(Closed) Cash or Wrapped Gift?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Cash Money or Wrapped Gift?
    Money : (57 votes)
    85 %
    Purchased gift : (10 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    634 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would prefer cash.

    I think it depends alot on whether the couple getting married already live together or not. If they do already live together and have an established home I would say cash, however if they are yet to move in together I would buy a gift from a regitery.

    Post # 4
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    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted for money. It’s more versatile with money.

    Post # 5
    Member
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I had lived with my Fiance for 5 years before we got married.

    We prefered cash gifts so we could use on our honeymoon. We already had all the house stuff!

    Post # 6
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    1300 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    On one hand cash is so versatile but on the other hand I really like the idea of being given a gift that I can take out in ten or fifteen years and think to myself “hey this was a wedding present”.

    My Mum and Dad have some lovely glassware they were given as a wedding present and 35 years on it’s still nice to get them out and be reminded of their wedding day 🙂

    Post # 7
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    1285 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would prefer money because we’ve been living together for 6 years now and we have everything we need.

    Post # 8
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    560 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I didn’t vote. I would like to get a little bit of each. My Fiance and I don’t live together and are moving in after we are married (we both live at home with our parents) so we could really use the gifts that we are going to register for, but on the other hand, I think it would be nice to have some extra cash too for after the wedding to kind fo recoup from what we have both paid into this, you know? That way we can start saving for a house!!

    Post # 9
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I noticed that so far 25 people voted cash, 2 voted gifts.

    I am not trying to start a debate but I guess deep down when people vote, more people want monetary gift like cash or gift card as opposed to a tangible gift!  It’s the practical way to go.  I think in the past cash gifts aren’t really accepted or popular, but with the downward economy, everyone seems to embrace the idea of monetary gifts.

     

    Post # 10
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    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would rather get money so we could use it to pay for bills and other expenses, but I would certainly appreciate a wrapped gift just as much; it’s like one of the PP posters said: cash is more versatile. 

    Post # 11
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    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I was really surprised to find this to be the case – but I absolutely HATED receiving cash as a gift.  (ok, hated is a strong word – but take it in context).

    I kind of equate it to giving someone a gift card for a gift.  Not that it’s a horrible gift and lots of people love receiving it – but, to me, a gift takes a little bit of thought and effort.  

    I appreciated the gifts received from friends who put some thought into it (even if it was just something off the registry).  Those things have so much more meaning to me – even the gift cards have more meaning, because I can put something tangible that we bought with it, in place of the gift.  Money to me seems like an easy way out – like, quick – write a check – I don’t want to be bothered shopping.

     

    Post # 12
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    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @oracle: I totally agree that more thought is shown when an actual gift is given, but unfortunately, we have a lot of expenses to take care of! lol!

    Post # 13
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    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Totally $$ though I understand not wanting to bring money. It feels more substantial and thoughtful to get a gift especially when you can’t afford to spend much. I would feel weird only giving someone like $20 but I’d feel okay getting $20 worth of gifts off their register.

    Post # 14
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    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i’m in the minority–i preferred gifts! (though through our registry; most the non-registry gifts were not our style at all. there were a few awesome ones, but the majority, not so much.) for the money, we bought a few things left on our registry that we still wanted, but mostly once it’s in our bank account it turns into rent or other bills. and how do you write a thank you for that? “thanks for the very generous gift, we used it to buy this week’s groceries.”

    Post # 15
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    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I voted money.  However, I was thinking about this earlier today as I got cash for a Christmas present.  I guess for Christmas I would rather get something I want vs. cash.  But cash is great… I think for a wedding cash is good because of all the expenses and honeymoon money.  It all depends- something on a registry would be great too.  In a way, getting cash isn’t always the best- at least for me- because I just put it toward bills, but if I get something I want- that can seem more thoughtful and then I can’t “be responsible” with it.  Sometimes you just need a gift.

    Something tangible that spoils you vs. getting groceries.

    Post # 16
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    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @brideatbeach: trust me- I totally understand having a lot of expense!  We did too – and I guess that’s what made me feel icky.  I really didn’t want to use the money we got towards things like bills – but it seemed silly to just have the money in an account to be used on stuff for the home, etc.  I guess I wanted people to gift us actual presents vs. help us pay our bills.  That seems like it should be our job to do.  I wonder if wanting gifts vs. money is age related.  We are both older and have been on our own for a while (mid-30’s) so it seems odd to have people giving us money vs. a gift – because it’s not like we are starting out on our own – or anything like that.

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