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My Completely Honest Stitch Fix Review (Updated After 6+ Years!)

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Looking for honest Stitch Fix reviews? I’ve used Stitch Fix on and off for over six years now and have a lot of experience with the pros and cons of the service! Read on for my completely honest thoughts about my Stitch Fix experience + all my best tips & tricks for making it work for you!

Psst! Looking for more honest reviews like this? Be sure to check out my Gwynnie Bee review, Happily Datebox review, thredUP review, and Rocksbox review.

completely honest Stitch Fix reviews

For those of you who have been following me for a really long time, you’ll probably remember parts of my Stitch Fix journey throughout the years and how I slowly went from hating it to loving it. I figured an updated post was long overdue since I’ve been using it on and off for over SIX years! And I’ve learned a lot in that timeframe as to what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to this service.

For those of you who haven’t been following me for very long or are reading about my Stitch Fix experience for the very first time, you should know that I am always brutally honest with my product reviews. I will never endorse a product that I don’t truly love. I will also never lie about loving a product that I don’t. So if you’re looking for really honest Stitch Fix reviews, this is the one to read!

In this post I’ll cover how Stitch Fix works, how much it costs, the pros & cons of the service, my honest experience with Stitch Fix, and how to best make Stitch Fix work for you.

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix has been around long enough now that you’ve most likely at least heard about it in passing. But just in case you’re not familiar with it, I want to first briefly cover what Stitch Fix is and how it works.

Stitch Fix is an online clothing shop designed to provide personal styling services for women at an affordable cost. It was specifically created for women who need to wear nicer clothes for events/work but who don’t want to spend hours and hours combing through clothing stores to put together outfits.

Originally, it was only for women, but they recently opened up a line for men and a line for kids. They carry women’s sizes 0-24W and Xs-3X, maternity and petite options, men’s sizes XS-XXL, and kids’ sizes 2T-14.

When you sign up, you’ll receive a box of clothing (called a “Fix”) on your doorstep at the frequency you choose (no subscription required). Each box is custom picked just for you by a Stitch Fix stylist based on your size and style preferences!

Crystal looking at Stitch Fix Box

How Does Stitch Fix Work?

If you’re interested in getting started with Stitch Fix, here’s how it works…

1. Sign up for a Stitch Fix account.

2. Fill out your style profile. You’ll give very specific details on sizes you wear, styles you like, colors you like, types of clothes you like, and what types of clothing you are specifically looking for (more casual, all business, a mix of both, etc.) You can be very detailed in your descriptions and even share a Pinterest board with them to give Stitch Fix some ideas of your tastes in clothing.

3. Go to checkout and pay a $20 styling fee. This is reimbursed if you choose to keep any of the clothes.

4. A Stitch Fix stylist will look at your style profile and put together a box of clothing just for you. It will be based upon what they think you’ll like, according to all your size, color, and style preferences.

5. They’ll send you this box in the mail. You’ll have a few days to go through the box, try on the clothes, and then choose to keep any that you liked and ship back any that didn’t work (they provide a postage-paid envelope for you to use).

They also recently added a feature where you can shop for one-off items based on your past kept items from boxes! It’s really convenient!

How Much Does Stitch Fix Cost?

You only pay a $20 styling fee out of pocket to have the box shipped to you.

If you choose to keep any of the clothing in your box, that $20 will be put towards your order as a discount. If you choose not to keep any clothing at all, you’ll lose the $20 you paid for the styling.

When you sign up, you get the opportunity to specify your budget range. There is a really nice variety of different brands at different costs for all budgets.

If you decide to keep all the items in your box, you’ll receive an additional 25% off your entire order!

very first Stitch Fix box

My Very First Stitch Fix Experience

Back when Stitch Fix first launched, a few of my friends signed up for it and loved it. Based upon their recommendation and my husband’s encouragement, I decided to finally try it out.

