Wedding season is just around the corner. And if you're on a budget, you may be wondering how you're going to afford all of the shower and wedding gifts you're going to have to buy. Seeing as how fewer than one in four Americans have enough money saved up to cover even six months of expenses if necessary, finding the money to spare on wedding gifts can sometimes be very difficult. Fortunately, there are ways to not spend your entire savings account on wedding presents this year.
First off, it's important to know that you are not required to buy gifts off of the couple's registry. Oftentimes, registries can be full of expensive items that you may not come even close to being able to afford -- and that's okay. Registries should be viewed as a suggestion, not a requirement. So feel free to buy something that isn't on the couple's registry. However, it can be helpful to use the registry as a guideline and figure out what kind of items the couple is looking for. By getting less expensive items the complement some of the items that have been purchased from the registry, you'll be getting the couple something they can still use.
If you do decide to not purchase something from the registry, personalized gifts are always a good option. Not only can you get items for fairly reasonable prices, but it will show the couple that you really put a lot of thought into their gift. In fact, research provided by Rutgers University shows that gifts people pick to convey special messages say a lot about them as a person. So if you take the time to personalize a gift for the couple, they'll know you put a lot of thought into it.
When it comes to choosing which items to personalize, kitchenware and home goods are a great choice. Whether it's a serving tray with their last name on it, wedding-themed mugs and dishware, or decorations for their home, the couple will love having items to use that were personalized just for them.
Another great idea for putting together a gift on a tight budget is themed baskets. Putting together a few similar items to go with a theme can be an easy way to come up with an inexpensive, but useful gift. For example, you can put together some basic baking supplies, brownie mix, and some oven mitts to create a dessert-themed basket. The couple will enjoy making the brownies together and, of course, eating them together too.
While buying wedding gifts can be stressful, it's important to remember that you aren't required to spend a certain amount of money on a gift. No matter what you put together, the couple will appreciate the gesture and be glad you were able to celebrate their special day with them.