(Closed) Gift Giving Etiquette for Expecting Couple

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s a very nice thought and there is nothing wrong with that! Or maybe a gift certificate for them to go out to eat somewhere nice.  Any gift would be nice.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think a gift card would be tacky at all — it would probably be very welcomed and appreciated since it will be a total surprise.  If you’d like to do something that’s not baby related, you could consider giving them a gift card to a local fancy restaurant that they could use either before the baby is born in expectant celebration or afterwards on their first “date night” away from the baby (whenever that happens! Laughing).  I think it’s a sweet thing to do!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m not sure what the etiquette dictates, but in the end, any gift is kind. I understand your instinct but I probably would get them a more typical wedding gift, because the rest of their lives is going to be about the baby–it might be nice to do something for them as a couple. Or you could get a gift card to a store that sells baby stuff and home goods.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A baby and a wedding are entirely different occasions and should be treated as such.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I would go with a lovely, traditional gift.  Perhaps some really beautiful crystal candle stick holders or something along those lines.  I would recommend selecting something beautiful for their home.  Honestly, I don’t know that I would do a gift certificate strictly to a baby store.  They are bound to have a baby shower and get lots of baby stuff.  I would stick to a traditional gift for their home.     

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I agree with something for the home rather than baby, if it’s to celebrate their marriage. What would you normally give a couple who hadn’t registered? I don’t think you should let the fact they are expecting a baby change your usual habits 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you should write them a check.  Then they can make the call on whether they’d like to spend the money on baby items, on something for their home, or put it in savings.  🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What about a gift card to bed bath and beyond?  That way they could choose a more traditional wedding object or a baby object, depending on what they feel they need most.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I say get them a visa gift card, that way they can choose where to spend it.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper

Love shaydenise’s idea. Let them choose how to spend and then you don’t have to worry about mixing occasions.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A lovely card and a Visa gift card sounds like just the thing!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Good choice, marisa

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