I wasn’t thrilled with what I got in my first box. In fact, I sent half of it back, and I wish I wouldn’t have kept two of the items I did. As much as I thought I could convince myself to love them, I just couldn’t.

I did get a pair of earrings in the box that I love and have worn countless times since then. So that was the one redeeming part of my very first Stitch Fix experience.

But I kind of just decided that Stitch Fix probably wasn’t for me and was happy to leave it at that.

totally honest Stitch Fix reviews

My Second (Disappointing) Stitch Fix Box

However, a year later, a friend here invited me to go with her to a Stitch Fix Influencer’s Dinner here in Nashville. I decided to go — mostly because I was honored to be asked and I was hopeful that I’d meet some other local bloggers at the event.

While at the Stitch Fix event, I had a long talk with the Stitch Fix folks. I was quite cynical about things, and they patiently answered all my questions and encouraged me to give Stitch Fix another try. They gave me some pointers on how to get a box that better matches your style. They told me to be really, really specific in what I asked for and also encouraged me to set up a Pinterest board with wardrobe ideas.

And then, they gave me a $20 Stitch Fix credit coupon so I could try the service without having to pay the $20 stylist fee. I debated whether or not I was brave enough to try again. I finally decided that it was worth a shot since it was so risk-free. Even if I sent everything back, I wouldn’t be out any money out of pocket.

So I really put some time and effort into making sure my profile had very specific directives on it and I set up a Pinterest board with some outfit ideas. I was SO excited to get my box in the mail.

…But I sent every single item back due to the pieces either being not my style or not the right fit. I really wanted to love Stitch Fix (maybe because I really dislike actual in-person shopping and this seemed like such an amazing option to just have clothing arrive at my doorstep that was picked out for me?!).

I had heard that it takes a few times of really honest feedback before your stylist really learns your style well and starting sending the right kind of clothing for you, but I was starting to feel frustrated…

mom and daughter holding Stitch Fix box

The Box That Completely Changed My Mind

Truthfully, if I hadn’t had a little bit of referral credit built up in my account, I probably would have walked away at this point. But I decided to give it one more try, since I basically had free money in my account and I hated for it to go to waste!

So I tried another box. This time, when I sent the previous box back, I was super forthright in my feedback of the items they sent to me in hopes that my critique would help them do a better job of nailing my style in this third box.

All of the items were much more my style than the first two boxes. Yay! In fact, I really liked every piece. I did send 4 out of the 5 pieces back simply because of fit and price.

Stitch Fix Jeans

But when I pulled out these Jimmy Ankle Length Skinny Jeans, everything changed for me.

I LOVED these jeans!!! It’s so hard to find jeans that fit my short frame well. These were PERFECT and I was SO excited that they fit me so well! Honestly, I wanted to buy multiple pairs of these exact same jeans because they were exactly everything I’d ever wanted in a pair of jeans.

The jeans were $88, and I know that’s A LOT to pay for a pair of jeans. In fact, it’s quite a bit more than I’d ever paid for jeans prior to this. However, I realized that I would probably wear these jeans hundreds of times over the next few years (and I definitely did!). In that case, I decided it was worth it for me — especially to get a style and fit I love.

And over the years, Stitch Fix jeans have continued to be my absolute favorite jeans. They always fit me perfectly and are such high quality. In fact, four out of the eight pairs of jeans in my closet right now are from Stitch Fix!

Stitch Fix Reviews: My favorite jeans

{Another favorite pair of jeans from Stitch Fix!}

The Secret to Making Stitch Fix Work for You

After lots of trial and error with receiving many boxes and being patient, I’ve learned that it’s all about getting a stylist that learns your tastes and preferences well. It might take a few boxes for this to happen, but for me it has been well worth it.

Here are my best tips to make Stitch Fix work for you…

Make Sure You Fill Out Your Style Profile Carefully — Be really, really honest in your style profile. Make sure all your sizing and preferences are absolutely accurate and that you are very specific about colors, patterns, and styles you don’t want.

