New parents always need expensive things, furniture chief among them, but what do you get the new mothers and fathers in your life when you’re on a budget? It is important to remember that, at this joyous time in their lives, the thought really is what counts. These low cost gifts for new parents will make you a hero without forcing you into debt.
1- Vice Kits
New parents have lots to be excited about, so a particularly sinful low cost gift is a vice kit. All of the things from which they have been abstaining for nine months are now theirs for the taking, from cocktails to high-octane coffee. Put together a gift basket full of the things they haven’t enjoyed since the pregnancy test came back positive.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gift basket, either. An inexpensive bottle of wine and a few packets of gourmet coffee might be the perfect arrangement. Throw in low cost cigars for Dad if it fits your budget, or a canister of bath beads now that Mom can fit in the tub again.
2- New Mom Calendar
Only $33.95 from PrettyBabyGifts.com, this New Mom Calendar Gift Pack can be fun for both Mom and Dad. In addition to tracking major milestone during baby’s first year of life, this handy tool also offers helpful parenting tips.
If you’re really strapped, you can also make a calendar as a low cost gift for new parents. You can put one together with word processing software on your computer, or through web sites like Vista Print for under $20.
3- Baby Gift Set
If you are looking for a practical low cost gift idea for new parents, consider a baby gift set like the Johnson & Johnson Head-to-Toe Baby Gift Set from Wal-Mart ($17.47). It includes baby soap, lotion, foaming wash and shampoo in a wicker basket your loved ones can reuse.
4- Child-Rearing Roulette
There are lots of low cost gift ideas for new parents who have a sense of humor, and who doesn’t need to laugh when the newborn is waking you up every fifteen minutes during the night? This Parental Pointers Gift Set from UncommonGoods.com ($25.00) is just what your loved ones need to survive those first few months as parents. It includes a “Wheel of Responsibility” and a handy (and hilarious) guide to parenting.
All new parents know that burping and spit-up are part and parcel of their new responsibilities. The BurpCatcher ($12.00 for one fleece cloth or 2 flannel cloths) is a great low cost gift that will get used over and over again during baby’s first year.
New mothers and fathers often struggle with where to store all of their new baby things when they go on vacation or to the park – or to the grocery store. The Mommy’s Helper Stor-a-Stroller is only $8.99 on Amazon.com, and provides new parents with an easy way to keep their strollers out of the way.
Low cost gift ideas for new parents aren’t difficult to find, and if you use your imagination you can make your dollar stretch quite a ways.