Cool Low-Cost Baby Gifts

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A typical pile of toys that accumulates from baby gifts. (Photo credit: red5standingby)

Every parent knows the feeling: you tear off the gift wrapping and find another outfit for your newborn.  Or another book.  Or another toy.  Those are definitely popular (and comprise most of Amazon’s top 100 baby gifts).  But those outfits are cute for maybe 1 week and then never fit again.

Rather than giving something that won’t last very long, why not make a real difference for the growing family?  Without spending a fortune, it’s actually quite simple to send memorable, practical, and cool baby gifts:

Remember the Big Day

Newborn demands often make it difficult for new parents to capture those precious early moments.  A gift certificate to a photo service such as shutterfly.com or tinyprints.com can be used for photos, baby announcements, and more.Baby Photo AnnouncementsIf you’re more adventurous, you could make a baby photo book using pictures the parents shared.Baby Photo Book

Or you can help preserve baby’s tiny hands and feet with an inkless baby footprint kit.Baby Hand and Foot Print Inkless Kit

Or help them remember what else was happening around the world that day with a framed reprint of the New York Times front page on the baby’s birthdate.New York Times Front Page Reprint

Pay for College

With the cost of college rising, every little bit helps, and now it is very easy to contribute to junior’s college fund.  Over the last 1-2 years, several online gift registries have emerged that allow friends and family to easily contribute to a child’s college fund.  GradSave is reportedly the largest, and they make it easy to send electronic college gift certificates to parents.  In 20 years when junior is a college junior, you’ll feel good about helping him/her get there.Successful College Student

Gadgets to the Rescue

Babies are messy and fussy, and parents sometimes need gadgets to help them through.  When kids spill, a good wet-dry vacuum can be a life saver.  Many parents have no idea how much easier a wet-dry vacuum is than a bunch of paper towels for cleaning up after baby accidentally spills her milk all over the living room floor.Similarly, sometimes it can be difficult to understand why baby is crying.  That’s when a baby cry analyzer can be super helpful.  The device reportedly identifies 90% accurately what’s bothering baby based on the type of cry.  It’s like a pocket dictionary for parents trying to understand their babies.Baby Cry AnalyzerAnd don’t forget about gadgets for baby.  Consider toy vacuum cleaners so that the little one learns how to help around the house in a fun way. Or a learning laptop so that baby can practice her shapes.

By giving gadgets, you’re guaranteed a good laugh when the presents are opened, and don’t be surprised if you get a call a few months later thanking you for how useful that wet-dry vac turns out.

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Parenthood brings along many important financial responsibilities – buying life insurance, creating wills, saving for college, and more.  It may sound overwhelming, but we are here to help and simplify.  Wizbe offers online classes that help parents achieve their financial goals.  The classes are short and can be taken independently at your own pace.  And to celebrate the launch of our 30-minute “Financial Parenting 101″ class, we are giving away free enrollments to the first 500 people who sign up.  Click here to enroll a friend or yourself before they’re gone.Free

Typical Baby Gift Cost

Grandparents in the US spend an average of $72 on baby gifts for their grandchildren.  How much do you typically spend?

Average Baby Gift Value
How much do you typically spend per baby gift?

There’s no need to go overboard.  As we have seen, it’s possible to find cool and practical baby gifts without spending a fortune.

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About Marc Wiznia, Wizbe's Co-Creator

Marc has worked in financial services business strategy for over 8 years. Most recently, Marc was vice president of strategy and development for asset management at JPMorgan Chase, leading strategic initiatives and mergers/acquisitions for the firm’s global investment management and wealth management business units. Previously, he also was a key member of the corporate development teams at Prudential Financial and CIT Group. One of his main focuses is launching new financial services innovations. Marc is married and has 2 children.

34 thoughts on “Cool Low-Cost Baby Gifts

  1. We’ve found it useful to ask the parents directly whether they are in the market for a noisy toy or a quiet one. There are plenty of options for both, but some parents need a little more quiet in their world while others appreciate a toy that talks back so they can busy themselves with other work while baby plays.

  2. Thanks for sharing these great tips. In the next couple of years, I would expect these suggestions to become more popular baby gifts.

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  6. These cool ideas make me want to think about how to get pregnant again fast :D. One observation: most of these gifts are perfect for both boys and girls, which can be helpful if you do not know what the parents are expecting. Your website style is ideal, the articles are really great :D. Keep up the good job, cheers.

  7. Sometimes I think that babies themselves are enough of a gift. The babies area unit of the hospital is magic simply with the smiles on their faces. Once they utter some sounds, even if they’re crying, it’s more melodious than the music of instruments.

  8. howdy, i read your blog regularly and i love it! just think about how many “traditional” baby gifts end up in the trash each year, it would be so much better if people spent a few minutes thinking about something useful to give, and your list is a great place to start!

  9. Hi there! I love your poll about how much to spend on baby gifts. I never really knew if I was giving too much or too little. Now i know. Thankyou!

  10. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, great great information here. I know I’m not the only parent who has bookmarked your site.

  11. As the mother of a 9mo old, it really is true that you do not remember the people who gave typical baby gifts of clothing and toys. The really useful unique gifts are the ones I remember. And it’s just been 9 months!

  12. the wet-dry vac is a great idea, we use it all the time, and it never occurred to me that many parents don’t have one of their own, but i’ll bet many first-time parents don’t.

  13. The New York Times front page reprint is very interesting – I wonder if that paper (or any newspapers, for that matter) will be around when any babies born nowadays head off to college. Could be a real collector’s item.

  14. Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through reminds me of my aunt! She always kept talking about these types of baby gifts. I will forward this article to her. Pretty sure she will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Greetings from Ohio! I enjoy the knowledge you present here at Wizbe and can’t wait to see what comes next. Good site!

  16. I think this is one of the most important lessons for me – don’t give gifts that are not practical and useful, because they are just a waste of money. the website style is great, the articles are really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

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  19. We should all spend more time thinking about what to give as baby gifts, these are excellent suggestions, all too often people just re-gift a lot of junk that nobody really wants.

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  21. I have long wondered how much people should spend on baby gifts, that info about grandparents spending $72 and average people $25 is fantastic, thanks for putting together such useful information to help parents adjust their budgets to an extra family member. Children are financial challenges for any family, and with your help, we can make it easier.

  22. I just want to tell you that I am a new dad and definitely like your site. I’m bookmarking this blog post because you have such great suggestions for giving meaningful baby gifts. You have really good articles. Thanks a lot for developing your website.

  23. Well done. You can certainly see your expertise within the articles you write. The personal finance sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say what they believe. Never lose your integrity – at all times follow your heart. Don’t turn Wizbe into the others who sold out, keep putting your customers first.

  24. Heya, I just hopped over to your website thru StumbleUpon. Not somthing I might typically browse, but I like your posts very much. Thanks for making something very worthy of reading for parents like me.

  25. It’s amazing how everyone forgets that each parent is so picky about what they use for their kids. Things that I like for my kids may not be high on someone else’s list. That’s why your gift suggestions are so great – thanks for preparing, it’s clear this list took a while to put together.

  26. Wonderful ideas here. There must be billions of dollars of waste each year in the United States on gifts that people don’t want. You know a gift is bad when someone re-gifts it. I sent this article to my new mom group because we all can benefit from these great ideas.

  27. I wonder how many kids grow up to learn about who gave them baby gifts years before. Baby gifts are more gifts to the new parents, and I can say from first-hand experience that they really do make a difference when the giver takes time to think. I agree 100% with your main point – getting some new clothes or toys is not super helpful when you have a huge stash already.

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