I just got an invitation to a bridal shower for my cousin's FI. The wedding is NEXT October and the shower is THIS October. They are registered at 3 different places (which in and of itself isn't an issue), but there is a note on the invitation indicating they'd appreciate gift cards because they'll be travelling (not moving) to the state where my cousin is currently stationed. I don't know which part I'm more offended by: the fact that gift cards were requested (which is an etiquette no-no) or that this wedding is over a year away meaning that they'll be using the gifts well before the wedding (also an etiquette no-no). I also get the feeling that the bride is the one planning this shower.
You'd better believe that if I end up going that I will be not be bringing a gift card.