Gender Reveal Party on Saturday…need advice!

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@NicoleLyn1218:  I recently went to one and was told to absolutely not bring anything. This is just a reveal, not a shower so I went along with it. I did get a card though.

Post # 4
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Girl Scout cookies…good bottle of olive oil

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Flowers 🙂

Post # 6
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

Picture frame, gift certficate to a restaurant or ice cream shop, yellow blankie

Post # 7
133 posts
Blushing bee

I wouldn’t get a gift, but that’s just me. If you do anything, I’d follow @Glasgowbound‘s idea and bring flowers.

Post # 8
2694 posts
Sugar bee

No gift is necessary. 

Post # 10
1644 posts
Bumble bee

@NicoleLyn1218:  Generally it is better to attend the party empty-handed, and send any hostess-gift either before the party, or after with your thank-you note, so that it may be received discreetly in private without discommoding your hostess while she is busy . Typical hostess gifts are a box of chocolates or basket of fruit or some other delicacy; flowers — either an arrangement or a bouquet; or some small decor item that she collects or is likely to use on a regular basis, such as a teacup (if she holds tea), a jar of exotic spice or finishing salt (if she enjoys cooking), a pizza-cutting wheel (if she orders out for pizza and doesn’t have one) and so on.

Post # 11
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had a gender reveal and I told people no gifts. My friend brought one anyway (actually two).  She had two separate gifts- one wrapped with a pink bow and one with a blue bow and she had a cute onesie in each of them. Then she just returned the boy outfit when we found out we were having a girl.  Even though we really didn’t want/need gifts, I thought that was such a cute idea.  Babies R Us has onesies for under $10 too so even though you have to buy two initially, you’re returning one of them and not spending too much money. 

Post # 12
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree that if you want to bring anything it should be small like a card or flowers. I don’t think she will be expecting a gift especially since I would assume that it’d be a gift for the baby, and she will get plenty of gender specific gifts at her baby shower. Maybe you could offer to bring a dish to the party just to avoid coming empty handed.

Post # 14
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@NicoleLyn1218: My mother has a saying regarding this etiquette which I firmly believe, she says: “If you’re invited to someone’s home, never arrive with your two arms swinging!”

Meaning always bring a gesture of your gratitude and appreciation. It doesn’t have to be grand or expensive — something small will suffice. A card, flowers, houseplant, dessert, something creative… anything!

Do NOT show up empty handed!

If they tell you not to bring anything then bring a card congratulating them.

Post # 16
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@NicoleLyn1218:  I went to FI’s cousin gender reveal and everyone was kinda confused if we needed to bring gifts or not since it wasn’t her babyshower.  I bought a baby book and a card just to be safe.   There were about 20 people there and only about 4 people brought gifts…

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