I received a bridal-shower invitation in the mail the other day; a little slip of paper tucked into the envelope said:
In order to save time and paper, please leave your gift unwrapped. Just place a bow and a card on it.
I've given advice on how to word this sort of request before, but I've never been a fan of the idea. It feels too micro-managing to me. And like a good little Martha do-be, I enjoy wrapping presents -- it lets me be creative and put my own stamp on things. Without wrapping paper, I worry it'll feel more like "handing over the loot" and less like "giving a gift." Maybe the bow will be enough. . . .
I see her point -- showers in this family are 75-person extravaganzas, and opening all those unsurprising gifts (everybody shops from the registry) would take for - ev - er! Plus, the volume of wrapping paper would be non-"green."
I'll let you know how it feels in real life. I'm attempting to get around the clause by also giving her a set of reusable nylon shopping bags; they'll be my "wrapping paper." And I'm going to add a short note, not just a card.
How do you think this sort of request would go over in your family?