How Much Should I Spend on a Wedding Gift?

Etiquette, Favors & Gifts
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Thanks to online wedding registries, buying wedding gifts is easier than ever. You don't even need to set foot in a store if you don't want to! But there's still the question of how much you should spend. We asked our experts to break down what you should pay for a wedding gift, depending on whose wedding it is.

The best way to figure out how much to spend on a wedding gift is to consider both your personal financial situation and how well you know the couple.

If your work friend is getting married or you're young and new to the workforce, $50 is totally reasonable. Consider bumping it up to $75 if you have a standing weekly coffee date or wouldn't hit the office cafeteria without one-another.

Is it a friend or distant relative? Look for a gift in the $75-$125 range, and consider selecting something from the registry that is a little more personal and holds some meaning to your relationship, whether it's wine glasses in honor of that Italian restaurant you love to go to together or a cooler you know they'll take on their camping trips.

If you're attending the wedding of a close friend or relative, you'll probably want to be in the $100 to $200 range. Pick out one of the nicer items on their registry, or swoop in and complete that set of bakeware your friend has been eyeing. Again, sending a gift that has meaning to the two of you, or that you know she's been hoping to receive, is a great way to add extra emotional value.

Of course, if you have the funds, you can always go up in price range. If you want to spring for a bigger gift but can't cover the costs yourself, go in with a friend or two on a group gift to divide the hefty price tag of a stand mixer a few ways.

No matter what you're spending, you'll have the best luck if you purchase early — there will be way more options on the registry so you can either find something in your price range or combine a few lower-priced items to get where you wanted. And of course, don't forget the card! A sweet note of congratulations will be the perfect finishing touch.

See more: Should Your Wedding Date Bring a Gift?


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