Be honest. Although you are excited to be invited to weddings, there’s also a bit of dread that invades the pit of your stomach. That’s because you have to shop for a gift for the bride and groom’s big day. What you are really worried about is how much to spend on the wedding gift.

So what are the rules for wedding gift giving? It all depends on the recipient (i.e. how well you know the people getting hitched).

Neighbor or other casual acquaintances

How often do you run into your neighbor or another casual acquaintance? If it’s not too often, you aren’t expected to lay out big bucks to buy them a wedding gift. Between $50 and $75 is an acceptable amount of money.

Co-worker or boss

When selecting a wedding gift for a boss or co-worker, you want to remember these are people you see everyday and likely will continue to encounter for the foreseeable future. You don’t have to go broke buying a wedding gift, but you want to make sure to put some thought into it.

A good rule is to spend between $75-$100 on a wedding gift for a co-worker or boss.

Friend or relative

You may not see some of your friends and family as often as you like and probably not nearly as much as some of your co-workers. Still, friends and relatives are a special part of your life.

When you are invited to a wedding for one of your friends or family members, you want to celebrate this next chapter of their life. Spending $100-$125 is a good rule.

Close friend or close relative

There is a difference between friends and close friends and relatives and close relatives. You may not see one another as often as you want, but close friends and close relatives hold a special place in your life. So, when one of these people get married, you should spend a little more. A suggested amount is $100-$175.

Okay, so now you’ve got some rules for how much to spend on a wedding gift. What do you buy? Even if you know the bride and groom well, you might want to give them the freedom to select whatever gift they will find most meaningful or helpful to their new life together.

Enter the ‘Giftbar of Choice’. The newlyweds can choose from any one of the amazing Giftbar merchants for the gift that’s perfect for them. The best part is you can easily choose the denomination that fits your wedding gift needs.

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