Do you have to choose between saving money and going to a party? I just received a baby shower invitation for the step-daughter of a friend. It would be nice to go but of course, you do not go empty-handed. I have to buy a gift for the mom-to-be and/or the baby. It's not that I know everyone who will be invited, just a handful of people, really. I'm still on the fence with this one. I know that in a couple of months, I will be receiving baby girl announcements, would that mean another gift to welcome the baby? It's nice to go to these parties and socialize with friends but sometimes it just becomes too much and you end up broke!