Q: A friend of mine (who is well off – despite the recession) is about to have her baby shower. When I looked at the gifts on her registry they were all too expensive for my budget. How do I deal with this?
A: A gift should be thoughtful, heartfelt and most importantly, fit within your budget. There’s no requirement that the gift must come from the registry or cost a certain amount. The purpose of a registry is to give guests a convenient way to select a gift, usually at a variety of price points. The choice of the gift and where to purchase it is completely up to you. A baby sized “onsie” from the mom’s or dad’s alma mater is a unique and affordable gift; and new parents can never have too many receiving blankets or baby washcloths. For new parents, there are many meaningful gifts that can’t be measured monetarily. A handmade baby blanket, a “gift-certificate” for a delivered home-cooked meal, coupons for baby sitting or an afternoon of house chores are all priceless gifts and they won’t cost you much more than your time.
For more on baby showers and registries check out: Emily Post’s Etiquette 17th Edition by Peggy Post.