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Baby showers are a celebration typically thrown by an expectant mothers friends or close family. They’re an opportunity to offer your best wishes to the soon to be new parents, and shower them with helpful essentials to prepare for their new baby. However, if you find yourself attending a baby shower where “no gifts” have been requested, you may find yourself confused about the etiquette.
If you’ll be attending a baby shower where you’ve been asked not to bring gifts, it’s important to respect your host's wishes and forgo traditional gifts. There are many reasons why they may have requested no gifts be brought to their shower, and whatever their reason it’s proper etiquette to honor their request.
Attending a party for expecting parents with no gifts may feel odd to people, so if you’d really like to do something special for the host, there are a few non gift options.
Contact your host beforehand and ask if they’d like you bring any food. Bringing a homemade dessert or a delicious dinner dish allows you to still give a token of your well wishes, without violating the no gifts rule.
If they insist they have all the catering covered, you can enquire about the next big baby shower feature: the activities. Baby showers are known for involving a ton of fun and hilarious baby themed games and activities. Offer to prepare one or bring the supplies.
If all else fails, there best non gift you can give after any party is an offer to help clean. As fun as baby showers are, there can be a lot to tidy up after the fact, and no one is ever going to turn down an extra set of helping hands.
Whatever you offer to do for your expectant friend, going above and beyond the rule of no gifts is an incredible token of your love and affection. Purchasing a gift may be the traditional route for baby showers, but each of these options respects the no gift rule and requires you to dedicate your time and effort to helping out your friend. Its customary to bring gifts, but when no gifts are allowed, that’s when you really learn who wants to do whatever they can to give their best wishes.
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