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deltagirl79:Where's the special snowflake option? Yes, I had my shower during a recession, but even if I hadn't I wouldn't expect most (if any) people to by me a $500 gift. Were there friends/family that did a smaller gift than they might have? Probably but I didn't notice since I wasn't expecting the moon from everyone. There are always people who are in different financial positions, no matter the economy.
I selected "no" because I'd never call my babyshower a post-recession baby shower and wouldn't want the hostess to refer to it that way either. I never expect anyone at a shower to buy me something worth more than $50 (and usually we're looking at $20-30 from most) so the comparison question was just weird. They are gifts. You gracefully accept whatever someone could afford/think to get you.
SS, seriously. How would you word this on the invite? Will the Bump start posting suggested poems for this? (Seeing as so many people on the knot/nest/bump are fans of rhyme).
$500 breast pump? The most expensive gift I've ever bought for a baby shower was a car seat, we used a 20% off BRU coupon and the cost was divided amongst 5 hostess!
Where are you finding a $500 breast pump, and how big of douches do you think your posters are that they would expect someone to buy such an item for them?
My friends and family have nothing to do with the scale of the shower- the one person planning it does. Everyone else is free to spend whatever their budget allows and that they feel like spending. If it's $100, great. If it's $5, great. I would never expect anyone to go into debt for a baby shower- regardless of the economy.
I suppose I had a post recession baby shower... and only a year after my mid recession wedding. Our timing may be terrible, but these were celebrations, not gift collection gatherings. We told our wedding guests that the best gift would be for everybody to dance at the reception, and felt the same way about the baby shower. Well, there was no dancing, but I wanted to spend time surrounded with women who are nearly as excited as I am!
It's hard to always predict when our life changing events will occur (and whether they will coincide with optimal economic events) I say we lose the expectations and enjoy the party!
rayskit10:Honestly, I think you guys make this stuff up. I have never heard of this "post-recession shower" idea. I also didn't vote because neither of your options apply to the reality of what most people expect for a shower.
My shower was in February and the reigstry consisted of small items. I would never dream of asking people to pay for the car seat, furniture or any big ticket item. This is my first child and it is our responsibility to provide for him. I registered for smaller things that I would need later on like bibs, burp clothes, sheets, boppy covers and stuff like that.