Post # 1
Has anyone ever attended a gift card shower?? My cousin is getting married in a few months and one of her bridesmaids is thowing her this type of shower where we were told to only bring the bride gift cards?? I guess that’s fine, but that kinda takes all the fun out of it, doesn’t it?? I’m driving 4 hours to see her open cards, no gifts, just cards. I’m kinda confused as to why she even registered at 3 different places- I thought the fun of the shower is to see her open gifts and collect bows, and well… just see all the nice stuff she gets. I was just wondering if this is a new trend or what, bc I have never heard of a giftcard only shower.
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of it. It wouldn’t be as fun! Getting gift cards I’m fine with, but I wouldn’t want ONLY gift cards.
Post # 4
Gift cards are nice, but if you’re going to ask for gift cards to certain stores why not just ask for specific gifts? Unless you’re trying to get something big like furniture I really don’t see what the point of only asking for gift cards would be. And I agree, that does take all of the fun out of having a shower!
Post # 5
Eh, I wouldn’t drive 4 hours to watch someone open envelopes. I like gift cards, but physical gifts are the whole point of the shower. That would be like driving 4 hours to watch someone open envelopes of cash.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I think that sounds AWESOME. Watching people open gifts is pure torture to me – so boring. And being the center of attention is also torture.
With this, the bride can just hang out with her friends and family instead of spend hours opening gifts.
Post # 7
I don’t really like watching the gifts be opened but it sort of defeats the purpose of a shower to me. I didn’t have a shower because I didn’t want gifts and I didn’t think a shower with just cash would be appropriate.
Post # 8
I think it kind of defeats the purpose of a shower.. and shopping FOR presents is fun! (At least for me…)
Post # 9
I would kind of be offended if I was asked to bring a giftcard. That’s literally asking someone to just fork over cash for you. I know your obviously going to give a present at a shower but I think its kind of wrong to ask for that specifically.
Post # 10
I would not be a fan of this – it just seems tacky to me. Is she also going to announce the dollar amount of the gift cards when she opens them? Is there a reason she’s asking for gift cards and not actual presents?
Post # 11
I went to one for a friend just after she was engaged. It was more of an engagement party, framed as a shower. Since she had not registered for gifts yet we were all told to give gift cards. I was personally very bothered by this. I just don’t think that you should have someone tell you what kind of gift you should be giving. I’m not sure that I would drive that far to watch her open cards, unless you are just trying to be supportive.
Post # 12
I hate being the center of attention, at my bridal shower I felt awkward with 25 people watching me open all the gifts. I had fun seeing everyone & we played games & mostly hung out. Maybe they don’t have room for gifts or there’s some big purchase items they’re needing specifically? Maybe they’re moving & don’t have places for gifts? Or maybe she just feels awkward opening gifts in front of everyone? Idk if I’d drive 4 hours for a bridal shower (giftcards or gifts), unless she was one of my good friends.
Post # 13
This sounds incredibly tacky to me! It’s the equivalent of asking for money which is rude….
Post # 14
My maids of honor threw me a gift card shower because I live in NC and the shower was in TN. So, instead of me having to try to fly with all of my shiny new presents or ship them back to me, they made it a gift card shower. I loved the idea. Plus, they all ended up being from Victorias Secret – so I got some super cute stuff for the honeymoon without the embarrasment of opening them in front of my grandmother!
Post # 15
Thanks everyone for the feedback! I’m really glad I’m not alone in this! She’s my cousin and she and my aunt came to NC from SC for my shower, but mine was a traditional gift shower- she took the time to register at three stores! target, kohls and walmart ( ??) so I’m not sure at all where the gift card idea comes in to play! The invite came and said ” giftcard shower” – My mom and I are driving to SC to be there, but my mom is really put off by the whole thing! Then to top it all off, it’s supposed to be a fiesta themed party with margaritas and stuff, then at the bottom of the invite it “BYOB”!! …. really?!?! Not really sure how this whole thing is going to turn out 🙂 Thanks everyone again- guess I’ll have to go out and get a giftcard 🙂
Post # 16
Never attended one personally but I’m also the type who doesn’t buy gift cards. Keep in mind that alot of people view gift cards as very impersonal and that you don’t care about taking the time to pick out something that the recipient will enjoy or use. Obviously not everyone feels that way, but bear in mind that some people do, so don’t be surprised if some guests are uncomfortable with the idea and don’t participate but buy actual gifts instead.