Friday, November 6, 2009

Frugal Baby Shower Gift

Within the next nine months I happen to have a lot of baby showers to go to.  I am so excited for each and every one of the women, however, since we are trying to save money I can't go out and spend lots and lots of money on each of them (which I would love to do).  I am a firm believer in practical gifts.  Some of these couples I know will be on a strict budget, so I tried to keep that in mind when I made up my gift. 

I decided that diapers are about the most practical gift to give at a baby shower.  However, just giving diapers is a bit... well... boring.  I wanted to spice it up a bit. 

First, I went out and bought the diapers (using a coupon of course!).  Then, I went online and looked up lots and lots of encouraging Bible verses, however you could use anything you want.  Next, I used a permanent marker (I'm afraid any other markers might bleed onto clothes if the diaper gets wet), and wrote verses on each of the diapers.  New moms are often tired and weary, so if they have an encouraging message to read when doing an icky job, I think that is a great gift.

Here's a few pictures:

Just a few of the verses that I used.  Hopefully they will lift the spirits of the diaper changer.

The final product made pretty by a re-used gift bag, re-used tissue paper, and a dollar store card.

I got this idea from a shower I went to recently, along with my old job at a daycare center.  At the shower I went to, each person who came had to write a message using permanent marker on a diaper.  These were then collected for the mom-to-be.  The person giving the shower said that she had had people at her shower make up the diapers with messages on them for her, and she said it was a great encouragement to her and her husband.  I really liked the idea, and knew that the marker works fairly well on diapers (at daycares they often write "last one" on diapers to remind parents to bring in more for their children).  Tomorrow is the baby shower, so hopefully the gift is as well received as I hope it will be.

Do you have any frugal baby shower ideas?  Please share them with us in the comments section.  We would love to hear from you!

1 comment:

  1. What a GREAT idea, Laura! I'm keeping this one in my mental notepad for the next baby shower I attend! Thanks for sharing :)

    My MIL got me a great "party box" for my bridal shower. She's into the thrifty game too, so I'm sure she got everything when it went on sale after the holidays. It's basically like a big plastic tote with all kinds of seasonal party items--decorative dishtowels, paper plates, napkins, cupcake liners, aprons, etc. It was a great shower gift!


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