Q: A friend of mine (who is relatively well off ) is about to have her baby shower. When I looked at the gifts on her registry they were all too expensive for my budget. How do I deal with this?
A: A gift should be thoughtful, heartfelt and most importantly, fit within your budget. There’s no requirement that the gift must come from the registry or cost a certain amount. The purpose of a registry is to give guests a convenient way to select a gift, usually at a variety of price points. The choice of the gift and where to purchase it is completely up to you. A baby sized “onesie” from the mom’s or dad’s alma mater is a unique and affordable gift; and new parents can never have too many receiving blankets or baby washcloths. For new parents, there are many meaningful gifts that can’t be measured monetarily. A handmade baby blanket, a “gift-certificate” for a delivered home-cooked meal, coupons for baby sitting or an afternoon of house chores are all priceless gifts and they won’t cost you much more than your time.