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    Unwrapped gifts???

    I recieved an invitation in the mail to a shower for a lovely young women.

    After all the usual stuff of where and when, where the couple is registered, and who is hosting, at the end of the invitation it says, "unwrapped gifts". I have never heard of asking for your gift to be left unwrapped. Is that really what it means, bring your gift without wrapping it?

    Is this a new thing? a green thing? Have you heard of this? I know I'm not in her generation, but I've never heard of this before. I'm not too sure just how I feel about leaving my gift sitting on the gift table for everyone to see.

    Why would they want the gifts left unwrapped? How would you feel about it?
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    I have not heard of this but I think I would go with a natural wrapper. A receiving blanket tied up around the gift for a baby shower or maybe in a diaper bag? My gift inside one of the pair of pillowcases for a wedding shower or clothes basket?

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    That's kind of funny. I always give home made gift bags and tell the recipient to pass it on as a re-gift-bag and keep it going.

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    Never heard of it either! Maybe they dont want to dispose of the bags and paper tissue?

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    I just heard of this also, but in this case, the mother-to be said she hated having to open everything, and just wanted the presents unwrapped so she could skip that part of the shower!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    I just heard of this also, but in this case, the mother-to be said she hated having to open everything, and just wanted the presents unwrapped so she could skip that part of the shower!!
    But that's the fun part.

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    to me, the most fun at a shower is to anticipate the gift and share the oooohs and aaaaahs with the reveal. that being said, i've always thought what a waste it was to see all that crumpled up paper in a trash bag. i vote for green wrappings.
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    Yes I have heard of this for wedding and baby showers. It is so the mother to be (bride) can visit with the guest. The gifts are put on a table for all to see. I prefer to wrap my gifts in something that can be used like a blanket, towels etc. Go with the flow and enjoy your self.
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    Maybe they wont pass around the envelopes for the guests to address themselves to save time for the recipient...thus saving paper by not sending a written thank you . New mothers and brides are too busy to deal with the time consuming details of collecting presents. Just drop off a small gift and head home for some sewing. Too many directions for attending what is supposed to be a celebration . Yawn.
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    I'm glad some other have heard about this practice before me... I have always thought that it was a shame to waste all that beautiful paper. and of course beautiful paper and bows are so expensive these days, so perhaps it's a great idea who's time has finally come.

    Thanks for some good suggestions. I was feeling a bit uncomfortable.
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    This is new to me! I would wrap in something she can use that could be fun! Gift bastket or something like that.

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    I guess I would prefer to believe that she is trying to save the world for her children, not being lazy.
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    I had never heard of this either but after reading all the posts, I'd think a quick gift bag or tote bag would be perfect to hold the gift and then for recipient to reuse. For someone who sews and has a bit of extra fabric around (don't we all :-) this would be a much cheaper alternative to gift wrap and ribbon. I also like the idea of a blanket or pillow case being used. In fact, you could make your own pillowcase to hold the gift.

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    Maybe an unwrapped gift is a subtle way of saying "give cash"?

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    Gee, Mrs.f.. I hadn't thought of that. Money is always good. Guess I could ask one of the hosts.

    As I thought about this more, I think it's a fine idea to save all that expense of paper and bows.. I'd much rather spend the money on the gift. I may be getting old, but it urks me to spend $$$ on a gift, and then have to add another $15 for appropriate paper, ribbon and card. I'd rather spend the extra on a nicer gift or just give it to them.

    I was thinking about monograming a nice set of sheets or towels for them.. Towels stack up very nicely.. Tie them together with a nice ribbon and it would look just fine.. Or if sheets, I would put the set inside one of the pillowcases and tie it with a pretty ribbon.

