Wedding season is here. And that means gifts. Lots and lots of gifts. But how much (or how little) are you supposed to spend? Don’t get guilt-tripped into dropping $200 on a deluxe fondue set for your second cousin once removed — read on for the skinny on what to spend.
Not trusting myself to give tips on etiquette, I went to the experts over at The Knot, a site that specializes in all things nuptial. Their rule of thumb — no matter what, don’t drop less than $50 on a gift. It’s bad form. If the person is a coworker or relative you aren’t close to, aim for $50 to $75. For a friend or relative, prepare to spend between $75 and $100. And for a close relative or close friend, shoot for $100 to $150.
That may sound a bit cold — putting a dollar amount on your relationship, but it’s important to remember that weddings can be very expensive, regularly going for tens of thousands dollars. The average cost of a wedding is $27,021 (not including the honeymoon). Gifts go a long way toward offsetting the big costs. Those designer napkin rings at the reception don’t grow on trees, folks.
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