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    We asked for no gifts, didn't dance around the issue, word it just like that.

    And everyone brought a gift. :-/

    If I was invited to a no gift birthday, I wouldn't bring one, and then I would feel so bad if all the other guests had brought something...

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    I wonder if it would be considered offensive to refuse to accept gifts that people bring if you've specifically asked for none?

    Because in theory it's exactly the same thing - rejecting/ignoring someone's wishes, but I bet people would be mighty put out. I think I would...

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    What about books? You could ask everyone to bring their favorite childhood book with a personalised inscription.

    Maybe something likes

    If you feel you must bring a gift, can you please let DS experience the joy of your favourite childhood book with a personal inscription for him to look back on in years to come.

    Google should give you something better than what I wrote! Haha.

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    good point @harvs

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    What about books? You could ask everyone to bring their favorite childhood book with a personalised inscription.

    Maybe something likes

    If you feel you must bring a gift, can you please let DS experience the joy of your favourite childhood book with a personal inscription for him to look back on in years to come.

    Google should give you something better than what I wrote! Haha.
    Great idea!! I might steal this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I wonder if it would be considered offensive to refuse to accept gifts that people bring if you've specifically asked for none?

    Because in theory it's exactly the same thing - rejecting/ignoring someone's wishes, but I bet people would be mighty put out. I think I would...
    I was always raised that if you're invited to a party you take a gift. If you're invited to dinner, you take the wine ect. I would feel SO rude taking nothing.

    I usually never buy toys though, we are book givers usually. For first birthdays I always opt for a beautifully bound classic. Like Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Secret Garden..

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    I was always raised that if you're invited to a party you take a gift. If you're invited to dinner, you take the wine ect. I would feel SO rude taking nothing.

    I usually never buy toys though, we are book givers usually. For first birthdays I always opt for a beautifully bound classic. Like Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Secret Garden..
    I would LOVE you as a friend! I'm the one that always gives books and sometimes I feel like people think a book isn't enough so I add things with it. I would be happy with only books though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    What about books? You could ask everyone to bring their favorite childhood book with a personalised inscription.

    Maybe something likes

    If you feel you must bring a gift, can you please let DS experience the joy of your favourite childhood book with a personal inscription for him to look back on in years to come.

    Google should give you something better than what I wrote! Haha.
    I actually did this for my baby shower - a few excited family members still bought clothes and things (and everyone gave more than one book) but it certainly cut down on things we didn't need & DD now has shelves full of books that she just LOVES. I think it's a great idea.

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    FWIW books don't count to me :-) books that are special and thoughtfully chosen are always gratefully received just like a mixtape - it's like sharing a part of yourself with someone and I think that's pretty awesome. I do love that book idea.

    But then I would have to set up a registry and let people know who was getting what book so no one doubles up, and then my email would be lampooned on Reddit and parenting websites :-p

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    I think that the book idea is great...but I have a confession.

    My name is LT and I'm a book-aholic. My kids are book-aholics. My DH is a book-aholic. Some more quality books would be lovely, I used to buy hardcovers of children's books for birthdays. I'd be a little afraid we'd end up with more double-ups. DH and I had to have a cull when we got married.

    ...but I'll still consider it!

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