My MOH and Bridesmaids are throwing me a giant bridal shower next month at my parents large home I am very grateful and excited to have hem be so thoughtful but I have a question that we have not been able to answer thus far. What should I do with the presents from guests that do not attend? Currently my fiance's aunts have explained they will not be coming but they want to send us something nice still. I want to make sure that their gifts are not over looked when we are setting up for the shower.
So I suppose the question is do I wait to open those gift's until the shower? Or do I put them out on the gift table with their respective cards?
What is the custom in your area? In some areas of the country gifts are displayed for everyone to ooh and ahh over. In most areas, however, they are opened, possibly passed around, then placed in a convenient location for later transportation to your home. They are not displayed on a table for later review.
If in your area gifts are displayed, then open the gift/gifts before the shower and display them. If that is not customary in your area, then open the gifts when you open those from attendees, explaining that your future aunts couldn't be present, but sent them.
I would say it depends on the dynamic in your family. In my family it would be enough to call them and say thank you. From that point forward I could do with those gifts whatever I choose, and they would not get offended.