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March 22nd, 2008, 09:50 AM
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My mom really wants to throw me a shower since this is the first and maybe only grandchild. The only thing is I would have to travel back to Wisconsin from Seattle. I planned on going home anyway but I'm just curious about what I should do with gifts since obviously I won't have a lot of space on the plane. We thought about putting a little note in the invitation something along the lines of 'due to travel restrictions gift cards are appreciated' or something similar. I really don't know what to do. What do you all think? Do you have any recommendations?
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March 24th, 2008, 06:43 AM
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On the invites for my work shower, they noted "let's shower her with giftcards!" They did! I still got a few actual gifts, but the majority were giftcards. Personally, "Due to travel restrictions, giftcards are appreciated" sounds a little formal and stuffy to me for a shower invite. I would think most people that are being invited to your shower already know you'll have to travel, anyway.
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March 24th, 2008, 08:31 AM
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On the invites for my work shower, they noted "let's shower her with giftcards!" They did! I still got a few actual gifts, but the majority were giftcards. Personally, "Due to travel restrictions, giftcards are appreciated" sounds a little formal and stuffy to me for a shower invite. I would think most people that are being invited to your shower already know you'll have to travel, anyway.[/b]
Yeah but that doesn't mean they'll think about it when they are shopping. I was asking for opinions on other things we could write, nothing is set in stone.
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May 3rd, 2008, 08:57 PM
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I am going to have this same situation traveling from Cali to Indiana. Truth be told, no one is going to want to buy gift cards because part of the fun of a baby shower is actually getting something cute for the baby. If they wanted to get you a gift card they could send it in the mail and save you a whole trip back home in the first place. Secondly, I think that when you opt to have a baby shower you just have to deal with getting things back home. I would suggest taking a whole extra suitcase to stuff baby gifts in. If someone does want to get a pig purchase such as a stroller or a swing, you could either ask for large items to be shipped to your home if they opt to buy them, or just pay to have it shipped home yourself. I know it isnt fun, but is the most realistic.

Another idea would be to pick small things in the registry so that if ppl actually purchase off of it you have already picked small items!
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July 2nd, 2008, 03:41 PM
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Gift cards is a good idea but you can also maybe ask to have the gifts shipped to a store location close to you for pick up if that is a possiblity
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July 3rd, 2008, 11:25 AM
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What is a baby shower without oohhhing and ahhhing over little baby clothes, bibs, booties? Can you bring an extra suitcase for the gifts?

Also the host could spread the word as a reminder that you are traveling so anyone that wants to get you a car seat, etc can have it shipped to your house.

As far as what to say and etiquette, well I think the more casual saying "Let's shower her with giftcards" is least offensive. People LOVE shopping for babies so to take that away from them will be hard. Hopefully everyone will know you are traveling and get you small stuff and gift card to go along with it.
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