Sometimes it feels like we can never escape from being invited to weddings. It's an officemate today and a cousin tomorrow. Aside from contemplating to reuse an old wedding outfit, wedding gifts often bring a lot of stress unless you're the type who enjoys spending hours at Bed Bath & Beyond choosing the most fitting gift.
Fortunately for everyone else, we've searched every corner in Amazon and have compiled a list of the best wedding gifts. And here's the catch: you don't need to step out of the house, because all of these could be purchased online with a click! We've also included a buying guide with tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect gift.
People often think a wedding gift is compulsory for anyone invited and actually attending the wedding. However, a wedding invitation does not automatically mean a gift is expected. They are separate things. The truth of the matter is: no one is pressuring you to give the couple a wedding gift.
You might already have given a gift during the shower or engagement and, therefore, are not obliged to give one on the big day. If you do want to do things the traditional way, then it is good practice to give a wedding present, especially if you are close to the bride and groom.
Weddings gifts are often sent right after an invitation is received and you've RSVP-ed. The rule of thumb is usually two weeks before the wedding and if circumstances didn't allow you to, you could send a gift up to one year after the wedding.
Couples either establish a wedding registry from which you can choose a gift, or you could select one based on their preferences and your budget.
Even if you decline a wedding invite and are close to the couple, it is still a nice gesture to send them something because it is their big day and you do want to remain friends.
Wedding gifts are expected to be meaningful, useful or memorable. Additionally, they shouldn't burn a hole on your wallet. Below is a list of highly recommended wedding gifts that puts thought and meaning to your gift without spending big bucks.
|Relationship type||Those who love to cook|
|Gift type||Useful, all-in-one|
|Relationship type||Couples who love decorative pieces|
|Tone||Thoughtful and classy|
|Relationship type||Coffee lovers|
|Gift type||Home decor|
|Relationship type||Fits any couple|
|Relationship type||Loves hosting house parties|
|Tone||Simple yet useful|
|Gift type||Customizable home decor|
Handmade in Ohio
Gift Card in a Gold Reveal
Mr. & Mrs. Aprons
Mr and Mrs Marble Coffee Cups Set
Push Pin World Map Board
Convection and Air Fry Smart Oven
Bamboo Cheese Board Set
Airbnb Gift Card
Heart Willow Picnic Basket
Wall Mounted Monogram Wine Cork Keeper
|Features||You Can't Go Wrong With a G...||The All-in-One Kitchen Pack...||A Gift to Remind the Couple...||A Gift to Kickstart the New...||The Perfect Gift for Those ...||A Must-Have Kitchen Applian...||Up the Level of House Parti...||The Best Gift for Those Who...||Prolong the Honeymoon Phase...||A Rustic Decorative Piece S...|
|Tone||Simple||Romantic||Priceless keepsake||Thoughtful and classy||Meaningful||Classy||Sophisticated||Simple yet useful||Romantic||Rustic|
|Relationship type||Picky||Those who love to cook||Couples who love decorative pieces||Coffee lovers||Globetrotters||Fits any couple||Loves hosting house parties||Staycation-lovers||Sentimental||Any|
|Gift type||Hassle-free||Useful, all-in-one||Memorable||Useful||Home decor||Useful||Meaningful||Hassle-free||Useful||Customizable home decor|
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of choosing a wedding gift. After all, we do not want to stir up any tension in your relationship with the couple by getting them the "wrong" gift. It's best we take some time to cover all bases before hitting that "add to cart" button.
There are plenty of options for gifts that won't break the bank, especially if you're on a budget. But if you're looking for some general guidelines, here are a few tips.
If you're not that close to the bride or groom, a $50 dollar would be acceptable enough. If this range is still out of the budget, you can opt for a personalized gift that may be cheaper but adds a nice touch to the gift which increases in value for the recipients.
One example is a cutting board with the couples' names engraved on the gift which can cost you under $30!
Relatives or friends of the lovebirds have the privilege provide more worthwhile presents because of the relationship. A gift worth $75-$100 is a safe budget to play with.
