Monday, August 27, 2012

Baby Shower Gifts on a Tight Budget



I had a baby shower coming up this month for a sweet niece. I wanted to give her a nice gift but was concerned how to manage since I haven't been working my regular hours. Gift giving on a tight budget has always been a challenge for me. I probably lack faith in this area and need to pray about it more. I tend to fret over what to give and if it's a nice enough  instead of consistently praying for the Lord to provide and then being thankful for His provision. He always has provided so why do I fret?



I started wondering how I was going to find the money for a gift when I remembered a post by a sweet friend April who had made some lovely baby shower gifts.  She generously shared a few ideas which I loved. I ended up making some burp rags and a few bibs which still didn't seem like enough. But, then I remembered that I had accumulated quite a few Swagbucks and had traded in some of those Swagbucks for a gift card from Amazon. Ahhh.. bingo!

I do a lot of searches online so Swagbucks is an easy way to make some extra cash. I've downloaded their button on my tool bar so it's convenient when I need to do a quick search. You can also earn extra bucks for surveys, referring friends,etc.

Anyway.. the Lord has provided again! Jehovah Jireh, my Provider!

Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”  Genesis 22:14

Jehovah Jireh means, "The Lord sees" or the "Lord provides".

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9 comments:

  1. Just an idea but I see those vintage cute baby vases that you used to send flowers at a birth - they are now all over pinterest as holders for regular items like Qtips and cottonballs. It might be fun to buy a couple and fill them up as a practical and cute gift.

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    1. I haven't seen the vases on Pinterest so I'll be watching for them! Thanks for the idea.

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  2. Sometimes our pride gets in the way of our giving gifts. See if you can go in on a gift with someone. That way they can give to you the honor of sharing a gift with you and you can pay them back when you are ready to pay back.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Carol

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    1. Sometimes my mom and I will go in on a gift together (or my daughters) so that we can give a bigger gift. That's always nice.

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  3. Great idea. I think people appreciate gifts we make.

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  4. I've never heard of swagbucks, I'll have to research this on Google... I'm always looking for new ways to save money.

    I think home made or pass it on gifts are the best kind of gifts.

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  5. Also, $5 at the dollar store would purchase some baby products that would come in very handy. Shampoo, powder, lotion, etc. Usually they have some name brand products for sale.

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  6. I think in the long run it's not the gift that matter so much but your encouragement by being there at the shower and celebrating with her. And I also think the time put into a homemade gift makes it even more cherishable ( if that is a word!)

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