(Closed) Is it ok to give used baby items as a gift?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: So...
    Yes, giving used items is OKAY! : (52 votes)
    38 %
    No, giving used items is TACKY! : (71 votes)
    51 %
    OTHER : (15 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    2021 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d just ask her first! I wouldn’t mind but some people may.

    Post # 3
    14967 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I personally do not like used items of any kind from used shops (items from people I know that have items they used, I don’t mind… yeah, I’m kinda weird like that), so I would not like it if I knew.  I think it really depnds on the person receiving the gift.

    Post # 4
    9595 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    At the shower, no definitely not.

    But seperately, after the fact a bag of gently used clean clothes, sure (as long as shes not the prissy type who would never thrift.)

    Post # 5
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    When I first read this headline, I was like wow, seriously? But after reading your post, I think that if you get her a nice, new gift for the shower, and just give her the other stuff later that is perfectly fine.

    Post # 6
    21 posts

    Depends on the item. I wouldn’t give used car seats or anything that could recalled. It’ sweet of you to want to help out tho. I think it’s fine usually

    Post # 7
    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2017 - France

    In my culture it’s the norm to receive used items, babies grow so fast so there is always a family member with things you can use. My son had mostly new because he was the first boy born in 16 years. My sisters shared clothes with my cousins and aunts and no one has any issues with it. I’m from an island so maybe it’s because our economy sucks and every little bit helps.

    Post # 8
    1305 posts
    Bumble bee


    Some people are perfectly fine with clothes from thift shops, others aren’t. There’s nothing “prissy” about a personal preference. 

    I would ask her first and then act accordingly. Just mention that they are some super cute very gently used items and you’d love to grab a bunch to gift her later, is she cool with that? 

    Post # 9
    9516 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wouldn’t give used items at the shower. I would ask her if she’d like them and give them to her later if so. But don’t be offended if she says no, some people just don’t like used items for babies.

    Post # 10
    2853 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I vote no, which is unfortunate becuase theres so much waste in this world.

    Post # 11
    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

    mrshmc1204 :  I think it’s fine since you don’t plan on giving the used items as a shower gift. You know your sister best, though! If you know that she won’t mind second hand items, then she’ll probably appreciate that you took the time to find some cute clothes and books for the baby. 

    Post # 12
    423 posts
    Helper bee

    I think its perfectly fine to give either before or after the shower and not as the shower gift. With the exception of carseats, cribs and diapers, I dont know why anyone buys new everything for a baby. They use it such a short amount of time. In our family we constantly hand down clothes and other items. 

    Post # 13
    2146 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I dont mind used but agree I would not accept a used car seat etc… because thats very dangerous


    clothes and stuff are fine, most my sons clothes where second hand, babys only sleep in them and distroy them anyway and they grow so fast that buying all new stuff is rediculous – as long as its good condition and nothing unsafe then its fine

    Post # 15
    3903 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    At the shower I would say no. After the shower I say suuuure! Just ask her first if she is ok with used items. 

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