(Closed) Gift amounts

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

we got $40-50 from most people; $100 from family members, and $200-400 from really close family members.

Post # 4
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Everyone has their own regional norms and personal spending habits. I know that I could not afford to spend $100 on someone’s wedding, let alone $500. I usually try to spend between $30 – $50 depending on how close I am with the bride. $50 is my max right now because I can’t really afford much. I’m sure that will change as I get older and am more financially settled, which is probably the case with most people. Also, as a note, I usually try to buy gifts off the registry because then I can buy something I know the bride and groom want without spending a fortune.

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For a shower gift, I spend between 45 and 75.   For a wedding gift, I spend between 125 and 300. 

Post # 7
1845 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For a shower I spend $50-$100 depending on how close I am do the bride. If I was VERY close (like one of my 4 closest girls) I might spend $150 and do something more elaborate.

For a wedding where Fiance and I are invited, we give a minimum of $200, depending on the type of wedding and how close we aree to the bride and groom we might give $300. (again, if it was one of my 4 closest girls, or my brother, I’d give $400). 

That said, i usually make the wedding cake for the couple so it’s been a while since I actually had to give a cash gift, so I don’t know if my amounts are still in line with the norm or not anymore.

Post # 8
3728 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

@AllieInOhio:  In my circle, we spend about $50 for the shower and between $150-$300 per couple at the wedding. For my shower, I have gifts between $30 and $150 purchased so far– in fact, many are on the higher end ($100+). I was surprised! My guess, is that the people who bought early are older family members and we will get gifts on the lower end later.

Post # 9
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I grew up thinking that you get a gift that costs at least the amount of your meal, which can depend upon your economic area and if you know ahead of time the average cost per plate. In my area, for a single person, that’s $30.00; $60.00 for a couple.

We had guests spend that average, with some (OK, A LOT) going beneath that (like $12.00 for two people) or above that (like $400.00 for two people).

For my bridal shower, the average person spent $25.00.

Post # 10
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It kind of depends on your social circle… in ours, $50-100 is what most spent, though some spent around $25 (generally the younger ones who couldn’t afford as much).

Post # 11
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

$25–shower gift.


$50– wedding gift.

Post # 12
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

I spend about $30-$100 generally, depending on how close I am to the couple. I would say I more or less spend about double what I would spend on their birthday present (but the minimum being about $30), if that’s helpful. 

Post # 13
9832 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Around here $50-100 is pretty normal.

Post # 14
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It depends a lot on your circle and how generous your family typically is. At our wedding, people spent about $40-50 per couple on their gift. It was less than I expected, but apparently that’s what people are used to. My shower gifts averaged about $25. 

Post # 15
15147 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

50-75 for shower.  No less than 150 from us.  Good friends 200-300.

Post # 16
10450 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I would do $100/pp when I’m a guest.

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