Request a Stylist — If you know someone who has gotten fixes that you especially love, you can ask them who their stylist is and you can request that they assign the same stylist to you. No guarantees, but I’ve heard of this working for people. You can also request to have the same stylist you had last time (if you liked them) or a different stylist (if you didn’t like what they chose).

Leave a Note For Your Stylist — Please do this. Tell your stylist exactly what you are looking for and what you aren’t looking for. They do read these notes and try to honor them. You can even ask for very specific items for an upcoming special event — like a dress to wear to a wedding or special event!

Give Incredibly Honest Feedback — Seriously, don’t shy away here. I’m brutally honest and I’ve seen that it makes a huge difference when I leave 100% honest feedback. Don’t hold back! It might seem mean-spirited, but it’s not. They really want you to be honest so that they can get it right for you next time. (By the way, a number of times, if I left feedback about how I really didn’t like what they sent, they either refunded me the stylist fee or gave me a free $20 stylist credit to use the next time.)

Stick With it For a Few Fixes — It took several fixes for my stylist to really learn what I liked. I’m very picky on the clothes I keep. Since I have more of a simple wardrobe, I have to really love a piece of clothing to keep it. As the stylists learn your fashion tastes and what you don’t like, they will do a better job choosing for you. After I had done several fixes with them, they started sending me fixes much more in line with my style.

Request Multiples of An Item You Liked — If you liked a specific dress, shirt, or pair of shorts, you can ask if they have it in any other colors. I’m the kind of person who loves to get multiples of the same style (it simplifies things!), so this has worked well for me! (For instance, I got multiples of this dress and these pair of shorts — just in different colors.) And now you can even buy one-off items based on your past kept items. Just log in and look under the “buy it again” tab under “shop.”

Stitch Fix Shorts in flat lay

{The shorts that were one of my all-time favorite Stitch Fix pieces. I also requested them in khaki because I loved them so much!}

Pros & Cons

Are you the kind of person who needs a simple pros & cons list?

These are my overall positive and negative thoughts about Stitch Fix, after having used it for over six years now…


  • Filling out your style profile is fun! It kind of helps you figure out your true style and discover what you actually love and don’t love when it comes to fashion. Since I’m not a fashionista, this isn’t something I’ve spent much time considering. So I thought that was a very valuable exercise.
  • I love the anticipation of getting a box in the mail. It adds to the excitement that you don’t know what will be in it. It’s fairly rare that I get to open and go through a mystery box. Looking forward to the box makes the experience more fun!
  • It’s SO much easier than shopping! Since I don’t enjoy shopping in-store, I find it so much easier and more fun to receive a Stitch Fix box on my doorstep! Plus, it’s nice to be able to try clothing on in the privacy of your own home and compare/match them to items already in your closet. It makes it really easy to decide whether or not to keep an item.
  • It challenges you to try new things. It’s fun to try new and different styles that you normally wouldn’t pick off the rack in a store. It helps you further define your style and experiment some!
  • You get to set your budget for what they send. Although the prices at Stitch Fix are going to be much more than what you’d find at thrift stores or on the clearance rack at Target, I love that they give you the option to set your price preferences for certain clothing items and they also offer you the option to set a budget for the entire cost of your box.

Styling Card

  • I love the styling cards that come with each box. It gives you great ideas on how to style and accessorize an item of. clothing. These are great especially for someone like me who had no idea how to put outfits together when I first started with Stitch Fix.
  • The stylists are very helpful and try really hard to listen to your honest feedback and notes
  • You don’t end up buying things you don’t love. I find that I am more apt to only buy what I really love when I get to try things on at home and have a few days to decide versus having to decide when I’m in the dressing room at a store. Plus, it’s easier to tell if a clothing item fits into your wardrobe well and matches other pieces.
  • You can change your profile at any time. Update your profile if your spending preferences, sizing, or likes change. You can do this whenever and however many times you want.
  • Returns are incredibly easy and free. You just send whatever you don’t want to keep back in a pre-paid envelope. So simple!
  • No subscription is required. You can get a box any time you want. Either on-demand or regularly — every few weeks, once a month, or every season.
  • There are discounts! If you keep your whole box, you get 25% off your entire order. Plus, your $20 styling fee always goes back towards your order if you decide to keep even one item.

