The Best Affordable Shower Gifts for Any Baby

Jan 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Best Baby Shower Gifts for ANY Baby |
Image: Images: Kindhood, BeeandTheFox/Etsy, ColorHomeHappy, Anthropologie/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

When you get the invitation for a friend’s baby shower, the initial “awww” can all too quickly be replaced by a much less enthusiastic “ughhh” as you realize you now have the daunting task of finding the perfect gift for a human who technically doesn't exist yet.

Sure, you could just pick something off a registry, but damn if people don't register for some expensive shit (it's a good friend indeed who's like, "Sure, I'll buy you that $1,000 stroller). Plus, registry shopping can feel like taking the easy way out — no thought or creativity required. You want to celebrate your friend's soon-to-be bundle of joy (aka tiny poop machine) by getting them something they can use and that you can afford, right?

It's easy to get overwhelmed sifting through all the gimmicky, ridiculously overpriced or just plain run-of-the-mill baby items out there. Well, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of 18 affordable, gender-neutral, unique baby shower gifts every expectant parent will adore. And we'll wager none of these innovative ideas made the registry (yet). Without a single Sophie the Giraffe or $200 pair of cashmere baby socks to be found, all of these baby items will be sure to make you feel like the reigning gift-giving queen.

1 /17: Alphabet Canvas Bin

1/17 :Alphabet Canvas Bin

2 /17: Zaq Sky Oil Diffuser & Projector

2/17 :Zaq Sky Oil Diffuser & Projector

3 /17: Rifle Paper Co. Chatbook

3/17 :Rifle Paper Co. Chatbook

4 /17: Honest Co. Winter Diapers

4/17 :Honest Co. Winter Diapers

5 /17: Earth Mama Mini Deodorant 4-Pack

5/17 :Earth Mama Mini Deodorant 4-Pack

6 /17: Newborn Soothing Bundle

6/17 :Newborn Soothing Bundle

7 /17: Kindhood Poncho

7/17 :Kindhood Poncho

8 /17: Nursing Poncho

8/17 :Nursing Poncho

9 /17: High-Contrast Art Cards

9/17 :High-Contrast Art Cards

10 /17: 'Good Things Grow Here' Banner

10/17 :'Good Things Grow Here' Banner

11 /17: 'Go the Fuck to Sleep'

11/17 :'Go the Fuck to Sleep'

12 /17: Organic Cotton Teether Veggie Crate

12/17 :Organic Cotton Teether Veggie Crate

13 /17: Framebridge

Affordable Shower Gifts for ANY Baby: Framebridge
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13/17 :Framebridge

14 /17: Sun Basket Subscription

14/17 :Sun Basket Subscription

15 /17: Baby Milestone Cards

15/17 :Baby Milestone Cards

16 /17: FridaBaby Bitty Bundle

Affordable Shower Gifts for ANY Baby: FridaBaby Bitty Bundle
Image: FridaBaby

16/17 :FridaBaby Bitty Bundle

17 /17: Pin It!

Affordable Shower Gifts for ANY Baby
Image: Images: Kindhood, BeeandTheFox/Etsy, ColorHomeHappy, Anthropologie/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

17/17 :Pin It!