How to Pick a Great Wedding Gift

How to Pick a Great Wedding Gift. Buying a wedding present can test your time,
patience, and wallet. Keep it simple, celebratory, and personal,
and you’ll be a hit with the newlyweds. You will need A computer with internet access
Money and thoughtfulness. Step 1. Couples register for a reason–they’re politely
picking out exactly what they want. Using their registry is the simplest way to
get them something they need and like, and to help them complete matching sets like dishes
or silverware. If you worry that choosing from a registry
isn’t personal enough, pick something you can relate to and mention that on the card,
like, “Hope this blender will mix up many of those margaritas we enjoyed down in Mexico!” Step 2. If you know the couple well and you’d rather
not deal with a registry, feel free to make your gift personal. Go for something special that caters to their
interests, like a classic first-edition novel for book lovers or tickets to a concert for
music buffs. Or, just give them cash. Think about how much storage space the couple
has. If they live in a studio apartment, they probably
don’t want a lot of big stuff. Step 3. Do you really want to blow all your money
on a gold-plated doodad? Consider a gift that honors the couple while
respecting your bank balance. It’s ok to give a less expensive gift if
you’re attending a destination wedding or spending a significant amount on travel. Step 4. If you’re a skilled artist and you think the
couple would appreciate a unique, one-of-a-kind gift, consider giving a handmade present. It’s one thing to give a handmade quilt, and
quite another to present the pair with a last-minute pipe-cleaner sculpture. You don’t have to blow your savings, but don’t
be a tightwad. Step 5. If you don’t know the couple well, go for
a traditional all-purpose — and easily returned — present, like a crystal bowl or picture
frame. Or give a gift certificate. Some people use the general rule that the
gift’s value should roughly equal the couple’s cost per guest at the wedding. Step 6. Even if the newlyweds’ taste redefines tacky,
remember–you’re buying a gift for them, not you. Give them something suited to their sensibilities,
whatever they are. Step 7. The very best way to figure out what a couple
wants? Ask them or someone close to them, like the
maid of honor. Even if they’ve registered, there might
be an item they’re hoping for above all else. Did you know Contrary to the belief that wedding
guests have a year to send a gift, etiquette dictates that it should be delivered before
or within three months of the ceremony.


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