(Closed) Baby Shower – Requesting Unwrapped Gifts???

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

wow.  I’ve been to approximately 16225 baby showers in my lifetime (I’m pretty old) and have never heard this.  I’m interested to see if this is a new thing?  

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Does it have anything to do with reducing waste?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Eh, that wouldn’t bother me. All the paper and bows and tape end up being a huge mess to clean up for the host. It’s all waste anyway. Plus it’ll save time for the mom-to-be when she opens up cards and shares the gifts with the guests. It gets pretty boring after the 10th wrapped gift is opened.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

dispup:  There have been previous threads about this “display” shower. It usually has nothing to do with reducing waste, and everything to do with a guest of honor who thinks opening gifts is boring but still wants all those gifts.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve heard of this.  If it’s a big shower, it could literally take the entire shower to open all presents, and it’s a huge waste of paper.  Also, some restaurants and such don’t let you use their trash and you have to lug all the paper home.  

If it bothers you, still wrap it!  And she definitely could have phrased it in a nicer way!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Basically the Mom-to-be just is too damn lazy to open presents.  How is this easier on you?  They aren’t doing this to make things easier on you, they are doing this to make things “easier” on the pregnant lady.  But really, how hard is it to open a present?  I didn’t realize ripping paper was so exhausting (ugh).

I agree with you.  I think this is completely ridiculous.  If I were you I would wrap whatever present I bought in the most fabulous fashion you could think of.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

CityBearBride:  But the whole point of a shower is for the honoree to OPEN the presents.  This is 100% about the honoree just not wanting to deal with opening presents but still wants people to bring her shit.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

dispup:  Personally, I hate the unwrapping part. As long as I get a card thanking me for what I brought, I’m totally down with skipping that part. I’d rather eat, socialize, and then go home and NOT watch someone open gifts for hours….UGH.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

dispup:  My cousin did this because she is a very “green” person. To the point that she asked for organic baby goods as well. I was surprised she went as far to say, do not wrap the gifts, but that’s truly what she wanted because that’s what she believes in, for that reason alone I was happy to do it. This mom-to-be might be the same way. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I would hate this request.  An unwrapped gift seems… I don’t know, utilitarian?  

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I think it depends on the number of guests. If there are 20 people it will take about an 45min to unwrap presents. If there are 60 people it could go for more than 2 hours. Most showers I’ve been to are about four hours long. I’d rather chat, eat and play games than watch gifts be unwrapped for more than an hour. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

It depends on the reasoning behind it. It sounds weird to me and she certainly didn’t approach it in the right way.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

I’ve seen many registries these days that request no gift wrapping in an effort to go green and limit additional waste.  Although you can’t force people not to wrap a gift, it isn’t necessarily about laziness. The bride to be is not the one hosting, anyway.  I’d be happy to comply, personally.

Showers and shower gifts are supposedly low key and modest, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. LOL. 

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