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Baby Showers And Gifts-What The Hostess Should Consider

Aug 17, 2007
There may be questions concerning a baby shower and gifts. What kind of gifts, when are the gifts opened, thank-yous for the gifts, etc. These are all questions you may have if you are planning your first baby shower or even if it's been awhile since you hosted a baby shower.

If you are hosting the shower should you also give a gift? Usually the person who gives the shower will also give a gift but that is up to the hostess. You may choose to give the shower as your gift or you may give the mom-to-be an extra gift as well.

You know the new mom wants a lovely crib and you decide that it would make a great gift for the shower. All you need to do is to let everyone know that this is the plan and if they would like to go in on the gift you will be collecting the money. Have a card ready for each person to sign as they make the contribution. You can then purchase the crib or other big-purchase item and have it wrapped and ready to give to the new mom at the shower. If you end up with more money than you need to make the purchase you can buy a crib sheet, blankets or other smaller items on the gift registry.

Speaking of the gift registry. It is always a great idea to put the store or stores where the mom-to-be is registered on the invitation. Parents fill out gift registries for a reason. They can choose the gifts they really would love to have. Instead of choosing bedding in a train pattern that you personally prefer consider the jungle animal bedding listed on the gift registry instead. And while you may be crazy about those lovely ceramic sculptures depicting mother and child, not everyone is and that may be why they are not listed on the registry.

Back to the big gift. If this is what you decided to do, how will you present it? You could simply bring it into the room where the shower is being held and give it to the new mom. You could hide it and design a game around finding it. Maybe you want to roll it in at the last minute and surprise her. It's up to you how dramatic you want to get when it comes to giving the big gift.

If there are many guests at the baby shower and many gifts, how do you keep track of everything? You make sure you have provided a notebook and a reliable recorder. The recorder will keep track of all the gifts and who gave them. This list can be given to the mom-to-be and she will have a complete list for her thank-you notes. Want to make this even easier for your guest of honor? Provide the thank-you notes at the baby shower and have all the guests address the envelopes.

Baby shower and gifts, think of all the possibilities!
About the Author
Huzaili Aris is the webmaster of http://www.baby-shower-party-ideas.com For more gift ideas that the mom-to-be would absolutely adore, visit our baby shower gift ideas section at http://www.baby-shower-party-ideas.com/baby-shower-gifts.html
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