What to buy a newborn: gift ideas for all budgets

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What to buy a newborn gift ideas for all budgets

There’s perhaps nothing more exciting than the news of a dear friend or family member having a new baby. One of the first things many of us want to do is meet the precious bundle, as well as buy a gift or two to welcome the newborn into the world.  However, you may be stuck on an idea for a gift, because what do you buy for a brand new baby?  Also, your budget might not be substantial, so what baby gifts can you buy for cheap on a small budget?

Luckily, I’m here to help.  New baby gifts don’t have to break the bank.  A thoughtful present can be found on a minimal budget and there’s definitely no rule saying you have to spend a fortune!

And if you’re rather flush with cash right now, then you may still be looking for inspiration.  I’ve got it covered.

Read on to discover some amazing gift ideas for newborn babies to suit all gifting budgets.

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Baby hamper

If you don’t want to settle on just one item for a baby gift, then a hamper of mixed goods is the answer.  Hampers made of food have been a traditional gift for decades, but in recent times you can get all sorts of gifting hampers, including newborn baby hampers.

The Baby Hamper Company is a great place to start as they have hampers to suit lots of price ranges from £25 to £150.

For £25 you can get a medium baby hamper with a unique and stylish toy, a patterned muslin and sweet Babygro, gift wrapped and ready.

If £25 is too much then how about going halves with a close friend or family member?

If you have more to spend or can pool together with colleagues or other acquaintances, then The Baby Hamper Company have a selection of luxury baby hampers ranging from £60 to £150.  These contain a larger original toy, even more items of clothing in trendy prints and patterns, muslins, toiletries and more cute knick-knacks depending on your budget.

Personalised toddler cutlery

Personalised kids cutlery

Baby dinnerware

Baby tableware is what mums will be in need in the long run. When choosing baby tableware pay attention to not only their functionality but also the materials from which they are made of. Try to avoid products containing harsh chemicals, instead go for eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, or wood. For instance, training sippy cups or stay-put plates for babies made from bamboo fibre are a nice gift option as they help parents during the transition period due to their functionality.

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Nappy cakes newborn

Newborn nappy cakes

Diaper / nappy cake

Though it might sound boring at first, the basics and essentials are very much needed and welcomed by parents of a newborn.  They’ll be so surprised at how fast they get through nappies!

The best thing for you is a pack of nappies is really affordable.  You can easily pick a pack up for around five pounds and make it look more presentable by turning it into a diaper cake!

Simply roll each nappy and tie them together in a cake shape with a piece of ribbon.  Make a smaller cake for the next tier and so on, until you have a fully tiered nappy cake.

For candles, stick cotton buds into the nappies!

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Baby milestone cards personalised

Baby milestone cards - personalised

Baby milestone cards

If you have a very small budget, but want to buy something different and memorable, then a pack of baby milestone cards is something that won’t be forgotten.

These adorable printed cards, designed by all sorts of different sellers on Etsy and other online marketplaces, are the perfect photo prop when baby reached those all-important ages and firsts.

Many of these cards have space for you to write notes and dates on the reverse and can be kept as a keepsake forever more.

The best part is you can easily find a pack of these cards for well under ten pounds, so they are ideal for all manner of budgets as a solo gift or as part of a bigger bundle.

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Baby comforter - pink snug bunny

A comforter toy

Comforter toys and lightweight newborn friendly teddies are inexpensive gifts that might last a lifetime.  You can easily find a super soft newborn toy for £5 to £10.

A comforter toy is like a small teddy on a super soft mini blanket.  They are often found in newborn sections in supermarkets and baby stores and might only cost a few pounds - perfect for the tiniest of baby gift budgets!

The best thing is your choice of newborn baby toy might turn out to be their favourite!  It could be the toy that they can’t leave the house with - a treasured memory for every parent.  For my daughter it was ‘Teddy Curtains’ - a lightweight patterned Cath Kidston teddy that a colleague of mine bought as a newborn gift!

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Hooded Baby Towel

Baby animals hooded cotton towel

Hooded baby towel

Another super useful and low-cost baby gift is a hooded baby towel.  Easy to find for a low price in the baby sections of supermarkets, or you can use a marketplace like Etsy to discover a personalised baby towel to make it extra special for a little more money.

baby rattle newborn gift

Wooden teething baby bunny rattle

Baby rattle

A baby rattle is a great newborn gift idea because it's something that babies can use and enjoy from the time they are born. Babies love to shake things, and a baby rattle is a perfect toy for them to explore.

A baby rattle is also an inexpensive gift that you can find at any store. You can also personalise it by picking one with your child's name on it from Etsy or one that matches their nursery decor.

Final word

Buying a gift for a newborn is not always easy. There are so many options out there and it can be hard to know what to buy. Hopefully this list has given you some inspiration.

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