What to Buy for a Baby Shower Gift (For any Budget!)

Before I had my son, I was super clueless on what to buy friends for baby showers. I would wander the baby aisle in the store for longer than I care to admit and eventually end up randomly choosing a few items and calling it good.

Sometimes the mom-to-be will have a registry, but if this is her first kid she might not have a clue of what to register for, and has left it up to you. Or maybe you got to the registry late, and only the really expensive items are left. You have to figure out what to get all on your own!

Then you have to decide on your budget. The current state of your bank account, your closeness to the mother-to-be, and any number of other factors affect how much you are willing to spend.

Guess what? Since you are reading this post, all you have to decide is how much you are willing to spend! Lucky you! I’ve broken down price points into 5 different categories, with multiple choices under each price point. All the items under each section are a similar price point, in increments of $10.

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Tiny Budget

If you are on a tight budget, one way to stretch your dollar is to buy a handful of inexpensive and practical gifts. Remmber, just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean your gift won’t be helpful.

Those small things add up in cost quickly for new parents, and the mom-to-be will be grateful for whatever you can give her!

Here are some of my picks for a small budget friendly baby shower gift. Diaper cream, binky, binky straps, socks and mittens, and baby wash.




Low Budget

Here are some baby shower gift ideas if you have a little more to spend. If you have a little more to spend, here are some ideas! Changing pad, portable changing pad, multi purpose nursing cover, bandana drool bibs, and a hooded towel.





Medium Budget

Baby bathtub, milestone chalkboard, jumbo teddy bear, car mirror (You can look back and see your little one, and it entertains them as well to look at their own cute face in the car), keepsake hand print kit, sound machine.


High(ish) budget

The person who buys her friend a diaper genie will be her hero. What a wonderful little gadget!  The bath kneeler, a diaper bag back pack (especially handy for moms with more than one kiddo) bottle warmer, and a play mat for the early days of their kiddos life.



High Budget

If you are close to the mom-to-be, and can afford to spend this much on a baby shower gift, here are some ideas of things that the mom to be will love and get lots of use out of! I love the baby k’tan wrap because it’s super easy to use (even for someone like myself who is folding and tying impaired). A measuring stick growth chart, a video baby monitor (below is the one that we have and we love it). Also a gift set of various baby essentials!

BONUS: A great add-on or stand alone gift:


Even if the mother is cloth diapering, there may come a time when they are all dirty and she needs a back up. Some mothers choose to cloth diaper during the day, and use disposables at night. It’s helpful to buy diapers and wipes so she has extras (because holy cow do those diapers go fast!) and it’s also not a bad idea to buy some size ones and twos so that when her kid is busting out of their newborn diapers, she has the next size up!

I hope this list of baby shower gift ideas was helpful. What are your favorite gifts to buy new moms?

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Period Game Changer-The Diva Cup


My experience with the Diva Cup!

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This is a post for the ladies, so guys, unless you want to read about menstruation read my most recent post here.

Isn’t that gross? (No!)

The first time I heard of the diva cup I was beyond grossed out. It’s…a cup?? You reuse it?? The flow just collects there and you have to dump it out?? Grossest thing ever, right? Wrong!

Fast forward to my next period. I had 20 months sans period between pregnancy and breastfeeding, and it was beautiful, it was glorious. Then BAM! It came, it was heavy, it was painful, it was miserable. It sucked! I couldn’t stay on top of it with super tampons. I was finally desperate enough to be willing to consider something I had previously thought was absolutely disgusting. The Diva Cup. (Cue dramatic music. Dun dun dun!)

My Experience

It was weird putting it in at first. They recommend you take it in and out in the shower until you get used to it to avoid messes. Once I got the hang of it, and figured out how to turn it and get it to seal, it was AMAZING! Post-pregnancy periods can be monstrous, and while I couldn’t make it through 12 full hours for the beginning of my period, it was fantastic to not be going through super tampons constantly! For the average flow though, you will be fine with leaving it in for 12 hours. And it is even less noticeable than a tampon!

They come in two different sizes, for women under 30/who have not given birth, and women over 30/who have given birth. Size two is slightly larger. So I am under 30 but I have given birth, so I went
with size two. It was perfect! I have a friend who is also under 30 and has not given birth, and she was happy with size one. So the sizing is very accurate!

The instructions recommend boiling it after your period is over. This concept grosses a lot of people out, because who wants to put it in your cookware? I agree, don’t put it in your cookware! I recommend using a pot set aside only for that. Your choice if you want to buy a cheap new pot, or simply use an old one you were going to throw out anyway. I would recommend putting it somewhere that no one will get confused and accidentally uses it for preparing food.

Once it is boiled, you put it in the case provided, and put it somewhere safe until it is time to use it again! (underwear drawer, bathroom drawer, your call!)

Why it’s awesome (and actually MORE hygienic than traditional methods)

Tampons soak up everything, including your body’s natural lubrication. You know that horrible feeling you put a tampon in and realize that everything is dry and it hurts! Or you pull it out and it is still very dry and ouch! With pads, you are sitting in the mess. Which is not fun either. With the Diva Cup, your flow is hygienically held until you can empty it. Your natural ph isn’t affected, and the
medical grade silicon is perfectly hygienic if cared for as suggested. (Rinsed with mild soap every 12 hours, and boiled at the end of each cycle). Also, compared to other menstrual cups the diva cup has no dyes so it is much safer.

It’s a no brainer

The diva cup eliminates the guesswork out of wondering if your period is over yet, or choosing a regular or super tampon/pad. So while it costs more upfront, once you buy it you are set! I have heard of people using theirs for years! The cheapest price I have seen it for is on Amazon.

So I am seriously never going back. I love my Diva Cup. No more tampon runs to the store for me! I recommend it, don’t say I didn’t tell you how awesome the Diva Cup is! (Because I did!) Use the links below to get your own and see what the fuss is about!