As wedding season quickly approaches, guests can sometimes be left scratching their heads over wedding gifts. While registries and monetary gifts can remove the guesswork from buying wedding gifts, not all couples register for gifts, and some couples express a “no gifts” policy.
If the couple does have a registry, purchasing your gift from that list has several benefits. First, you will be sure that you are giving your friends or family a gift they truly want. Additionally, purchasing off of the registry ensures that the couple does not receive duplicates of the same gift. If you find a registry item off registry for a better price, make sure to call the company the couple is registered with, and ask that they remove the item from the list.
Money is the choose your-own-adventure option in wedding gifts. The gift of money allows couples to purchase items that they need that may not have gone onto the registry for one reason or another. The money can be used for the honeymoon, to pay off wedding expenses, to help buy a home, or to complete the wedding registry. Many stores offer registry items left on the list after the wedding at a discounted price. For this reason, your money will go further if the couple is able to use it to purchase the items after the wedding.
Gift cards to the store(s) with which the couple registered are also an easy option. As mentioned above, these cards can come in handy for items left over on the registry, which can then be purchased at a discount. Gift cards also make springing for new household items more affordable down the road.
Finally, if a couple insists that they do not want any gifts, there are still ways to show your enthusiasm for the celebration. Following the idea of the honeymoon fund, you can gift the happy couple an experience. Tickets to a concert, sporting event, or class can make sure the couple has a memorable experience that they may not have paid for on their own. Ideas for experience gifts include wine, beer, or chocolate tastings, cooking classes, movie or theater passes, a gift card to a special restaurant, MORE. Try to avoid any gifts that have set dates and times, unless you have checked with the couple and know they will be available.
For the couple that absolutely will not accept any sort of gift, think of a donation you can make in their honor. When making a donation to honor the couple, just make sure that the recipient of the donation is a person, organization, or cause that is supported by the couple. Donate money for planting trees if the couple is into nature and the outdoors. Other options include animal shelters, research for various medical ailments, schools, etc.
Remember that above all, the best gift you can give the happy couple on their wedding day is to be present for the celebration.