Bridal Shower Gift Etiquette if you do not plan to attend the Shower

Question:

I am invited to two Bridal Showers (one a close friend and another an office colleague) next week but I have summer travel plans with my family. Do I need to send a Bridal Shower Gift if I am not actually attending the showers? I will, however, attend both the weddings later.

Answer:

Etiquette does not require to send in any gift if you are not actually attending the Bridal shower.

However, if and only if you wish, you can send in a gift in the first case since the Bride is your close friend. You know best how close you are to her and whether you would like to send in a gift even if you are not attending her shower. It might even be something for ‘making up for your absence’ if you are really very close friends.

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