Stitch Fix Jean Jacket

{Jean Jacket from Stitch Fix!}


  • You might need to be patient. Like I mentioned previously, it will probably take a few times for your stylist to get it right.
  • Prices are higher. If you’re used to shopping at thrift stores or from sales racks, the prices you’ll find at Stitch Fix are definitely higher. Stitch Fix curates their collection from high quality name brands, and that comes with a bit of a price hike compared to what you might be used to normally.
  • You never know what you’re going to get. While it’s fun to not know what you’ll get, it can sometimes be a bit disappointing. A few times, I’ve loved almost every piece in my fix. Other times, I’ve loathed most of what I received. It’s a risk you’re taking — and you’re out $20 if none of the items work for you.
  • Sometimes, it seems like they don’t look at your style profile carefully. This usually doesn’t happen, but I have had a few times where I wondered if the stylist even so much as glanced at my profile because what she sent was so far off from my style profile and preferences. Like I said, this isn’t super common, but I did think it was worth mentioning. If you’re on a tight budget, it might not be worth the risk of the $20 styling fee.

Stitch Fix Silky Top next to friend

{Shirt from Stitch Fix. I love some of their dressier shirts!}

Honestly, Stitch Fix has kind of been a dream come true for someone like me who really dislikes shopping and finds it exhausting and time-consuming to go to a store, search endlessly through racks and racks of clothing, and then try things on, only to discover that most of the items don’t fix or won’t work!

Overall, I think I’ve come to realize that I really do love Stitch Fix after all these years!! In fact, some of my very favorite items in my closet are from Stitch Fix!

Though it can be a bit pricey, their clothing is really high quality and lasts a long time. This is especially true of their jeans and shorts. And it’s really nice that you can set your budget when you sign up.

If you like wearing quality pieces, you don’t enjoy shopping, and you’re not on an extremely tight budget, this styling service can be a lifesaver for busy women — and it can be a fun way to branch out and try new styles!

Stitch Fix Reviews: I love this entire outfit!

{Sweater and Jeans from Stitch Fix!}

I’d love to hear all of your Stitch Fix reviews! Let me know about your experience in the comments!

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My Honest Review of Kroger Pickup (formerly ClickList)

Last week, I tried out ALDI Instacart Delivery. It was sort of a big fail — or at I definitely couldn’t recommend it from a money-saving standpoint. (Read my post here, if you missed it.) But so many of you followed up and messaged me asking if I could try out Kroger Pickup and do a review of my experience.

So, this week, I decided to branch out and try Kroger Pickup (formerly Clicklist) and share my honest thoughts on how it went. I, once again, challenged myself to stick with our $70 budget and see if I could get enough groceries to last for the week with Kroger Pickup. Here are my thoughts after trying it out…

Pros of Using Kroger Pickup

You can get the same weekly deals and digital coupons with Kroger Pickup that you can online.

This is a huge selling point! I went to and looked at the weekly ad to find what deals were running, clipped the digital coupons, and then added these items to my cart. I was able to score a lot of great Buy 5 or More Participating Products, Get $1 Off of Each deals + take advantage of some of the weekly Digital Coupon deal (hello, $4.99 bags of frozen chicken!)

Kroger Pickup is currently waiving their fee, so it’s free to use the service on $35+ orders!

As of right now (and I believe it’s been this way for a number of months!), it is completely free to use the Kroger Pickup if you spend $35! The fee is usually $4.95. If you have little kids, are immunocompromised, or just don’t want to have to go into the store for your weekly shopping, as long as you are spending $35+, it literally costs nothing extra for someone to shop for you and bring your groceries out to your car. Score!

