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

posted 4 years ago in Babies
  • poll: So...

    Yes, giving used items is OKAY!

    No, giving used items is TACKY!


  • Post # 46
    10483 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I personally don’t mind thrifted/used items for MYSELF.

    However, I would never ever give someone a used gift. 

    Post # 47
    9575 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    usernamesarehard :  I dont think that is some huge insult. A personal preference is prefering navy over black etc. Someone who would never touch used clothes is obviously more high maintence/ prissy/or germaphobic etc than someone who is happy to thrift which is fine but might as well own it!

    If the OPs sister is into new designer clothes every season vs eco / frugality / upcycling thats a good indicator of how the used clothes would go over. Know your audience is all Im saying.

    Post # 48
    1156 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Unless it’s an antique or of a strong significance in the family I wouldn’t give anything used to a baby as a gift. This coming from someone who likes thrift shop clothing and furniture.

    Post # 49
    1190 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I voted “no”, but I own a children’s consignment shop and recently helped a customer put together a lovely shower basket for her cousin.  Her cousin is really into recycling/going green/etc, so she was all over the idea of pre-loved items.  I think you have to know your recipient here.  In 99.999% of cases, I’d say give the pre-loved items later, not at the shower.

    Post # 50
    1234 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I was personally a little “prissy” about a lot of used items because of how manufacturing standards changed in 2014. But apart from that list of items, and the obvious “no used car seats” thing, I would have welcomed lots of used stuff (and did). Clothes, burp rags, swaddles, books, toys…

    If one of my friends had checked with me about an item on my registry and asked if I wanted a gently used version they had, I would have been all over it to reduce waste/save people money. If it had been something specific I had researched carefully, I would have said so, but otherwise, fair game. So I don’t see the point of “omg no used stuff at the shower” even if you know your audience — is it because you’re supposed to spend a certain amount of money on your gift? (and if so, how is that not tacky?)

    Post # 51
    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    i’m not buying any new clothes until 3-6 months. My mum is amazing at finding bargins and she has bought a ton of used baby grows as her idea is if its only cost you a tiny amount you wont be upset when the baby does a poop that reaches its eyebrows and you have to chuck out everything its wearing! Id ask her though she may love the idea or hate it it really depends on the person. i love a bargain and as long as its in good condition it doesnt bother me in the slightest but i have friends who bought everything new and refused hand me downs.

    Post # 52
    841 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Unless you absolutely know she wouldnt mind used/thrifted items I’d stick to a new gift at the shower, thrift store finds as a an extra, just because gift.  If your discount applies to a gift certificate/card to said store, that would be awesome too! 

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