(Closed) Bridal Shower Gift – Are gift cards considered tacky?

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What should the bridal shower gift be?

    $50 American Express Gift Card

    Crystal Vase

    Crystal Frame

    (Rethink the idea of) Silk Robe or PJ's

  • Post # 3
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    I think a gift card is just fine, especially if she doesnt have a registry. If it was a close friend I would suggest something for her home, but since its a work friend you probably dont know her tastes. Go with the gift card! I love them 🙂

    Post # 4
    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would do the gift card since she doesn’t have a registry.  Not everyone (me for example) is crazy about the crystal items for their home, and they may not get used even though they are a very nice gift.

    Post # 5
    5278 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I think gift cards are great gifts! Much better then a gift that is taste specific.

    Post # 6
    10282 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I normally always try to bring an actual gift to a shower but I, in no way, think that gift cards are tacky. I probably wouldn’t go the silk pj’s route since I doubt her Fiance would get much use out of them but I think a gift card is perfectly acceptable.

    Post # 7
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with gifting a gift card. Buf if you want to get her a gift I would get it at a store like Bed Bath and Beyond or Macys and get a gift receipt so if she doesn’t like it she can return it for something she will like.

    Post # 8
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think a gift card would be great! It might be different if she had registered and you knew she needed something specific, but in this case it sounds like it would be better to get her something you know she could use than something that might not be her taste.

    Post # 9
    9024 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Gift cards are fine!

    Post # 10
    747 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    if she doesn’t have a registry, i think the gift card is fine. usually i think of showers as a time to give boxed gifts, but since you don’t know what she needs, it seems more logical to give her a gift card rather than some pjs she probably doesn’t want.

    Post # 11
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    A gift card is perfect if she doesnt have a registry. That way she can get what she wants.

    Post # 12
    1077 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I was didn’t register because what I wanted was to NOT get a bunch of expensive stuff for which I had no room or want that got sent to Goodwill unused.  Honestly, I was worried I’d still get 50 frames since that’s what people give brides when they don’t register for kitchen stuff.  

    I also didn’t have a shower.  Having a shower, but not wanting gifts is a bit of a contradiction.  I’d go w/ the gift card though.

    Post # 14
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think in this case (especially because she hadn’t registered) either cash or a gift card would be fine (curious why you wouldn’t give cash – I actually hate those AMEX gift cards, because you have to keep track of the balance on the card).

    That said:  I usually hate gifting cash and would rather gift a gift (because that’s how I am).  I prefer receiving a gift vs. cash.  However, if I don’t know of something specific that person wants, then I have no problem giving them cash or a gift card to a favorite store.

    I have a friend who sounds a lot like your friend – she always says giving a gift card seems impersonal… but, I think it’s a better gift option then some random gift.

    Stick with what you’d like for yourself and you will rarely go wrong, IMO!

    Post # 15
    8351 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Personally, I love gift cards and would prefer that over any gift, unless the gift giver knew exactly what I wanted. I love love love to shop and having a gift card allows me to purchase what I want and not have to deal with getting something that I would never use or like. With a gift card I could get something I love or put it toward something that I love.

    EDIT: If you opt for a frame, make sure that it can be either hung up or displayed on a stand. There is nothing more frustrating than getting a frame that you can’t put where you want it to be. I know this from personal experience 🙂

    Post # 16
    10632 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    For a shower I would feel funny just giving a gift card or money because the main event of the shower is the bride opening gifts.  If I couldn’t attend a shower, then I would, but not if I was actually going.

    I’ve never been to a shower for someone who hasn’t registered.  If it was me, I would probably do something small that someone could always use more of or is fun (oven mitts, tea towels, fun wine glasses, odd kitchen gadget that she probably doesn’t have) and a gift card.  If you know where she at least likes to shop, then a more expensive gift with a gift receipt would also probably go over well.

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