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Cheap Wedding Gift Ideas

  -Giving a Lot for a Little

What kind of article is called Cheap Wedding Gift Ideas?!

That’s what I said.  Cheap wedding gift ideas?  By “cheap” I am not referring to cheaply made.  There actually are some amazing gift ideas out there, that are outstanding in quality, extremely imaginative, and they happen not to cost very much.

 One of the blessings of aging beyond one’s twenties (and, er…even their thirties) is that after these years, the volume of wedding “invites” starts to decline.

Years ago, I remember going out and purchasing several wedding gifts at a time, while more invitations kept popping up in my mailbox. 

 Very big business, this wedding thing. 

 If you are one of those who are fortunate (and young) enough to have many, many friends heading to the altar, you have a particularly creative challenge ahead.  With prices going up and quality, in many cases, heading South, how does one honor the bride and groom with a great gift without breaking the bank?

 Finding Cheap Wedding Gift Ideas is an Art.

 Now, what do I mean by cheap?  OK, not cheap.  Inexpensive.  It is, of course, a relative term.  By today’s standards, finding a gift worth giving for under a hundred dollars is a challenge.  So I am going to throw out ideas that range from 20 dollars to 150 dollars.  From very cheap to moderately inexpensive.

 First, consider the personalities of the couple.  Are they traditional types, or are they from the loose and casual, “barefoot-is-better” league?

 Traditionalists tend to enjoy keepsake gifts: silver, crystal, porcelain - items that last through the years and can even become heirlooms.  These items tend to be costly, but can still be found at very agreeable prices.

 

In my search, I found silver-plated wine bottle stoppers that can have the couples’ initials put on the top, for under 20.00.  I also found a monogrammed

silver-plate notepad (handy and elegant on the desk) for about the same price. 

 A silver and marble cheese serving tray is a gorgeous wedding gift for about 100.00, and one that they’ll use over and over.  Or how about a beautifully designed wine decanter which comes with its own silver strainer, for 40.00?

Add a couple of silver wine bottle stoppers, and you have a memorable gift, and a very cheap wedding gift idea.  Cheap but not cheesy.  See what I mean?

 More practical, every-day wedding gifts that every couple would love to receive might be among these ideas: 

 A powerful 9-speed mixer (about 70.00), or an electric fondue pot (also in the 70.00 range)… if the romantic couple has not yet enjoyed cheese fondue, they are missing out on one of life’s great treats.  If they are lactose-intolerant, there are other types of fondue that they would love.  How about dipping plump, fresh, strawberries into molten chocolate fondue? 

 Another one:  Everybody needs a Kitchen scale but no one buys one for themselves.  They could have a streamlined, cutting-edge glass Kitchen scale for about 50.00.

 One of my favorite cooking vessels was a gift from my sister.  It’s an All-Clad asparagus pot, something I scoffed at as ridiculous and unnecessary, until I cooked my first asparagus in it…tender, green shoots, cooked to toothsome perfection.  I became hooked on this wonderful pot.  And it’s only about 50.00.  If your bride and groom are “foodies”, they will use and enjoy it forever.

 Are they coffee lovers?  How about an electric coffee bean grinder (about 30.00), a couple bags of premium espresso beans (another 20.00), and an espresso maker (30.00 to 50.00)?  If you want to splurge just a little more, add six espresso cups and saucers (price variable, but about 45.00 should do it).  For less than 150.00, you have put together a memorable, enjoyable gift that the special couple will enjoy for years to come. O.K. That’s not really a cheap wedding gift, but one filled with thoughtfulness and value.

 I hope these cheap wedding gift ideas have inspired you to go out and find some quality gifts that won’t cost a fortune.  Moms and Dads and Aunties and Uncles and Godparents and Grandparents can spring for the big ticket items.  Those of us who are wealthy in engaged friends, but are not wealthy in the traditional sense, have to make up for it with imagination.  The answer is to come up with   ideas that are beautiful, well made, classy, and useful. 

 And, hopefully, so affordable you can pick up one for yourself!

 - Joan Saloomey

 

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