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What are the rules about hostess gifts for a baby shower?

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Updated July 02, 2014

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Question: What are the rules about hostess gifts for a baby shower?
Answer: A hostess gift is not a necessity, but it is certainly a very kind gesture. Even though a baby shower is given out of the goodness of one's heart, a hostess gift just says, "Thanks."

If someone throws you a surprise baby shower, you are not expected to have a hostess gift immediately. You might consider sending a little something after the baby shower. If you are having a planned baby shower, consider bringing something with you.

Some examples of baby shower hostess gifts include:

  • nice candle
  • gift certificate (massage, pedicure, lunch, etc.)
  • stationery set
  • book
  • plant/flowers

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