A Gift Card Shower??

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
2719 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it kind of defeats the purpose of a shower.. and shopping FOR presents is fun! (At least for me…)

Post # 9
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

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
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This sounds incredibly tacky to me!  It’s the equivalent of asking for money which is rude….

Post # 14
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 16
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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.

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