Budget Loving Baby Shower Favors

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Yes, it’s that time of year.  Funny how we have babies year ’round but it’s about this time of the year when it seems we’re all about planning for all those fun events and occasions.  The best way to save is to have a plan.  There’s another way too! 

Have some tricks up your sleeve, some good creative ideas to try out.  I love crafting and well, showers are just so much fun to craft n create for.  You just can’t help but see all the great ideas and getting the urge to get your craft on. 

I was looking through some ideas and well, these are sooooooooo adorable yet super budget friendly!!  We know showers can get out of hand with costs quickly, so planning, some elbow grease (aka diy ideas) can go a long way to stretching the budget.

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Budget Loving Baby Shower Favors

Pedicure In A Jar 

So, these… well these would be great for a wedding shower, girls party favor and yes, even holiday gifts!  Keep your eye out for sales at drugstores, etc..  I’ve got to tell you, I’ve gotten many of these items for FREE.

pedicure in a jar favors

Cotton Candy Cones 

How sweet and colorful do these look!  Not a sweets fan, use those bath scrunchies in pastel colors for the cotton candy filler! 

These are another multi purpose gift idea.  Would be great for local fairs too!!

cotton candy shower favors

Teacup Succulents

Going for an elegant, classy, garden party theme?  These are your pick!  You can pick up teacups pretty much anywhere like dollar stores as well as thrift stores and yard sales for pennies.  No need to go matchy matchy either. 

Want to really save?  Plan ahead and start splitting some of your own plants to multiply for the occasion.   I am in LOVE with these!

tea cup shower favors

Duck Mason Jars 

Who doesn’t love ducks at a baby shower?!  Pretty much no one, they scream baby shower. 

Get your craft on and in just a short time elevate those rubber duck wonders into favors fit for royalty!

ducklings baby shower favor

Sugar Scrub Flowers

sugar scrub shower favor

She’s About To Pop

pop favors crush

Baby Bottle Bath Salts

bottle shower favors

Raspberry Lemon Lip Balm

lip balm shower favors

Princess Crown Jar Favor

You could totally change up the color and headpiece on this for a boy theme too.  

pink princess party favor

Hershey He or She

Who doesn’t LOVE a Chocolate Bar!!

Hershey's shower favor

Makes you kinda sorta want to have a baby, ha?  O.K., so maybe maybe not.  If you loooooooooooove making party favors but it’ just out of your age group right now. 

Like me, most of my friends are having grandkids these days.  Many of the girls I work with are just too young to be thinking baby just yet. 

If you’re one of those but still have the urge to get your craft on… you can totally make and sell these and others as a service on Etsy, online yard sale (aka buy/ sell ) pages or even start your own facebook page to sell your crafts.  Shower gifts are a hot item, especially this time of the year. 

You’d be saving someone a TON of time and a good deal of money if your frugal and watch your budget, stock up on supplies during off season sales. 

I can see this absolutely being a great side hustle for many!

So, what are some favorite Shower favors you’ve gotten or made in the past?

affordable baby shower favors

This post on budget loving baby shower favors was so much fun ! You guessed it, I’m back with more. Check out more Budget Friendly Baby Shower Favors in this post!

Before we get into the nitty-gritty details about whether or not baby shower favors are really needed, it’s important to remember that this is just a tradition — one that was started by women who were pregnant with babies way before anyone knew what “pregnancy” even meant.

They’re also more than likely an extension of parties thrown by families well before pregnancy became socially acceptable (or widely known). But despite all these facts, many modern day mothers still feel like baby shower favors aren’t necessary anymore — especially if you’re hosting a larger event where guests may not know each other personally.

But let me ask you this… How often does someone actually throw a baby shower nowadays without any sort of favor being given? I’ll tell you… Never! And when that happens, everyone feels left out because nobody knows exactly why they got those little trinkets. They might think “Oh, so she must want something.”