Cons of Using Kroger Pickup

You can’t get markdowns.

One of the reasons we’re able to keep our grocery budget low while also having lots of variety in it is by scouring our Kroger stores for their fantastic markdowns and closeouts. The only way to get these markdowns and closeouts is by shopping in-store.

You don’t know you final total until you pick up your order.

This drawback was a big deal for me. I found it really difficult to figure out what my total would be when the prices weren’t showing what I would actually pay for each item after the Buy 5 deals + the digital coupons — which were a lot of the deals I got.

My total at checkout said I was going to pay $120+… but I knew that wasn’t correct. By my estimation, I thought it would be right around $70 after taking off all of the Buy 5, Get $5 off discounts + the digital coupon discounts. However, I completely messed up on the pizzas and accidentally calculated the price they would be *after* the Ibotta rebate.

If you were on a really tight budget with no wiggle room, I think it could be very hard and frustrating to not know your exact total — and to maybe end up spending more than you had planned to, which could really throw your budget into a tailspin.

Instead of $70 like I thought our total would be, our total was actually $82 — which is okay since we fund our budget categories for the month ahead. So I’ll just make sure to only spend $58 this week on groceries and it will be alright. Not ideal, but we’ll make it work. Back when Jesse was in law school and we didn’t have any extra wiggle room in our budget, the $12 unexpected extra it cost could have been a devastating blow to our budget.

I think with time and practice, I could definitely get better at figuring out the totals and making sure I didn’t overspend. But I still much prefer shopping in-store where I can see the shelf tags and ring up my own groceries at self-checkout and see the prices in real time.

That said, if we end up in a really full season in the future (such as when we say yes to another foster placement, etc.) and I need to take a break from hardcore strategic shopping OR we are trying to stay out of the stores because we are caring for a medically fragile foster child or something, I think that using Kroger Pickup could definitely be a great option — provided we were okay with spending a little more on groceries and not knowing our exact total.

Kroger Pickup Shopping Trip

Here’s what I ended up buying and paying:

  • 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • 2 cartons Kroger ice cream — $1.79 each when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • 3 bags frozen veggies — $1 each
  • 5 DiGiorno Pizzas — $3.99 each with the Kroger Weekly Digital Coupon deal
  • 3 3-lb. bags frozen chicken breasts — $4.99 each with the Kroger Weekly Digital Coupon deal
  • 2 packages Pampers wipes — $0.99 each when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • Peanut Butter — $1.50
  • 4 boxes cereal — $1.49 each when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • 2 bottles Kraft BBQ sauce — $0.49 each when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • Pringles — $0.99 when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • 3 bags Kroger chips — $1 each with Buy 2, Get 1 free sale (I just realized they didn’t take off my digital coupon — I thought these were going to be $0.75 each.)
  • Water — $0.89
  • 3-lb. Gala Apples — $3.99
  • 32-ounce shredded cheese — $4.99 when you purchase 5 or more participating items
  • Eggs — $2.50
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Carrots — $1
  • 2 heads Lettuce — $1.79 each
  • Total with tax — $82.61

By the way, after you place your order, it’s super easy to pick it up. I got an email notification + a text notification reminder to pick up my order. They also notified me that one item wasn’t available and offered me the choice of a substitute.

When you get to the store, you can let them know you are on your way through the app. Then, just pull into the designated stall and let them know you are there through the app. They bring out your order and load it up for you.

A few pieces of advice:

  • If you choose to allow substitutions, I’ve heard they are very generous in what kinds of substitutions they offer often giving you a larger size for the same price. However, keep in mind that they won’t take off the digital coupon nor will they give you the discount if what they substitute is not part of the Buy 5 deal. I chose not to have any substitutions because I bought so many items that had digital coupons and Buy 5 discounts attached to them.
  • If you order on the day before the sales change and then pick up the next day (the day the sales change), I’ve been told you won’t get the day before price but the day of prices. This could dramatically change your totals… so just something to keep in mind!
  • You do not get a paper copy of your receipt. Instead, it is emailed to you and also available in the app. I wish they would give you a paper copy to review to make sure everything is correct. Plus, it would allow you to easily scan it into iBotta for rebates.

