Post # 1
I have always wondered, for friends of a mom-to-be, what is your general budget for a gift?
I know people such a parents, gparents etc always spend into the hundreds, but what about just for friends?
I usually spend about $50 on a gift(s), and I’m wondering if this is the average or not?
Post # 3
I spend $50 on average. If it is a very close friend or relative then I would spend at least $100
Post # 4
It would depend on close I am to said friend. If it was one of my best friends I’d easily spend over $100 (probably closer to $150). If it was for a casual friend then probably in the $75 range. My friend/co-worker is having her baby shower in a few weeks. I’m making her a diaper cake that will probably be about $80-$90 when it’s all said and done.
Post # 5
I’ve actually only been to a couple showers, and I think that now I’m going to be a more “established” young professional (not right out of college!) then I’ll probably start giving more. I probably give around $20. sorry, I must be cheap… (BUT…if I can go in with a friend in a similar financial situation as I’ve done before, then I wont feel bad giving $10-15, cuz our gift will be bigger! 😀 why does that not make sense?)
Post # 6
I usually spend around $50 but if it is a close friend or family member, I go up to $100 or so. It all depends on the situation, though, recently a friend in another state had a baby and I couldn’t make it to her shower but I felt ok spending a bit more since I would have spent much more had I travelled to the shower. I think with shipping and stuff I spent about $90 on her gift. Also depends on how my finances are looking at the time.
@joy2011 – I think that both my mom and sister shoot for the $20-30 mark, closer to 10 if they feel like they got a great deal on something, and both have established careers, so don’t think its cheap! Everyone just does it their own way.
Post # 7
I usually spend around $50, but it really depends on how well I know the person. If it’s family or a close friend, I usually spend more.
Post # 8
I don’t think it’s about how much you spend…sometimes I’ve found great outfits,blankets or shoes on sale and clearance so it looked like I spent $75 when in reality I spent $45
But for a SUPER close friend or family member: I’ll usually ask them what they need…for example: a swing. and i’ll just get that for them…
Sometimes they just want money in a card or a giftcard and they know me well enough to be honest with me.
It alll depends….
Post # 9
For a friend or cousin usually $75. For my sister and bff I have spent about $200-$300. I usually buy the changing the table and then a basket of stuff to go with it, diapers, clothes, bath stuff, etc.
And to be quite honest, if it’s a friend, who isn’t as financially sound I will spend more money. I want to make sure that they have they need and if I can help out a little extra than I will.
Post # 10
Depending on who it is. I picked $40-50, but if it’s a good friend/family member, I’d say it’s more like $100.
Post # 11
I have a set baby shower gift that I give to every mom to be. It’s a combo of infant bath tub with all the bathing accessories (think Johnson and Johnson). It ends up looking like a basket. It can get pricey but how often does a woman have her first baby? I try to find deals but I usually end up spending around $75.00.
Post # 12
@ms_nickie: I know a lot of people who have set gifts, sometimes that is super fun and easy!
But I know that sometimes, it can backfire. Lol I attended a shower of a good friend, and she is really into organic and all-natural products. So the baby bath stuff she registered for were organic shampoos etc, and she still got stuff from johnson and johnson and she felt so bad that she wouldn’t use them! Obviously the people who gifted it didn’t know this, but she ended up giving them away.
I find that it’s often easier to find what the person really wants, even the cheaper things are needed 🙂
Post # 13
It really depends on my relationship to that person. If it’s a casual friend, about twenty bucks. If it’s family or a close friend, I would definitely be willing to go higher than that!
Post # 14
On average I go for a minimum of $50-$75. Recently, for my nephew Girlfriend, I spent about $125. A few years go for my BFF of over 20 years, was having her first child…oh man I went all out. I started buying her stuff long before her shower. I got her a chair w ottoman, nursing tops, baby clothes, tons of baby accessories, a bathing tub etc. Seriously, I lost my freaking mind on my precious godson to be, it was hundred$
Post # 15
This will sound awful but it really depends on the financial stability of the expectant parents. If they are destitute I will usually buy them some big ticket items such as a crib, dresser, playpen etc. I want to make sure baby has what baby needs. I will forgo luxuries for myself to make that happen. If they are stable I might spend $30-$40 dollars. Terrible I know!
Post # 16
@secondchances: haha I don’t think that’s terrible! But you probably shouldn’t let anyone know that lol or you could hurt someone’s feelings haha. But honestly that is considerate, although sometimes you may not know someone’s financial situation – how do you choose?