As far as gifts go, wedding gifts are always a budget killer, in my opinion. You can probably get away with cheaper gifts at baby showers since it’s hard to tell the difference between a $5 outfit and a $50 outfit; but wedding gifts are slightly less easy to disguise, especially when you get items the couple has registered for, so they know exactly how much you spent and how cheap you are.
Therefore, to avoid this problem, I’ve come up with a standard, inexpensive, but heartfelt, wedding gift that I give to anyone and everyone getting married: A Cookbook.
Now, this is not just any cookbook. I actually got the idea from my sister, Janssen, who put together a cookbook for our wedding of all her favorite recipes. For one, this was an extremely thoughtful gift since she not only took the time to compile all the recipes, she also put little blurbs at the beginning of each recipe telling where she found it, what she serves it with, why she likes, it, etc. Second, it was the perfect gift because the moment I was married and presented with my first week of cooking for two people, I suddenly couldn’t remember one single thing my mom had ever cooked. What did we eat for the last 20 years of my life?!
When the wedding announcements began pouring in, I thought back to this perfect gift and decided to use it as my standard, cheap, thoughtful wedding gift.
I drew up a cute design for the front, compiled all my favorite recipes (I’m constantly adding to this), wrote funny blurbs for each recipe, and then saved it all on my computer. Every time we get invited to a wedding, I print out the cookbook, put it in a $3 binder, wrap it in dollar store wrapping paper, and voila! The cheapest wedding gift you’ll ever give, and yet it’s the one I get requests for from friends who have upcoming weddings.
Bottom line is this: wedding gifts can be expensive, and sometimes we feel obligated to buy something that goes beyond our budget so you don’t feel like a cheapskate. But if you can come up with a gift that is thought out and meaningful, but also inexpensive, you get the best of both worlds.
So, does this get your creative wheels turning? I’d love to hear your ideas for inexpensive wedding gifts.