Last week we heard from a woman who wondered whether she could skip giving a wedding gift to her friend because she was spending so much on travel costs to attend the wedding and couldn’t afford to give cash, which is the norm where she’s from, and her friend didn’t have a registry. Of course, registries make it very easy for guests to give gifts they know will be appreciated at whatever price point they are comfortable with — assuming there are items listed at a variety of prices, but for a variety of reasons choosing a gift from a registry isn’t always practical, possible, or preferable.
Here are five ideas — all under $30 — for those occasions when you want to give a gift that will be meaningful, you can’t afford to spend much, and you want the thought to especially count. (Just make sure to include a thoughtful, hand-written card!)
A ring dish with their initials.
A framed photo of the couple if you happen to have access to a particular favorite photo. This matted frame for a 5×7 photo looks like it would cost a lot more than the $29 it’s priced at (use code EXTRAHOT for free shipping).
Get some notecards and pass them along to the couple’s close friends and family with the request that each person write down his or her favorite recipe on the card. Collect all the cards and present them to the couple in a lovely recipe box, many of which you can find on Etsy for well under $30 (consider customizing with the couple’s initials and/or wedding date).
Or, get a nice box with notecards that you can display at the wedding (this works best if you’re in the wedding party), and, instead of recipes, ask the couple’s wedding guests, to write notes of advice or wishes for the couple.
If they celebrate Christmas, an ornament commemorating their first holiday as a married couple.
Do you have any other suggestions? What were some of the more memorable wedding gifts you received?
Related: Poll: Do You Think Wedding Gifts Should Be Eliminated? and “Should I ask Wedding Guests Why I Haven’t Received a Gift From Them?” (The comment section on that second one is a real trip down memory lane…)