Post # 1
I have never attended a baby shower before…crazy, I know! I received an invite to my first one (my friend group is getting to the baby making age) and I am wondering how much people generally spend on baby shower gifts. I did check out her registry, which happens to be at a very expensive boutique baby store in our area. I would rather go somewhere else and get more gifts for her with the same amount of money, but I assume it is standard practice to follow the registry.
I suppose my question is actually twofold: how much do you usually spend on baby shower gifts (reflected in the poll below)? Do you always follow the person’s registry even if you can get the same items for less elsewhere?
Thank you any insight you can provide!
Post # 2
somethingblue04: I think it would depend on a few factors (i.e. how close I am, first baby shower vs 2nd or 3rd, singleton vs multiple), but on average I’d say around $50-$75. I would probably just go with what’s on the registry unless you can find a duplicate item somewhere else for less.
Post # 3
I usually spend around $50 unless it’s someone I’m extremely close to.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2015 - Dreams Las Mareas - Costa Rica
close friend: over 100… I’ll get one of the big items.. playpen, high chair, stroller, bassinet… something like that…
Regular friend: 50 bucks max
Post # 5
$50 is what I usually spend and yes, I will buy registry items somewhere else if I find the exact same one for a cheaper price.
Post # 6
Depends on my relationship to the person but for a pretty good friend I go 50-75, for my best friends 100+
Post # 7
somethingblue04: I generally go for something that will last a long time between $75 & $100 for one baby. If they’re having multiples, I multiply that.
Post # 8
For friends: $50 – $100 depending on how close I was
I would go off registry for very common gifts (diapers, wipes, etc) that she will definitely need lots of, but I wouldn’t buy any big ticket items off-registry. What if she gets two of them?
Post # 9
It totally depends. For my best friend I bought her a pack and play off her registry that was, I think, around $300 for her first child. For her second child I bought her a bunch of Shell Silverstein books because she had mentioned that she wanted some. Those I bought used, not from the registry and probably spent $35 total. For co-workers I usually spend in the $15-$30 range (I often go in with another coworker for those).
Post # 10
It really depends on how close I am with the person. I’ve spent $25 on someone I wasn’t particularly close too and $150 for a close friend. For family, usually we purchase one of the big gifts.
Post # 11
I usually go for around $50-75 but I also shop around. One of my best friends had a baby last year and I found one item on her registery for $25 cheaper on amazon. i bought it from amazon, called the place where the registry was and asked them to remove it from the list. So it seems like I spent around $75 whereas I really spent $50. I would do some comparison shopping. Even if its at a pricey baby boutique, I am sure the items are the same as big box stores, just marked up even more. You can get a lot more for your money if you wait for a sale or buy online.
Post # 12
Krises: I had no idea stores would remove items from the registry if they were purchased elsewhere. That was exactly my concern – that she would end up with duplicates and have to return stuff (not ideal when you’re about to have a baby). I will definitely remember to try that!
Post # 13
somethingblue04: Oh yeah, you just have to call up! They didn’t even bat an eyelash, I think its pretty common! You could say that you purchased in store and didnt realize you had to give the registry information, but I don’t even think that is necessary. I got such a better deal online- the gift I purchased was $25 cheaper. Definitely worth checking it out, you can get a lot more bang for your buck. The mommy to be shouldn’t care as long as they get the items on their registry!
Post # 14
I spend $100 on regular family/friends. If we are close than I will spend 200-300$ If I could afford it I would give more
Post # 15
It depends on how close I am to the person. For a co-worker or someone that I’m not super close to.. maybe like $30.
For a good friend or close family member, maybe $50+