does it mean no gifts at all or optional? would you bring one?
If I read than on an invitation, I would think of it as 'this person doesn't expect everyone to bring a gift because they either don't want anything, or they are being courteous because the parking/pool entry is $15'. (yes I remember you from your last question haha). If I was really good friends with the person, I would get them a gift regardless. If I was just semi friendly with them, I might try and think of a joke we have together and may get them something small to do with that (like one time a semi-friend of mine had to dress up as a green cat for a production we did at school and we all teased her about it -lovingly of course haha, so for her birthday I found this ring with a huge green cat on it, it was hilarious haha). If I'm not friends with somebody but they invite me to their party (when the party is a bigger party of like 100+ people) I'll usually buy them some alcohol and maybe some chocolate or something, or I won't buy them anything.
I think, if you write 'no gift required', you'll probably end up with half of your guests buying you something. Even if it's just some candy or a cute keychain.
I think people add that to let you know its not all about the gifts , baby showers, bridal showers etc. they want you to know your company is good enough.... while others sayy "please bring gifts!" which i think is kind of rude.. but i would bring a gift .! its generous and shows care :D
It means optional. I would probably bring one regardless, even if it's just something small out of friendship and politeness.
Never show up empty handed. Its trashy