You’re planning your party or maybe even your wedding, but you really don’t want to receive any gifts, after all, you already have everything you need.
But, well meaning friends and family sometimes feel obliged to give you a gift anyway. So, what’s a nice way to say ‘no gifts’ to the people invited to your party or celebration?
Below you will find some phrases you can use or add to your invitations so that people get the message that they are not required to bring a gift to your celebration.
Nice Ways To Say “No Gifts”
Your presence is the only gift we need.
The only gift we need is your company.
Gift us only with the honor of your presence.
We only need your presence, not your presents! No gifts, please.
Your presence is present enough – we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
No gifts please – we just want to celebrate with you.
Please bring only your company, your appetite, and your dancing shoes!
Your presence is our gift – no gifts, please.
Your good wishes are the only gifts we need.
No Gifts Poem
If you like to use a bit of rhyme, to get your message over the line, then these ‘no gifts’ poems might be helpful:
We’d love all your well wishes and congratulations too,
No gifts are necessary, all we really want is you!
We do not wish for presents,
We hope you do not mind,
We haven’t got a gift list,
There’s nothing we could find.
Your presence at our wedding,
Will give our day a lift,
Your company is priceless,
We accept it as our gift.
Come celebrate with us, on our special day
But please don’t bring a gift, or it might get in the way
Your presence is the only gift that we can even hope for
Friends and family together, who could ever want more?
Our house is full, our lives are great, we hope you get our drift
We want to celebrate with you, but please don’t bring a gift!
There is no gift you could give us, that would make our hearts sing more,
Than the gift of your presence, which will help our spirits sore!
Donations In Lieu of Gifts
Instead of a gift, please consider donating to….
Some people really struggle with the concept of attending an event without bringing a gift. It’s not their fault, in a lot of cultures it is considered bad manners to arrive empty handed to an event or celebration.
So, spelling it out to them and being very clear by using one of the above phrases is a good idea so that they know that you really mean it. But, if you’ve got people who still find it too hard, then consider asking them for a donation to your favorite charity instead of bringing a gift.
You can let your guests know in your invitation that no gifts are required but, if they’d like to make a donation to your charity of choice, you will have a collection bucket/table/area at your party/event where they can do so.
This is a win-win. It makes your guests feel more comfortable in that they are giving a gift of some sort, and it also allows you to collect some money for a charity that can no doubt use some extra funds.
Don’t feel guilty about not wanting to receive any gifts, it’s a perfectly reasonable request in this day and age where we are trying to be more sustainable and live with less and/or our houses are already so full.
If you’re planning a party or celebration but don’t wish to receive any gifts then try using one of our suggested phrases, above, as a nice way of saying ‘no gifts’. If it doesn’t work and some people still arrive with a gift, you can always donate it to charity.