You're happy for the two lovebirds, but the gifts on their wedding registry are way out of your budget. Drop the old tradition of resorting to the cheapest gift on the registry when you're strapped for cash! instead, take a more modern, savvy approach and pick a personalized gift that'll portray your thoughtfulness and give your wallet a breather. Dana LaRue, from The Broke-Ass Bride blog gives us some tips on the smart way to give below.
- Check Out Coupon Codes: Never hit "purchase" on an online order without checking RetailMeNot.com for a coupon or promo code. You can score percentages off, free shipping and more by doing some stealthy searching around the web, which adds up to big savings!
- Go With the Gift of Experience: Sometimes experience is the best gift of all. Rather than a novelty gift or trinket that will just sit on a shelf, show your gratitude by taking your giftee out on an adventure that suits their interests. A fancy gourmet dinner out (or cooked at home with love) will satisfy your foodie friends, a hike and picnic out in nature will tickle your hippie-buddy's heart, massages at the spa for your luxury-loving sister, or tickets to a concert or play could be just the thing for your cultured crew. Personalizing the gifts for each recipient is a very special touch that will not be soon forgotten.
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- DIY Wedding Gift: If you can't buy it, make it! DIY gifts can be especially meaningful (and inexpensive). Decoupage pictures of the bride and groom onto a jewelry box and give it as a thank you. Make bath salts, package them in a mason jar with some twine, and give the gift of relaxation. String up some beads in wedding colors and create custom jewelry for the bride that will always remind her of her special day, and make a matching set of cufflinks for the groom. The options are endless!
- Buy an Indie Present: Or if you're less than crafty, enlist someone else to make your gifts! Sites like etsy.com and wedzu.com feature independent artists and their handmade work . . . often for fractions of "normal retail price." And since many items are made to order, you can often customize your colors, have the gift personalized, or have something created especially for you!