Post # 1
What is the “norm” for spending on a baby shower gift for a friend? I haven’t seen this friend in about 8 months, however, we were both in each other weddings and at 1 point were close, just not so much anymore. Money is super tight right now, but if it wasn’t I probably would spend about $75, however, I am thinking $50, is that too little? Also there is not much left on her registry for $50, actually there is nothing left, unless I get her a few small teething ring/rattles.
Post # 3
Very good question! I have a baby shower for a Bridesmaid in my wedding!
Post # 4
@ams12: I’d say between $50-75 is a good average. I make baby blankets, so the cost of yarn and labor are rolled into the gift. I also put other things in the gift as well from baby flash sale sites like Zulily. I highly suggest those if you’re looking for deals on baby shower gifts.
Post # 5
Darling Husband and I discussed our budget and for weddings, we spend $100 and showers, $50. For my sister and my close cousin, a little more I’m sure.
Do you know anyone else going to the shower? An easy way to make a bigger impact is to go in with someone on a more expensive gift.
Post # 6
I think $50 is perfectly fine! You could also go to Marshalls or TJMaxx or Old Navy and get a bunch of cute outfits for cheap (evenless than $50). In general, I spend around $50 for friends and for very close friends and close family around $100. Totally depends.
Post # 7
I think a $50 gift is very generous and perfectly acceptable. For my Bridesmaid or Best Man who is also my best friend from high school, I sent her a check for $200 since I couldn’t make the shower and she had just spend way more than that on my wedding between the dress, gift, traveling, bach party, etc. But that is abnormal – if I were to attend a shower for a semi close friend I would spend about $50 on the gift.
Post # 8
Wow…$100? Really? We usually do just $50 unless it’s a super close friend.
Post # 9
If most of her things are off her registry, I suggest you look on Etsy for hand knit baby blankets – you can get them for around $20 and they are so pretty. I got one for a friend and it makes me so happy to see it in photos 🙂
Post # 10
I have to agree with most of you last year i went to 9 babyshowers it added up really quick, i spent an average of 50$ per shower, and they are my friends but not the closest, so i figured 50$ was a good gift
Post # 11
it depends on how close I am to the one pregnant and what my budget is at the time. If it’s a close friend I’ll do $75-100. If it’s a casual acquaintance, I’ll do around $30.
Post # 12
@oracle:i haven’t gone to any baby showers for super close friends yet, but I have the same idea as you. I’ve spent around $30 for casual friends, but i feel like $50 is the price range for most of my friends, even for wedding showers. I would be shocked if friends spent $100 on a baby gift!
Post # 13
Maybe I’m cheap but I normally pay around $30 for a shower gift. If it’s a super close friend then I spend more. I think what you’re spending is fine!
Post # 14
Whatever you are comfortable with spending, whether its $25 or $50. I am sure your friend will appreciate whatever you purchase, regardless of the price.
Post # 15
$50 is our range for a baby shower present. I have a few friends (very close) that I’m sure I would spend $100 but that is few and very far between.