20 Baby Gifts for $20 and Less

by Kelley Crosbie

20 Baby Gifts for $20 and Less
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Whether you’re looking for a cheap baby gift or are on a desperate search for smaller baby shower gifts that might be nice to add to a group present, baby gifts can bewilder the best of us. Don’t worry — we’ve packaged up the best of the best with a few from the fuzzy and cozy category and plenty that are practical pleasers.


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Stephan Baby Boo Bunnie Comfort Toy and Boo Cube


There’s no question this is one of our favorite small baby shower gifts that is also cute and practical. Boo-boos are a bummer, but with a few health and safety supplies like the Stephan Baby Boo Bunnie Comfort Toy and Boo Cube, parents can help take the “boo-hoo” out of boo-boo. The bunny is machine washable and wraps around the small cube, which can be separated to freeze. Give them a sweet bunny voice and kiddos might even forget about that bump, bruise or burn. 

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The Honest Company Baby Basics Gift Set


The number of baby skin care products available to parents these days is staggering. This Baby Basics Gift Set is a top pick when it comes to affordable baby shower gifts and an introduction to the world of The Honest Company’s honestly safe, innovative formulas that are thoughtfully designed. It is full ofgentle and effective essentials such as wipes, diapers, shampoo and body wash, lotion and all-purpose balm. While you’re shopping, explore The Honest Company beauty and home lines as well. Hint: The bundles are convenient, and you can save a ton! 

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Sassy Look Book Who Loves Baby


Photographs in books and picture frames are fabulous ways to recognize the faces of loved ones. So why not give them their own photo album? This itty-bitty album is one of those cheap baby gifts that bring big smiles. It has eight pages for 4-by-6-inch photographs of VIPs and features bold colors and various patterns, as well as a handle fit for little hands. Go ahead, give this gift with a smiling selfie to make sure baby knows your face too!

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Letters to My Baby


From baby memory books and pregnancy journals to phone apps and photographs, there are a gazillion ways to jot down all of the milestones and memories that document baby’s life. Letters to My Baby is one of those unique, small baby shower gifts that give a big return on investment because it offers parents a unique way to share sweet stories and also reminisce about those impromptu afternoons spent dancing in the family room or running through a sprinkler. With 12 fold-and-mail letters, new parents get prompts that inspire but don’t instruct such as, “One really special thing about you is …” Years down the road, parents and children alike will love opening these and taking a trip down memory lane.

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HALO® Sleepsack® 100% Cotton Swaddle


No cuddly toys. No baby bumpers. No loose blankets. No nothing in baby’s crib. It’s ingrained in parents’ minds (and with good reason), but no one wants those sweet bundles of joy to be chilly. Bring on the HALO Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle. It safely keeps baby warm without the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) with a 3-way adjustable swaddle. Arms in, hands-to-face, one or both arms out, whatever your baby’s preference, this sweet swaddle can handle it. Once swaddling days are over, it can even transition to a SleepSack. The best baby shower gifts are affordable baby shower gifts that keeps on giving!

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The Honest Company Canvas Tote Bag


There’s the diaper bag, and then there’s the “everything bag.” We love The Honest Company Canvas Tote Bag because, with two stash pockets — one inside and one out — it’s excellent for holding a wallet, a few diapers, a pack of travel baby wipes, maybe a toy or book, who knows, even a spare baby outfit — you name it. The guest of honor will thank you for this tote bag for years to come, because it is made of 100% heavyweight cotton making it long-lasting. Not only that, it can be tossed in the washing machine, putting it at the front of our list of inexpensive baby shower gifts that are also great for Mom.  

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Mama Llama Bucket Bib


Spills, spit-ups, drips and drools. Any number of these things may happen while baby dines, so save mom and dad some stain removing and floor-sweeping time with a bib or burp cloth like the Mama Llama Bucket Bib. The soft, yet sturdy, bucket-shape makes sure stray crumbs — and everything else — avoid the lap and floor while the adorable image serves up smiles to young and old. Wash away any guilt you may have for dishing out on a few cheap baby gifts because this one wins in our book!

