(Closed) "No gifts please."

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How do you interpret "no gifts please"

    The couple does not want gifts, get them a card or nothing

    You would bring a gift anyway

    It means they want money

    Other? (Please comment)

  • Post # 3
    1789 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @WestCoast:  Eevry wedding I have been to where they have said no gifts, they usually offer a charity/organization to donate to. Nothing at all is out of the ordinary for them to do, but eh. to each their own. Dont get them a present, you may make them angry. Get them a card if you feel like you need/ cant go without getting them something.

    Post # 4
    9216 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I take that it means that the couple would prefer no gifts. However it would depend on the wedding situation on whether or not I would still give a cash gift. If it was an expensive Destination Wedding for me as a guest then I would probably skip a gift or give a small gift card/money. If it was an in town wedding I would gift cash as normal in my card.

    Post # 5
    6255 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I would also interpret it as no gifts at all. I might bring a bottle of wine or something like I would if a friend was hosting a dinner party, and a card for sure, but nothing else.


    Post # 6
    3208 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    In my area, it’s almost a given that guests give a gift of ~$100 per person, so I interpret “no gifts please” to mean that a card and a cash gift.. 


    Post # 7
    9050 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’d probably be confused too.  I’d think it literally means they just want people to bring them cards.  If they’re really just meaning no “boxed” gifts, as in “bring us cash” I think they may have shot themselves in the foot.

    Post # 8
    1462 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would respect the couple and not give a gift but would send them a thank you card after attending their wedding.

    We dont want gifts either and that includes everything cards, money, or gifts. We just prefer to buy what we want and not have to worry about returning or receiving anythingwe dont want.

    We just want our guest to come and celebrate our day with us.


    Post # 9
    9948 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette Snob here…

    Well technically, IF someone was to actually put that on their Invitation then it would be a breach of Etiquette… because the rule is “one shall not mention gifts at all” (even to say NONE)

    On the otherhand, if I was to hear thru word of mouth, the grapevine that a Bride & Groom didn’t register for anything, wish for anything, or expect anything…

    As I am a “gracious” person for their hospitality… I’d still bring along (or send) a token of appreciation for being remembered / thought of when they were compiling their invite list.

    A Bottle of Wine would be appropriate… as would be a gift of money (or a Gift Card) if I SO WISHED to do so.

    Hope this helps,

    *Our own Wedding as Encores Mr TTR and I didn’t register anywhere.  We didn’t talk gifts at all… except for perhaps 1 or 2 occasions when someone enquired as to our wishes… when we used the appropriate “Honestly your presence is present enough”…. in the end many of our Guests gave us a gift of wine (not a far reach as it is well known amongst our friends that we are Food & Wine Lovers)… and other friends gave us either Gift Cards (Visa, one for a Restaurant and another for the LCBO ~ Liquor Store) OR plain old Money (CASH came from family members)

    All was deeply appreciated !!

    Lol, and a “perfect fit”.


    Post # 10
    319 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I always hate this. I read it as literally NO GIFTS. I consider cash/check a gift, so when you say no gifts, to me, that includes money.  It’s so hard for guests because we feel guilty NOT getting you something (I’m using YOU in a general sense), but if we do, or if we think you mean money, then we risk offending you buy ignoring your requests. It’s a toughie…

    Post # 11
    847 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    @WestCoast:  Hmmm…I try hard to respect people’s wishes when it comes to stuff like gifts. So if they said they didn’t want any I’d just get them a card and write a personal congratulations message inside. That said, I’d probably feel a little guilty and uncomfortable showing up with nothing. 

    I’m fine with people asking for money (but I like to know what it’s going towards-like their honeymoon) or charitable donations. I will provide what’s written on the website or whatever. But please don’t expect me to read multiple layers into the phrase ‘no gifts please’. Because I’m not doing it. 


    Post # 12
    1430 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d be confused as to whether they really wanted NOTHING or if that meant they want cash only.. hmmm.

    Post # 13
    4654 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d give money, unless they stated specific charities I should donate to instead.

    Post # 14
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think people always like to get money – if they’ve been living together, or if they just don;t need anything, then they might say no gifts. But in reality, everyone can do with a bit of cash, to put towards their honeymoon, upgrading something in their home, etc… I’d never show up at a wedding emptu-handed, and if they’re not registered anywhere, I’ll bring cash in a card.

    Post # 16
    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    What it literally means is no gift – no present, no money, but maybe a card.  I think what a lot (not everyone, of course) of people HOPE for when they say “no gifts” is that they will receive cash instead.

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