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Weddings can be stressful, not only for the couples getting married, but for their family and friends as well.  The number one stress factor?  The big scary wedding gift of course.  These days wedding forums are rife with stressed out pals spending hours trying to find the perfect trinket to please the new couple.  Generics make great meds, but terrible gifts.  So what to do?

Here are some tips to make things easier:

  1. Ask!   A nice e-mail highlighting the convenience of a gift registry would be great, if the couple hasn’t already mentioned one.
  2. Toughen-up the gift. Be different and surprise the couple with a tough gift like hardware.  (Think Home Depot and Sears)  Giving something like tools can actually be helpful to the couple considering all the fix-it-to-dos around the house after the big day.
  3. A new and innovative service for gifting is called GiftRocket.  PR Daily named it one of the top ‘5 Social Media Tools Catching Fire This Week’ for the week of April 15, 2011.GiftRocket uses search listings from any business or location on Yelp (including restaurants, bars, parks, or even the Washington Monument) to help you send a GiftRocket via phone to anyone. Even if the place itself doesn’t have gift cards, it works.  So this is great for a techie couple on the go that hate carrying gift cards around – a couple that would appreciate using their phone to pay for their next purchase at any of their favorite shops.  No more cards that expire, get stolen, lost of forgotten.  (GiftRocket even lets you watch a monkey use it to show you how easy the service is.)
  4. D.J. Munson, a user on ‘The Art of Manliness’ forum writes “good old fashioned cash is always a nice treat.”  But is it okay?  If you know the bride and groom want to receive cash, or if it’s culturally appropriate, only then cash is totally okay as a gift.  So what’s the right amount?  Alison Bernstein from says if a cash gift is an option, on average the amount should be around $60-$120 per person.  This information was based on the brides and grooms recently polled on  If you’re not sure or if giving cash makes you feel uncomfortable Bernstein says ‘personalize a cash gift with a small item.
  5. What about for the couple that has everything?   Reportedly Australia’s official wedding gift to couple Prince William and Catherine Middleton was a donation in the amount of $25,000 towards The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).  Of course you don’t have to spent $25k.   $60 to $120 per person towards a charity of their choice is sufficient.  At least then you won’t have to wonder if your gift was returned.

Cheers, love and ciao! ^PD


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