Gift Card Shower?

posted 2 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Gift Card Shower for a Couple who has LITERALLY everything
    Yes, I think that's a great idea! : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Not sure, I've never heard of one before. : (2 votes)
    6 %
    No, that's so rude to tell people what to get you! : (22 votes)
    63 %
    What's the big deal? Isn't that what a registry is for anyways? : (5 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    A gift card shower would be rude.  Gift cards are equivalent to cash and requesting cash is always rude.

    Post # 3
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    42490 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    jessica.j.baron:  I have been to one before. It was a special circumstance where the couple was moving across the country after the wedding.

    Is this for you or for someone else? If you are hosting for someone in similar circumstances, I could see it working. If you are suggesting this for yourself, I think it’s inappropriate, unless you too are in special circumstances.

    If you already have everything:

    • perhaps you don’t need a traditional shower
    • or, you could register for upgrades
    • or, you could consider a themed shower, like lingerie, date night, etc
    Post # 4
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    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    jessica.j.baron:  We actually just had a gift card shower last Saturday and it was amazing. The bottom of the invitiation simply said, ‘Gift cards to Lowes appreciated’ instead of using the word ‘requested’…a few of my guests told me how much easier it was on them to give us a gift card instead of tracking down our registry and buying from there. We are in the process of building a home and really wanted gift cards to Lowes for all of our upcoming needs. I just finished writting my thank you notes and I was able to say things like, ‘we can’t wait to use our gift cards on items for our new home’.

    All in all, I felt that my guests appreciated the direct clue to bring Lowes gift cards and I thought the invitation was subtle and worded perfectly.

    We did recieve a few gifts from the registry as well, which were just as great!

    Post # 6
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think this really only works in special circumstances such as they are moving or the shower is a flight away from where they live. 

    Do you open the gift cards at the shower?  Seems weird to me, Aunt suzie gave $50, Mom gave $75 …

    Post # 7
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    2455 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve only been to one of these because the bride lived across the country. We just spread word of mouth that boxed gifts would be difficult to travel with and instead to bring a recipe!

    That way they didn’t feel like they had to get a gift card instead of a gift but a lot of them did anyway.

    I will say, she opened them all in front of everyone which was both awkward and boring.

    Post # 8
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    42490 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Scarlett11:  It can be boring.

    “Oh look, a gift card from Lowe’s”

    “Oh look, a gift card from Lowe’s”

    “Oh look, a gift card from Lowe’s”

    “Oh look, a gift card from Lowe’s”

    “Oh look, a gift card from Lowe’s”

    Post # 9
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    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I normally hate honeymoon/gift card showers, but I like a PP’s wording.  No registry, a specific store, and an “appreciated” instead of a “preferred”.  Makes me feel like I can bring whatever I want, and the recipient won’t spit on the Kate Spade picture frame I buy her instead of a gift card.        

    Post # 10
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    1473 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve been to one. The upside is that it’s super easy for me to buy the gift, the downside is that the couple knows exactly how much I spent. I usually like to  get items off a registry when they’re on sale! 

    Post # 11
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    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    julies1949:  It also made our gift opening schedule go from super long and boring, to 15 minutes of having fun with it….”Thanks Grandma, this will help with all the paint we’ll need!”

    “Thanks Aunt/Uncle, we will be sure to use this towards our new lawn mower, so we won’t have to hear Uncle Lee complain about our lawn anymore!”

    “Oh…I wonder what this could be?? LOWES! *High-five each other* We can’t wait to put these together and have a mini shopping-spree at our favorite store!”

    We had 40 guests at our shower and we took probably 15-20 minutes to open cards. We made it fun, instead of dull and boring. I also made a point to say in my thank you note, “thank you so much for our Lowes gift card, but more importantly, for celebrating with us at our shower”

    Post # 12
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    jessica.j.baron:  I personally love giving and getting gift cards so I may be biased, but I don’t see anything wrong with it.  I see gift cards as allowing the giftee to get whatever they want and need, which to me, isn’t any different than a gift off a traditional registry.

    Plus, a registry is just a guideline and it’s not like they HAVE to get them something off of it, so if someone doesn’t like the idea of giving a gift card, they can gift them something else.  No biggie.

    Post # 15
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    42490 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    wlphilli:  Yes, because everyone knows how boring it is to see lovely gifts thoughtfully purchased and  beautifuly wrapped, chosen wth special care for the bride and groom. It’s so tiresome to see the bride ‘s shock and appreciation when she opens that VitaMix or KtchenAid,  Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy towels etc.

    Maybe we could move on from showers entirely and just have the guests use email money transfers and save all the bother of shopping for anything!

    Then our thank-you notes could say things like ‘we can’t wait till the interest starts rolling in’.

    ps Yes, I am being sarcastic.

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