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 How Much Should I Spend on Wedding Gift


Yeah, you bet!

But how to choose it? What to spend?

Let's go over these questions one by one and you can see exactly how (and why) buying something original for the happy couple is your best bet (sorry toasters).


First, ask: How well do you know these people?

Family, close friends are one thing; co-workers or associates at work are another. Some may cross the line into being a very good friend; others may be just the type you say hello to in the hallway or exchange pleasantries over the coffee machine on Monday.

In other words, it really depends on how well you know them.

If you know them well and know their lives (are they foodies, art lovers, interested in travelling to exotic locations, starting a family soon, pet lovers, etc.). These will help you determine not only the type of gift but how to spend.


RULE OF THUMB - Vary based on your life, budget, generosity!

$100+ for friends

$200+ for family, close friends

$50 for acquaintances


Buying a good toaster ($30-100) is one thing. Giving a down payment for a new condo is another.

You're probably somewhere in between.

For those who love art, are buying a new home or have recently purchased a property, giving the gift of a unique piece of art could be valued and really set yourself apart from the boring sea of crystal ice buckets (who even uses those) and the cash in an envelope (appreciate, but none-too-creative).

However, giving art is iffy.

Do they like modern? Landscapes? Sculptures? Florals?

For a gift of this type, giving a certificate is best. They can choose what they like and once they hang in on their wall, they'll always know you gave it to them (so to speak).

Art can pricey.

For this, you could go in with another friend or couple and all buy a more high-dollar certificate. If you each gave $150, a final certificate of $450 would be appreciate and allow the recipient to choose something fairly nice.

Art is a gift that is not only highly personal, but also highly valued.

That modern swirl of colors on their wall that they received with your certificate will far much more appreciated than the toaster that broke or the deep fryer that sits in the back of the cupboard rarely used.


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