20 Essential Baby Shower Gifts Under $25

I think I’m at that age where all of my friends are pregnant! You know, that 26-34 age range. Between birthday parties and baby showers, it gets expensive to keep up with friends!  That’s why I’ve created a list of 25 gifts you can and should purchase for your mommy friends who are expecting. All of these products are under $25 and ALL of them are essentials for mommies!

 

  • Sophie the Giraffe Teether $21.00
    • There’s something about the smell and taste of this Giraffe, made from 100% natural rubber and food paint, that babies just love! All of my mommy friends recommended it and I received two when my son was born and I was so happy that I had them when he started teething! Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this as a gift!
    • Sophie
  • Back Seat Baby Mirror $19.99
    • All mommies want and need this, even if they don’t know it yet! I can’t tell you how many times I would pull over and check on my infant son because I couldn’t see or hear him. This provides a level of comfort that all mommies will appreciate!

back seat miror

  • Koalabub Baby Washcloths Bamboo, 8 pack $16.99
    • Nothing is worse than trying to gently bathe a baby with rough washcloths. You really need to invest in something that is extremely soft and durable, so it doesn’t aggravate their very sensitive skin. I absolutely love these washcloths and they’re very affordable.

washclothes

  • Newborn to Toddler Bath Tub $17.98
    • These bathtubs are perfect for the first four months of bath time! They’re also essential. The liner is perfect for providing a comfortable, safe bath for baby and as the baby grows, you just remove the liner and the baby can still use these up to a year old!

infant to toddler bath tub

nursery care kit

  • Johnson’s Bathtime Essentials Gift Set $17.96
    • I remember receiving several of these at my baby shower and thinking that I had received too many. Wrong! Babies require a lot of lotion (especially in cold or windy climates) and you’ll be surprised how quickly you go through the desitin, powder and shampoo. Seriously, the more of these gifts, the better for mommy and baby!

bathtime essentials

  • Innoo Tech Baby Thermometer—Forehead & Ear Thermometer $24.99
    • Gone are the days of using a traditional thermometer, mainly because parents don’t want to put a thermometer up their baby’s butt. These devices can be quite pricey but this is an accurate and affordable one that will last and give mommy’s the assurance they need.

thermometer

  • Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad $17.95
    • Many mothers actually invest in a changing station but this isn’t always possible depending on how much room you have. If your mommy-to-be lives in an apartment or a smaller house, this will be perfect because it can be used on dressers or even on the floor for a comfortable changing station.

changing pad

  • Summer Infant Snuzzler Infant Support for Car Seats and Strollers $ 13.84
    • Unfortunately, most parents don’t realize they needs these until they are ready to take the baby home and the nurses at the hospital tell them they can’t leave without one of these. Depending on the size of the baby, they may not be big enough to sit in the infant car seat without head support.

Infant snuzzler

  • Cozy Cover $16.99
    • Mommy-to-be will really need this if they live in cold or windy climates! These provide protection from the elements, including rain and this one even has dual zippers for easy access to check on baby and secure safety straps! These come in a range of colors so I’m sure you’ll find one to match the mommy-to-be’s color theme.

Cozy Cover

nursing scarf

  • Lansinoh Lanolin for Breastfeeding Moms $6.88
    • This is so cheap and so ESSENTIAL, even for mommies not planning to breastfeed, that you should buy two or three! This is what all the nurses and doctors recommend for moms (not this specific brand, of course) and they even give a small tube to mommies in the hospital. It helps sooth and protect sore, cracked nipples. And yes, it’s completely safe for the baby!

Lanolin

  • Babybjorn soft bib $14.09
    • Ok, these things were a lifesaver!! I used them from the time my son started eating soft foods until he was 18 months old. I only ever bought two and they lasted the entire time! Oh, and bonus, they’re dishwasher safe!!

Soft Bib

  • OXO Tot 12-Piece Baby Blocks Set $19.99
    • This is perfect for that mommy who plans to make her own baby food! These are perfectly portioned little containers that are so convenient to just grab and feed. I especially like the little tray that comes with them, so they don’t spill in the refrigerator or while you’re preparing them. This is a huge time-saver!

baby food blocks

  • Jeep Seat Protector Undermat $14.99
    • This is so essential! Parents don’t realize how quickly their kids grow or how often they will puke or spill food and drinks. I have leather seats, but I still used these, but if mommy-to-be has cloth seats, then she really, really needs this! She will thank you, profusely, in the near future!

seat protector

  • Backseat Organizer $9.99
    • I really like this specific organizer because it has a detachable bottom pocket which is PERFECT for when you just need to run in the store quickly or you forgot your diaper bag. I always keep a few extra diapers and wipes in this so it’s really handy and easily accessible if I’m traveling or visiting family.

Backseat Organizer

  • Stroller Organizer $ Stroller Bag $23.95
    • I love this one specifically because it has an insulated cup holder AND a diaper caddy! You can store your smartphone, keys, wipes, diapers and other belongings in here easily! Everything is easy to see and find which makes grabbing a bottle or wipe in a pinch super easy!

