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

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 61
8146 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Two years ago, I was asked to bring in a cellophane, clear plastic wrapped gift. So it would be pretty and the bride did not have to open it. (it was a bridal shower). I thought it was disappointing because i love watching people open gifts, and now my mother and I had to go find some plastic wrapping! But to not wrap at all, I would cover the whole thing in pretty bows. I love wrapping gifts! That being said, some people have different preferences. Thats what that person wants. 

Post # 62
4235 posts
Honey bee

Im always amazed at the things people get upset over. Like, boohoo, now you can’t spend money on paper that will immediately get thrown in the trash. Even if she’s just being “lazy”, at least that’s less stuff going to the landfill. 

Post # 64
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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“ it was asked to be wrapped in clear wrap instead of wrapping paper.” — See, now this I think is crazy. Because now, instead of making things easier on the gift-giver and better for the environment, they’re making it harder and worse (or harder and equal). Where the f^c% do you get clear wrapping paper? You know they don’t mean Saran Wrap, they mean the stiff kind that gift baskets are wrapped up with. Nobody has that shit laying around their home! That’s a pain in the ass and I wouldn’t do it. The cost to the gifter (in money, time, and energy) outweighs the benefit to the giftee. 

YES to this girl!


I am 50/50 on this one. As a guest, I may take this as a little “out there” of a request. As a guest of honour, I have extreme anxiety opening gifts – Especially if I am the only one!


Post # 65
3163 posts
Sugar bee

Meh, I don’t know. I wouldn’t care. I get people gifts when I care about them and am excited to get them something. If I didn’t feel like that, I wouldn’t be going to the party in the first place. 

PS I went to a baby shower where they had a wish list and asked for hand me downs if anyone had them. People barely use so much baby stuff because they grow so quick, and then it all goes to waste. I thought that was cool

Post # 66
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My aunt had a huge shower where it would’ve taken her hours to open everything, so she did an “unwrap your own gift” thing, which we thought was silly, but it was a lot better than watching her unwrap every little thing. We got to see everything after because we helped set up the baby’s room.

Post # 67
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I hate the present part but that said, I would also hate a shower where the gifts are displayed. She might as well have asked that everyone just ship the gifts to her house so she doesn’t have to bother with loading them in the car either.  I don’t know, it’s a shower, presents are part of it. Even though that’s not my favorite part I think I like shower games even less so I think I’d rather sit and watch someone open gifts for hours while I’m at least snacking and having a drink, and usually able to chat some with friends, then be forced to smell a candy bar in a diaper. 

Post # 68
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

First of all I love that this post is already 5 pages in less than a day, and now I am going to add to it.

I have never heard of this and although it at first sounds weird I can’t help but think of some of the people in my life that I know that truely hate being the center of attention. Like causes extreme anxiety. And present opeing is totaly a center of attntion moment. So it could be cause shes going green. It could be becuase someone thinks it will be less boring but it also could be to make a woman feel comfortable at the happy event.

Since we don’t know I would just think happy thoughts and do as instructed. It is not too mom-zilla-y (is that a thing) a request since you are doing less work and spending less money.

Post # 69
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve been to one bridal shower where the invitation requested you “wrap in clear so the bride has more time to mingle with guests.” She had over 100 people so I guess it made sense but it did rub me the wrong way for some reason. I feel like no one should request how their guests wrap the gifts they are generous enough to buy. However…being 6 months pregnant now I can’t imagine having to unwrap tons of gifts at a shower since I am exhausted and taking it easy. 

Post # 70
341 posts
Helper bee

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Weddingobsessed:  I believe “wrap in clear” is code for “please don’t wrap the presents.” That was what was said at one baby shower I went to.

Kind of like “no boxed gifts” at South Asian weddings is code for “if you’re going to bring a gift, please make it cash.”

Post # 71
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am sorry this bothers you so much! I am speaking from my own personal baby shower in which I am hosting myself. I have planned a dinner for close friends and family at a nice place that will serve dinner family style.  I am making gifts optional, but also requesting un-wrapped gifts should you decide to bring any and here is why: first I live in a different state so wrapped gifts would be a total waste for you.  Yes, it makes for a cute presentation but I would be un-wrapping just to put in a huge box to ship several hundred miles away to my home.  Another reason,  I only have a couple of hours to get everyone fed, talk with friends and family whom I haven’t seen in a while (the distance thing), and I would much rather laugh and joke with them verses them watching me open gifts for the little one.  Finally, this is going to be co-ed (because again, we don’t get to see them often).  Guys could care less about the cute outfits and swing the next person purchased for the mom-to-be.  

I just feel like this would help everyone out because I want them to enjoy their food and our company and vice versa.  It would suck that we had to rush through dessert so I could show off the green onsies my sister purchased.  I am paying for time and food and I want that to be the focus.  These are just my thoughts.  If any of my guests feel like my requests are unreasonable, life is about options.  You can kindly decline and I will have no hard feelings towards you at all.  I would hope they would understand my request and look forward to having a good time with my husband, my bump and I!  

Post # 72
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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dispup:  Wow, that’s awesome. I wish I thought of that for my baby shower. Would have saved me about 3 hours and a lot of bored faces….!


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