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What would you spend on a gift for a new baby??

(40 Posts)
aprilmeadow Wed 17-Aug-05 15:56:07

Hi, I am looking for some help please..... I have got a few friends and family members due to have babies in the near future and was wondering what you would think is a reasonable amount to spend on the new arrival??

compo Wed 17-Aug-05 15:57:52

I really think it depends on your income. When I was working I would have said £20. Now that money is tight I'd say £10

Bozza Wed 17-Aug-05 16:09:26

Depends on who the baby is IYSWIM. For my nephews I spent £35 ish. For v. close friends about £20. For other friends and DH's cousins babies (seem to be born every couple of months!) something like £12-15.

tarantula Wed 17-Aug-05 16:18:04

I think it seriously depends on your income. We are seriously broke so to me £10 is a lot ie 1/5th of my weekly budget but to others say like my mum £10 is very little.

FairyMum Wed 17-Aug-05 16:19:48

I normally by a cute little outfit and you can easily get that for 10-20 pounds. I don't think anyone looks at the price tag.

aprilmeadow Wed 17-Aug-05 16:20:18

Thank you..

I wanted to get something a bit different, but wasnt sure what limit I should have..

kid Wed 17-Aug-05 16:21:10

You can buy a foot or hand imprint gift for £5 in Index (thats what it used to cost) and I think it makes a lovely gift.

steffee Wed 17-Aug-05 16:22:58

Depends on your own income, how many gifts you have to buy (in your case, quite a few), who's baby it is, e.g. sister, friend, cousin, v. distant relative, and who is having the baby (e.g. someone v. skint who'd be happy with a pack of nappies, or someone v. rich who'd turn their nose up at anything not designer). Also whether the baby is the first or subsequent (though I know that shouldn't matter but it does).

mummyhill Wed 17-Aug-05 16:35:57

Family members I usually spend between £15 and £20 although if it were my sister or sister in law I think it would be considerably more as they has spent a small fortune on my little bundles. For friends I tend set a limit of £10. At the end of the day it depends on your budget, any gift no matter how small is allways appreciated. I found with this I made a list of what we needed and asked for vouchers towards these items if people felt they were too expensive. I also mentioned that nappies and johnsons products would be very welcome as we have friends who are on a tight budget and I wouldn't want them to feel that they had to go out and buy something expensive.

sweetheart Wed 17-Aug-05 16:38:23

is one of these gifts for me!!!! !!!!!

sweetheart Wed 17-Aug-05 16:39:31

Only the very best - you need to spend at least £1000 hee hee

Perhaps the Louis Vitton changing bag I saw earlier

hello you!!!!

aprilmeadow Wed 17-Aug-05 16:41:10

No Hack is making someting for the new arrival.. he is very talanted for 4 months

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 16:41:44

don't go there .. she'll give you a link lol!

trace2 Wed 17-Aug-05 16:41:47

hi why dont you buy a few things like baby bath, shampoo talc each week put in a nice box collect until babys born had somthing special if you want

sweetheart Wed 17-Aug-05 16:42:59

oy ninah - take your cheap toilet roll and piss off!!! ROFL !!!!!!

sweetheart Wed 17-Aug-05 16:43:32

Hack - who's that??

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 16:45:23


Hack sounds like a very young avant garde fashion designer, as in 'oh, i'll get Hack to run me up a little something'

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 16:45:57

fwiw I spend about £10

munz Wed 17-Aug-05 16:50:27

I spent £15.00 on each of my friends boys when they were born, it managed to get 3 outfits that could be mixed and matched to make more iycwim. both were v good friends.

my cousins G/F is PG and due around the same time as me, as they've got less than we have i'll probably spend £15 on clothing and get them some toiletrys etc as well for about the same.

aprilmeadow Wed 17-Aug-05 16:50:38

Would help if I could spell my ds name!! Jack

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 16:51:55

nah, I'm sold on Hack now lol!

aprilmeadow Wed 17-Aug-05 16:53:57

Well ninah, if you havent chosen a name for your bump, then by all means have Hack

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 16:55:32

we are just discussing this on the December thread, strangely! sh suggested it ... lol

clary Wed 17-Aug-05 16:56:24

I have just (today!) bought some new bibs for neighbour’s baby. It is a 2nd child and I recall that that was the best prezzie I had when ds2 was born (bibs the others wore were so disgusting!).
They cost £4 from M&S. I think that’s fine, it’s about a thoughtful gift, not an expensive one.
I was perfectly delighted with some of the littlest presents I got - a spider rattle that ds2 loved which probably cost a couple of quid, some 0-3 vests for ds1 that were the most useful thing in a very hot summer, etc.

aprilmeadow Wed 17-Aug-05 17:02:27

Well i cant really say what i was thinking of as Sweetheart is one of the people i need to buy for. Being my best friend and DS's Godmother i need something good. She got lovely things for Jack, but I know she will already have ordered or been thinking of ordering the same for her bubs.

Whilst I agree that cost isnt everything and that the essentials are REALLY useful, I personally wanted to get something a bit different. I just wanted to guage what others might spend... This has been really helpful so far

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 17:08:50

ignore what I said about £10!
sh is lovely, I only really know her from ante natal on here but I can tell she is really really nice and special

ninah Wed 17-Aug-05 17:10:57

off to find that Vuitton link now lol ...

Tinker Wed 17-Aug-05 17:12:38

Depends - can usually get loads in the Sales. But I am cheap.

mawbroon Thu 18-Aug-05 14:55:35

I always maintain that it's the thought that counts and for the last few babies that have been born I have given them a box file (pretty one - not office grey) which contains the newspaper, number one CD single and video tape of various tv programmes all from the day they were born. All in all, less than a tenner, but pretty much guaranteed that no-one else will buy the same thing. I am also thinking of carrying on the theme and doing the same for significant birthdays as the kids get older.

Not everyone's cup of tea I know and it requires a little bit of organisation, but I know that the parents don't have time on that day to buy the newspaper or set the video!!

moondog Thu 18-Aug-05 15:03:18

Great idea mawbroon!
I like cooking so tend to make something for the harassed new parents (main meal,not biscuits).

ark Thu 18-Aug-05 15:35:46

maw - exactly what I do!! Is so nice I also added the best selling book in the week they are born - and it my more concensus ones a reciept for milk and bread! Like a time capsule in a way! have to say if its somebody special i oftne by treats for the mum and dad - posh bubble bath or something like that!.

My sister always said the best gift they ever got was a baby sleeping bag - might be worth a look.

ark Thu 18-Aug-05 15:36:13

by!!! Buy oh lordie I am too hot to think sorry!

compo Thu 18-Aug-05 15:38:32

I bought a newborn outfit from Next today that was only £6.99. It was for a girl but they had smilar ones for boys at the same price. It was a lovely top and bottoms.

MaloryTowers Thu 18-Aug-05 15:39:54

close friend/family £20

other friends tenner

compo Thu 18-Aug-05 15:42:49

It is the Pink Bunny Top And Trousers Set on this page

sweetkitty Thu 18-Aug-05 16:30:44

Have sent £40 in mothercare gift vouchers before, now that money is tighter would probably spend £20 on relative/close friend and about £10 on a little outfit on others.

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BikeRunSki Sun 06-Jan-13 07:40:27

I usually get a taggy, embroidered with the baby's name. There is a lady on eBay called Hedgehog Gifts who makes them for around a tenner.

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