Everyone you ask will tell you, "It's not how much you spend but the thought that counts." You will receive advice based on how close a relation you are to the mother-to-be. You might be told to spend the same amount she spent on your baby shower gift. All in all, you will receive many different points of view on how much to spend and what to buy for a baby shower gift based on the advice giver's own personal experience and their beliefs.
When it comes to choosing the amount to spend on a baby shower gift, you need to assess your own personal budget, first. Ask yourself based on what's been happening in your life lately, what you can afford. Secondly, how much time is there until the baby shower? Maybe you have some time to save up for a gift.
The intention to want to give the most expensive gift on the registry is very generous. Everyone is excited and they want to "shower" the new mother with gifts. Besides the things are all so cute and small and new. But, the reality is that a $250 high chair is just out of your budget.
So, how much should you spend on a baby shower gift?
The average baby shower gift costs between $25 and $75. Typically, the immediate family members of the mother-to-be purchase the most expensive items on the baby shower registry. Sometimes a few close friends will "go in" on a gift so they can buy a baby shower gift that is expensive.
Try to add something sentimental to your baby shower gift to make it more special. An idea is a photo album of you and your friend including past adventures together as well as a picture of the two of you every month of her pregnancy proudly portraying her baby bump. Be sure to leave a few blank pages so she can add pictures of you and the baby once it's born!