So, you’re invited to a celebration. This celebration can be anything: birthday party, engagement party, baby shower, wedding shower, baby sprinkle, wedding, housewarming party…we could really go on and on with this. Anyhow, we’ve had some questions on what you should gift for any of these-and we’re going to help you out!
NOTE: There is not a proper amount to spend for any of these occasions. Give what you can and feel is appropriate for your budget! Any gift is from the heart and appreciated just as much as the next!
Showers! If you’re invited to any kind of shower you should bring or send a gift from their registry! The shower is celebrating a milestone in the person’s/couple’s life and they could use the helping hand. These days it is even SUPER easy for us who love to plop on the couch after work and not go to the mall. Most invites include a sweet little note about their registry and you can order them something online in just a few minutes. It will even ship straight to their home! Very little work on your part, but they will remember your kindness and generosity!
Engagement Parties! Some couples have an engagement party thrown for them before they’ve registered for anything. My suggestion for this is bringing a nice bottle of wine. Simple and Celebratory! Not a drinking couple? Gift card to the movies or a simple dinner at a local restaurant! Everyone knows that date nights are AWESOME.
Housewarming Party! If the couple has just gotten married and you already purchased something off of their registry, maybe just bring a nice bottle of wine to stock their bar with! If they’re not a drinker? Maybe a small gift card to a store like Bed Bath and Beyond or Home Depot where they can get something for their house! (From a new homeowner-you can NEVER go wrong with Home Depot gift cards)
Weddingssss! Of course you should get the couple a gift for their wedding! It’s a momentous occasion. If there is a shower-send or bring the gift then. Multiple gifts aren’t necessary for those! If not, send the gift via their online store before the wedding. It is so much nicer to not have to wrap and carry in a present to the actual wedding.
**Last but never least: we always think it’s a courtesy to send something if you’ve been invited and can’t go. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive at all! Hand written cards and a $5 Starbucks gift card really does go much further than you think! **
Hope this helps all of you party goers!