Summertime is rampant with weddings, and you know what that means: it’s time to figure out what kind of wedding gift giver you want to be.
While registering for gifts has exploded in popularity in recent years, there are still some couples who find the idea of registering for presents to be tacky—almost like begging. For the gift giver, this can present something of a headache. How can you make sure that you won’t be giving the happy couple the same photo album that everyone else gives them?
The type of gift you give at a wedding typically depends on how close you are to the people who are getting married. Obviously if you are very close to them, you have an easier time choosing something that will be personal and unique. But what if you aren’t that close? What then? Here are a few tips to help you make sure that your gift is well received and not one gravy boat of many.
1. Donate to charity in the couple’s name. Do a little research and find out what causes the couple is passionate about, and then, instead of giving them a physical present, tell them that you donated that money to their pet cause. You’re giving to charity, and the couple will be touched that you took the time to help a cause about which they care.
2. Pool your money with other guests to get them a larger gift, like a piece of furniture that you know they need or a weekend getaway that they can use later.
3. When in doubt, gift cards or cash are always good ways to go. It might seem tacky, but it will be far more appreciated by the bride and groom than something they don’t need but feel obligated to keep.