Have you used Kroger Pickup? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences/thoughts/tips!

My Not-So-Great Experience With ALDI Instacart Grocery Delivery

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Thinking of trying ALDI grocery delivery through Instacart and looking for reviews? These are my really honest thoughts on my experience with it! (You might also enjoy my honest Kroger Pickup Review!)

ALDI Grocery Delivery Review

As you all know, I love ALDI. If I didn’t have multiple Kroger stores nearby that offered such great markdowns and digital coupon deals, I’d likely be shopping at ALDI every week.

Last week, I took you along on my grocery shopping trip — and so many people said they found it really helpful for me to do so but asked if I could showcase different methods of shopping. So this week, I decided to try a different method: ALDI Instacart Delivery Service.

My Honest ALDI Delivery Review

I challenged myself to see if I could get everything we needed for our menu plan this week and spend less than $70 while using ALDI Grocery Delivery. Well, I definitely learned some lessons in the process…

1) Instacart Charges You More Per Item

I noticed right away that each of the items cost just a little bit more on Instacart than they do by shopping in-store at Aldi. It was just about $0.10-$0.50 per item, but that adds up quickly! I estimate I paid about $4-5 more than I would have spent in-store because of this.

2) Instacart Does Not Offer the Weekly Sale Prices

Also of note: I wasn’t able to get any of the weekly produce specials. Usually, I mostly just buy the produce specials at ALDI. Instead, I went with the more inexpensive regularly priced produce options, but I still would have saved probably $6-7 by purchasing only the sale priced fruits/veggies.

3) The Tip/Service Fee/Delivery Charge Add Up Quickly

Because I don’t have an Instacart membership, I paid $14 for the tip (15%) + service fee + delivery fee. You won’t pay as much each time if you have the membership, but you have to pay the membership fee — which is pretty hefty.

So, all total, I estimate I spent about $25 more by using Instacart than by shopping in-store. And there’s no way we could sustain a $70 weekly grocery budget if we were to exclusively shop ALDI with Instacart delivery.

In fact, the only way I was able to stick with our $70 budget this week was because I relied heavily on what we already had in our pantry and freezer that we have gotten marked down in previous weeks with different sales and coupons.

ALDI delivery grocery haul

My ALDI Grocery Delivery Shopping Trip

  • Broccoli Crowns — $2.28
  • Tortilla Chips — $0.89
  • 10-lb bag of Potatoes — $4.39
  • 3-lb bag of Onions — $1.35
  • 1 pint blueberries — $2.09
  • 3-lb bag of Gala apples — $3.65
  • 2 cans Refried Beans — $0.89 each
  • Tater Tots — $1.65
  • 2 cans Green Beans — $0.55 each
  • Oats — $2.65
  • Oyster Crackers — $0.89
  • Crispy Oats — $1.25
  • Milk – -$2.59
  • Eggs — $0.95
  • 16-inch Pizza — $5.49
  • Salsa — $1.35
  • 3-lb. bag of Jazz apples — $4.22
  • 3-count Romaine hearts — $3.04
  • Carrots — $1.55
  • Cottage Cheese — $1.87
  • 16-oz Mozzarella Cheese — $3.22
  • 16-oz. Cheddar Cheese — $3.22
  • Powdered Sugar — $1.55
  • Tax: $3.50
  • Delivery charge: $3.99
  • Service fee: $2.60
  • Tip (15%): $7.78
  • Total: $70.12

4) You Might Not Get What You Ordered

While I felt like the price — with the extra fees — were more than I’d want to pay on a weekly basis, the overall experience was pretty easy and I was kind of excited to have the groceries delivered to our door… which felt like this crazy luxury!

