thought-out, personalized gift can often appear more expensive than it really is, so you may want to consider things like personalized books, toys, pictures or ornaments.

These type of these gifts are not only thoughtful but also difficult to pinpoint exactly how much they cost, so are ideal if you are looking for cheaper baby shower gifts.

What They Spent On Your Gift

Some people like to reciprocate the value of a gift that they received from a friend or family member at their own baby shower.

So if mom-to-be attended your baby shower, and you remember what they gifted you, then you might want to spend a similar amount on their gift this time around.

If You’ve Traveled Far

Much like a wedding, if you have traveled from out of town to attend the baby shower, then there may be less of an expectation regarding the value of your gift.

The cost of travel and accommodation can quickly add up even if it’s only for one night, so if you have spent a decent chunk of money to attend the baby shower, there should be no issue spending less than the guidelines we listed above.

Whether You Are Helping In Other Ways

Finally, it’s quite common for some guests to play a part in hosting the baby shower.

Examples of this include offering your home as a venue if you have a large house or sizeable backyard, or by offering your services on the day if you are a florist or chef.

In these instances your time, effort and any costs you incurred to help put on a wonderful and memorable day for mom-to-be could all form part of your present, and are sure to be well appreciated and acknowledged as your individual baby shower gift.

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