(Closed) Gift for a Wedding???

posted 13 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If you know where they may like to shop, how about a gift card in your range?  As the weddings are in the same year, a little more wouldn’t be insulting, but it may look like you want to one-up her gift.  If you want to deviate from cash, go gift card unless you’re 100% certain you know something the happy couple would like that meets your criteria.  Alternately, you could get a gift in the price range with a place they may shop that has a good exchange policy, though that does involve the potential hassle of returning items.  Is it more important to you to appear thoughtful or to make it easy for the couple?

What was most helpful to you when you were in the same position?

Post # 4
596 posts
Busy bee

if you are getting them a gift, be sure to include a gift receipt!  since they didn’t register, it’s tricky to know what they want or need.  one of the best off-registry gifts we got was a digital photo frame from sony.  we didn’t register for one because we didn’t like the selection on BBB.com and we didn’t feel like setting up a registry at another store just for a digital frame.

on the other hand, we have a lot of friends that got us off-registry gifts that aren’t really "us"…including figurines, a wine bottle chiller, random wall decorations, crystal platters, etc.  really, they aren’t "bad" gifts and i can see how someone would see these as great wedding gifts…it’s just that it doesn’t really suit our needs and lifestyle.  and of course none of these came with gift receipts so they are now collecting dust in our tiny closet in our tiny apartment.  oh well, what can you do? 😛

for that reason, i think there is nothing wrong with cash or gift cards.  don’t let your gift become a burden!  i have no idea what to do with all the lovely gifts in our closet.  i’m not a re-gifter – i may end up having to donate these to goodwill. :T

Post # 5
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

People who don’t register want one thing: cash.

Post # 6
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I agree with Niki.  Give them cash, but perhaps to make it more special, give a token gift.

Maybe a picture frame with a photo of them you took at the wedding, a bottle of wine or champagne they like, a photo album that she can put wedding pics in.

That way you are giving what they probably want most along with a little something that will show you put thought into it.

Post # 7
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Niki is correct – they want cash.  Possibly to buy a house or other large ticket item.  There’s nothing wrong with giving cash at a wedding (actually, thats what we’re hoping for; we’re saving for a house)!

Post # 8
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

I think Niki is right.  How much is totally up to you as your situation could be different from your friend’s.

I got married in August and was surprised about how much cash we got.  My hubbie always gives his friends cash at their weddings and now I know why! 🙂

Post # 10
90 posts
Worker bee

They probably want cash……but I like to do a nice liquor basket for some special friends…..a range of high end liquors or maybe a range of something you know they like (like different flavors of vodka).  We always get rave reviews when we give this as a gift.  I also like to include things like cocktail onions, maraschino cherries, green olives, and fancy picks and glass charms.

Post # 11
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@ gracielou – that is such a good idea! i’m adopting it

 i might also throw one of those bartender handbooks into the basket, i’ve given those for a lot of 21st birthdays, and they are super useful.

Post # 12
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

I like to have a custom made Christmas ornament done with their names and their wedding date along with a check/red envelope with cash in it.  🙂  It’s an added touch.

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