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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Affordable Wedding and Graduation Gifts

Amy Hannold, 
247Moms Frugal Living Editor

June signals a flurry of weddings and graduation gifts.  How can we find affordable, appreciated gifts for these special occasions?

Think outside the box – Create a Basket!
In your home “gift inventories”, and as you shop clearance sales, build a thoughtful gift basket.  Think small luxuries and necessities that either prepare a home for newlyweds – or give them the ingredients for a celebration once the wedding chaos has concluded.  When possible, network with the relatives to find out the couple’s likes and colors. 

Social Buying Sites - Good Deals, No Worries
Groupon.com, Mamapedia.com, Restaurant.com, Dealpulp.com, Livingsocial.com and others offer you the opportunity to purchase gift certificates.  Your recipient can choose from local deals, deals for a destination or national deals – on everything from dining to paint, adventures to shoes.

Gift Registry Buying, For Less:
When your gift recipient is registered at a particular store, first check online for coupons and promotions.  If a deal can’t be found, get together with others to buy something from the list. 

Give Something Personalized:
Vistaprint.com has lots of options for personalizing bags, notebooks, and other great items.  They’re very affordable and fun to use.

Enlist a Friend:
Do you know someone crafty or creatively-talented?  Get inspired and brainstorm for something they could make (or help you make) that would be a unique gift. 

Service, the Gift that is Appreciated:
Consider what kinds of talents, time and service you could give.  For newly marrieds, they may need help with their home or offer to create a special meal for them.  Create a special card and perhaps an accompanying small gift basket in the theme of your service.

Get Them Prepared for an Emergency:  One of the most appreciated, unique and affordable gifts are an emergency kits.  Either for the car, home or a grad about to be away from home for the first time – you’ll be remembered when your gift saves the day.  An emergency kit can be “serious first aid” in nature, or it can take on a humorous theme based on your personality and that of the recipient.  Remember back to your newly married or college days – you’ll be able to come up with some great ingredients. 

Best Tip?  Start now!  When you have the time, you can take the time to create something special.  Have fun and share your ideas with us!  We’ve got upcoming events too!



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