Gender Reveal Party Etiquette

posted 5 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Hostess gift.  She will likely have a baby shower later and that’s when you can get a present for the new baby.

Get something for the mommy-to-be.  A comfy robe, a prenatal massage, mani/pedi certificate…  My mom loved pedis during her pregnancy, especially once she was unable to reach her toes over her belly!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@badabing88:  I have to admit I’m not at all a fan of the “gender reveal” parties.  They just strike me as pretty self-involved and attention seeking.  Not to mention that other than the parents-to-be and possibly their parents – no one else really cares one way or another, you know?

I cannot imagine that this is a gift giving occasion.  That would add a whole other element of greed to an event already in questionable taste.  If I were you, I’d bring a modest hostess gift. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I guess it depends on if it’s just a gender reveal or a gender reveal baby shower. If it wasn’t said it was a gender reveal shower, then I would assume it’s just a party and a gift isn’t mandatory, but I’m sure it would be appreciated.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

These are to my knowledge no-gift occasions.I’d probably bring something small and edible like I would to any party.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Zhabeego:  I like gender reveal parties! Usually it’s just the people closest to you (as OP said- just close friends) but I went to one where it was almost as big as the baby shower. The parents didn’t make a big deal… just sent a text saying “We find out what Baby #2 is on Friday. Stop by for some BBQ and we’ll all find out together!” and our ENTIRE family showed up! It was fun and really just an excuse to get together. My SO’s friends just found out last week and I had REALLY hoped they’d have a reveal. I would have totally gone even though I’ve only known them a couple months and they live 2 hours away. Anything having to do with babies is fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@badabing88:  We attended a gender reveal party about a year ago and did not bring a baby gift for the pregnant couple, but brought wine for the hostess.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@badabing88:  If you really want to bring a gift I’d say maybe some fancy chocolate or some bath products. Even if the smell makes her sick now, she could always use it later. Some flowers or a plant always works, too.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@badabing88:  I usually bring homemade cookies or brownies. But if you’re not a baker, maybe a flowering houseplant? 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d make up a snakc gift basket or something–something with her favorite foods, if you know what they are. Otherwise, I think you said flowers which sounds like a very good idea ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@beachbride1216:  +1 I was going to say a prenatal massage or something for mom! I’m guessing she will have a shower later on, so I’d do a baby-themed hostess gift if that makes sense (not a bottle of wine, but not a onesie either!)

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@badabing88:  I would definitely have to struggle not to bring something unbidden. Nothing’s worse than bad baked goods. Such a waste of good sugar and butter.

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