(Closed) Baby gift ideas? Please help me avoid drama.

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

How much are you willing to spend?  For $25 you can get a 6 pack of Trumpette socks which are highly prized for their ability to stay on.  Or you can get a couple of board books like “Brown Bear” and “The very hungry catepillar” which would probably run you less than $20.  Or how about a couple of pairs of baby legs at $11 a piece.

Really, though, if the gift is so begrudgingly given, I’d say skip it!

Post # 4
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got hand puppets on Etsy for our niece and nephew. They are absolutely freaking adorable and pretty inexpensive. 

This was the one we got for our 6 month old nephew. It was $16 from Fritzandtootie…

And we got these two for our 3 year old niece. They were $9 each from Laurelszoo…

We’ll also be giving the kids some books as well but even just the hand puppet would be a great gift and its something that can’t be returned, which I LOVE! I’m all about Etsy this year, I’d much rather give my money to an individual than a corporation. 

ETA: It may be hard to tell from the pics but the first puppet is for an adult to wear and the second two are made for little hands.

Post # 5
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I would check out stores like TJ Max and Ross. They have cute baby things that are brand names for cheap.

Post # 6
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My brother and niece both have 6mos babies and they are getting g/c’s to Tarjay.  They get a ton of stuff from grandparents… i mean  a TON … i have no idea what to get them.  My sister-in-law actually gave me the idea by asking for it.  She said they don’t need anything right now but they will need more clothes come the spring!

Post # 7
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Series EE Savings Bond in the childs name!  

Post # 8
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well, first I gotta say that I’d be pissed if my brother or brothers-in-law didn’t get my daughter a gift. But I don’t care if it’s cash or a $2 pair of socks or a photo of themselves. She’s a part of the family now, and whether she remembers it or not I think she deserves a gift just like the rest of the family. ๐Ÿ™‚

That said, could you elaborate on your price limit? Generally I think you can never go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book ($10), BabyLegs leg warmers ($12), or Rufflebutts bloomers ($20). But I don’t know what your SIL’s style is.


Post # 9
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My baby is 6 months old and all I would like for people to get him are some educational videos, toys, or clothes. I think that’s all any parent can expect for a child that young. All I’m buying for him is a vtech toy because I know he won’t remember this year and I’d much rather save the money for later in his life when he will understand better. No one should expect a lot for a baby. I know you said they DO care I’m just saying that it’s wrong. The kid won’t remember it.

Post # 10
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on

I give books.  I can’t keep up with the whole “what the kids/ parents think are cool these days,” so I’ve had a books-only policy for years (10?).  Best part: the kids tend to LOVE the books, even when they have a huge pile of toys.

So I’d go with a classic: Shel Silverstein, the Velveteen Rabbit, Where the Wild Things Are, a book of classic nursery rhymes… since the baby can’t read, the point is to start adding to their library.

And who can argue that a book isn’t “nice enough?”


Post # 11
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree, books! I love getting my niece books on amazon because they are usually cheaper than the books stores and reading is so important for kids.

Or I’d try looking for clothes for the next season in a larger size. Department stores, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls usually have nice stuff for low prices.

Post # 12
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with books. They’re not too expensive and the parents will look ridiculous if they complain that you bought their child a book.

Post # 13
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

it sounds like the parents are difficult enough to complain about anything you give, unless it’s super expensive or popular. soo…i would just give the child something that you genuinely feel is special for a child to have. is there anything from your childhood you especially cherish? a set of books or type of stuffed animal? personally i loved book sets – shel silverstein, roald dahl, american girls (if it’s a little girl lol). even if they are a little beyond the age range, its nice to add to their library. i’m not sure what your budget is like, but i would just focus on what YOU think is cute and special ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As a parent I would defiantely go with a book and maybe a cute outfit. You can usually get a pant and shirt set for $10 or so.  Target also has some really cute shape sorters that my daughter loved.


Post # 15
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on

I had another thought: you could also go ridiculous + goofy, like a crocheted hat with ears, or a baby snowsuit with a pointed hat, or baby mittens, or a headband with a too-big-but-adorable felt flower (if we’re talking about a girl, obviously).

I like a little bit of ridiculous on a baby.  That said, perhaps it would just inflame their doucheness… which might be a good thing, if I were being honest about my slightly evil streak.

Or you can go even more slightly evil by buying the loudest, most annoying toy you can find – something that beeps and squeaks and repeats phrases at high volume.  One year when my stepsister was being a turd, I gave her three year old daughter hundreds of stickers. Bwahahaha.

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