This evening I was pulling out my friend's shower invite and out falls a little insert that I didn't see originally saying in a "cute" way that I should consider bring a book instead of a card.
I already went out and bought the gift, and spent the full amount of my budget. And now I feel obligated to buy a book. I get that it says "consider," but I don't want to be the only one who didn't participate in this little activity and feel odd. So, even though I generally only spend about a buck on a card, I'm going to go find a "favorite children's book." I could go to the dollar bin, but that will make me look cheap. So I'm going to go shell out ten bucks to get a nice, good quality book. So, thanks lovely hostess, for giving me this "fun" option.
To all the ladies who think a book instead of a card is brilliant - it's not. I don't appreciate being told what I should "consider" bringing. If mom wants books she can register for them and I can buy them as part of the gift budget I have.