When it comes to wedding gifts, how much to spend on a wedding gift is determined by the following factors: where the wedding will be held, your budget as a wedding guest, and your relationship with the bride and/or groom. If the wedding is a destination wedding, only a bridal shower gift is usually deemed proper because there is a larger cost for each person attending the wedding. If the wedding is local it is often deemed proper etiquette to bring a gift to the bridal shower as well as give a wedding gift. When attending a wedding either as part of the wedding party or as a friend of the family, you should decide your appropriate wedding gift spend. If you have been invited to be a bridesmaid for an out of town wedding, you should first tally up your costs and then decide what is an appropriate wedding gift spend.
Some people believe it is proper etiquette to spend about the same monetary amount on the wedding gift as the bride and groom paid for the reception on a per head basis. There are two very strong schools of thought on this approach. Some people really believe that this is the most appropriate way to gauge how much to spend on the wedding gifts, while others believe it should depend completely on how well the wedding guest knows the bride or groom and how much the person can afford to spend. Where a person lives can also dictate how much a person should spend on a wedding gift. In some areas of the country the weddings tend to be more formal and would in turn require a more expensive gift, especially if the person is not also attending the bridal shower. If someone lives in an area where the wedding would be less formal the popular belief is that a smaller amount spent on wedding gifts would be appropriate. Most people today have a gift registry set up to let their attendants know exactly what they would like for their home or a fund to which they would like their guests to contribute. Also, because many people live together before they are actually married the need for gifts for the home is often less than the need for cash gifts.
Gift certificates have become quite common nowadays. That is because it is easily available not only at the banks and stores but also online. It is not always possible to hand over gifts personally even if it is for someone very special or on special occasions. Then these gift certificates come of great use for all purposes. For sports lovers and athletes, gift certificates are perhaps the best gift that one can give. If you have the time, you can make your own personalized gift certificate and send it to the person who will appreciate it and enjoy getting it. There are various stores that help to get gift certificates online. They are readily available and you can also put in anything personal if you want. It is that easy to please someone who is a sports freak. It is also possible to print out gift certificates by downloading them online that are free.
Then you can decorate it with sports stickers of your choice or the one that the person for whom you are making it is interested in. If you want a certificate for a golf player, you can embellish it with golf balls and clubs or for a soccer fan, paste soccer balls and stickers of world renowned football players and see how he is thrilled. You have to be creative and innovative as well to get the beaming smile on the receivers face. The use of markers and gold or silver streaks bring a fascinating look to the certificate especially when they are designed for children. There are some online stores too that do the work for you.
You can always make out a sports lover. They always seem to be full of sports items like logos, stickers and jerseys all around them. So it is quite difficult to give a gift to such a person as he seems to have almost everything related to his favorite game. At such times of crisis, gift certificates make a perfect thing to give to make him happy. Certificates as gifts are not meant only to serve as a mere gift. They are prized as precious memories and as proofs also of one’s excellence in a particular field. In school or college, when you participate in any event, say drama or sports, you are awarded with a medal or trophy. May be it is a school trophy and you have to return it after a year or so. But the certificate that you get as recognition of your talent remains with you for ever. Hence these gift certificates are more in demand not only to make one happy but these serve as extra qualification in future.