11 Adorable and Affordable Gift Ideas for Newborns

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The birth of a new baby is a beautiful and unique occasion. As many aunts, uncles, godparents, cousins, and grandparents know, it's tempting to buy all sorts of cute gifts as soon as the little one pops out (or even before). Spending can easily get out of hand with gifts that cost as much as adult clothing and accessories. Who has $70 for a pair of baby booties that will last three months? Still, it doesn't take a big budget to indulge in a special gift (or a few). This list features mostly practical items for newborns that cost less than $25 but come with all the love.
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Everyone hopes the blanket they get for a baby will become the one that never leaves the child's side. Simple, soft cotton blankets are perfect for newborns because they stand up to regular machine washing. They're also affordable enough to spring for organic cotton, such as the blankets sold by Burt's Bees Baby for $17.<
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They're gushed over less than blankets, but towels can make bathtime easier and more fun for baby and parents. A cute hooded option, such as those made by Aden Anais and sold by Target for $20, keeps babies' heads warm and cozy after getting clean. As a bonus, children can wear it as a cape as they grow up.
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Babies drool -- a lot -- and a classic bib can be a nice gift for new parents. Some handmade ones are even passed down as heirlooms. For the modern, fashion-conscious baby, accessory-like bandana bibs, such as American Boy Girl three-packs for $10 at Babies R Us, are a stylish way to deal with drool. The colors and patterns become part of an outfit.
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Tiny little baby feet are so cute, but they get cold so easily. While little shoes are adorable and hard to resist, babies tend to grow out of them fast. Socks or booties are much more practical and longer-lasting -- and cheap enough that a gift-giver can afford multiple pairs, such as cable-knit or duck-crochet booties for $9 at Carter's.

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Hats are another very practical gift for newborns, whose tiny heads must be kept warm. There are many inexpensive options, including one customized with the baby's initials or name for less than $13 at Personalization Mall. A personalized gift is likely to be cherished for years to come.
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Clothing choices are pretty limited for new humans -- namely to onesies. Luckily, they are adorable, cheap, and come in many styles. Go outside the box with a kimono-style onesie, which is easy to snap on without pulling fabric over a baby's head and face. L'ovedbaby organic cotton onesies in a range of solids and patterns sell for $15 to $18 on Amazon.
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At some point or another, a baby needs to use a bottle, and it's always good to have extras on hand. That makes a simple bottle a thoughtful way to show support and contribute to the care of the little one. Many high-quality bottles are so inexpensive that three-packs from Babies R Us go for less than $25.
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Reading to babies is not only a beautiful bonding experience but also central in developing cognitive function and imagination. A simple classic, such as "Goodnight Moon" ($6 on Amazon), is much more than a children's book -- it can be the key to a childhood full of shared storytimes and a step up in learning to read. Give the gift of a book beloved by generations of kids and keep a special tradition alive.
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Another way to personalize a gift is with the gemstone or astrological symbol that corresponds to the baby's birth date. A small stone or figurine could cost as little as $5 but be kept forever. (The smaller the gift, the longer it should stay on a shelf or in a box, lest the child mistake it for candy!) Etsy shops have offerings such as downloadable prints from Karitas Design for $4 and silver spoons stamped with the zodiac constellations for $16 from Milk & Honey Luxuries.

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This classic gift never gets old. A cuddle buddy that a baby grows up with can be a special friend and a great source of comfort throughout childhood. Choose long-lasting, machine-washable stuffed toys such as Stuffed Safari animals starting at about $5.
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A set of letters showing the name or initials of the newborn is another thoughtful gift, and could stick around long enough to be displayed a college dorm. This gift is cheap enough to accommodate even babies with long names. Wooden letters can be found for a couple of dollars at many superstores, including Kmart. A nice idea for the craft-minded: Decorate the letters yourself, or wait a few years and do it with the child.