How to ask for a baby voucher or money instead of a gift?

There could be many reasons why you would like guests or visitors to bring a gift card or cash instead of a present. 

You may have received all the products you needed when you had your firstborn. Or you have a particular style, taste or brand you like. In this instance, you may request a voucher or money instead of a physical present. Or you simply want to hold a gift card baby shower.

Some suggestions on how to ask for a gift card or cash instead of a baby gift are;

  • Ask in the invite – Instead of a baby shower present or newborn gift, request they bring a voucher or cash.
  • Baby Shower Registry – Many people will expect you to have a baby shower registry where you select the products you would like to buy. Setting up a registry is time-consuming and can be complicated. Instead, make a baby voucher registry. Here you can include a list of your favourite baby shops. This will mean you get a range of different values from a selection of shops where you can buy what you need.

Wording for the invite

The wording on the invite or note is crucial otherwise you will come off as greedy and money-hungry. Here are a few examples of the messages you could include;

  • You are invited to the baby shower of ‘insert name, date and location’. She has requested that no gifts be given and it’s more important that you are there to celebrate the special moment. If you do want to spoil the baby there will be a wishing well for gift cards or money. She can’t wait to see you there.
  • We can’t wait to see you at our Baby-Q and for you to celebrate the upcoming birth of our baby. ‘Insert time, date and location” Please don’t bring a present but if you would like to contribute we would appreciate gift cards to our favourite baby shops which can be found in the back. We can’t wait to see you.
  • Come and celebrate the birth of our beautiful baby. We are having a sip-and-see party and would love for you to be a part of this special moment in our lives. We were lucky enough to receive all the items we needed already however if you would like to contribute a gift card or money we will have a wishing well available. Looking forward to seeing you!

We hope this has been helpful for you to ask for money rather than presents for your baby. Remember that having children isn’t about the gifts or presents. And these should never get in the way of friendships and family. People may be struggling financially and not be able to contribute a gift or money at all.

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This article was written by Luisa Figueroa, she is the owner of the My Little Love Heart brand of baby gifts and accessories.

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