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#1 Posted on 24.10.04 0802.51
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Here's what happened. Friends of mine had a baby about 4-5 months ago, and I had bought some clothes for the baby before graduation (and before the birth). Then I moved home with all of my boxes, including the gifts, and turned my room into a pretty good resemblence of the fort from the Friends episode where Ross moves in with Chandler and Joey.

Now everything is put away and I found the box with the baby stuff. I know that wedding gifts can be sent up to a year after the wedding and still be within the bounds of good etiquette, but does the same hold true for baby gifts? Everything I bought was within the 9-12 month old size, so I'm pretty confident they'd still be useful gifts. Thank you ladies, Google wasn't helpful but I know y'all will be. :)
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#2 Posted on 24.10.04 0916.40
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As long as your friends aren't horrible people, no one is going to turn their nose up at a late gift. I would send the gift with a little note explaining about how things got mixed up in the move and apologizing for the lateness. I'm sure your friends will understand. If they don't, then maybe they aren't such good friends to have.
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#3 Posted on 24.10.04 2304.55
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Agreed, no problem in sending something like that a few months late. If anything, they'll be more likely to know where your gift is when the kid gets to the right size. Everyone has moved at one point or another and can relate.
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#4 Posted on 25.10.04 2121.52
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Thanks - I know it sounds weird to see what the etiquette for gift-giving is, but after receiving a somewhat nasty note regarding a wedding gift I had sent out late, it kinda makes me tippy-toe a little. Thanks again!
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#5 Posted on 26.10.04 0331.33
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Unless said wedding gift was postmarked sometime after the divorce, I assume you'll never be giving the happy couple anything ever again. I don't care if the gift arrived for their 20th wedding anniversary -- being less than gracious, much less "nasty", at the receipt of a gift is downright rude in its own right.
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#6 Posted on 26.10.04 1228.43
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Well, no shit. ;-) I never remember "late" gifts as such--I couldn't care less if it's a belated birthday, wedding or baby gift. It's a GIFT. People who use etiquette as a bludgeon really don't get the basic point of the exercise. And shouldn't get anything from you other than pre-printed cards with a brief signature for the rest of their lives, unless you can blame the scolding tone on what Mama told them was "correct".

What torques me off is NO acknowledgement of a gift. It doesn't have to be a formal thank-you note on monogrammed stationary; just calling me up and telling me how you liked it is fine. Don't let me think it fell into a black hole, that's all. (Yes, sister-in-law, I'm lookin' at YOU...)

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#7 Posted on 26.10.04 1912.28
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No sane parent of a newborn *looks at self* would turn away a gift. It is the thoughtfullness that counts. But, if it's for a little girl, feel free to send it my way. *grin*
Kidding, they should be happy to have a friend nice enough to get a gift.
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