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Baby showers on the rise in the U.K.

It's hard for some of us in the U.S. to imagine that a having baby shower could be such a novel idea anywhere else in the world, but it appears that the tradition is just about taking root across the pond. According to the Herald Scotland, "the pregnancy party phenomenon [is] sweeping the U.K."

"I was worried people would think it was an excuse for more presents," one mother-to-be told the news source. "I would be mortified if they did, because it's not about that at all. My mum and sisters...wanted to do something nice for me before the baby arrives. It's been great to have a day that hasn't revolved around hospital appointments or buying furniture."

According to the news source, a poll by Carte Blanche found that roughly two thirds of expecting women in the U.K. have a baby shower planned for them prior to their due dates, and over half of the women surveyed said they saw the event as an opportunity to glean advice and mentorship from some of their more experienced friends.

Sound all that different?

Whatever the case, it's a safe bet that baby shower favors are just as an important a staple in European customs as they are here - gratitude, after all, is a universal sentiment.