The Essentials

No one ever seems to realise the cost of essentials for mom and baby. Help the parents-to-be out with a hamper of all the basics. You don't have to splurge here to put together a wonderful and thoughtful gift. A packet of nappies, some baby bum cream or powder and a cute bib - what more could mommy and baby ask for? Throw in some sweet treats for mom, too. A few packets of Jelly Tots, chocolate malts or nougat can go a long way when you are a tired, new parent. Add a personal note of congratulations and you are set.

Stop by Builders Warehouse to get yourself a cute hamper basket. We love this off white storage basket - mom can use it for baby's bathroom goodies or at the nappy station. Plus, at only *R45, it's a budget-friendly steal.

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Hand-made with love

If you are the crafty type, make something of your own for mom and baby. We like the idea of a personalised trinket box. All you will need is a wooden sanded A5 box, some acrylic paint, decoupage paper, glue and lots of creativity. PNA has a great range of decoupage materials, including plain boxes and special appliques to add the finishing touches to your creation. Be sure to take a picture with mom at the baby shower, as this can be her first trinket to keep in this special memory box.

Decoupage not your cup of tea? Why not offer to bake the cake for the baby shower? Even if you aren't a master baker, mom and dad will be grateful for the extra help (and for saving them that precious cash). Alternatively, you could crochet or knit a baby blanket, jumper or booties. These are super special keepsakes that parents will treasure forever.

Plushy Cuddles

What's cuter than a newborn baby cuddling a soft teddy bear? Get the new baba their very own plushy to keep. Clicks teddies are super soft and sweet. They are also budget busting, usually coming in at under *R100 each. Or, you could spoil the little one with an adorable hooded towel from Mr Price Home. This 100% cotton towel will keep baby snug and warm after their first bath. Mr Price Home also has a lot of nursery decor items which won't blow your budget. From shaggy rugs, to cushions, blankets and toys, this is the perfect place to pick up a great baby shower gift.

A Helping Hand

Finally, when times are tough, a helping hand is your best bet at scoring brownie points. Offer to cook for the parents on their first few nights at home with baby. Or, let them go out on a date night once baby is a few months old. This way you get to be a helpful superhero and spend time bonding with the new bundle of joy. Make a cheeky gift card to give them at the baby shower. As new parents, they will surely understand your financial plight.

Also, check out our article on where to find cheap baby products!

Do you have any other great inexpensive baby shower ideas? Let us know about them!

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Parental Books

Getting a baby book for new mom is a great way to start - which new mom wouldn’t want to know everything about their newborns? This is a great starting point for expectant parents to know about caring for their baby, and it’s useful for both mom and dad.

Backup Baby Bag

An emergency nappy is pretty much always essential. We all know how busy new mommies can be, so get her backup baby bag for those busy (and forgetful!) days to come. She'll thank you later.

Nappies and Wipes

A mom-to-be can never have too many nappies and baby wipes lying around and we all know that there are always extra expenses when a baby is born, so why not lighten the load on mommy’s hands with extra nappies? This is the perfect way to ease off the stress and it’s also a gift that's guaranteed to be used.

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Baby Carrier

You cannot go wrong with the classic baby carrier - this is every new mom’s dream, so why not club together with a friend or two and get a fantastic carrier? It’s light, easy, convenient and comfortable for babies, moms and dads too.

Nursery Storage

While mom is running around trying to ensure that everything is in order (in-between finding the perfect nursery decorations and still trying to take things easy), surprise her with cute nursery, which storage may come in handy for those appliances she forgets to get.

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Professional Baby Photography Session

This has to be one of the best gifts ever. Which new mom would not want a professional baby photography session to capture the best and special moments of her little one? Just make sure you tell her about it – so she’s all dressed up too!

Pamper Her

Now that she’s a new mommy, she spends most of her time looking after her newborn and not much time looking after herself! Give her some time out and surprise her with a spa treatment for that one afternoon that she manages to get off. A bottle of wine or a box of tea, some fancy chocolates, or something pretty for her hair or skin that reminds her that she's more than a nappy-changing machine.

Parental Books

Essentially a "How-To" guide, a baby book or two is a great way to start. Which new mom or dad wouldn’t want to know everything about their newborns – especially when they're crying at 3am and you don't know why?

Back-up Baby Bag

An emergency nappy is absolutely critical. To prevent the new (and sleep-deprived) mommy from forgetting hers, get a back-up baby bag for those busy days to come. She'll thank you later.

Nappies and Wipes

A mom-to-be can never have too many nappies and baby wipes lying around. Plus, we all know that there are all those extra expenses when a baby is born. Why not lighten the load on mommy’s pocket with a whole stash of extra nappies? This is the perfect way to ease the stress, and it’s also a gift that's guaranteed to be used.

Baby Shower Gift

Baby Carrier

You cannot go wrong with the classic baby carrier — every new mom’s dream. Why not club together with a friend or two and get a fantastic carrier? It’s light, easy, convenient and comfortable for babies, moms and dads too.

Nursery Storage

While mom is running around trying to ensure that everything is in order (in-between finding the perfect nursery decorations and still trying to take things easy), surprise her with some cute nursery storage, which will come in handy for all the new baby paraphernalia.

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Professional Baby Photography Session

This has to be one of the best gifts ever. Let the new mom and dad capture one of the most special moments in their lives with a photography session that allows them to dress up and have some fun!

Pamper Day

Now that she’s a mommy, she spends most of her time looking after her newborn and not much time looking after herself, so force her to take a time out. Surprise your mom friend with a spa treatment for that one afternoon that she manages to get off. A bottle of wine or a box of tea and some fancy chocolates are a nice accompaniment, or perhaps something pretty for her hair or skin that reminds her that she's more than a nappy-changing machine.

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