Save money buying wedding gifts? Is this even possible? Do you know how to do this? You might not know how if the gifts are something you are buying for someone else but one thing we all know for certain is that wedding season lasts all year round. Couples get married all the time so the opportunity to buy wedding gifts is also a year round process. So you will have multiple opportunities to do this at some point in your lifetime. :)
You’ve seen it before. It happens everyday. Here’s one example: you just received a large and heavy pristine white envelope in the mail addressed to you using beautiful handwritten calligraphy. You know what it is without even opening it up: it’s a wedding invitation. How many others of these have you already received?
If the next thing you think about before even bringing that invitation inside is about gift buying, then we are on the same page. We want to help you now by giving you loads of ideas to buy as far as wedding gift(s) go when money is already low and in short supply. What are the best places to find a cheaper wedding gift cost wise and not look like you are gifting a cheap present?
What are some ideas to save money buying wedding gifts? How much should a person spend on a wedding present anyway? For sure, a good rule of thumb I have been told by many, is to spend about as much as the wedding dinner would have cost if I had to pay for it at a restaurant.
In most places this wedding meal could easily cost anywhere from $50 to $125. In no way are you obligated to spend that particular amount but etiquette, and my Mother, LOL, also says you should not go to an event such as this empty handed. Which brings us to the next question: how can you give something to the couple that is special and affordable - at the same time?
My first suggestion to save money buying wedding gifts would be for you to select and buy their wedding gift as early as you can. The first chance you get, check out the gift registry(ies) that the couple has set up. It never fails, especially with so many weddings happening all the time, and especially during the spring and summer time, registry items will get picked over fast.
So what kind of couple wedding gift items will be left to purchase if you don’t buy from the registry early? Who knows for sure - but I can imagine that there will either be very little to choose, or, the gifts that are left will be super expensive and way out of your price range. Neither are good options if you want to save money buying wedding gifts so do your wedding gift shopping early.
It used to be that most items found on wedding registries were always very expensive. But thanks to loads of thoughtful brides and grooms recently, the selection of wedding gifts offered now can be found in many more price ranges. So, to make it easier for yourself, shop as early as you can to buy the best and cheapest option to fit your budget making both you and the bridal couple happy.
Tip #1: If you’re low on funds but don’t want to appear as a cheapskate, why not use your imagination and creativity to create or purchase something that is personalized for the newlyweds?
Wedding gift baskets are one item that is fairly easy to create, can be a lot less cost-wise and is geared to their particular tastes or lifestyle. For example, most new brides need kitchen items. Why not make a basket full of kitchen gadgets or basic kitchen items at the dollar store? You know, the stuff that every home needs. Add a few recipe books or common cooking ingredients and maybe even a recipe book! Homemade gifts are wonderful presents without a doubt. How thoughtful and perfect would this gift be? Even the groom will appreciate this thoughtful gift in the long run, LOL.
Tip #2: Remember that wedding invitation that you got in the mail? Why not frame it and then gift it to them?
You could easily make the frame yourself or buy one that can be personalized with their names, wedding date and other items that are unique to them. Shadow boxes work quite well for this kind of gift too because you can add thicker items to it. In the end, framing a special poem or reading included from the ceremony itself is also a very unique and considerate gift and not overly expensive and looks great hanging on their wall.
Tip #3: Newlyweds are often on a tight budget after tying the knot so why not give them a night out on the town?
You could easily spring for a pair of movie tickets and some extra cash for the popcorn and drinks or a meal out. You could also create a “night in” movie package. Why not buy them a romantic movie DVD and include a package of popcorn to pop? Put all the items in a big popcorn bowl including a few boxes of movie candy and you’re good to go. Fun, thoughtful and fairly cheap, the couple would love this gift.
Tip #4: You could give the couple a bottle of wine or whatever liquor they prefer.
Depending on what you choose while trying to save money buying wedding gifts, this might be a little more expensive than some other gift items but you could also add a note attached to the drink saying something like “it will be at its prime in 10 years and so will you - wait to open until your 10th wedding anniversary.” Put it in a beautiful bag, decorate the bottle with bows or ribbons, and you’re done. Or, you could also add a few more things like ingredients for a romantic dinner such as pasta and a gourmet sauce, a couple of candles and candle holders. Boom! Super nice gift both ways!
Depending on what you choose while trying to save money buying wedding gifts, this might be a little more expensive than some other gift items but you could also add a note attached to the drink saying something like “it will be at its prime in 10 years and so will you - wait to open until their 10th wedding anniversary.” Put it in a beautiful bag, decorate the bottle with bows or ribbons, and you’re done. Or, you could also add a few ingredients for a romantic dinner such as pasta and a gourmet sauce, a couple of candles and candle holders. Boom! Super nice gift!
In conclusion, I don’t know what you think about this but, in my mind, a lavishly expensive wedding gift will never trump a thoughtfully personalized gift from a true friend or family member. (Well, in most cases, LOL.) Be creative, be thoughtful and just gift from the heart. Just think about some things you wish you would receive if you were the one getting married, and then go from there. And in the end, if you run out of time or ideas, a little cash or a gift card in any amount is always appropriate and appreciated by the couple. Being able to save money buying wedding gifts can be done!