The only thing was, when they were delivered, 7 items were completely missing! The shopper had just left everything on our porch and then we got an email that it was delivered. When we went out there, we discovered that probably what amounted to an entire bag of groceries was missing.

I’m guessing that somehow the groceries were delivered to a different house or left in her vehicle. It was probably a fluke thing, but it was definitely a disappointment.

The good news? I contacted Instacart and they quickly contacted me back and processed a refund for what I didn’t get…

ALDI delivery review experience

I shared about my Instacart shopping trip on Instagram stories and heard from a few hundred of you about your experiences. Here were just a few of the responses:

amazing Instacart customer service

I heard from so many people that they’ve had a good experience with Instacart Customer Service, so that was encouraging to me!

Instacart Issues

I thought maybe the person who got my bag of groceries may have needed the groceries or maybe it was a special blessing for them in some way.

funny story about Walmart Pickup

This made me laugh! 🙂

Instacart Delivery Review

I just had to share this one above. I love it so much!

Overall, I’d say my ALDI delivery review is that it’s probably not for me, but I could see how it would be really helpful for many families!! And based on the messages I received on Instagram, I do think my experience of having items missing may have been kind of a fluke thing.

Have you ever tried ALDI grocery delivery or Instacart? I’d love to hear your reviews, if so!

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Even though it’s 11 years later, I’m still pretty minimalistic when it comes to what you need for a baby, so this is our list of tried and true favorites.

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My 10 Favorite Baby Gift Ideas

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1. TETHY Diaper Bag Backpack — I still cannot believe that this was less than $20! I has rave reviews and I know why: it is a great diaper bag at an amazing price. I especially recommend it if you are looking for something roomier and/or have two babies. It has plenty of space to store everything, it is cute, and it even has a laptop sleeve. I think it would also be great for taking on flights… when travel becomes a normal part of our lives again!


2. Cuddlebug Swaddle Wraps — When the babies were newborns, these were lifesavers! They loved to be wrapped in them and it helped them to sleep so much better! We tried a few different swaddles, but these were our favorites.

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3. Baby Mirrors (for vehicles) — I highly recommend getting mirrors for your vehicle if you have babies in infant seats. Not only does it give you peace of mind to be able to see them, but we’ve found that it helps our babies feel more secure because they are able to see us, too. These are the ones we have and like.

Baby Gift Ideas Nasal Aspirator

4. Baby Nasal Aspirator — This is one of the baby tools we have used probably the very most (making it a really practical baby gift idea!). It’s easy to use, it has fun lights and plays fun sounds (to keep the child engaged instead of scared), and it really works. It’s so much better than those hospital suction bulbs! The only thing I dislike about it is that you do want to clean it after every use and it requires a little bit of effort to take it apart to clean. But once you get the hang of it, it’s not hard at all. We also have the NoseFrida and we’ve found that it works better than the nasal aspirator now that the babies are older.

Bassinet baby gift ideas

5. Delta Bassinet — We bought these for both babies and have loved them. We never set up the battery powered noise pack, but for the price of these, we thought it was very well worth the investment. Best of all, there are wheels on the bottom, so you can easily move it from room to room — which we often did if we wanted to lay a baby down in it while cooking in the kitchen, etc. I even wheeled it into the bathroom multiple times to be able to have eyes on a baby while taking a shower. (Hey, when you have a baby or two, it’s all about figuring out creative ways to make meals and take showers!)

Winkle Toy

6. Winkle Toy — A friend gave us this toy and said it was her baby’s very favorite toy. Well, her baby must have good tastes, because this toy has ended up being both of our babies’ favorite toy, too! In fact, they like it so much that we now have multiples of them so they can each have their own! It’s a rattle, teether, and sensory toy all in one. Plus, they can play with it and enjoy it at multiple stages. If you’re looking for unique baby gift ideas on a budget, this is a great option!

