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{GB} Picking Out The Appropriate Wedding Gift

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When it comes time to buy gifts for friends and family, I’m generally pretty excited. Anticipating the look on a friend’s face when s/he opens something I’ve picked out is pretty fun. When it comes to purchasing a wedding gift, however, things can get a bit more difficult. With two people to consider, the game changes, especially if I don’t know a friend’s spouse-to-be that well. Here are a few ideas I’ve followed when picking out an appropriate wedding gift.

1. Pitch in

Going in on a big gift with other close friends and/or family members is the perfect way to make sure newlyweds get presents that are practical and welcome, but perhaps out of budget for just one person. Kitchen appliances like Whirlpool refrigerators are handy, especially for newlyweds who are preparing to move into a new house. The gift will last for a long time and will save you from buying a pricey gift that might not be nearly as useful.

2. Gift basket

A gift basket is a great idea for a wedding. You can buy a pre-made basket or prepare your own for a fraction of the cost. Make sure your gift speaks to your friends’ hobbies, such as a basket that will complement their foray into becoming wine connoisseurs. A couple bottles of wine, some fine crackers, dark chocolate, and perhaps a CD of themed music makes a good start. Just be careful with perishable items like fruit or cheese; consider making a gift certificate to a fine grocer part of the basket. You don’t want to gift an item that will be rotten by the time the happy couple get around to opening all their presents.

3. Complement the registry

If you’re like me, you might be a bit of a procrastinator. This is detrimental when it comes to shopping from a betrothed couple’s registry, which can see gifts snapped up quickly. If the item(s) you’re interested in purchasing have already been claimed, consider a gift that complements something on the registry. For instance, a couple who requested a mixer might enjoy a cookbook about making gourmet desserts or other mixer-friendly recipes. You might include an explanatory note that lets your friends know your gift wasn’t just picked out of thin air. As with any gift, include a gift receipt in case your recipients already own the cookbook in question.

When it comes to gift giving, you may be a stickler for rules of etiquette that say wedding gift purchases should begin at the $75-dollar mark. No matter what those rules say, buy within your budget (and remember that rules are meant to be broken). It does no one any good to give a gift you can’t afford. You don’t want to be stuck eating rice and beans for a month because a wedding gift set you back too severely. Your friends will understand, especially in these trying economic times.

Whatever you gift to the soon-to-be-married, know that any and all gifts are appreciated. Whether you purchase a gift card for a nice dinner out or chip in on a larger gift, know that the newlyweds will appreciate whatever you took the time and effort to purchase. It’s quite possible to celebrate a happy union without going broke.

{GB – Guest Blogger} Maire blogs on the behalf of Sears and other quality products. She also enjoys oil painting and walking her Scottish Terrier.

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