WHAT gift should you buy for a new baby?
It has been reported that Meghan Markle will treat newborn daughter Lilibet to a £4,800 Cartier watch.
But most of us will be on a more realistic budget.
So here are some bargain baby presents fit for a little prince or princess . . .
THINK AHEAD: Anna Cargan, of kidswear firm Build A Bundle, says: “Newborn babies tend to get given loads of clothes in tiny sizes. So if you buy clothes a couple of sizes bigger, they are usually well received and are likely to be worn more.”
It is also worth remembering that babies outgrow their clothes very quickly, so getting some new parents’ vouchers to use later is a practical idea.
BARGAIN BONDING: Nazneen Yasin, founder of online firm Fabula Toys, says bonding is an important focus. She adds: “Everything is a new experience for baby and parents. Something like the Incy Wincy Spider set of sensory story gloves (Fabula Toys, £30) will help develop stronger bonds between parents and their babies.”
If you are after a smaller, cheaper pressie, the Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Board Book, £4.94 at Amazon, can be used in a similar way.
EARLY LEARNING: Trevor Ginn, owner of online baby shop Hello Baby, recommends gifts that keep newborns occupied and offer parents a respite too.
BUNDLE UP: Instead of pricey treats, creating your own baby hamper can be charming and cost-effective. For example, buy a bottle of My Little Coco Bath & Body Bubbles, 350ml at Boots, down to £3.99 from £5.99.
He says: “An activity gym provides lots of colourful elements for the baby to look at.” Trevor recommends the Lamaze activity gym, £34.99 from hellobaby direct.com, which is around £10 cheaper than those sold by other baby retailers.
A set of three Animal Farm baby bibs is £2.80 at Primark, while Next has a lovely “Mummy” candle for £6. Wrap in cellophane sheets for £1 at Wilko and tie using string or ribbon. Far less than £4,800.
- PRICES on this page are correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.
Deal of the day
FAMILY pudding, feeding four, for just £3.25? Tesco’s new Loaded desserts are great value. Get the yummy Chocolate Waffle now.
ENJOY a Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy milk chocolate bar for £1.50 with a Clubcard at Tesco. Usually £2. But hurry – the deal ends today.
POOCH prone to overheating?
B&M has launched a cooling vest for hot dogs that costs just £3.
The vests come in blue or pink, across three sizes.
Ideal for keeping your four-legged friends chilled on those long summer walks.
AN individual White Claw Hard Seltzer, above, is £2.25 – so £18 for eight. But you can now pick up the new eight-can variety pack, below, for £15 at most supermarkets.
Shop and save
GRAB a four-pack of Tropicana smooth orange juice at Sainsbury’s for £2.50, usually £3.20.
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GRAB a spoon! Percy Pig-flavoured icing is coming to Marks & Spencer.
Pipe it on to your home bakes. Or just dive right in – Percy Pig icing on toast, anyone?
A 400g tub costs just £2 and is the perfect zero-effort sweet treat.
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