I wasn't planning to do it because it seems a bit rude to ask people for gifts. I've noticed that Mothercare have a gift list service and I suspect that places like Mamas&Papas do too.
Is it just me who feels a bit uncomfortable with the whole baby shower/gift list idea?
If anyone asks, i just say mothercare vouchers- having been caught with a very small abby in the past and having to buy an entire size in a hurry, its handy. Plus, even if you don't want anything major from them you can still get all the general bits in there. Just easier, ime.
Vouchers are a great idea! I am much more comfortable with that option. I had not even thought about it until someone asked where I was registered so they could get me something. I would rather just say send a voucher as people are asking me what I want but I don't want to assume how much they are going to spend if that makes sense.
I've never heard of registering a gift list for a baby. I'd find it a bit rude to say to people 'I'd like A, B & C please'. If friends & family want to buy a gift, then that's lovely. I'd be happy to receive whatever it was, knowing they'd spent not only the money but the time & effort in choosing it.
If we end up with 30 identical babygrows, then so be it
I've had people virtually harassing me about what to buy (mainly my lovely mum ). My tactic is to say assume we have all the basics and just choose something special for lo to keep or put some pennies in their trust fund. I have never been comfortable with the 'lists' approach, seems very grabbing to me.
Forget to say, have also said if peeps opt for the trust fund option that they give lo a card saying thats what they've done, this then gets put in his special treasures box so he knows and can say thanks to all the people who contributed when he's older.
I hadn't thought of the trust fund thing either. That is all much easier and I really feel weird about the registering thing so I would rather not go there. I did need a way to respond to people though so I am glad I have something I can suggest!