Post # 1
Not “wedding-related”, I know.
I have a baby shower coming up for a friend of mine. It’s their first baby, he has other kids from another relationship.
What do I spend on a gift?
-Known her for 2 years
-See eachother probably once every 6 months
-Shower is about 45 minutes away and 3 hours long
I avoid these things like the plague, but I’m going to be supportive. Because of my aversion, I have no idea what to spend on something like this. Last I checked, there isn’t a “cover-your-plate” rule for baby showers.
Post # 3
@badabing88: I just had a baby almost 5 months ago. You can’t go wrong with diapers and wipes!!
Call and ask what brand they are using. I love both Pampers swaddlers and Huggies Swaddlers but Pampers is the hospital standard. All else fails, you can give them a $25+ Visa Card to use for baby supplies.
I love my little alien but he costs A LOT LOL!
Post # 4
@badabing88: $30-$50 sounds right to me! I only spend more for close friends, like I bought my best friend her crib.
Post # 5
I normally spend or chip in about $25-$30 per baby shower gift. A little more if it’s a sibling or a very close friend. There should be a number of things on her registry that are or add up to be in this price range.
Post # 6
@badabing88: Over $30 but less than $100 depending on how close I am with the person. Traveling 3 hours for a baby shower?? You’re a saint. That’s a gift in and of itself 😛
I will say that when my sister got pregnant with her first, I bought her a stroller. That’s family though so my standard price doesn’t apply.
Post # 7
Do they have a registry set up? You could either get one item, or some smaller items. Or get them something that they’ll actually use – diapers, onsies, etc. Cash is always good too!
Post # 8
@badabing88: So the question pertains to the gift? That is not so obvious from the question “How much do you spend for a baby shower” I thought you meant to throw a baby shower, until I saw the dollar amounts. Maybe you can edit the question…
Post # 9
I usually spend $25 for work baby showers, $25-$50 for personal showers and alot more if it is family or close friend. I bought my close friend her stroller for a shower gift. In your situation, I would spend around $30.
Post # 10
@jadlnc: Edited. Yes, I’m asking about a gift amount 🙂
@Sea_Ashley: @MadTownGirl: @FLBlonde93: Thank you, guys!
@MrsPanda99: LOL no: 45 minutes away but the invite said it’s 3 hours long :-p I may bring a flask, as I can pretty much bank on this being a wine-only-if-that event.
@LuvMySailor: She actually had her band (or what she thinks will be her brand) of diapers and wipes on her registry 🙂 good tip!
@Twyla_Smith: She has 2 registries, and there are lots of great options on there 🙂
Post # 11
@badabing88: $30-50 is good for a friend you’ve known for a short period of time. If it was a close friend, a childhood friend or family member I would say $50+. At the $30-50 price point, you can definitely get a lot of bang for your buck!
Post # 12
I usually spend about $100 for a baby shower, but so far the only ones I’ve been invited to are close friends or family—and baby stuff is just so cute! I also bring a personalized gift the first time I meet the baby in person from Baby Be Hip or somewhere like that.
Post # 13
@badabing88: I can see you now: making clay babies, wearing funny hats, drinking out of cups covered with baby prints, and changing doll diapers 😀
I don’t know why women make other women suffer through these things.
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: You took the words right out of my mouth. I stick out like a sore thumb in most “WASP” social settings as it is, and I look like an especially big jackass in shower apparal. I mean, really: *me* in a sundress and cardigan? I’ve been lucky in that the past 2 baby showers I went to were held at Hooters, were co-ed, in the evening and there was a bar 😡
The good news is this particular woman has a gaggle of uber-excited, single female friends to make a big fuss over baby booties and burp cloths 🙂
Post # 15
@badabing88: A baby shower at HOOTERS? Ok, that’s what I will do should there be a HelloKitty Jr. with Mr. HelloKitty. That’s seriously the best idea ever. I’m sorry, but living room baby showers are the worst… especially if you are not the biggest fan of babies (I’m not).
P.S. Off-topic – (Sorry to thread-jack!) Going to Hooters tonight for our weekly “date night.” I did a good friend’s accounting homework and to “pay me” (she insisted!), she got the boo and me a $200 giftcard to Hooters. I was floored.
Post # 16
@MrsNewDay: They both were co-ed and awesome: the first one had about 120 people. The gals parents kept an open tab and covered everything, and the gal (a friend of mine) asked me to come in and work it for them. Her parents gave me $600 for my trouble 🙂 Basically, the coolest group of people on the planet.
The second one I actually threw for another friend who used to work there, and we had a ball. We went with lime green and hot pink for her colors, and there certainly were no complaints from the menfolk who attended with their SOs 🙂
We aren’t having any kids of our own, but we would definitely have an engagement party at Hoots or my other favorite Redneck Heaven 🙂
…and $200??? That will last you FOREVER there, I’m jealous!