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"No gifts" on invites

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truesdell:
Short question:  is it in poor etiquette to write "no gifts" on an invitation?

Gileswench:
Yes, it's poor etiquette to refer to gifts on an invitation.

dawbs:

--- Quote from: truesdell on January 07, 2007, 05:50:45 PM ---Short question:  is it in poor etiquette to write "no gifts" on an invitation?

--- End quote ---

Yes.
(Short version of why:  because it implies gifts would be expected if the instructions to the contrary weren't there)

ZipTheWonder:
Yes, but it's not poor etiquette to respect the request, once made.

Twik:
Howeve, one must expect that about half the invitees won't respect it, so the ones who did will feel embarrassed showing up without anything, and spend the time thinking that the ones who didn't respect it are being unnecessarily smug, and then after the party they run out to buy something just so the hosts don't think they're cheap....

Actually, that's probably another reason why it's frowned upon to put "no gifts" on the invitation.

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