Green Gift Guide: Can You Create an Heirloom Baby Gift That Is Luxurious & Practical For $8?
Yes. Yes you can.
Used but pristine Tupperware container: $5
Used tissue paper (ironed flat): :$0
Used orange silk ribbon: $0
Sterling Silver Baby Spoon purchased at a garage sale: $3
Total Cost: $8
When I don’t have time to knit a baby sweater, my default baby-shower gift has always been a huge stack of cloth diapers. Since all of my friends seem to be cloth-diaper users, everyone loves this gift because they:
1. Never have enough clean diapers.
2. Never get enough cloth diapers as gifts because diapers are the “boring“ gift on the registry.
3. Use the cloth diapers for decades after the baby is done with them as the softest, most absorbent cleaning towels.
A dozen new cloth diapers cost about $12, but what makes my $12 diaper gift the star of every baby shower is my presentation. I wrap the diapers in plain brown craft paper, but then I tie a sterling baby spoon to the top of the package with a satin ribbon. I buy the sterling silver baby spoons for $1 to $3 at swap meets, garage sales, and antique stores and store the little spoons for future gift giving in my silverware drawer, so they are easy to find when I need them (and don’t take up additional storage space).
This present is a huge hit because the gift combines two ultra-practical gifts that are gender-neutral and last forever. The shiny spoon and the satin ribbon make a $12 gift of diapers look really expensive. On several occasions I’ve actually lucked out with the perfect monogram already engraved on the antique spoon, which is just all kinds of win.
Do you have a favorite gift giving hack that saves you time and/or money?