(Closed) gift for “friendor’s”?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I’ve got a much larger budget than you do so I have a bit more wiggle room in a somewhat similar situation. My good friend, who is a makeup artist, is doing my makeup trials, day of etc for free, will not accept payment or let me buy makeup at all. So, I’m getting her a $50 gift card from Sephora figuring she can always stock up on supplies.

 But in your case being on a tight budget and still wanting to show gratitude I’d suggest perhaps crafting some sort of thank you or buying a nice but affordable vase or nice stationery as a small sign of appreciation.

Post # 4
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think that there are many ways to acknowledge people without breaking the bank. I am a master bargain shopper. I find amazing things at Ross, Big Lots, 99 cents stores…then I wrap it and people think I’m a big spender. It’s sale season–Nordstrom is having great sales! I also buy jewelry at Macys and JC Penney on sale. I’ve gotten some great things for gifts at amazing prices. You could probably accomplish a lot for a little. Frames are also good. Try the dollar stores and then check aaron brothers too.

It’s not what, it is truly the thought that counts. I nice, handwritten note and some homebaked cookies are always appreciated too. 🙂

Be creative and don’t be afraid to go to ghetto dollar stores. Good luck!

Post # 5
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That’s a lot of time that she’ll be spending, and I think some kind of gift is appropriate.  It doesn’t have to break the bank though.  FI’s cousin is doing vocals for our ceremony (she’s a professional but she’s not charging us).  I found a beautiful BCBG  clutch for 70% off to give her.  Esp. now with sales rampant, you can find something very nice for under $50.  Even though you’re paying for the flowers, you’re still saving a lot of money by having her do put them together.  I personally think that a small gift would be appropriate in addition to a thank you note.

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m in the same boat and have lots of friends or business acquaintences that are giving us sweet deals.  I’ve been on a baking kick lately and have decided to bake a few dozen cupcakes after the honeymoon and deliver them with a thank you note.  I love baking and the cost is minimal – plus, who doesn’t love homemade cupcakes baked with love?!

Maybe you could send a small batch of cookies home with your aunt, or drop a package in the mail (in a tupperware, of course)?  Just an idea.  🙂 

Post # 10
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree with the homebaked goodies. Those are always a big hit. I would also try to give her something she wouldn’t buy herself. My MOH loves Starbucks but cut it out of her budget in an effort to save money. So I’m going to give her a basket with a bag of Starbucks coffee and a new travel mug (she goes through them like crazy-she loves her coffee!) maybe a Starbucks giftcard, and a couple of other small things. For my SIL who is helping a lot with the wedding (she’s also the mother of my flowergirls) I’m going to give her a few things to pamper herself. She’s a stay-at-home mom so I want to give her a gift certificate to her favorite salon that she can use towards a massage or mani/pedi.

I also love great smelling hand lotion but it’s not something I usually buy myself. And if she’s a florist chances are she has her hands in water a lot. So she’d probably appreciate some good hand lotion and a good manicure set.

Good luck!

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