Planning a baby shower takes time, love, and, unfortunately, a fair amount of money to pull off well. With a little bit of creativity and elbow grease, there are plenty of ways to treat guests to a memorable shower without having to break the bank. Take a look at these great cheap baby shower favors you can buy, make, or bake.
Guests to baby showers are typically women, but everyday home items, like candles or glassware, are appreciated by guests across the board. As a bonus, items like this can easily be found for purchase in bulk. Often the low-cost goods are essential no-frills items, which are perfect for customizing for any shower theme. There is no shortage of internet resources to search for decorating ideas, so with a little time and effort, a savvy host can tailor their trinkets to suit their guests.
Embrace the Sentimental
Take time to think about the guest of honor. What are their hobbies? Their interests? Their passion? Ask around! You may have the lion’s share of planning duties, but take advantage of the shared knowledge other people have to offer. Does your friend have a favorite band? Think about ways you can incorporate something you know they love for a personal and sentimental touch to your favors. Another idea is to create a favor meant for later use; a shower in the winter should be no barrier to a cute packet of wildflower seeds for guests to plant in the Spring. This creates a lasting moment for your guests and provides a moment of reflection on the new baby at a later time.
Think Seasonal & Local
Are you planning a shower in Spring? Try looking for seasonal sale items. Most retailers have steep discounts on seasonal items that are no longer current; with some creative thinking, you can use Easter or St. Patrick’s Day decor instead of the typical and more expensive baby shower decorations. Don’t be afraid to go local. If there is a relationship you have with a local store, try to negotiate an arrangement for discounted goods or services. Many local vendors will be happy to work with members of their community to build up their reputation and goodwill.
Go Au Naturel
If you’re the crafty type, try looking to nature for inspiration. Rustic chic items are still very popular, and many cities and towns have stores that sell reclaimed construction materials. This is an easy and inexpensive way to get raw material for projects. Depending on the season you may be able to look no further than your backyard; pressed flowers like lilac or lavender in a cheap photo frame makes a lovely favor. Additionally, pinecones or fall leaves can be used as decoration for many cute projects.
Bath and Body
There is a well-regarded school of thought that recommends not giving favors or gifts that will merely add clutter to the recipient’s home. If this sounds like you, perhaps a favor that can be readily used is in order. From bath bombs to lip balm, perfume to potpourri, there is a plethora of easy-to-make items to spoil your guests. A nice benefit of this route is that you’re easily able to create multiple different scents or products for guests to decide between.
There is a reason they say a picture is worth a thousand words because photos are a perfect way to memorialize treasured moments. You can use this to your pocketbook’s advantage. Provide an instant camera and create a fun background for guests to pose in front of to take pictures. Cute props related to the shower theme help make this both a fun activity and a thoughtful souvenir for friends and family. Pair this concept with a crafting bar to allow guests to create commemorative trinkets. Here are a few items to consider in a crafting bar:
- glass beads
- votive candles
- hot glue gun
- glitter or sequins
Treats and Eats
Goodies are always a nice treat for guests to take with them, particularly if you follow the school of thought outlined above. The trick with baked goods is finding a recipe that is both simple to make and will stay fresh for a few days after the shower. Cookies that keep include oatmeal, shortbread, meringue, and biscotti, among others. Sweets are a great treat to take home, but don’t forget some foodies love savory spices as well if you have access to a garden—great! Choose some of your favorite herbs or spices to dry and gift in a seasoning shaker. If you don’t have access to fresh herbs, but the guests of honor still love cooking, it’s worth considering creating a unique spice blend that fits the season or theme of the baby shower.
Non-Food Oven Items
Ovens are not just for cooking food. With a small investment, a baby shower hostess can craft cute take-home favors in modeling clay. A small block of clay is cost-effective and allows the host to mold the gifts specifically for the new parents. Clay is not the only thing you can cook in an oven; “shrinky-dinks” are plastic sheets cut in a specific form, then colored-in and baked in an oven to make a permanent charm. These tokens can also be used as an activity for guests and baked later. Potpourri is another great gift you can make a mix of your choice, and chiffon handbags are easy to find and cheap to purchase.
No matter what the budget, there are many ways to throw a baby shower that honors the guest of honor. Creativity is key if you’re looking to host a shower on a budget, but time and love are what make a basic baby shower into a GREAT baby shower. Take a moment and take the time to find a favor that fits your shower and YOUR guest of honor.