How to Ask Guests Not to Wrap Gifts?

If you are throwing a bridal shower, birthday party, or another fun event and don’t want to spend half the party watching the guest of honor open gifts, you might consider a “display” shower, wedding, or birthday party.

It’s all the new rage for the guest of honor and the guests to enjoy seeing the presents without the time staking, often boring, process of gift opening.

The question is…how do you (politely) ask guests not to wrap gifts?

🪟 What is a Display Event?

A display party is when guests bring unwrapped gifts and put them on display with name tags labeling who gave what gift.

This innovative idea is a wonderful way minimize the down time spent unwrapping presents but still allows for them to be shown off and appreciated – just in a timely manner.

For little ones’ parties, presenting unwrapped presents cuts down on frustration they may feel when overwhelmed by the task of tearing into their gifts.

Since wrapping paper and gift sacks are eliminated, the guests get to save some dollars.

♼ The Problem with Paper

An estimated 2.3 million pounds of gift wrap makes it into landfills each year in the US. A display is an eco-friendly gesture that party planners, party goers, and the guest of honor should be proud to be a part of.

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💭 Creative Ways to Showcase Display Gifts

Rather than missing out on the glitz and glamour wrapped gifts usually bring to an event, why not find a creative way to display the presents?

For a bridal or wedding shower, you can reserve a table for the unwrapped gifts. Adorn it with a color coordinating table cover and tastefully arrange the presents about for all to see or even display the items on an empty shelf.

Using one of the gifts to be given makes for a nice way to present other gifts. A new crib, bassinette, or playpen can be used to encase unwrapped gifts at a baby shower.

You can also get creative within your party theme. If you’re throwing a farm themed or rustic party, set the gifts in a wheelbarrow or wooden wagon.

For a beach party for kids or adults, you can decorate a table like the beach with sea shells and sand pails. A kiddie wading pool is the perfect place to have a display of gifts at a pool party.

Throwing a graduation bash? Display gifts on a table along with old school photos and other graduation memorabilia for a nice effect.

It’s a good idea to have the gifts hidden a little out of sight so you can make a special time to present them to the guest of honor and so she or he can take time to look at and acknowledge each one and thank the gift giver.

The object of a display party is not to take away attention from the gift giver or the gift but simply to eliminate the drudgery of unwrapping them.

No matter what twists you go with or how or where you choose to display the gifts, the sky is the limit to the fun and festive ways to do so.

🤔 Things to Keep in Mind

Display gifting may not work for everyone or for every gift.

Some may give a gift that is best kept under wraps, like skimpy attire at a bridal shower, or they may be spending more than the norm and not wanting to flaunt it.

It’s good to give guests a “way out”. You don’t want to appear you’re trying to control anything or deny anyone the option of wrapping or using a gift sack if that is what they really want to do.

It’s also polite to let guests know their presence is a present in itself and gifts are not obligatory.

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🗣️ How to Ask Guests to Participate in the Display Party

It can be awkward asking guests not to wrap their gifts. But it doesn’t have to be.

The best time to “request” for your guests to bring unwrapped gifts vs. wrapped ones is in their invitation – be it mailed, digital, or verbal. Finding creative ways to make the request is the best way to go about it.

Here are some savvy suggestions of how to cleverly word it:

Mailed and Digital Invitations:

  • Showoffs! We want to show gifts off in a display so if you bring one, please don’t wrap it.
  • It’s a Wrap! Or…not. If you would be so kind as to NOT wrap, there will be a gift display for unwrapped presents.
  • Proudly presenting…gifts! We are planning to display unwrapped gifts so no need to wrap.
  • Tag! We will be displaying unwrapped gifts so no wrapping necessary. Simply add a tag and you’re good to go.
  • Making it Simple! We want to spend more time hanging out so we’re requesting for any gifts that are brought to be unwrapped.
  • We want to spend more time rapping and less time unwrapping. If you bring a gift, please make it an unwrapped one to be presented on the gift display.
  • On display! We will be displaying unwrapped gifts so no need to wrap.
  • Celebrating our Guest of Honor with an unwrapped gift display area.
  • We are NOT keeping this party under wraps! Seriously. We’ll be displaying the gifts so if you bring one, please don’t wrap it.
  • In order to spend more time celebrating and less time unwrapping, please don’t wrap your gift.
  • We’ll be showcasing the presents so we’re asking guests not to wrap gifts.
  • Let’s be clear! No, really. We are displaying the gifts so if you bring one, please make sure it’s in clear wrap or not wrapped at all.
  • We’d like to be transparent. For real! We’ll be

Be May Also Want To Include:

  • Your presence is your present. A gift is appreciated but not expected.
  • Feel free to place a name tag on the gift stating who it’s from.
  • If for any reason you want to wrap your gift, that is fine.

Verbal Invitations:

When you extend a verbal invite, simply mention gifts will be displayed so there’s no need to wrap a gift if one is given. It’s nice to also state gifts are not required but are appreciated.

Wrapping it Up…Or Not

A gift display event is an excellent way to do away with wasted time (and paper) and to focus on celebrating the guest of honor. With a little creativity and some tact in informing the guests, your party is sure to be a hit.

Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl is a professional writer that has been writing ever since she could hold a crayon. She has authored over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for teens and adults (both credited and ghost-written) on a wide range of subjects. Cheryl also writes blogs and articles on various topics and themes. Residing in a small mountain community in Southwest Colorado, Cheryl draws her inspiration from the gorgeous scenery, her 2 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, party and event planning, and hanging out with family and friends. “I write so you don’t have to,” is Cheryl’s motto.

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