Published on June 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

How to Build the Best Baby Shower Box On Any Budget

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We love the changing seasons and the outfit opportunities they bring. But the one season that can last year-round is baby shower season! Don’t be caught unprepared, oh no baby, thredUP is here to help you create special, customizable baby gift baskets for all the parents-to-be in your life. Follow along with our Facebook Live video as we show you three baby shower boxes that we curated that total at less than $80 each.

Finding cheap baby shower gifts can be a bit of a pain, but not when you shop secondhand. The great thing about shopping girls clothing and boys clothing for your little ones is the crazy amount of like-new and new-with-tags clothes that are available secondhand online. Kids and babies grow so quickly that often their clothing doesn’t end up being worn, or is only worn a few times. This is how thredUP can manage to not accept any baby clothes with visible signs of wear; the items you’ll find on our site are in excellent condition for tiny tots.

When you’re browsing for items to fill your baby shower gift boxes, don’t forget to think big picture! It’s important to get baby clothes in a variety of sizes beyond the usual 0-3 months size so the little ones can have outfits to grow into, as well. There’s nothing worse than having a zillion outfits for your newborn from a baby shower, but very little to clothe your 3-6 month baby.

Oh! And  don’t forget to treat yourself and grab something grown up like a light floral or lace dress for a dressed-up daytime look to wear to the shower, too!

The Giggly Girl Box


Bedtime or playtime? [@simplystph]

For the cheeky baby girls in your life. Little hats are key to keeping bare heads warm, just like the new-with-tags hat from Old Navy that we feature in our video, priced at only $8. A great high-end baby brand that’s a perfect example of pricey-made-affordable on thredUP is Tea. Three-piece sets are also super useful, such as a shirt, dress, and diaper coverup combo from Carter’s that comes in at only $6.99.

Comfort is also vital – make sure to stock up on onesies and leggings in tons of different patterns like sharp stripes and soft florals. Have some fun browsing girls dresses and shoes as well. Colorful animal prints and tiny Mary Janes never go out of style.

The Beaming Boy Box


Beach days are heaven for any little tot! [@amberfillerup]

For the happy little boys in your life. Baby boys need oodles of hats and onesies, too! Check out Baby Gap for classic options that stand the test of time. Another excellent brand is Janie and Jack, which is an extension of the Gymboree brand that serves up handsome pieces like seersucker overalls for only $8. Remember that you can filter by price for boys clothing and shoes on thredUP and adjust your searches to fit exactly what you’re looking for.

The Nifty Neutral Box


Overalls over everything. @kendrasmoot via @joannagoddard

For the lovely neutral babies in your life. Whether the parents don’t know the gender of their child yet or simply prefer not to be gender-specific, shopping neutral is shopping smart. There isn’t a neutral section on thredUP, but using filters to find clothes in cute neutral colors like yellow, green, and purple across the boys and girls sections is a foolproof way to find great deals on a range of non-gender-specific clothing.

A gray hat and gloves set in like-new quality featured in our video goes for only $4. Itty bitty denim jumpsuits are also perfect neutral items that can be dressed up with a little red bandana à la Rose the Riveter for Halloween! Leggings are always necessary and onesies never fail to pull through.

In general, thinking about timing can go a long way with regards to sizing and seasons – grab an adorable fuzzy bear onesie in a 6-9 months size if you’re headed to a shower in July; by the time January rolls around that newborn will have grown into their cozy suit.

Beyond bite-size, mini outfits, a few other items to stock in your baby shower boxes are diapers, wipes, diaper bags, teething rings, and blankets. If you’re feeling generous, it can be extra thoughtful to include a small gift for any older siblings so they don’t feel left out of the excitement.

Go forth and build the baby shower boxes of any parents’ dreams! And don’t forget to prep for baby shower games like Guess the Baby where each guest brings a baby photo of themselves and everyone has to try to match baby to adult.

What’s your favorite baby shower game and/or snack? Tell us in the comments!