How To Ask For No Boxed Gifts

The “No Box Gift” is a part of Pakistani/Indian wedding culture and it’s a way to set the couple up for their financial future. So no box gifts mean cash or vouchers. Many hosts use this phrase to politely asking for no household items.

There are many ways you can ask for No Boxed Gifts that include using the phrase in the invitation card, use poems instead of the direct “No Boxed Gifts” phrase, or directly talk with the guests. It’s a Pakistani/Indian cultural thing because they tend to give cash at weddings.

The Appropriate Way to Ask for No Boxed Gifts

So, if you are wondering how to ask for No Boxed Gifts then below are some proven and appropriate ways to ask for No Boxed Gifts.

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“No Boxed Gifts” Wording in the Invitation Card

If you are sending an invitation card then you can include “No Boxed Gifts” wording in the invitation card. An invitation card contains important information like the date of the occasion, the time, the place, etc. So you can give specific instructions on the invitation card like a request for a monetary gift instead of other types of gifts. It’s best to add the request to the bottom of the invitation. You can also add a separate column to include customized messages if you want. Here are some examples of customized messages –

  • The Bride and Groom Kindly Request “No Boxed Gifts”
  • We Kindly Request “No Boxed Gifts”
  • While we appreciate your love and prayers above all, we kindly request “No Boxed Gifts”

Include Wedding Money Poems in the Invitation Card

This is a great way to ask for money instead of gifts and it will work as an alternative to the “No Boxed Gifts” phrase. Here are some wedding money poems that you can include in your wedding invitations:

Example 1

“If you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way,

A gift of money in a card would really make our day!”

Example 2

“We’ve been together for a few years now;

We have pots and pans and linen and towels;

We have glasses and toasters, really quite a few;

So instead of more gifts, we suggest this to you;

If it doesn’t offend and it makes you feel funny;

But what we would really appreciate is quite simply money;

We know choosing gifts can be such a pain;

And this way there is no chance of anyone bringing the same!”

Example 3

“We don’t want to offend but we have it all,

All household goods and so much more

To save you shopping, sit back and rest,

A gift of currency is our request.

Don’t go overboard or rob any banks,

Any little thing will make us smile with thanks.”

Example 4

“So what do you get for the bride and groom

Whose house needs nothing in any room?

When shopping for a present, please don’t be rash

As there is always the option to just give cash!

We hope you don’t find our request to be funny

But we really would appreciate a gift of money.”

Example 5

“We are sending out this invitation

I hope you will join a celebration

But if a gift is your intention

May we take this opportunity to mention

We have already got a kettle and toaster

Crockery, dinner mats, and matching coasters

So rather than something we’ve already got

We would appreciate money for our honeymoon pot

But most importantly we request

That you come to our wedding as our guest.”

Example 6

“We do not have a gift list

Our house is set with nothing missed

We’d like to go on a honeymoon

A place for us as bride and groom

We’re asking for a cash donation

To send us to our dream location”

Example 7

“We know it’s traditional to write a list

But in this case, there is a slight twist

Our home is complete with the usual stuff

And the things that we have are good enough

Our dream is to honeymoon in a foreign land

And walk along with the beach hand in hand

We hope you don’t think of us as being rude

And that our request is not misconstrued

But a contribution to our honeymoon pot

Would be appreciated such a lot

But the most important thing to say

Is that you are there to celebrate our day!”

Avoid Rude Phrases on Invitation Card

When you are mentioning the “No Boxed Gifts”; you have to make sure that you don’t use any harsh or rude phrases that might hurt the feelings of your guest. So make sure you avoid strong phrases and statements when writing invitation cards. Remember, asking for “No Boxed Gifts” is not rude but it might look impolite if you don’t get the wording right. Here are some words that you should avoid when writing invitation cards:

  • This is a “No Boxed Gifts” party
  • No regular gifts, hosting a “No Boxed Gifts” party
  • No Boxed Gifts, only accepting cash
  • Come without gifts or with gift cards   

You have to keep in mind that your main goal is to let your guests know you are hosting a No Boxed Gifts party but not forcing them to give you money as a gift. This way you will avoid creating any misunderstanding between you and your guest.

An Explanation

An explanation of why you don’t want box gifts can reduce the chance of creating a misunderstanding between you and the guest. Directly saying “No Boxed Gifts” will be rude and it will offend the guests. So you can add a side note to your invitation and include an explanation of the “No Boxed Gifts” party. Here is an example – 

“Your presence at our wedding and prayers for our future is all that we wish for. If you would like to give a gift, we would be grateful for a small donation towards our new future”

Final Thought

I hope the above information has helped you figure out how you can ask for “No Boxed Gifts.”  Is there anything or any tip that you want me to add to this article? Let me know in the comment section.

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