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#1 of 7 Old 08-11-2007, 01:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We're going to have a family wide welcome evan party in november (ha... born in feb.), anyway, I don't want crap, so I was thinknig of saying no gifts, or suggesting they make a donation to buy a tree in his name, or saying something like gently used gift items for donation to the local childrens center or something... thoughts, wording suggestions...?????????

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I think that's a great idea!

If you really don't want gifts for Even and prefere a donation to a shelter or something maybe say something cute on the invitation from Evan.

Maybe this : Even loves all the toys he has and wants to share them with "this charity". He would be so happy if he could share.

Or something like that.
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Donations like canned food and money are good, but sometimes, people want to bring something for you and the baby, too. A couple of my friends have done neat things: one asked each guest to bring a flowering plant or herb, and she planted them all in a garden for her baby. Another had people bring a stone, rock, or crystal and tell a brief story about why they chose it. Her dh then incorporated all the stones/crystals into a beautiful mosaic-y mandala for their baby.

You could also just have people design a "page" meant to be bound into a book for your baby. I've had several friends do this--pages can include stories, quotes, artwork, anything inspirational.

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I've found that telling people I didn't want baby gifts never worked, but giving them an option did.

For this last baby I asked that no one give me baby stuff, but rather donate to my chest freezer fund or make a dinner or something. I far more money than I needed for the freezer, food enough to fill it and gift cards out the wazoo to my favorite grocery store.

I personally don't like being told to donate to charity in lieu of gifts. I'm very selective about things like that.
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I like the food idea. They could bring takeout gift cards or frozen casseroles. That would ease the burden of cooking for a bit. (assuming you don't have major dietary restrictions... if that's the case you might not want others cooking for you)

When people insist on bringing a gift I usually suggest books. It's hard to have too many books.

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i think you are awesome! what a great idea. i got a lot of good stuff at my shower, but SO MUCH CRAP too...i think its a wonderful idea to do a no gift baby blessing...and you rule!:
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Come help us welcome the newest addition!
Evan was born at home into his fathers arms on 2/21/07.
Please join us at (time) on (date) at (place).

We are making a time capsule to for evan to open when he graduates college. Your presence is present enough, however if gift-giving is important to you, please bring a gently used item that represents the year 2007 to be included.

or

Your presence is present enough, however if gift-giving is important to you, please bring an un-wrapped gift for "operation christmas child."

which one?

Or... "please note that any gifts brought will be donated to the local holiday children's toy drive?"

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