(Closed) how much do you gift 1st time parents?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

First, how incredibly generous of you! I definitely think that $500 would be more than enough, and probably way more than even expected! I’m not pregnant, but I know I would be incredibly thrilled with that amount and think that you were an angel! However, if you REALLY want to go REALLY over the top, and feel 100% comfortable doing so, you can always do the 1K. They will be more than impressed with your generosity either way. Congratulations!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Babies are so expensive. $500 would be a very generous gift but man 1k would be outstanding

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Can you be my Aunt? In all honesty, $500 is more than enough and very, very generous.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree $500 is very generous.  What about doing $500 in gift cards and a large savings bond (EE series or something similar) for the baby when born?  It would be like a nice start for a college savings fund or whatever.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@caszos: Great idea! I got a TON of those when I was born and they’re coming in VERY handy now for adding to our downpayment on a future home!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

$500 sounds good if they already have a crib and Savings bond or starting a college savings fund for the baby would be a great way to help the parents and child. I know I appriciated the savings bonds my grandmother bought me when I was a kid when it came time to pay tuition.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Heck, I think $100 would be plenty! $500-$1,000 would be over-the-top generous and I’m sure it’d be greatly appreciated.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@ejs4y8: I’m saying! I hope my siblings would be this generous when I start getting the little ones 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MrsMaine: My grandparents have always done this for us.  We would get a small gift and then that magical envelope. 

It is coming in VERY handy now that they have all matured! 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

$1K is very very generous. I’d say they’d probably be shocked to recieve that much. $500 would definitely be a huge help. It’s your call. I’m sure they’d be happy with whatever you choose to give them.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Omg, I’d be so thrilled if someone gave us a $500 giftcard!  Since I am a first time mother-to-be, I’m inclined to say get them anything you can!  Just kidding, you should give what you feel comfortable with.  It’s good that you don’t plan to do it in a crowd, it appears to be too showy that way.  It sounds like they’re in a similar financial situation as my husband and I.  We’re not rolling in money but we’re not doing all that badly either.  Still, we’re freaking out about the financial strain this could have so every bit offered is a wonderful help. 

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

How old is the crib they are going to use? New safetey guidelines may make that one considered unsafe.

I think what you are doing is very generous and loving.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I recieved a few gifts of $500 when I was pregnant/had my son, and I was absolutely FLOORED (especially because a lot of those gifts came from the other side of the family which I haven’t had an opportunity to get particularly close with).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

When I’m giving a gift I usually buy something between $50-100, or give a gift of that amount.

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