Today I am answering a question sent in from a reader, just like you! Briana writes…
I need great wedding gift ideas for a gal on a budget. Help!
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I’m guessing that with wedding season in full swing, this is probably a very common problem— how do you give an awesome wedding gift when you can’t afford to spend much? Fortunately, it’s totally possible! Here are some ideas:
1) Personalize their registry. Most couples register for items when they get engaged, and if they followed registry etiquette, they should have added inexpensive items to their list along with expensive ones. If you want to keep the pocketbook happy, buy them those measuring cups they asked for, then type up your favorite recipe and tie it to the gift. You know they’ll love what you bought (since they picked it out themselves!), but you will have added a personal touch that will make the inexpensive gift feel more substantial.
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2) Get a little crafty. I read an article written by a former bride who claimed that the very best gift she received from her wedding was a set of thank you cards! Hopefully the wedding invitation will give hints to the colors, so you can buy a pack (or two) of blank cards to match. Add ribbons to accent , or simply type or write “Thank You” on the front of each card. The couple will be so happy to have one less thing to think about!
3) Don’t go it alone! Do you know other people who will be attending the reception? If so, don’t hesitate to purchase a medium-sized item off of the registry and split the cost. I’ve received plenty of co-gifts over the years, and I’ve never once resented the gift-giver! Just make sure you don’t go too small— they are paying for you to be there, after all.
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4) Think ahead. If you still have a few weeks until the wedding, I would totally recommend getting the bride one of these awesome monogrammed totes from L.L. Bean. Put her new married initials on there, and I guarantee you that she’ll love having a big bag to throw her wedding-day necessities in. Make sure it gets to her ahead of time, though, so she can really put it to good use!
Hope this helps!
What do you think of these budget gift ideas? Have you ever given one of them to someone for a wedding or bridal shower? Do you have any other great budget wedding gift ideas to share? Help Briana out by spilling them in the comments below!