Budget Wedding Gifts: Finding the Perfect Present
In the modern world, most couples have lived together for some time. Traditional wedding gifts of pots, pans, and appliances for the home are no longer appropriate like they once were. This can make things tricky when purchasing a gift, especially when you’re searching for a budget wedding gift.
Attending a wedding, in general, can be costly. There’s a new outfit to buy, travel to the venue, and sometimes an overnight stay. You might even need to book time off work. So when it comes to gift giving, it makes sense that you might need to keep it cost effective. Here are some options to consider that can be done on a budget, but are still lovely.
Check Their Registry
If the bride and groom have created a registry or an Amazon wishlist, it’s always worth checking there first. The gifts are usually varying price points so don’t just assume that everything will be out of your budget. If you can snag something that’s affordable the couple has asked for then it really is a win-win situation. Most couples are aware that not all of their friends and family will be working with a huge budget. Chances are there will be some smaller things on there you can get for them.
Make Something Yourself
A DIY gift is a great way to save money while doing something truly thoughtful. You get a one of a kind piece which is different to anything else they’ll be gifted. The amount of effort you’ve put in will show. There are lots of beautiful things you can make and you can focus on a craft area that you’re good at. If you’re struggling with what to make, there are tons of ideas on sites like Pinterest. It is the perfect opportunity to let your creative juices flow and tailor a gift to celebrate the happy couple.
Gift a Plant
A plant is probably not the first thing you think of when you’re considering wedding gifts. But they make great unique presents for this kind of occasion. If you’re considering why to give a plant for a shower gift or a wedding, consider their meanings. Plants symbolize new beginnings and nurturing.
Plants like lilies symbolize innocence and purity, and green leaves depict hope, renewal, and revival. Aside from their deeper meaning, gifting plants makes people feel good in the same way as giving flowers does. Unlike cut flowers, a plant is a long-lasting gift which will (hopefully!) live for many years. With so many different types and varieties, it’s easy to choose something that suits the couple and their home’s style.
Go With Something Sentimental
Sentimental gifts are great as they’re something that you can’t really put a value on. For this reason, they can be incredibly meaningful without needing to spend much at all. Think of things like framed photos, a DIY scrapbook, a piece of jewelry or an accessory. Something that has true meaning and symbolizes the message you’re trying to portray.
For example, an engraved keyring or ornament for the home with a personal message is a great gift. Something simple and thoughtful can bring a person to tears if done well. Give it some thought and remember what the item is will depend on your story and relationship with the couple. Grandparents or parents could hand down a family heirloom, friends could reference something special between them, children could create something meaningful. It all depends.
Give Them An Experience Day
Once the couple has said their vows and settle into married life, time together is incredibly valuable. However, after the expense of a wedding and a honeymoon, it’s usually a time that couples are strapped for cash. It can make going out and having new experiences tough.
Experience days are a truly thoughtful gift that the couple is guaranteed to love. Best of all, it doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Spa days, afternoon tea and vouchers for meals out can all be purchased online without breaking the bank. And what better way for the newly married couple to spend time together than doing something like this?
Chip In As A Group
Finally, if you want to gift something impressive why not see if others will pitch in with you? It can help you tick a larger item off the registry list that you can’t afford alone. Between a group of four or five couples, you wouldn’t need to put that much in each to buy something really exciting. If it’s a family wedding or you know lots of the guests, this will be easy to set up. Plan things ahead of time and see if you can come to an agreement.
Being a wedding guests comes with all kinds of costs, the gift is just one of them. So it’s good to know that it’s surprisingly easy to find great, appropriate gifts within your budget.
What ideas do you think work well for a budget wedding gift? Share with us in the comments.