Picking the perfect gift for a newlyweds isn’t always an easy task. You don’t necessarily have to stick with the registry, unless the couple specifies otherwise. Choosing a gift that’s more personal can end up being better and more treasured than anything they've already picked for themselves.
Set a Budget
You need to know how much you’re willing and able to spend on a wedding gift. If you’re going to the wedding shower and the wedding, proper etiquette is to bring a gift to both, so it’s important to keep that in mind. Even if you’re in the wedding and don’t have much left over from your budget, still consider buying a small gift for the couple. Most people plan to spend between $50-$100 on a gift. If It’s a close friend or relative, expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $150 on the present.
Buy Something from Their Registry
Wedding registries can be very helpful, especially if you don’t know the couple all that well but still want to buy a gift. Registries show all the items couples want and need. You really can’t ever go wrong with purchasing something straight from the registry. The registry will be full of many suggestions, making shopping for a useful gift simple.
Put Some Thought into It
If you know the couple well, there’s nothing wrong with getting a more personal gift for them, something that isn’t on the registry. This does require planning and putting serious thought into what they’d like the most. You know who they are as individuals and as a couple, just think about something that would make them both happy. Gifts with sentimental value are cherished more than impersonal items because it shows the gift came straight from the heart. It also shows that you know them well. Don’t wait until the last minute to pick a gift for them. Take the time to really think about a meaningful option you can give them that they’ll be able to cherish for years to come. If they love antiques, you can find some antique music boxes for sale that hold timeless beauty.
Consider Giving a Group Gift
If you want to buy a big-ticket item for the couple but your budget doesn’t allow for it, get a group together to do so. The couple may add big-ticket items to their registry because they may never be able to purchase the items by themselves. If you really want to get a big ticket item for them, such as a vintage style record player, don’t be afraid to ask around and find friends willing to split up the cost with you.
Take time to personalize a gift for the couple and give them something truly unique or play it safe and purchase something from the registry. The couple will be grateful no matter what you end up getting them.