Jul 172013

When a friend or family member is expecting, the inevitable question always arises: what’s an appropriate amount to spend on gifts? Celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyoncé lead the way in the extravagance stakes, with the couple splashing out $7,500 on baby gifts for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s new arrival, North West. The superstar duo were reported to have bought baby West personalized booties from Christian Dior, and a sterling silver three-piece Elsa Peretti Padova set on which North’s name had been engraved.

Certainly a lovely idea, but those of us without million-dollar pay checks may have to look elsewhere for our heartfelt gifts. If you want to send your best wishes without breaking the bank, take a look through these ideas for baby gifts on a budget.

Getting creative can be one of the best ways to provide a gift that’s totally unique, and also shows how much effort you put in. If you’re good at knitting, then why not hand-make something like a woollen hat or mittens? If photography’s more your thing, you could offer your services to get them some beautiful professional photos of their baby. If you’re a parent yourself, try putting together a hamper of things that you found invaluable in coping with a newborn – plenty of cloths for mopping up and large amounts of chocolate are sweet, thoughtful, and inexpensive.

For something similar to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s gifts, personalized cutlery sets can be found for considerably less than the A-list price. If you can afford to buy something a little more elegant, you might want to help the new parents find the perfect nursery furniture. Presents don’t have to be surprises to be appreciated, so you can always ask what the baby’s room still needs and then help them find it. By browsing the range of cots at http://www.littlewoods.com/ together, you can choose something you know they’ll love and are guaranteed to use.

Ultimately, it’s up to you how much you splash out. Just remember that with babies it really is the thought that counts, so don’t feel under pressure to overspend. After all, chances are in a few weeks’ time they’ll be so tired, the best gift you could possibly offer would be your services as a babysitter.

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