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Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser & Bags


Diaper disposal is a bit of an art these days with the many diaper pails you can use to throw that “number two” away. The Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser & Bags takes that art and convenience even on-the-go. Whether in a public restroom, family member’s home or those infamous changes in the middle of who-knows-where, parents can rest easy knowing that wet or dirty diapers are conveniently contained and perhaps most importantly, not contaminating anything else. Bonus: The Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser even attaches to bags and purses for easy access and the accompanying bags are infused with baking soda and a lavender scent to, well, disguise any evidence. This is one of the best last minute baby shower gifts around because you can find them at your nearest grocer or superstore, though you may have to settle for the dogbone-shaped canine version.

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HoMedics® MyBaby Portable SoundSpa


Whoever coined the term “sleeping like a baby” never slept under the same roof as a sleeping baby. From noisy cars and thunderstorms outside to general household noise and creaky floors as moms and dads tiptoe to check on baby, there’s no end to the number of sounds that can wake a sleeping baby up. Luckily, parents can plug in the HoMedics MyBaby Portable SoundSpa which fills the room with soothing sounds in the nursery or even on-the-go thanks to its compact size. With six different sounds, including white noise, ocean, heartbeat, summer night, and more, an adjustable volume and even 15, 30 and 60-minute auto shut-off times, this sound machine is one of those inexpensive baby shower gifts parents will surely praise!

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Parenting Misadventures Journal


Let’s be honest. Parenthood is wonderful, rewarding, life-changing … and totally unpredictable. The Parenting Misadventures Journal is a baby shower gift that gives the guest-of-honor a chance to jot down those moments that baby books don’t provide. We’re talking a “Cry for Help” coloring page and dedicated space to “Draw the worst thing you’ve ever pulled out of your child’s mouth.” We love this journal because it’s one of those inexpensive baby shower gifts that gets the crowd bursting with laughter as they reminisce about their own misadventures. Get ready for some giggles — and likely a few “where was that when I was raising kids” comments –– when the parents-to-be show off this baby gift.  

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Baby Carter's Slogan Coverall


If you’re looking for one of those cheap baby shower gifts that cue the “oohs” and “ahhs” of attendees, look no further than adorable baby and infant apparel. There’s no end to the tiny tutus or too-cute-for-words toddler bow ties, but we’re loving the Baby Carter’s Slogan Coverall because it’s practical, great for any season, and the message couldn’t be more perfect for the bundle of joy that everyone is celebrating: Kind, Cool, Smart & Awesome.  

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GO by Goldbug Narwhals Shopping Cart Cover


Are you or the parents-to-be self-proclaimed germaphobes? Perhaps one of you worked in a restaurant and to this day cringe at the thought of sweeping up kiddo crumbs yet again? Either way, you can appreciate why affordable baby shower gifts, like a shopping cart or high-chair covers, are the greatest inventions ever. Whether it’s in an attempt to avoid germs (sanitizers and cleaners, anyone?) or save the restaurant staff some cleanup, the GO by Goldbug Shopping Cart Cover is a parent-to-be’s best friend. It wraps entirely around baby and includes a padded, adjustable safety strap (no escapees, please) with places to fasten a few key toys for on-the-go entertainment. When you’re finished, it conveniently folds up for the next cart or high chair adventure and easily tosses in the washing machine, as needed.  

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Bright Starts Fanciful Flowers Activity Gym


If you’re in search of one of those cheap baby shower gifts that don’t seem like they’re light on the wallet, pick up the Bright Starts Fanciful Flowers Activity Gym. Babies love snuggling and being held, which is why baby carriers are such a lifesaver for new parents. That said, it’s also important to give them a chance to stretch their arms and legs a bit. This activity gym provides three different ways for baby to play, including active discovery and active play, as well as that oh-so-important tummy time. With plush toys that make sounds, a baby-safe mirror and more, this not only boosts baby’s sensory skills but also lets moms and dads stretch their own arms and legs before their bundle of joy begs to go back on their lap.

