Frugal Crafty Baby Gifts

So many of my friends are having babies that it can be hard to give them all nice gifts for their baby showers. Enter the dollar store! You can find a few great things for baby that, with a little embellishment, will make them the hit of the shower.

You can also adapt these projects to work with supplies you can get at a discount store like Wal-mart or Target! You will find a more selection at these stores.


You can find plain, patterned, or screenprinted onesies at the dollar store, and embellish them to make a sweet gift.

  • Sweet Doily: The addition of a small doily to a onesie is an adorable gift for a sweet little girl.  You can find readymade crocheted doilies at the dollar store, so this is a simple and quick project! (photo above!)
    blissful kids Dollar Store Gifts for Baby
  • Stamp that Onesie: Use fabric paint and your favorite rubber stamp to make a cute repeating pattern on a wee onesie. You can make your own stamp pad to use with fabric paint.
    blissful kids Dollar Store Gifts for Baby
  • Applique Application Sewing chick picked up some onesies at her local dollar store and added some cute appliques using home decorating fabric samples and vintage yo-yos.
    blissful kids Dollar Store Gifts for Baby
  • Fabric Paint Applique: I LOVE the addition of fabric paint around a stencil to give the stencil an applique look without the effort. Missie Krissie made this adorable cupcake graphic using a freezer paper stencil, which is another simple way to embellish. You can use the stenciling technique to add funny sayings to your onesie. My favorite: “What happens at Grandma’s, stays at Grandma’s!”

Useful Baby Gifts

A useful gift is the best gift in my book. Onesies are useful for awhile, but here are some gifts that keep on giving:

blissful kids Dollar Store Gifts for Baby

  • Stroller Cover: I’m in awe of this stroller cover made with flannel-backed vinyl tablecloths. Grand total = $4.
    blissful kids Dollar Store Gifts for Baby
  • Crocheted Edge Receiving Blankets: The dollar store carries a good selection of cute receiving blankets. The problem is, one receiving blanket is just a little too thin to be a nice gift. Try this: lay two blankets back-to-back and then crochet a pretty edge around them to make a stunning, yet frugal, gift.

What are your great ideas for frugal baby shower gifts?

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