10 Thoughtful Wedding Gifts on a Budget
Finding a wedding gift within your budget doesn’t have to be a challenge -- with a little creativity you can give the happy couple a great gift.
By Reader's Digest Editors
Whether they like a Riesling or a Malbec, a carefully selected wine with satin ribbon is a perfect way for the couple to share a romantic moment. If you’re not sure what sort of special-occasion wine to purchase, ask your local wine store for ideas.
His & Hers Remote Controls
Have a little fun and purchase a universal remote for both the bride and groom to keep those pesky arguments about what to watch on TV away. If you want to add a little something more to the gift, buy the couple a gift certificate for one free month of Netflix as well.
Head to your local spice shop or gourmet store and purchase a mix of unique sweet and savory spices that the newlyweds can use while cooking at home. Spices will also easily pack in your suitcase for a destination wedding and most spices have a long shelf-life.
Handmade Shopping Totes
Purchase two plain tote bags and decorative iron-ons and personalize bags for the bride and groom. Perfect for the environmentally-conscious pair, these bags will add fun to their trips to the market or carry their beach items on their honeymoon.
Find out where the happy couple first met or where they’re headed for their honeymoon and purchase a map of the area. Using scissors, plain cork coasters (available at your local craft store) and some Mod Podge®, create thoughtful coasters that will have them reminiscing. A beautiful ribbon or box makes the perfect presentation.
Create a gift basket with two mugs and a pound of the couple’s favorite coffee. If the couple doesn’t drink coffee, replace with tea or their favorite beverage. Get creative by hand painting mugs at a do-it-yourself pottery store or create personalized ones with images at Zazzle.com.
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Seeds of Love
Your local home improvement store or nursery will have packets of seeds, from perennials to herbs, which can be planted year round. Buy one or two packets and place them in decorative ceramic planters. Add two pairs of gardening gloves, and two trowels, and you’ve got a wonderful way for the couple to watch their garden grow along with their happy union.
Find out the couple’s nearest movie theater and purchase a gift certificate for two tickets and a snack combo. After all of the wedding planning, the couple will appreciate an evening alone at the movies. If you want to make the night extra special, splurge for a gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant so they can enjoy dinner and a movie.
Compile your favorite recipes into a handmade or vintage recipe box. Try to give at least one recipe for each meal or theme your collection based on breakfasts, desserts, or casseroles.