Post # 16
I would probably do one of the following:
-Send a little something off the registry to their home and say you have plans and can’t attend.
-Buy a bag of diapers and a board book and gift that.
-Hit up TJ Maxx for some cool little gift. They have Melissa & Doug items for really reasonable and a really great selection of books (board books, too). You could get a nice gift plus a gift bag there for super cheap.
Post # 17
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
I would do a gift card and maybe an outfit – I agree with a PP that bigger size clothing is nice! – or a book. I recently had a baby, and most of the clothes we got were 0-3 size. Now we’re going to have to buy a bunch of 3-6 size clothes because we only have a handful of outfits in this size, and he didn’t get to wear all of his 0-3 clothes because he’a growing out of them too quickly!
Post # 18
My baby shower was last weekend and I loved getting books. Diapers are also very much appreciated. If they asked for gift cards, that’s also really helpful 😊
Post # 19
Don’t buy clothes… People have very different taste when it comes to baby clothes. I’d get them a gift card since it’s what they prefer, probably with a book.
I would also stay away from diapers; all parents prefer different brands (and they might even use cloth diapers), ie. I cannot stand Pampers! Most people also wouldn’t want to store a mountain of diapers.
Post # 20
Thank you for the great replies.
They’ve asked people to please bring food on the invitation (being thrown by 2 friends of the parents to be). I think the friends are just offering their house to host the baby shower. It is a ‘bring a baby book’ shower so I have that, and just deciding on the denomination of the gift card. Hopefully they can put it towards something they need off the registry.
Post # 21
I would do a gift card and a pack of diapers (size 1 or 2 is my recommendation since a lot of people buy newborn and many babies aren’t in them for long – we had to give a few packages of newborn diapers away since we didn’t use them). I’d go for babies r us, carters or walmart for the gift card I find those are the places we shop most with a little one 🙂
Post # 22
FutureMrs.Cammack: Thank you, that’s great! 🙂
Post # 23
weightwatchers152: It’s odd that there’s no food but that wouldn’t factor into my gift-giving decision at all anyway so that’s a moot point. What matters to me is how close am I to the guest of honor. So how close are you to this couple that you see once a year? Spend as much as you want to, within the limit of what you can afford. That’s how I always do gift-giving. If we’re not that close, I would either skip the shower and give a gift next time I see them, or skip the shower and just congratulate/ooh&ahh next time I see them.
Post # 24
I agree that it’s odd it’s potluck, but I think that reflects more on the shower hosts than the parents-to-be, so I wouldn’t factor that into the gift. Plus gifts for a book shower are generally less expensive anyway, since I’m sure most people only bring a book. I’d think a small gift card to Target, etc would be appreciated. I’d probably prefer a gift card to Amazon so I can order from home, but I also get free shipping through Prime.
Post # 25
weightwatchers152: That sounds a little bizarre to me! I mean, I 100% understand not having a meal served, but there is usually a cake or cupcakes and some chips or fruit or a cheese platter or something for everyone to munch on. You can’t expect people to come for 3 hours in a social setting without having SOMETHING.
Where is it hosted? Like at their house or in a hotel ballroom or something?
Sounds kinda gift-grabby to me. I’d get them a onesie set and a board book and call it a day.
Edit: I just read your comment – it’s a potluck. That’s pretty normal I guess, although there is usually something to eat there already. Check their registry and get something off of it or grab a gift card and go from there. Even $25 gift cards are super helpful and can be used towards a larger purcahse. I’d get them a gift card for where they are registered so they can use that to buy stuff they didn’t get or may need later 🙂
Post # 26
A potluck does not equal no food being served. However, feel free to leave a gift from the bottom of your heart. Whether you “cover” a plate or not shouldn’t matter. I assume your gift without covering your plate is also generous.