Chances are you probably know someone (or of someone) who is getting married. While marriages occur throughout the year, the common month to exchange vows is June. With some planning to attend up to six (or more) weddings a year, the thought of a wedding gift for each can be extremely mind boggling. Now unless you are Donald Trump or don’t mind spending thousands a year on wedding gifts, you may want to learn a few ways to save some cash.
Aside from writing a check (which can definitely add up), most opt to purchase a few items off the happy couple’s wedding registry. Kudos if they have one as that makes shopping for their taste easier, but if they don’t, you still can rest assured that they will probably need housewares for their new home. Here are a few tips on purchasing affordable houseware gifts without breaking the bank.
Shopping Gifts for Newlyweds
- Find out what the happy couple enjoys and create a memorable gift basket full of goodies. If the bride (or groom) loves to cook, fill a basket with new measuring cups and spoons, fine spices for a spice rack, a couple new skillets and other miscellaneous kitchen items.
- There is a strong chance that many items on the couple’s registry will be available for purchase elsewhere. If they have been dying for a KitchenAid Mixer, check out other stores for rebates and discounts. After all, you are purchasing what they want, just at a different store. Just give them a heads up about your purchase so they can take the duplicate item off their registry.
- High-priced items on a wedding registry are common, but do not feel guilted into purchasing them (especially if they are not in your budget). Couples enjoy seeing multiple items purchased off their registry just as much as one, big-ticket item. Think of it this way: when they come back from the honeymoon, do you think they will enjoy opening up multiple packages (of affordably priced items) or just one?
- If there is a set of items on a registry (e.g. towels, dishes and cutlery), always try to purchase the set instead of a couple pieces. Nothing is more of a pain then newlyweds receiving four plates with two forks and one knife.
- Who says that you must purchase a gift before the wedding? Well – it technically is tradition, but you can also give a gift once the couple gets back from their honeymoon (if they plan to take one shortly after the wedding). By buying a gift while they are away, you can save up for a great gift and also save the blissful couple from making a trip to the post office or UPS for packages received while they were away.
10 Reasonably-Priced Houseware Gifts for Newlyweds
- Greenpan 10-Piece Set ($249.95, West Elm)
- Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini Food Processor ($49.99, Bed, Bath & Beyond)
- Pinch and Pour Prep Bowls ($15.00, MoMA Store)
- Espresso Set ($55.00, MoMA Store)
- Target Home Puckering Comforter Set-Beige ($89.99-$99.99)
- Essential Dinnerware with 7″ Bowl ($16.80 open stock, Crate & Barrel)
- Food Network 10-Piece Storage Container Set ($34.99)
- 5-Piece Walker Gift Set ($24.75, CB2)
- Organic Pleated Edge Towels ($6-$19, West Elm)
- Michelle B. by Fagor Cutlery, 5 Piece Prep Set ($29.99, Macy’s)