Budget Baby Shower Ideas


A baby shower is a momentous and happy occasion, but that doesn’t mean that it has to break the bank. From the venue to the décor to the unforgettable food, there are a ton of ways to put on a fantastic baby shower that only looks expensive. A baby shower is a time to celebrate, not to stress! We’ve rounded up the best ways to save while still letting your creativity run wild, so check them out below. Happy baby shower planning!

Super Affordable Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Let’s face it—gifts for any occasion can easily add up quickly when you want to give the best of the best to someone you love. But you can reel it back and still manage to give something really special without emptying your bank account. You can never go wrong with a homemade gift, as it’s probably the most meaningful present you could give a mother to be. You spend your precious time and energy putting this DIY gift together, and that in itself has no price tag. Some great homemade baby shower gift ideas:

Mommy to Be Pamper Basket

The new mama of the upcoming little bundle of joy is going to be so busy that she’ll forget to put herself first in those beginning months. With a basket of pampering goodies like bubble bath bombs, wine, chocolate, and chick flicks, she’ll have no choice but to remember to give herself a little TLC when she can.

Date Night Basket

This one is super special, as it is something that’s for the new parents putting all the work in. With handmade tickets for “back rub” or “movie and popcorn night”, you can fill a basket up with romantic and sweet goodies that make Mom and Dad save a little time for each other to keep their sanity with a newborn.

Diaper Cake

For the ultra creative DIY’er, take a much needed necessity and turn it into a beautiful work of art. From beginners to crafting experts, there is an idea for everyone when it comes to creating a really cool diaper cake. Find out how to “easily make a diaper cake” or go into your internet search engine, and voila! You’re all set to get to work!


Mama’s Garden

Collect an assortment of packets of seeds, whether it be for a veggie/fruit garden, or an array of beautiful flowers. Put them all together into a creative little package to make a one stop shop for the mother to be to easily and quickly set up her own little garden. It will grow as her baby grows, and that is something extra special.


Of course, for another great, affordable gift, you could find something really nice (think, a bigger item) that the mother to be really wants, such as a rocker for the nursery or a changing table. Then, have all the baby shower guests chip in together to buy that bigger gift. This is an especially popular option to consider, and it allows all the guests to be included in giving something to the soon-to-be mom that she really wants.

Baby Shower Finger Foods That Fit the Budget


One of the greatest things about a baby shower event is that it can be almost entirely made up of finger foods for the guests to munch on! Think about it—something easy to eat, easy to grab, and non-messy is the perfect go-to when it comes to grub for a party. What’s even better about this? These types of foods are the MOST affordable when it comes to saving, saving, saving on feeding your guests. Whether you’re expecting 10 attendees or 50, you and your bank account can’t go wrong with the following fan favorites on food.

For easy on the wallet salty fares, opt for:

  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Potato wedges
  • Tea sandwiches
  • Veggie plates
  • Pies and sausages
  • Charcutiere boards
  • Chips and dips
  • Potstickers
  • Pretzel bites

For budget-friendly sweet treats, check out:

  • Cake pops
  • Popsicles
  • Miniature cupcakes
  • Doughnut holes
  • Miniature cookies
  • Individually wrapped chocolates or candies (from the Dollar store!)
  • Pudding cups
  • Brownie bites
  • Rice Krispie treats on a stick
  • Anything (fruit, crackers, you name it!) dipped in chocolate

Budget Baby Shower Favors


Possibly the most fun part of planning a baby shower is the memorable baby shower favors that you get to send home with guests. Coming up with something that can really represent this milestone that is a keepsake forever is important—but like the ideas before, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! In the same vein as the DIY gifts, you can do the same kind of thing with party favors. Create miniature baskets full of little trinkets for the guests. You can get goodies to fill up the baskets from places like the Dollar store—think key chains or wine stoppers or candies!

You can also utilize the Dollar store to grab crafts to create favors. Think coffee mugs with your own designs, or wine glasses dipped in glitter. Sometimes, edible treats are the best way to go for guest favors, and there are two ways to do this. One, you can pre-bake plenty of yummy things to put together in cute packaging for guests. Think cupcakes, tiny cakes, cookies, candy molds, etc. Or, two, you can create jars filled with the ingredients to make delicious treats, complete with creative labels that give guests simple directions on how to put all the ingredients together to make whatever it is. Again, when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, DIY is truly the way to go.

Budget Baby Shower Games

You’d be surprised to know how many free printable baby shower games you can find online. It is recommended to have around 2-5 baby shower games. Some games take longer than the others so don’t forget to take that into account. Some popular baby shower games that won’t require you to purchase anything are baby word scramble, who knows mommy best, name that baby animal and what is mommy wearing games. If mommy-to-be is not a fan of games, simply organize some advice & wishes card for the guests to fill in. We have over 30 baby shower game ideas here.