June 16, 2012
If you are scratching your head trying to decide
how much you should spend on a wedding gift, take comfort in the fact that you
are not the first person to find yourself asking this question. A large percentage of people who attend
weddings every single year are left wondering exactly how deeply they should go
into their pocketbooks.
There is more than just money at the heart of
this question because we all want our wedding gift ideas to stand out and be as
memorable as possible. But how can
you go about having your wedding gift stand out when so many different wedding
gifts are being handed out to the bride and groom? This isn't an easy problem to conquer, unless that is you
employ the right approach.
Unique wedding gift ideas often entail taking a
certain degree of risk. Anyone can
buy a gift right off the wedding registry. The bottom line is that buying gifts not on a registry takes
a bit more guts. However, the end
result is that your present will be considered unique and memorable.
You will also want to take into consideration
how close you feel with the couple getting married. If it is a distant relative or a friend that you don’t see
very often, you may feel less inclined to spend money. If it is a very close friend or family
member who is getting married, you are expected to buy a nicer gift. According to an article by Forbes
Woman, you also will want to put more thought into the gift and also spend more
if you feel very close to the couple tying the knot.
First of all, you should never put yourself in a
serious financial hole in order to buy an outstanding wedding gift. This just doesn't make sense. Secondly, you need to stay within your
own budget. If you already are
paying money to travel to the wedding and pay for your hotel, shelling out big
bucks for an extravagant gift may just put you under too much pressure. Further, if you have already bought the
couple an expensive engagement gift, it is understandable if you spend less on
the wedding gift.
A general rule of thumb that many people use to
determine what to spend is that the cost of a gift should at least cover the
cost of the meal. Another way that
some people have figured out what to spend is to calculate $20 towards the gift
for every year that they have spent with the couple.
Every wedding and every situation is
different. If most of the other
people attending a wedding are not likely to invest in an expensive or
elaborate gift for the couple, you may make others feel uncomfortable or even
embarrassed if you shoot too far over their heads with your gift. In this situation, be cautious with the
present you select.
This article also discusses the benefits of
“group giving.” If you see a gift
that you would really like to buy for a wedding present but can’t afford, you
can consider pitching in towards the costs with a few other people. This is a trend that is becoming
increasingly popular among gift givers.
In short, the issue of how much you should spend
on a wedding gift is a delicate balance.
You want your gift to be impressive, but you don't want to embarrass
other wedding attendees. When it
comes to wedding gifts, quite often the best choice is to demonstrate that the
item you selected took thought and planning. This fact says just as much or not more than the dollar
amount attached to your present.
How much do you usually spend on a wedding gift? Let us know in the comments section below.
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