Save some serious cash with these budget-friendly wedding gift ideas
Being a wedding guest can be expensive, paying for travel, accommodation and drinks all day if it’s not an open bar. On top of that, we Brits feel enormous pressure to buy our loved ones amazing and generous gifts, with our recent study showing we spend on average £44 per person on a wedding present, despite the happy couple’s expectation of just £30
So if you have weddings coming up this year and you’re stuck for ideas for thoughtful but budget-friendly gifts, fear not, we’re here to help.
In our modern society, many of us live with our partners long before we ever get married, so the traditional gifts of coffee makers and pots and pans tend to be a waste of money and space. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the bride and groom don’t still need ‘stuff’.
Fill their honeymoon travel bags
Everyone needs essentials when they’re jetting off, from miniature shampoo and conditioner to sun cream and hand sanitizer. Why not stock up on travel essentials for them, throwing in some additional non-essentials such as massage oil for added luxury? They will love seeing what goodies they have and will really appreciate the saved trip to the supermarket in the midst of the honeymoon packing.
Photo frame or album
This one may seem cliché but take it from us, a recently married couple can never have too many. There’ll be hundreds of professional wedding day snaps they want to cherish forever, not to mention honeymoon memories, so the more space they have for those, the better.
If there’s been a name change as part of the wedding, they will not be able to get enough of personalised goodies. A great way to give them something sentimental while keeping costs down is to create a piece of scrabble art, spelling their names and any children or pets names within a montage and framing it.
Frame wedding memorabilia
A really unique but super affordable gift idea is to frame a copy of their wedding invitation. It may feel strange to do it as they gave it to you in the first place, but in years to come they’ll be so grateful to have a preserved copy to look back on.
A date night in a box
After the madness of the wedding, they’ll want nothing more than an excuse for a quiet night in alone, so give them one. Fill a box with lots of little date night goodies, including their favourite movie, some gourmet popcorn and maybe even a voucher for their favourite takeaway if your budget will stretch.
A subscription to suit them
Whatever their passion, there’ll be a subscription package to match; you can get pretty much anything on subscription these days. From coffee to fresh flowers, movies to books, have a look what’s out there and give them the gift that keeps on giving.
Make their drink of choice
There are loads of cool kits out there now for brewing your own beer, making wine or distilling spirits. Not only will it make an amazing gift (you can even name it after them!) but it’s also a really fun hobby to keep doing after the event.
Money, money, money…
Lots of couples now ask for money – usually in the form of a honeymoon contribution – but we can feel awkward about how much is the right amount. Well, there are ways to combat this.
If they’re going somewhere more obscure, foreign currency is a great way of giving them what they want without feeling like you’ll be judged for the value.
Alternatively, if you know where they’re going, have a look and see if there are any top rated restaurants or attractions you could buy vouchers for. That way, you can contribute to the honeymoon without giving cold hard cash.
The most important thing to remember is that all most brides and grooms really want is for their friends and family to be there to share their special day. Our research revealed that almost a quarter of would-be brides and grooms don’t expect a gift or cash at all, so try not to worry.
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