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Gifts - Baby Showers. Birthdays. Father's Day. Graduation.

June 11th, 2013 at 08:07 am

I have three baby showers to go to this summer - one for June, July and August. All gals that I am close to. I am aiming for usable, low-cost gifts.

This weekend is my sister's shower. She lives about four hours up the coast from me, so the biggest expense will be the gas. I already gave her our infant car seat from DS, a highchair and several smaller hand-me-down items. I bought a giant box of wipes and a two-pack of rash cream that I will divide between the two of us. I'd like to add one more small item like a blanket, sleeper, toy or book.

Our mom's birthday is this weekend also.
My sister has planned to make a quiche and fresh fruit salad for a Sunday brunch. My contribution is a bottle of champagne.

I made a photo book for mom's gift about two months ago. It was FREE with a coupon I had gotten. I did pay for the shipping which was $4 or $5. I am thrilled about this gift because it is really nice and I was able to get it for so cheap (regular price was $30).

Trying to come up with a little something for Father's Day. Both for DH and my dad... hmmm..

Next month DD has her 12th birthday. I am thinking about taking her to get her ears pierced as her gift.

With all these events coming up I looked at cards over the weekend - whole cow!! When I buy cards I aim for the $0.99 - $1.99 cards. I was blown away at the cost of cards. I saw a very cute Father's Day card - $7.99!! None of the mom birthday cards appealed to me at all, maybe because I couldn't find one that was less than $3.49. Baby shower cards weren't any better.

Sorry to gripe, but please, I could have spent a serious chunk of change just for several squares of folded paper!!

I ended up with one card. A graduation card for our niece who lives out of state and graduated high school a few days ago. It was the second least expensive graduation card at $2.39. I figured buying a card for her made sense; something nice to send $20 in. Everyone else is going to have card-less gifts. Smile

8 Responses to “Gifts - Baby Showers. Birthdays. Father's Day. Graduation.”

  1. Merilu Says:

    I find the local dollar store has very adequate and sometimes very nice cards. Very reasonable too.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    We just recently got a dollar store in our town - I never think to check there. It's a bit out of the way, but I should make a point of looking there sometime.

  3. nhgirl1970 Says:

    I use the dollar store or half-off card shop. I can't see paying $4+ for a card when most people toss it aside after opening it.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    We also tend to not give cards, but when we do, it is usually from the Dollar Tree. They have a decent variety usually.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I just got a "just because" card from Dollar General for $.50. Smile Another thing you can always do is make your own card using Publisher, etc., or send an ecard. I've sent a lot of ecards (just be sure to send a separate email to the person so they know it's coming and not a virus.)

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    Yeah, I don't do cards. Not even homemade so much - just always seemed like a waste of paper. But I am glad as I keep reading about the insane costs of cards. Yeesh.

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Oh, but I lie, because I always buy thank-you cards. Forgot about those... Michaels always seems to have all sorts of cards on clearance. Find a Michaels coupon and shop their clearance bins.

  8. snafu Says:

    I don't know if you like crafts...Onesies are incredibly practical but the cutest gifts were onesies decorated with washable paint to create a stencilled 'necklace' for baby girl or 'bow tie' for baby boy. Totally unique, totally personal, totally offered with love to a not yet here - baby

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