May 3

Recessionista Wedding Gifts

No matter the budget, there’s no question that weddings can be a pricey proposition for the bride and groom. But being a guest can come with its own set of financial pressures—between the showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridesmaid dresses, travel and more, the costs can really start to add up! So if you’ve got an abundant summer wedding schedule and are looking for affordable gifts without the cheap, check out these options to keep your bank account—and your reputation—in good standing.

Most newlyweds have a long list of thank you’s to dish out following their wedding. Help them get started with fun and fitting personalized stationery! I love this design from our Signature Collection.

If they’ll be on the move after their nuptials, you could offer to gift them chic moving announcements of their choice. I recently used this delightful one from our parent site Tiny Prints for myself!

Crafty? Put your DIY savvy to work with a one-of-a-kind handmade gift. An artful guest book or beautifully knitted afghan for their new home will not only save you money, but will certainly stand out. Not the crafty type? Find someone to do it for you! Ask around or saunter on over to Etsy if you don’t know anyone firsthand. Just make sure to leave an ample time frame, big projects like these can take up to several months.

If you’re shopping online, Amazon, Crate & Barrel Outlet and overstock.com are your friends, especially if you are using the couple’s registry.  Three websites with one common theme: great deals on things sold elsewhere.

Memories always serve a priceless gift, so if you captured some amazing moments from the wedding, wrap it up in a package that matches their particular taste for a gift they’ll always cherish! A gorgeous custom photo book from Wedding Paper Divas or these simply elegant oversized mat frames from Pottery Barn are each totally thoughtful without being overwhelming.

Know a couple with a flair for photography? I can’t get enough of these unique Lomography cameras! There are many out there to choose from, and prices start as low as $10. Plus, what’s not to love about the timeless aesthetic they produce?

Sometimes even the smallest contribution makes a big difference. In the face of an unfriendly economy, giving gift cards to a favorite market or gas station will not be frowned upon! Lastly, going in together with friends is always a great way to save money without skimping on a nice gift.

Just remember, if you were invited to their wedding, they probably don’t want you to go broke as a result. With a bit of research and resourcefulness, you can find a sweet and stylish gift that’s easily within your budget. Because as the saying goes, “If there’s a will, there’s a way!”

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About Jessy

Hometown: St. Louis, MO Favorite Color: Pistachio Favorite Movie Wedding Moment: The airplane scene in The Wedding Singer Jessy is a Jr. Writer at Tiny Prints. When she was seven, she declared herself "Jessy" (from her given name, Jessica) because she wanted to be a little different. Which is exactly what led her to Tiny Prints-her love for all things unique, memorable and personal! Letterpress printing makes her swoon and she has an affinity for fresh designs with a hint of vintage. In addition to her passion for paper goods, Jessy loves dogs, llamas, autumn, farmers' markets, live music, skeleton keys, extra sprinkles, beating boys in sports, running, antique stores and a book that’s hard to put down.

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