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Etiquette question - Are you obligated to send a gift if you‘re invited to a baby shower but do not attend?

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      Diane17 wrote Sep 9, 2011
    • I was invited to a friend’s baby shower but did not attend.  We are not really close friends but I might send her something anyways.  Just wanted to hear people’s thoughts.




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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 9, 2011
    • My opinon is NO.  Some people send out invitations to lots of people they barely know, just in hopes of getting that gift.

      I only give a shower gift if it’s someone I’m really close to, whether I can attend or not.




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      Joanmarie wrote Sep 10, 2011
    • In my opinion, no.




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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 10, 2011
    • This year I was sent an invitation from a friend’s daughter for a baby shower for their second child.  I actually forgot about the shower and did not attend.  Nor did I get a gift.  

      I don’t see them very often nor am I that close with the daughter.  But in my opinion and the way I was brought up...you don’t do showers for second baby’s.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 10, 2011
    • MC I was brought up that way...... Along with the white after labor day (north and south it’s all the same estatic )

      Diane I would only send a gift if you truly wanted to. Not because of guilt, etiquette or anything else. I probably would not. If I was to see the baby after it was born then I would take a small gift then.




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      Butterflyrose wrote Sep 10, 2011
    • Obligated,no. But since I love babies and know that any gift given blesses that baby and the parents, I give a gift.

      Knowing that every baby born isn’t planned, it can
      wreck havoc on a family. Babies are expensive, likewise for planned babies.  Many times, it is a first baby or spacing between children; therefore, no hand-me-downs. Every baby deserves some new items when born. It is a time of celebration!

      In fact, my hubby and I had a baby ministry whereas we bought new baby items and gave them to any expectant mother/couple or newborn baby whether we knew them or not. We did this for a year.

      We felt so blessed by giving!

      Is my passion showing?heart

      An act of kindness is a gift given
      Butterflyrose




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      Necy wrote Sep 10, 2011
    • No..




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      Marya1961 wrote Sep 11, 2011
    • It is up to your discretion..we recently were invited to a high school graduation party and were not able to attend...we have not seen these friends in at least 10 years, but we still sent their son a small money gift..it is the thought that counts IMO.




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      Monay wrote Sep 18, 2011
    • Not at all.




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      Nita P wrote Jan 27, 2012
    • good on u for sending a gift.  it is your kind thoughts and deed towards this child that really matters here.




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