Stroller Organizer

  • Baby Bottle Drying Rack Kit $17.95
    • Even if mom plans to breastfeed, chances are, she will end up using a bottle a few times a day at some point. Most moms do this so Dad gets a chance to bond with the baby but a lot of working mothers have to do this after they return to work. I really like this one specifically because it’s adjustable, it includes a bottle brush AND a nipple brush, and it’s compact so it doesn’t take over your entire counter.

Bottle Drying Rack

  • Shopping Cart Cover $24.99
    • I really like this one because you can also use it in high chairs, which is perfect when eating out at restaurants! These are machine washable which also make cleaning a breeze. It has 3 toy loops so moms can attach toys to keep the baby entertained and it zips up like a little bag, so it’s super easy to carry!

Shopping Cart Cover

  • Kidsme Food Feeder $12.99
    • I’ll admit, when I first purchased this, I was pessimistic. However, it’s perfect for introducing foods, especially fruits, to babies. You just cut a piece of fruit and put it in the mesh and then the baby can suck on it without fearing that the baby will choke. These are dishwasher safe and it even comes with a replaceable silicone sac.

Food Feeder

Do you have any other favorite baby shower gifts under $25 you’d like to see added?  Was there a product that made your life so much easier when you had your baby? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it!

Debra

I'm a fast-talking high school English teacher, mother of two boys (the 2nd due in March), wife to an Army Lt., and photo-journalist for the Army Reserves. I'm slightly addicted to office supplies and I easily get carried away with projects and ideas; especially for the playroom and my classroom.

32 thoughts on “20 Essential Baby Shower Gifts Under $25

  • January 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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    Hi Debra,

    Thank you so much for this post! I have a babyshower to plan for my best friend in a couple of weeks so this is very helpful 🙂
    I really love Sophie de Giraffe, the bath tub and the bottle drying reck. Super handy!

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    Love, Gala

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    • January 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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      Yes, I hope you find this useful! I remember most of my friends bought me baby clothes (which are essential) but babies grow so quickly and many of these items are often left off baby registries.

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  • January 31, 2016 at 1:51 am
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    great post for new moms. my youngest is 14 now but one of the things I loved when he was a baby was the vibrating baby bouncer.

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    • February 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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      Yes, those vibrating baby bouncers tend to be a hit and miss with infants. Some love them and some hate them. I think they’re perfect for kids who don’t seek mommies touch all the time. My son had acid reflux and he would scream any time I put him down. I saved my bouncer though so we’ll see if my second baby enjoys it. Great recommendation Maria.

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    • February 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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      Excellent recommendation! I bought cloth diapers with my first and I have yet to use them, haha. I think that’s a commitment! However, I’m going to attempt it with this second baby.

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  • February 1, 2016 at 1:56 am
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    My baby absolutely adores her Sophie the Giraffe. It’s one of her favorite toys.

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    • February 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm
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      My two year old still carries his around and sometimes he uses it to teeth on. I don’t know what it is about those things, but babies love them!

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    • February 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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      I know, right? I need one of those for my husband, haha.

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  • February 1, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    I love Sophie! One of my other go to gifts is a nose Frida. It is such an excellent tool for all little kids but especially newborns. I have to say that you must have a rectal thermometer for infants. Temporal or under the arm temperatures are not accurate in very small babies. I use them all the time now!

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    • February 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm
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      I’ll have to look up the Friday, I’ve never heard of it! Thanks for sharing.

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  • February 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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    These are all such great ideas! My friends are currently all entering the new parents phase, so I see many baby showers in my future so this is a great idea starter for me!

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    • February 2, 2016 at 2:00 am
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      Excellent Kristina, I hope it will be a time-saver for you.

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    • February 3, 2016 at 1:10 am
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      Oh I agree! It’s lightweight and very convenient!

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  • February 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm
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    Great list and i must say all of those are great gifts for the new parents/ baby !

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  • February 3, 2016 at 2:01 am
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    I love this what a great collection!

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  • February 3, 2016 at 6:56 am
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    Debra Ann,

    This is a great post and will help a lot of people who needs to buy gifts. Personally, I like the baby thermometer. Non-contact thermometers are incredibly useful as any parent can attest to. Before I got one, there were times when my child would wake up because we needed to insert a traditional thermometer in the armpit. Waking them up (and being sick) leads to crying. The non-contact thermometers help avoid that, besides being so much easier to use.

    I really recommend getting a good one and only those with clinical precision. A lot of the cheaper ones in the market do not offer good precision and that is potentially dangerous.

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    • February 3, 2016 at 11:55 am
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      Excellent points Robert! I know we tried the thermometer that is also a binky. I wasn’t convinced it would be effective, but to our surprise, it was! I really like the thermometers like the one’s used in the doctor office though but those are quite a bit more expensive.

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  • February 3, 2016 at 9:04 am
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    You have mentioned some really nice and affordable ideas. Thanks for sharing this. Bookmarking this for future reference.

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    • February 3, 2016 at 11:55 am
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      Thanks Yamini! I hope this guide helps!

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  • February 8, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    I wish I had had this list when I was a Dad to-be! Great collection; plus zippered onsie PJs and an amber teething necklace (I know, I know) would definitely be on my list for parents-to-be.

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    • February 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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      Excellent point Michael! Who thought button up sleepers would be a good idea??

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  • April 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm
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    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

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