Lastly, we have the siblings or best friends of the couple. Those within this level of closeness with the married couple can give them something meaningful, thoughtful and (sometimes) on the expensive side.
A wedding registry is a list of gifts that the couple has selected from various stores which serve as a guide for guests. It shows the gifts that the bride and groom would want to receive.
A wedding registry is a perfect medium for guests who do not like shopping, and it avoids any duplication because only remaining unpurchased items are shown in the list at any given time.
If some items are out of your budget, it's completely acceptable to choose more affordable ones, perhaps the same porcelain plates but from a lesser-known brand.
The beauty of wedding gifts, many thanks to an evolving society, is opportunity for you to be as creative as you want to be with your gift. When a person that you hold close and dear is tying the knot with his or her soulmate, you want to express you happiness for them by getting a gift that illustrates your love for them.
Below are a few approaches to help you decide on the most fitting yet non-traditional gift for the soon-to-be-wed couple.
A couple could be quirky, sentimental, rigid, serious, professional - the list goes on. They might be into decorative items and other knick-knacks or prefer things with a shaded hue of blue and gray. By taking note of their personalities, you can pick out a gift that you're sure they would appreciate.
To add a more personal touch to your wedding gift, get them something based on their hobbies. If the one loves arts and crafts, why not a fully-equipped crafts table they could place in a special corner in their new home. A partner into sports could always use new equipment and accessories.
Given your level of closeness with the couple, you would know what they love doing and the things they need or want at the moment.
One way to make your wedding gift extra special is by adding a personal touch, whether through personalization or customization.
Personalization is very popular nowadays, with the names or photo of the couple, quotes, special dates, and the like, being engraved on items. It makes the typical bag, electronics, pens, jewelry, wine glasses, cheese board, doormats or other decorative items more memorable for the couple because it's truly "theirs."
It might seem confusing at first, but there is a difference between a personalized and customized gift.
The former usually involves engraving special information on the gift while the latter is more made-to-order, with specifiic details from the sender. Handmade items are also great customized wedding gifts because it features your effort, time and thought.
Because we can never have too much advice on picking the best wedding gift, here's a few more.
If an item on the registry is out of your budget and you don't have the time to go out and get a cheaper alternative, why not get a couple of friends who are on the same situation and pitch in to get that expensive convection oven on the list?
That way, you and your friends got the gift issue out of the way, and the couple gets what they want - it's a win-win!
We've mentioned this in passing earlier, but it's imperative to get a gift delivered to the couple on time. A gift loses its novelty the later it's sent. They could have also purchased the same item already because of the need for it. If feasible, you can even bring the present on the wedding day and hand it over during the reception.
You might encounter some weddings where the couple does not expect any gifts. They might even specifically say they don't want any. Your best course of action would be to still give them something, even if it's not physical!
You could give them something simple yet thoughtful, donate an amount to their favorite charity or hand them cold hard cash, because we could always use some extra bucks.
Lastly, don't throw away the receipt of the gift you got because it might come in handy. Feel free to hand it to the couple if it's a gift that could be wrong in size or specifications for replacement.
Since we're on the topic of gifts, plan ahead for upcoming holidays and birthdays by getting the best ones for your friends, family and loved ones.
No one should feel the pressure of getting a couple an expensive wedding gift or going by the "rule" (that has been debunked to be false) that the price of the gift should match the cost of guest's plate at the reception. Chances are, the couple are more concerned with your presence than your present (fingers crossed!)
Thanks to technology and online shopping, we can now purchase personalized and customized gifts, or alternatives to the registry, without breaking a sweat (and our bank accounts).
Home electronics, PC, camera
Cosmetics and skincare
Food and drinks
Kids and baby
Interior and furniture
DIY and tools
Sports and fitness
Books, CDs, DVDs
Cars and motorcycles
Housing equipment and renovation
Smartphones and mobile phones
Investment and asset management
Credit cards and loans