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Words by Bryan Hufford


When it comes to weddings, one of the biggest decisions you have to make as a guest is deciding on what kind of gift to give to the newlywed couple. With so many different options available, it can be hard to figure out what the best gift ideas would be. While everyone has their own preferences on what they would like to receive, there are a few gift ideas that are usually a sure thing.

If you have an upcoming wedding to attend and are stuck trying to decide on what type of gift to give, you're in luck. Below, you will find 3 simple wedding gift ideas to help you pin down the perfect gift for the bride and groom.


Idea #1 - Keep it Simple and Give Cash

If you're looking to keep things easy and straight to the point, giving cash is the best route to go. Considering it is also one of the most expected gifts at many weddings, there is a strong chance that the newlyweds will have no issues accepting it. It gives them the most flexibility, as they can use the money as they wish (such as paying for a honeymoon, buying new items for their home, putting it into a savings account or paying for regular household expenses).

Quick tip: It's a smart idea to stick with cash instead of a check. It saves the couple the hassle of having to run to their nearest bank in order to make a deposit. While they might do the same with cash, the fact is that cash is far more convenient than a check. Giving cash is also easier on the bride and groom, as they won't have to worry about hauling away a big gift after the celebration has ended. 


Idea #2 - Give Gift Cards to Store(s) Where Bride and Groom Have a Registry

For someone who doesn't like to scour through a registry and shop for several different items to put together a gift, this idea is truly a no-brainer. All you have to do is find out where the bride and groom are registered, then simply purchase a gift card to that store (or all of them, if you want to get more extravagant).

Something to consider: Believe it or not, many people add a significant amount of unnecessary items onto their wedding registry. By giving a gift card, you make it easier for the newlywed couple to pick out the things they actually need. It's much better than buying them a gift they may end up having to return.


Idea #3 - Go for a Memento That the Bride and Groom Can Cherish Forever

Weddings are a big deal, and capturing that special moment is even more important. That's why personalized, wedding-themed items can make excellent wedding gifts. 

Does this sound like something that would be right up your alley? To help get your brain ticking on what to give, here are a few examples of some popular personalized wedding gift ideas:

- Personalized picture frames or wall plaques 
- Customized scrapbooks or picture books
- Personalized champagne glasses 
- Personalized wall décor 
- Personalized gifts for him and her

Quick tip: Don't forget to consider the interests of the bride and groom. For example, if they do not drink, giving personalized champagne glasses or flasks probably isn't a good idea. If you think something won't work or you're unsure on what to get, stick with the first two ideas above.


The Decision is All Yours

While these ideas may not be groundbreaking or out of this world, the fact remains that they are the most popular gift ideas out there. All you have to do is pick an option and stick with it. You'll be happy you did, and the bride and groom will thank you for it too!