(Closed) gift for “friendor’s”?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 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 Maid/Matron of Honor 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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