(Closed) Is it ok to give a gift card for a wedding gift?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I guess I just don’t understand why you would attending the wedding of someone you call a friend and want to get them a gift that you know isn’t their preference. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

I think it’s fine as long as you include the receipt so they don’t think you’re giving them a regifted one. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think a gift card is fine.  I also think a physical gift (like a nice picture frame) with a gift receipt is acceptable too.  A registry gives you options – it’s NOT an obligation to fund their future dates just because you attend their wedding!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Tbh they’ve asked for cash, give them cash …

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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lifeisbeeutiful :  do people seriously add receips for gift cards to prove they bought it?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

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rez123 :  We got several gift cards for our wedding and all of them included the receipt, which I thought was weird. I thought it was so that if there were issues with the gift card, we would have proof that it had money on it and was purchased though, not so much so that we know the giver actually purchased the receipt with their own money.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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rez123 :  was wondering the same about including receipts as well. Every gift card I’ve ever purchased or received has a expiry date. If it expires the August 2018  and you have a year to use it, you know it was purchased in August 2017. If the dates line up to the gift giving occasion you know it wasn’t a regifted gift card. 

OP,  I’d just give them cash in a card or maybe a gift card for a night at a hotel in their city for a staycation. 

TBH if their wedding is a destination wedding and people are paying to travel and they are asking for cash, I’d kind of side eye that a little. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee

I include receipts for gift cards so that if something happened like the clerk didn’t load the gift card properly, there was proof of purchase so the recipient doesn’t lose out.  I have had it happen a couple of times.  It also lets the gift recipient know how much is on the card since many cards don’t have a way to indicate that. 

As for the actual question…Yes, a gift card is always a perfectly acceptable gift.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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rez123 :  seriously. I’ve never heard of this or done it. I’ve provided gift receipts for actual gifts that could be duplicate or clothes that might possibly not fit. Never for a gift card. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I think a gift card is totally acceptable.  And contrary to what a PP said about why you would want to give a GC to a good friend instead of cash is because it’s YOUR money and you get to decide what to do with it. I can’t believe how many things are made to be big issues on weddingbee that are really not big deals at all. I don’t care if my best friend gets married and only wants cash. If I choose to give a GC that’s better than nothing. After all they invite you because they want you there. People getting married is not a gift to anyone but them.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would just give cash. It’s less work and you know they’ll actually enjoy it. I get the cashfund hate (I’m a hater of these too!) but getting a gc because you dont like it comes off petty. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Honestly, I hate any sort of cash or honeyfund too and I try my best not to use it.

My go-to item is a fancy picture frame from Things Remembered with their names and wedding date engraved on it.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

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rez123 :  yes, a receipt to go along with the GC is ideal.  Sometimes issues can come up when the GC is trying to be used, wasnt activated right, wrong expiry date, proof of amount etc.  I dont see the big deal. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I don’t understand how a gift card is any different from cash, except it specifically is what they don’t want. If you’re going to put out the money anyway, why not give them what they asked for? A gift card is no more “personal” than a cash gift, IMO.

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