Or maybe they saw another couple giving out a certain type of gift during their wedding reception, so they thought it would look nice too. That’s usually how things go down. Well, now you can avoid all of that drama and confusion by just following our simple guide below.

How Much Should You Spend On Baby Shower Party Favors?

How much you spend on favors depends entirely on you, and how big your budget for the party is. If you’re doing a smaller brunch style affair where most people only attend to see friends and family members, then you don’t necessarily need anything fancy.

You could always go with small personalized plates, coasters, candles, balloons and/or houseplants. Those items alone serve multiple purposes. For starters, they make great conversation pieces, they add color to your tablescape, they help keep your home smelling fresh longer and they can act as cheap decorations.

The last thing you want is for your guest to walk in the door and immediately notice that everything looks drab and boring. So take advantage of using the favors to decorate and then send them home with everyone instead.

If however, you plan on having a large number of people come together for a more formal dinner, you probably won’t want the cheaper favors. In that case, you’ll definitely want to start looking into baby shower favors early enough to ensure you have plenty you can choose from.

We recommend shopping online since prices tend to fluctuate depending on seasonality. It’s best to call ahead and talk to customer service agents directly to see what options are available if custom ordering items. Many companies offer different types of gifts for party favors such as photo frames, picture books, tins filled with candy, bottles of wine, bags of cookies, tea cups and saucers, etc.

But if you’re unsure of what you want, consider looking at other baby shower favors to see what items are typically given.

Should You Have Party Favors At A Baby Shower?

Having party favors at a baby shower can help liven up the party while also making it more fun for the guests that come. Think about it, this isn’t just some random gathering between two old friends. This is supposed to celebrate your impending new addition.

You want to show off your personality while celebrating his/her arrival. Plus, baby shower favors are fun! Who doesn’t love receiving cute presents?

Whether it’s flowers, cake pops or blankets, it never hurts to receive a few extra things. Just make sure they fit into your overall theme and design scheme, otherwise they might seem out of place.

How Much Should You Spend On Baby Shower Prizes?

How much you spend on the prizes for the games at your baby shower is completely dependent upon the size of your shindig and who is paying for it. If you’re throwing a surprise shower, you might not worry about spending nearly as much. However, if you’re planning a formal sit-down meal with lots of hungry mouths to feed, you might want to reconsider.

Guests expect some form of prize or recognition when they win a game but it doesn’t have to be super expensive. Something that goes along with the theme of the shower and would also be useful is a good option.

Most people will spend $5-$10 on each prize for a baby shower but that will vary depending on how many games there are and whether each game has multiple winners.

What Kind Of Prizes Do You Give At A Baby Shower?

The types of prizes that you will want to give out at a baby shower depends on the theme of the shower and how fancy it is. If the baby shower is formal you wouldn’t want to give out a candy bar as a prize. However if the baby shower is informal then a candy bar might be a great prize.

You can opt for edible prizes such as cupcakes, cookies, fruit platters and candy bars Also, don’t ever underestimate the power of cake pops. People absolutely love them and they taste delicious.

Give away boxes of assorted flavors and watch your guests devour every single treat until there’s nothing left.

You can also use baby related items as prizes for the baby shower. Some things like baby plants, baby figurines, etc. are good options for prizes as well.

So in conclusion, it goes without saying that baby shower favors are indeed essential. Nowadays, though, it seems society is starting to lose sight of that fact. With that being said, you should never hesitate to check out your local dollar store or craft supply shop to see what kinds of goods they carry.

Heck, sometimes finding a cool product at Target is easier than scoping out thrift stores. So whenever possible, stick to buying quality stuff rather than generic junk. At least then you’ll have peace of mind knowing you spent wisely.

Also, just remember to be mindful of your budget and leave room for extras.

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Matt R

Hi, my name is Matt and I'm the founder of Barefoot Budgeting. This site is dedicated to one thing... helping you budget and save money.

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