What makes a good wedding gifts idea? In fact, how long in advance do you need to buy a wedding gift? What constitutes a meaningful gift that both couples can enjoy without breaking the bank too much? Or better still, are preselected gifts a good way to help people find what the couple really want or is it a cheeky ploy for the couple to rinse the guest out of buying them the most expensive present they can find, thus avoiding the prospect of receiving a rather ugly and nasty gift?
There is no easy answer to this question, but there are easy common sense ways of dealing with the issue of finding a gift that does not need to be priced beyond your own budget. Recently more people are placing gift request vouchers for people to choose a suitable present from a chosen establishment. This way the couple are able to guarantee a gift they want and the guest will have no trouble choosing what is requested.
The problem with preselected wedding gifts are that they very often come with a high price tag, therefore people who are on a tight budget may find this a daunting prospect. Often some guests may find this a little cheeky and so opt to buy something of their own choice. Either way you as the guest, want to make an impression when buying a gift, depending on how well you know the couple buying a gift should be based on their interests and a symbolism of their joyous occasion.
First step to take is to start searching for a gift early. Never leave this to the last minute, as the chances are you may not find what you are looking for especially if you are on a tight budget. Visit various gift shops to find the right kind of present. Crystal photo frames, crystal champagne glasses with his and her inscribed onto the glass and home accessories are always a winner for newlyweds, as very often they will put these into use immediately.
The second step is to get an idea of the price range of the kind of gifts you would like to buy for them. How expensive are wedding gifts in general? Will it be cheaper to order from the internet? If this is the case, how long will it take before you receive the gift (in time for the wedding)? Most importantly of all, how much are you willing to spend?
Some people have spent an extortionate amount on wedding gifts that have been bought by others at a cheaper price. The most common gifts are usually dinner sets and cookery ware. It is important that you get an idea of what other people purchasing, that way you can gain inspiration of what to buy. Also try getting an insight from the couples relatives; they may be able to help you with finding the right gift.
The final thing to do is not to be disheartened by other peoples wedding gift ideas. All too often I have come across people competing over the kind of gifts they have bought and which one is the most impressive. At the end of the day, it all boils down to buying something that is memorable, nice in appearance and long lasting. This can be in the form of a home accessory, clothing, furniture, kitchenware, wall hanging, decoration or even keepsake photo album. This why you should take your time searching, something will strike your attention.
Neither of these has to be hugely expensive, just good quality and something that the couple will appreciate you for. Remember this is a symbol of their celebration so make it something bright, happy and with glimmer of your own personality.
Anna Stenning is an expert on buying and finding the right wedding gifts, having bought plenty in previous wedding ceremonies. For more gift ideas visit http://www.denby.co.uk/