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Old 07-28-2013, 09:37 AM   #31
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And it eliminates the silly "make a hat & veil out of the wrapping paper & ribbon" activity at showers!
Thank goodness!
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:39 AM   #32
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I received a baby shower invitation that said "Please be a dear and wrap in clear". I have no idea what that means.
I would wrap it in saran wrap good luck trying to unwrap that present
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:43 AM   #33
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I would prefer this over the not opening presents until everyone is gone. I like seeing what people got. As for my own personal baby shower I really wish I would have thought of this. I do not like being the center of attention and having every eye on me as I sit for an hour and unwrap. I dislike it so much I chose not to have a shower with my second child. I also am not a cutesy wrapper so I wiould gladly take a gift unwrapped. I may even try this at my kids next birthday. Have a large party bag at the door to drop gifts in and he can just pull them out one at a time and show them.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #34
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Aw, I get the green part, but I think it's a little sad. I like well wrapped presents and I think unwrapping is a lot of fun. Plus, the "bridal bouquet made out of shower present ribbons" is such a tradition. I'm glad my friends aren't on board with this no-wrap trend.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #35
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I don't mind not wrapping the gifts, but I have to say it's incredibly clumsy wording. "Don't wrap to save time" sounds a bit like unwrapping the presents is such a hassle that the recipient can't be bothered. Which may well be true, but is slightly less than gracious.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #36
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I actually just went to a baby shower today that asked us not to wrap the gifts. She's a close friend of mine. She said it was for two reasons. The first was to be "green" and not waste paper. The second was that she didn't want to make people sit through the long gift-opening process so they just put all the unwrapped gifts on a table to be displayed. No problems with it on my end!

ETA: I just read the above posts. It's definitely a generational thing. A lot of folks in my age group (I'm 30) aren't opening the gifts in front of everyone anymore. The last few baby and wedding showers I've been to didn't do it and I can't say I mind at all. I actually hate that part, especially if you didn't spend as much as everyone else.

These type of events just scream - GIFT GRAB!!!!!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:59 AM   #37
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This sounds awesome to me. I have always hated feeling like I have to keep buying more and more to go with my gift because I know it will be opened in front of everyone and I don't want to look cheap. Sometimes my budget is just tight but I don't like looking stingy as EVERYONE in the room watches and takes pictures of the honored guest opening my gift.
How would this prevent you from not looking cheap?
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #38
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I am all for this and just wish I would have thought of it 10 years ago! I hated opening all the gifts in front of everyone. It was embarrassing, especially when I got the ugliest blanket my husbands grandmother made. It's impossible to pretend that something is lovely, when its downright hideous.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #39
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I think the pp who said something about appearing cheap was talking about when the bride opens your gift in front of everyone and it is announced to the room, " this gift is from Sally Smith!" Then everyone looks at sally smith and the bride opens the gift and holds it up announcing, "Ohhhhh it's a blender!"

The whole no wrapping eliminates that. Gifts are displayed and anyone can walk by and gaze at the gifts but there is no public proclamation of what everyone bought, no room full of eyes on you as the bride opens your gift etc. Some people can't afford gifts on the registry and just purchase simple things, like a picture frame, and may not want everyone to know you didn't drop hundreds of dollars on a china place setting. At least I think that is what she meant about appearing cheap!
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #40
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My friend had a baby shower where we weren't supposed to wrap gifts, which was fine. It was nice to see the gifts displayed and did save time. The kicker was instead of a card we were to get a book instead. Most books are twice the price of a card! I went to the dollar store and got a book. This friend is a little greedy so I didn't feel bad at all going cheap on my book.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #41
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These type of events just scream - GIFT GRAB!!!!!!
How? Because there's no wrapping paper? So if they were wrapped the event wouldn't be an excuse for gifts? Isn't that exactly what a baby shower is?
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:12 PM   #42
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LOL I forgot about the dreaded "bow bouquet!" No wrapping also eliminates those silly games like "gift bingo!"

I wish I had done the no wrapping at my shower, I hated being in front of everyone while I unwrapped. I hate attention on me and felt pressured to hurry so I could get it over with and people could get on with their day.
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How? Because there's no wrapping paper? So if they were wrapped the event wouldn't be an excuse for gifts? Isn't that exactly what a baby shower is?
They actually thank you for the gift when they open it. This way they don't want to put out any effort in getting a gift.
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LOL I forgot about the dreaded "bow bouquet!" No wrapping also eliminates those silly games like "gift bingo!"

I wish I had done the no wrapping at my shower, I hated being in front of everyone while I unwrapped. I hate attention on me and felt pressured to hurry so I could get it over with and people could get on with their day.
Wouldn't it have been easier to not have the shower?
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:25 PM   #45
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No, it wouldn't have been easier not to have a shower. I wanted our extended families to meet before the wedding and I was all for a shower, I just did not want to be up in front of everyone opening gifts, I hate being the center of attention. Plus, I had a group of bridesmaids, as well as elderly relatives on both sides of our families that were very insistent that i have a shower, which I was fine with, I just didn't want the traditional "shower games."

To each his own, I know a lot of people that love the traditional showers with the games and opening of the gifts, oooing and ahhhhing etc. Just not for me! There is no right or wrong, just what a person is comfortable with.
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