    I also make baskets, I could put something in one of those.. all good ideas.. I feeling more comfortable about the whole thing now.. Just took me completely off guard.
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    My good friend is 'adopting' a pot belly pig! That said, she is sooo excited!! A group of friends are going to have a 'Piggy Shower' for her! We have treats, food, toys, blanket, collars,bed. mobile, etc...ALL WRAPPED!! That's part of the fun at ANY shower!! UnWrAppIng ! Although some may saw , WE are a bit unwrapped for doing this!! : )

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    I'm with Sandygirl.
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    This is a new one for me too. I must finally be old. I am sick of weddings where we put the envelope in the "bird cage" or whatever, never to speak to the bride and groom at the reception. Can't tell you how many thank you notes we haven't received for gifts we have given. These are the same people who have time to sign the back of the checks
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    I guess good manners, taste, and simple courtesy have become obsolete in many people's up bringing. Sigh!

    You have probably guessed that this is a sore point for me. Thanks for letting me vent.

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    I'd put the gift in a gift bag. Doesn't need to be opened and can be re-used. Things have changed so much. Rules are tiring and take all the fun out of everything.

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    We had a shower for a new mom at our church and brought unwrapped gifts for a "Clothesline shower" The unwrapped gifts were hung on a clothesline around the room, or placed in a laundry basket if too large or bulky to hang
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    I agree, times and what we used to consider good manners are changing.. but so is nearly everything else many of us thought of as standards everyone held. I also remember my grandma getting on hat and gloves to go to the doctor or grocery shopping, and my dad driving her in his suit. Some ideas need to change.

    This was new to me, but not nearly as shocking as lots of other things I've had to adjust to. I just needed to make sure I was understanding this correctly.

    and... sadly, I must confess, I was one of those that never did get thank-you's sent out after we got married.. I still have the cards with what the people gave us written on the back.. We will have our 43 anniversary on the 22nd of this month... do you think I should still send them?? We were working full time, I was working 10 hour shifts, and we were both in college.. It just didn't get done, even though I knew it should. sigh... more guilt to deal with...
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    All that wrapping paper never went to waste with me. I took the paper home after it was folded at the shower. I used it to line the bottom of dresser drawers, and it reminded me of the wonderful shower. I often reused other paper to wrap other gifts, or for packing things instead of packing peanuts, or to wrap and insulate a hot dish take to a friend. I would miss the unwrapping of the gifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judie View Post
    I agree, times and what we used to consider good manners are changing.. but so is nearly everything else many of us thought of as standards everyone held. I also remember my grandma getting on hat and gloves to go to the doctor or grocery shopping, and my dad driving her in his suit. Some ideas need to change.

    This was new to me, but not nearly as shocking as lots of other things I've had to adjust to. I just needed to make sure I was understanding this correctly.

    and... sadly, I must confess, I was one of those that never did get thank-you's sent out after we got married.. I still have the cards with what the people gave us written on the back.. We will have our 43 anniversary on the 22nd of this month... do you think I should still send them?? We were working full time, I was working 10 hour shifts, and we were both in college.. It just didn't get done, even though I knew it should. sigh... more guilt to deal with...
    If you still have them, I think it would be a hoot!! Personally, I would love to get one, even late!!
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    I've been to a shower where the gifts were to be wrapped in a diaper, if possible. The parents to be were very 'green' and making a conscious effort to save the environment. I used a pretty receivng blanket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judie View Post
    I agree, times and what we used to consider good manners are changing.. but so is nearly everything else many of us thought of as standards everyone held. I also remember my grandma getting on hat and gloves to go to the doctor or grocery shopping, and my dad driving her in his suit. Some ideas need to change.

    This was new to me, but not nearly as shocking as lots of other things I've had to adjust to. I just needed to make sure I was understanding this correctly.

    and... sadly, I must confess, I was one of those that never did get thank-you's sent out after we got married.. I still have the cards with what the people gave us written on the back.. We will have our 43 anniversary on the 22nd of this month... do you think I should still send them?? We were working full time, I was working 10 hour shifts, and we were both in college.. It just didn't get done, even though I knew it should. sigh... more guilt to deal with...
    I think it would be a great idea, I think the ones still alive would enjoy the thought and knowing that you still think of them. I was one of my daughter's showers and one of the guests and I were talking about our showers, the things we were given and the ones who gave them to us. People like to know that you are thinking of them
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