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

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee

Or instead of asking people to do something when the entire point of the party is to OPEN gifts, why not just plan to collect the paper/wrappings yourself and take them to the recycling center if you are so concerned about waste?

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I kind of get it because paper is a waste but to say if you must you can put on a tag just seems sooooo rude! 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’ve never heard of this or thought about it before. I probably would be slightly taken back upon first seeing it, just because I never have, but this actually doesn’t bother me at all. A gift is a gift. Regardless of wrapping. It’s no more or less appreciated because it’s not wrapped. Wrapping is a waste. So much paper is wasted, always a ton everywhere having to be shoved in trash bags while being unwrapped. As far as the “point” of baby showers, it’s not to unwrap gifts lol. Not imo. It’s about getting together, talking, playing games, eating food, and just enjoying each others time and the excitement for the new arrival. I think it’s just fun. You know what’s not fun? Sitting there unwrapping, or watching someone unwrap, presents for 2 hours. I would MUCH rather spend that time playing games, eating food, and having conversations. 

Get creative, put everything in a cute basket that can later be used for the baby, wrap everything in a cute bow, attach a large cute homemade gift tag. Put everything in a diaper bag. There’s lots of things you can do that are more useful and just as cute and “gift like” than wrapping paper. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Why go overboard and do exactly what was asked that you not do..just because it bothers you? There’s nothing rude about it. You know what is rude? Wrapping up a present russian doll style because you feel irritated they asked for no wrapping. 

I don’t feel there’s any ONE way events are supposed to be. Everyone does things differently and that should be ok. Some aunts and family members were bothered by my request that we have no baby shower games and that the shower not just be women. I wanted my husband, father of the baby we were celebrating, to celebrate with me. And my father, and brothers, and our male friends. I just wanted a party. Food, conversations, and laughter.  

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

I’m just wondering how this mom-to-be thinks she is going to do thank-you cards? (IF she does them in the first place, which seems to be a trend for many.) If the gifts aren’t wrapped and/or no gift tag, how do you know who it’s from? I read that some people do up thank-yous in advance and hand them out at the shower, which I think is a bit tacky (in my own opinion) because then it looks like you are expecting gifts/gift grab.

Post # 36
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Bumble Beekeeper

dispup:  I haven’t read the comments yet, just wanted to jump in and say I’ve heard of it and I totally support it. The whole point of the shower is the gifts, so I don’t see any point in being coy about it. And since I hate wrapping presents and don’t like spending more than an hour or two with family, I am pro naked-gift showers. I think this particular one went too far with the “if you must” comment. I mean, some people love wrapping gifts and take a lot of pride in it. It’s shitty to make them feel like their efforts aren’t wanted. But other than that part, I am strongly in favor of naked-gift showers becoming more popular.  … Now, off to read what others have to say… 🙂

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  Daisy_Mae.
Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I HATE opening gift in front of people even my own family.  I don’t know how to react.  When I got married when we open our gifts, his family HAD to be there.  I made my Darling Husband open everyone while I read cards.

I know when I have a Baby (one day) I will HAVE to have a Baby Shower.  Honestly, I’m already dreading it.  I’d rather not. But I will have NO choice.  This idea, honestly is brilliant to me! 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

dispup:  I asked for unwrapped gifts for my wedding shower, not because I didn’t want to unwrap them but because I was being environmentally conscious.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I’d be into this. Watching someone unwrap gifts that they picked out themselves (bought from a registry) is like watching paint dry. Plus then the guest of honor gets the whole time to socialize. This is nice if a lot of the guests are people they don’t get to see that often.

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have never heard of this, but I love it! While I have always been so happy to give my friends shower gifts, there is something cringe-worthy about watching someone exclaim for 2 hours over and over that she “loves it!” as she opens presents. Of course she loves it, I got it off the registry–she picked it out! 

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

dispup:  I was invited to a baby shower where this happened and at first I was like…wtf! Rude!

BUT not gonna lie, it was awesome. 2.5 hours shower no boring gift unwrapping….If i didnt feel rude asking I would totally do the same for my sisters HAH!

Seriously, the worst part of the showers are the gift unwrapping!!! The presents were displayed on the table so you could ohh and ahh over the cute stuff . Highly reccomend as a guest.

 

 

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

My mom is getting older and with her broken hip cleaning up is more than a chore. She still loves Christmas though and gets us TONS of gifts. Anyway, this year, she just bought a couple huge santa sacks that she pulled gifts out of – unwrapped. She said she wante to aoid waste, the cleanup, etc. The sacks doubled as christmas towels so it all worked out.

Personally, I don’t think it’s rude.

I intend to do this with all future gifts, Christmases, etc.

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

allyson.m88:  the shower I was at had like little name tag things that the mom to be/hosts wrote the names on who it was from. ( she accepted the gift as guests entered, read the card, then slapped their name on it. ) it worked well

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

My cousin had a shower like this last year.  It was the first time I had heard of it, and I thought it very odd.  Yes, watching the mom-to-be open all her gifts can get boring, but I think that is the point of a shower, to open the gifts.  We all just kinda sat around and talked.  The shower was 2-3 hours, the normal length, so it got a little long and awkard without gifts to open.  I personally enjoy seeing the gifts people get, but I was not into going look at them all on a table with 20 other people surrounding it, picking up the gifts, trying to figure out who it was from, etc.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee

Why are you letting this bother you so much? Whether her reasoning is that she wants to reduce waste (that’s great!!) or she feels bad making people watch her opening presents for hours (understandable!) it’s her shower, and this is what she wants!

I do not recommend the “russian doll wrapping” or wrapping your present at all. Either respect the host/honoree’s request or don’t go.

 

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