Buying wedding gifts can be a chore – not anymore with these simple to follow ten tips
1. Check with the bride and groom-to-be if they have a gift registry
If they do not, they will most likely indicate what sort of items they want or do not want. If they don't offer the information , ask them. When it comes to weddings, surprise gifts aren't required. Wedding couples are usually setting up a home and so they will appreciate something fitting for that new home and I am sure they don't want three toasters!
If you do not want to buy from the gift registry then the next set of tips apply.
2. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE.
If you know the wedding couple well you may be aware of a shared interest or hobby of theirs. Look at gift ideas that would compliment that shared interest, facilitate it and so on. For example if they both enjoy gardening, you could buy them a gardening themed gift basket which would have seeds, planters and a gardening guide etc.
3. Gift Cards make a great generic gift idea
If you do not know the bride and groom well a gift card for a well-known home-style store in their area would be a welcome gift. Choose an amount within your budget.
4. Cash gifts are acceptable as wedding gifts
Many cultures will only give cash as a wedding gift. Cash in an envelope nicely written with a card is a gift any newly married couple will appreciate. If the card is personalized this can make the gift of cash more personal. You will find many personalized wedding card ideas below.
5. Be realistic about your gift budget
Attending a wedding can be an expensive affair given you may need new outfits, overnight accommodation, travel fair and so on. All of this may place a burden on your wedding gift budget. I personally don't believe in there being a minimum spend re any type of gift. Spend what you can afford and think is reasonable. There are many excellent gifts (you'll see some below) that will suit even the smallest budget.
6. Personalize it
Personalized gifts that you can customize online when you order are now easily obtainable and they won't break the bank in cost. They act as commemorative wedding gifts and the bride and groom will treasure them as keepsakes. Page down for some trending personalized wedding gift ideas.
7. Keep it small
Large gifts are generally reserved for close family who know the wedding couple want a particular something and it happens to be large! If you're winging it, keep the size small enough to be stored away or displayed easily.
8. Don't buy perishable items
If you buy a gift of food, be aware it may be one of many such gifts and as such it may perish before it has the chance to be consumed. There may also be a safe storage issue for the wedding couple. You can buy many wedding gift baskets that are NOT food themed.
9. Ensure the gift is suitable for the couple not just one or the other
I am adding this despite the fact it seems obvious as I have read elsewhere of someone who was buying a lovely wedding gift for the groom!
10. Make it pop
At celebration events gifts can ‘stand out in the crowd' if they're beautifully gift wrapped. This doesn't have to be expensive as you can get crafty and create your own present bling. Have a look at some YouTube tutorials for gift wrapping ideas. There are a couple on this site!
And now for some awesome wedding gift ideas for all budgets
Featured here are a range of wedding gift idea by various trusted merchants. The descriptions shown are their own.
A unique and special wedding gift! Our personalized wedding crosses are an ideal wedding gift. Choose the This Day Poem Wedding Cross or select from a variety of designs and inscriptions including scriptural passages and traditional and contemporary motif.
The most wonderful gift for newlyweds! Fill this wedding time capsule with memorabilia from their wedding day, honeymoon and first year together. Open years from now on a special anniversary and share the excitement of that special day.
It's Wedding Gift Time! Here we have a real Top Shelve Wedding Gift! Our white wedding gift basket is loaded to the hilt with fantastic Gourmet treats. Let the two Lovers know how much you care about their sacred joining. This gift is sure to please them.
Our Finest Quality Gift Taste Basket! Only the finest quality items included in this superb gift basket. Loaded with gourmet treats and snacks. Even your most persnickety friends, associates, and family members will love it. Great for all occasions!
Burlap wine bag allows you to present the wine horizontally! Great hostess gift, engagement gift or anniversary gift with the script saying “happily ever after” in white.
Contemporary style meets traditional appeal with our stemless wine glasses gift set.
Burlap covered photo album features spoon cross and metal plaque that reads “blessed”
A photo says a thousand words, but these custom photo paper luminaries will inspire many more. Each white candle holder bag can be customized with a photo and up to two lines of text. They're unique enough to keep guests chattering about them all night!
The engraved glass photo vase is a 3-in-1 gift for everyone on your shopping list. A personalized gift thats a flower vase and photo frame all in one.
Merchant: Modern Artisans
Description:Handmade ceramic tiles and segments of ornamented wood unite in a fantastic collage with affectionate meaning! Made by hand in the USA.
Merchant: Modern Artisans
Honor the distinguished couple! The pottery platter features the couple's initials and numerical date boldly presented alongside a formation of classic scrolls and a handsome neutral color that harmonizes with any decor. Individually handcrafted in the US.
A handsome mug set for the handsome couple! Handcrafted in the USA.