Asking for gifts on an invitation is usually expected, but that doesn’t make it easy. We get it. It’s hard to ask your friends to spend money on you. But there are plenty of polite ways to do it.
This article has gathered some phrases that can show you how to politely ask for gift cards instead of gifts on an invitation.
- We would really appreciate gift cards
- We do not need gifts, but gift cards work nicely
- If you would like to get us something, we accept gift cards
- A gift card would be nice
- A gift card is all we need
- You can choose the type of gift card you get us
- A simple gift card works for me
- If it’s not too much to ask, we would like some gift cards
- Please get me a gift card as a gift
So, keep reading to learn more about wording different phrases to politely ask for gift cards. We’ve touched on each one and provided examples to help.
1. We Would Really Appreciate Gift Cards
Don’t worry about overcomplicating things. There’s nothing wrong with a simple phrase like “we would really appreciate gift cards.” After all, it gets the point across quickly, with no need to worry about the message being confused.
You can replace “gift cards” with any gift you would appreciate. It simply lets invitees know that you expect a specific type of gift.
Also, starting with “we would really appreciate” is a formal way to show someone what you’d like from them. So, you can’t go wrong with it when setting up more professional events.
You can refer to this example to show you how to use it:
We would really appreciate gift cards instead of traditional gifts! Please, choose any gift card that you think is appropriate.
All the best,
Sue and Brian
2. We Do Not Need Gifts, but Gift Cards Work Nicely
If you’re not all that invested in the gifts you receive, then you can start with “we do not need gifts.” However, it’s always good to let guests decide whether they would like to bring some along anyway. That’s where “gift cards work nicely” comes in.
It shows that you don’t require gifts but wouldn’t mind some gift cards. It works well when sending invitations to friends (i.e., a birthday or wedding invitation).
Here is an invitation example to show you how to use it:
We do not need gifts, but gift cards work nicely! We look forward to seeing you at our event!
See you soon,
Mr. & Mrs. Tamworth
3. If You Would Like to Get Us Something, We Accept Gift Cards
We always recommend giving guests the option to choose what they get you. It’s much more polite to encourage them to decide for themselves.
So, “if you would like to get us something, we accept gift cards” is a great one to use. It’s a friendly alternative that lets you remain as polite as possible when sending invitations to people you care about.
You can check out the following example to show you how it works:
If you would like to get us something, we accept gift cards! Don’t worry about getting any big gifts.
Joe and Thomas
4. A Gift Card Would Be Nice
Stick to simpler phrases when writing invitations. It’s much easier to read, and most people will be more comfortable following your requests when you keep things simple.
That’s why we think “a gift card would be nice” works really well. It lets people know that you only expect a gift card from them, as it would be a nice gift to receive.
This invitation sample should help you if you’re still stumped:
A gift card would be nice if you want to get me a gift! I don’t need anything more than that for my birthday, though.
I look forward to seeing you all soon,
5. A Gift Card Is All We Need
“A gift card is all we need” works really well in most friendly invitations. You can include it when setting up a more casual event like a wedding or birthday party.
The key here comes from “all we need.” It shows you do not expect anything outside of a gift card. Of course, the attendee can decide which gift card to get for you (unless you specify the type you want in the invitation).
Here is a quick example to show you how to use it:
You are invited to join us for our baby shower! A gift card is all we need, so we can buy things we need for our baby!
Thank you so much,
Harriett and Charlie
6. You Can Choose the Type of Gift Card You Get Us
It’s always good to let your friends decide what to get you. “You can choose the type of gift card you get us” is a great demonstration of this.
It ensures that the invitees give you gift cards, but it also lets them choose which type they get for you. That way, you can ask for variety while still receiving gift cards as you expect from people.
Here is an example to show you how it works:
We don’t expect major gifts. You can choose the type of gift card you get us, of course!
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Mr. and Ms. Tate
7. A Simple Gift Card Works for Me
Why not stick with something friendly and polite like “a simple gift card works for me.” We highly recommend using this one when asking for gift cards on an invitation if you want to be casual.
Your friends and family will appreciate a phrase like this in an invitation. It shows you don’t expect much, and a gift card is all you need to receive.
You may also refer to the following example:
I hope you accept my birthday invitation and have a great time at my party. A simple gift card works for me!
Thank you so much,
8. If It’s Not Too Much to Ask, We Would Like Some Gift Cards
A polite introduction to a sentence goes a long way when encouraging someone to buy you gifts. We recommend trying “if it’s not too much to ask” to keep things polite and friendly.
It’s also quite a respectful way to start a sentence. You can follow it with “we would like some gift cards” to request that people buy you a specific type of gift (rather than getting you things you haven’t asked for).
Perhaps this example will help you with it:
Dear Esteemed Guests,
You are invited to celebrate our big day with us. If it’s not too much to ask, we would like some gift cards only.
Dr. & Mr. Brandy
9. Please Get Me a Gift Card as a Gift
A simple “please” goes a long way. It works well in nearly every situation, especially when you want to be polite. So, “please get me a gift card as a gift” is great to include on an invitation when you don’t want any other type of gift.
It makes it clear that you don’t expect much from your guests. Most of them will appreciate not having to spend too much time thinking of something more creative to get you.
Also, here is an example to show you how to use it correctly:
I hope you can make it to my birthday celebration on Friday! Please get me a gift card as a gift, as I don’t need anything else.
I look forward to seeing you all,
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.