Weddings Gifts Guide 2014

Give the perfect wedding gift that suits your budget and shows your appreciation. A thoughtful wedding gift will be a reminder of your friendship for years to come.

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When thinking of a gift, the amount of money you are willing to spend on a couple’s wedding is perhaps the single most important decision you must make. This, in turn, will be determined by several factors: your finances, conventions in your family and social circle, how well you know the couple, and whether you will be spending a lot money on transport, accommodation, and other travel costs.

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Generally speaking, the closer you are to the couple, the more you should spend. If you are spending a lot of money on travelling, then it will be perfectly understandable if you use less cash on gifts.

Once you have decided how much you want to spend on a couple, you can break it down in such a way that the bulk of your cash goes to the wedding gift. For instance, you can spend 20% on an engagement present, another 20% on the bridal shower, and 60% on the wedding gift.

As a general rule, you should spend at least $50 on a wedding gift. For your closest and dearest friends, no amount is too much, and what you spend depends on your financial ability. If you are bringing a guest with you to the wedding, you should add something more as a courtesy.


The etiquette of wedding gift giving

When thinking of a wedding gift, it is strongly recommended to stick to the couple’s gift registry. They created it for a reason, and you will obviously be giving them something they will love. If you really want to go off registry, think of their personalities and look for something that agrees with their likes and hobbies.

Ideally, your gift should be ready for presentation on the wedding day. If this is not possible, you should get it ready as soon as possible, and in all cases, not later than a year after the wedding.

If you are giving out cash, don’t shove an envelope into the bride’s or groom’s hands at the wedding. Chances are that they will already have so much activity going on around them and they will have trouble figuring out where to put it. Instead, give it to the person the couple has entrusted with the responsibility of collecting gifts on their behalf.

It is always preferable to give a gift in person. If this is not possible, consider mailing it. If you are giving out a large amount of cash as your gift, consider writing out a cheque instead.


Budget-friendly wedding gift ideas

When working on a tight budget, there are many inexpensive wedding gifts that you could consider. Consider putting together something that will make your friends appreciate the time and thought that has gone into your gift.

You can put together a few kitchen gadgets, serving spoons and gourmet ingredients. Most newly married couples will need kitchen basics, such as mixing bowls and slotted spoons. A small amount of $20 to $30 is sufficient for this kind of gift.

You could also consider framing a nice love poem or one of their wedding readings. This is something they will see often and appreciate. Depending on the quality of the frame you choose, it could cost you anything from $5 to $50.

Alternatively, talk to your wine merchant about getting some wine that will be at its best in 10 or 20 years’ time. Be sure to tie a note to the bottle saying that it is meant to be shared at their 10th or 20th wedding anniversary.

Towels can be an incredibly useful and inexpensive wedding gift. They also take up quite a bit of space, making your gift box look much bigger than the actual value of its contents. For anything from $10, this is a gift you can easily get at local stores.


Top tips to choosing wedding gifts

In choosing the wedding gift, the first thing to consider is the interests of the bride and groom. Remember that it’s all about them - not you. If they have a gift registry, that’s the perfect place to start from.

Remember, too, that your gifts must be decent enough to be opened in public should the couple decide to do so. Personal gifts such as lingerie should not be given at the open wedding occasion.

If you know the bride and groom well, your task of selecting a gift gets much easier. Go for something that interests them. If they appreciate art, for instance, you could give them a prized piece from your local art store.

Consider whether the couple are going to set up a home, or whether they are already living together. If they are a young couple, they will obviously appreciate getting some help with the basics: furniture, kitchenware, and basic electrical equipment.

A gift should not leave you financially drained. Stick to your budget and appreciate the couple according to your capacity.

Remember, too, never to use wedding gifts as a way of getting even with a friend who didn’t measure up at your own occasion. Let bygones be bygones.

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