I didn't have one with my first but had a little shower with my second and loved it. I didn't care if I got gifts I just wanted to see my close friends and family and enjoy their company. I lived 3 hours away from them all at that point and I knew it was probably going to be the last Time I saw them before bub came.
one person commented that I didn't get much stuff but that's not the point in my eyes
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25-09-2013 22:52 #21
26-09-2013 01:22 #22
I love baby showers. I don't care if its for the first baby or the 101st. I don't see them as a gift grab but a day to celebrate the mother and baby. Even if no gift is stated I still buy one. I go to a lot of effort to pick out a meaningful present and love seeing the look on someones face when they receive it.
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26-09-2013 05:48 #23
I bumped into an old friend a little while ago and she told me she was pregnant andi was pregnant aswell so it was a good way to reconnect. We had a coffee then I didn't hear from her in ages until I got an invite to her baby shower, it said on the invite that they don't need anything for the baby but have booked a newborn photo shoot for when the baby is born so people coule contribute to that but didn't put any of the photographers details on the invite so obviously we would have to give them cash. To me that's a bit ig a gift grab as we weren't close anymore.
Another friend is pregnant and hee friend is organizing the baby shower and on the invite put a poem that said in it "shower her with gifts" she was so annoyed because now she is worried people will think she just wants gifts!!
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26-09-2013 06:03 #24
26-09-2013 06:25 #25
I love baby showers and have no qualms buying my friends presents to celebrate the new life they are creating.
For my DS I had a lovely poem in the invite saying that if people wanted to give us a gift, that in place of a conventional baby shower gift, could people please gift a book to our new baby with a handwritten message inside for him. The books we received are all very treasured and it brings tears to my eyes reading back some of the messages that our closest friends wrote to DS.
I do totally disagree with registers for gifts for a baby shower though.
I was invited to one of these about two months before my own baby shower and could hardly afford anything on the list.
Although I technically 'requested' what people bought for my baby if they wanted to give a gift, I didnt expect people to spend up big - I had a number of friends who gave two or more books or a book and another gift because they didnt feel that one book was enough of a 'gift' and I certainly did not expect or ask for that.
26-09-2013 06:39 #26Senior Member
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Based on BH pretty much everything is more trouble than it is worth. Weddings, engagements, going to the park, grocery shopping, dressing up at school pick up, dressing down at school pick up, getting petrol, parking at the shops with or without a pram, coffee tables, working, not working ...
26-09-2013 10:48 #27Senior Member
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I love baby showers and most other celebrations. I always buy a gift even when it says not to. I spend what I feel comfortable.
I had a baby shower with my first daughter and asked only close friends and family and it was such a lovely day-one that I truly treasure.
I just think if you dont like them- dont have one and dont attend them.
26-09-2013 10:55 #28
I think it's pretty obvious when someone is going for the blatant gift grab. Fortunately I've never been to one that felt like that.
An invitation asking for cash only or a strict gift registry with expensive items would make me raise an eyebrow.
26-09-2013 11:05 #29Senior Member
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Any excuse to have a party really. I love parties.
And it is a baby SHOWER. The whole point to give gifts.
I don't see why someone who has had several children can't have a baby shower for each one.
In my circle of friends and family it's normal to have a baby shower for each child, to celebrate the birth but also to give gifts.
add: we also invite many people who we haven't seen in a long time as the birth of a baby is a special occasion. Just because we might not see some people on a regular basis doesn't mean they aren't part of our lives and that we don't want to share with them. Sometimes these type of parties are the only times I can catch up with certain people. Everyone is busy during their day to day life, so it is a time to stop and everyone to just catch up. This is how we treat weddings, christening and any other special once off events.
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26-09-2013 11:15 #30
I generally try not to attend baby showers. I suppose you could celebrate it in a nice way with close family and friends but as soon as I see gift registry or "we have everything we need however gifts of money are appreciated" I just think its embarrassing.
Im so over people events and their gift registries/requests for money.
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