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Brica® Baby In-Sight® Car Back Seat Mega Mirror


Is the baby asleep or awake in that car seat? Was that a quick cough or are they choking on something? Ease every parent’s mind as to what is happening with their backward-facing-baby by gifting them the Brica Baby In-Sight Car Back Seat Mega Mirror. Its wide-angle view allows front seat riders to check on baby with a quick glance in the back. This shatter-resistant mirror has been crash tested for safety, attaches easily to most cars and cleans with a quick wipe. Even thoughtful last-minute baby shower gifts can be found online or at various superstores near you.

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American Baby Company 100 Percent Cotton Percale Fitted Crib Sheet for Standard Crib and Toddler Mattresses


Mom and Dad may have spent hours picking out the perfect nursery furniture, corresponding cute decor and beautiful baby sheet set. That’s great, but they’ll still need some emergency, spare crib sheets too for those middle-of-the-night messes. Make mad-dashes for new sheets painless for the parents by purchasing an extra set or two of the American baby Company 100 Percent Cotton Percale Fitted Crib Sheet for Standard Crib and Toddler Mattresses. It comes in various colors and designs, so no need to completely ruin that well-thought-out theme. Want to earn extra points from the parents-to-be? Throw in some baby mattress pads and covers, which also make great, cheap baby gifts.

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The Honest Company Baby Laundry Detergent


If practicality is what you’re looking for in terms of cheap baby shower gifts, look no further than The Honest Company Baby Laundry Detergent. It’s hypoallergenic and uses four stain-fighting enzymes to tackle itty-bitty clothes with big-time messes. Plant-derived, fragrance-free and not tested on animals, parents will be plenty pleased to use this gift that keeps on giving, load after load. If a laundry essential doesn’t sound very personal, feel free to add a glamorous bow and tie a small note of encouragement or words of wisdom for moms and dads to read as they do the umpteenth load of laundry that week.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Finger Puppet Book by Eric Carle


Some last-minute baby shower gifts can be found nearly anywhere you go, including good baby books. Reading helps baby bond with others, improves literacy, increases interest in reading and, of course, is a sweet, must-have requirement of the nightly bedtime routine. You can’t go wrong with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet Book by Eric Carle. This baby board book will be on your kiddo’s bookshelf from birth well into their preschool years, as they help count all the things that very hungry caterpillar eats.

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Tough as a Mother Cute Motherhood Gray Tee


There’s no question that both big and small baby shower gifts tend to be centered around what the baby needs, but let’s not forget the mom-to-be! Pretty soon, she’ll be ready to ditch the maternity clothing and transition to this ‘Tough as a Mother’ Tee. It’s the perfect reminder for her — and others — that being a mom is the best job and the toughest. Whether it’s worn around the house, running errands, on the weekend or in the school pickup line, this will be a mom’s go-to T-shirt to let everyone know she’s up to the task.

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Fisher-Price Shake 'N' Rattle Maracas


Shake, Rattle and Roll! New parents will love watching their baby play with the Fisher-Price Shake ‘N’ Rattle Maracas. Baby toys like these make for great, affordable baby shower gifts that are always a crowd pleaser. They pack easily in a diaper bag, satisfy fussiness during stroller rides, are perfectly sized for tiny hands and help boost baby’s sensory and gross motor skills thanks to the colorful beads, rattling sounds and different textures. Recommended for ages 3 months and older.

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Aden® by Aden + Anais® Muslin Burpy Bib


A 2-in-1 product that will last baby from breastfeeding and bottle feeding to tableside booster seating? Yes, please! The Aden by Aden + Anais Muslin Burpy Bib is a parent’s best friend because it features four layers of 100% muslin cotton which can handle both spit up and spills depending on whether you’re using it as a burp cloth or bib. Its generous size and curved shape fit over shoulders to protect clothing on you and your baby, when it’s buttoned on as a bib. Machine washable, absorbent and full-coverage. Inexpensive baby shower gifts for the win!