Double Stroller

7. Chicco KeyFit30 Infant Car Seat — I LOVE these car seats and they get really high ratings. The nurse at the NICU told me it’s one of their favorites for tiny babies especially. You can use it for babies from 4 lbs. to 30 lbs., which was especially helpful since both of our babies were tiny in the beginning. We bought a used double stroller base frame off of NextDoor for $15 that can fit the Chicco car seats and then we also have this stroller base frame for just one car seat that we use if we’re just taking one baby somewhere.

Bottle Warmer

8. Ecomuum Electric Bottle Warmer — This year was my first time ever to delve into the world of formula and bottles (I’ve always exclusively breastfed and I never had enough supply to pump many bottles with my other babies.) So we’ve had to learn a lot in a short amount of time. When Champ came home from the NICU, he was still in tiny preemie clothes and diapers and he had gotten very accustomed to having his bottles served to him at the perfect temperature. (They have these cool — and very pricey! — bottle warmers they use at the NICU.) We quickly discovered that he was quite picky about bottle temperature, so I researched bottle warmers and found this one had good reviews. It ended up being the best thing ever! We’d make his special recipe formula in big batch to last the whole day and then we’d pour it into bottles, keep them in the fridge, and just warm them in the bottle warmer whenever it was feeding time. He’s now a lot less picky and will even drink a bottle cold, but we still occasionally use the warmer.

Baby Gift Ideas Portable Bottle Warmer

9. Tommee Tippie Portable Bottle Warmer — If you have a baby who likes a warmed bottle, this is a great option for warming bottles when you aren’t at home. It’s a little bulky, but it gets the job done — and it keeps the water warm for hours. Just be careful that you don’t spill it when you’re warming the bottle!

Nail trimmers unique baby gift ideas

10. Electric Nail Trimmers — Ever tried to trim little baby nails and found yourself so frustrated because their nails are so tiny and you are scared you are going to cut your baby’s skin? I’ve got the solution for you — electric baby nail trimmers! When I was pregnant with Kierstyn, my sister gave me these electric nail trimmers and I have fallen in love with them. They are so easy to use, they won’t cut your baby’s skin, and they really work! (I love these so much that I wrote a whole post on them. Check it out here.) This is one of the most unique (and frugal) baby gift ideas ever, and I think just about any parent would love receiving these.

Both Babies

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honest Happily Datebox Reviews

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My Honest Happily Datebox Review

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Crystal Paine Happily Datebox Review


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Our Favorite Electric Baby Nail Trimmers

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Ever tried to trim little baby nails and found yourself so frustrated because their nails are so tiny and you are scared you are going to cut your baby’s skin? I’ve got the solution for you — electric baby nail trimmers!

When I was pregnant with Kierstyn, my sister gave me these electric nail trimmers and I have fallen in love with them. They are so easy to use, they won’t cut your baby’s skin, and they really work!

Electric Baby Nail Trimmers

These electric baby nail trimmers basically sand down the nails. Instead of clipping the nails and risking clipping your baby’s skin, too, you just turn on the trimmers and sand down your baby’s nails. No more potential cuts or bleeding or hurting your baby!

There are different tips you can use, depending upon your baby’s age. (You can even use some of the tips on kids, teens, and adults!) There are 4 different speeds and it can rotate both ways.


I tested out the trimmers on my skin and nails before using it on the babies and it’s basically impossible to hurt yourself with it. When you turn it on, it easily stops spinning if you put it on your skin.

This would make a great baby gift idea because it’s so practical, it’s inexpensive, and it’s something that can be used for years!

One note: My trimmers didn’t come with any instructions or details in it. So I had to kind of figure out how to use them on my own. But it’s pretty simple and self-explanatory. Just pick a head, put it on the trimmer, and then turn it on and sand down the nail tips until they are down to where they won’t scratch anyone any more! 🙂

What are your favorite baby products? I’d love to hear!