So you have a date, a dress-code-approved outfit, and a fierce craving for bubbly. The last thing left on your to-do list is probably figuring out a wedding gift. If you find yourself struggling, we have some ideas and answers for all your gift-related questions below!
How much should I spend on a wedding gift?
Youâ€™ve probably heard various â€śrulesâ€ť when it comes to wedding gifts. Like the ones that tell you not to spend less than $50 or instruct you to use the price-per-plate as a measuring factor. Itâ€™s tempting to assign a dollar value to gifts, especially when it comes to weddings. But the reality is, everyoneâ€™s financial situation is different and itâ€™s entirely up to you when deciding how much to spend on a wedding gift. Consider your own budget and your relationship to the couple.
What should I buy?
Most major retailers allow couples to create a wedding registry, which guests can easily access online or by visiting the store in person. You can typically find these highlighted on the coupleâ€™s wedding website or invitation. In general, itâ€™s a good idea to stick to these registries because a lot of effort goes into creating them (and for good reason!)
If the couple doesnâ€™t have a registry, try thinking of some nice household items that someone might like, but would never actually purchase. Aim to find something that creates a spa-like, hotel feel with a touch of luxury! Here are some ideas we love:
- Deluxe accent pillows
- A thick down blanket
- A set of high thread-count sheets
- A pair of soft, luxury towels
- A designer candle (like one of these Jo Malone options)
- One of those fancy Rabbit wine openers (because who wouldnâ€™t want this?)
- A nice bottle of wine or champagne
Group gifting is also a popular trend right now. Sites Like Blueprint Registry enable a couple to set up a honeymoon fund, a home project fund, or just a general fund for a big-ticket item. For a small fee, you can contribute a cash gift to the couple that goes toward a particular fund.
Still stuck? Remember, if all else fails, no one is going to be upset about receiving a nice card with a check.
How soon should I send a gift?
Ideally, itâ€™s best to send a gift shortly after receiving the wedding invitation, or within three months of the wedding date. That being said, late is better than never!
Should I bring the gift to the wedding?
If you can avoid it, itâ€™s best to not bring your gift to the wedding (especially if itâ€™s a destination wedding!) The couple wonâ€™t want to have to carry it around and chances are, theyâ€™ll already have quite a few things packed with them. Having your gift shipped straight to their home will make things much easier.