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Buying gifts is difficult enough at the best of times. Even when you know a person better than you know yourself, it can still be tricky to figure out how to balance what they might like with what they might need – and what you can afford.

When it comes to buying gifts for a couple, you have double the stress of trying to find a solution. The majority of the time you will buy for a couple as individuals, but on occasion, you will have to group them together. The most obvious example is with a wedding you have been invited to.

Now not only do you have to worry about finding an outfit that doesn’t clash with the bride’s dress and a date for the event, but you also have the stress of finding a gift for two people. That’s made all the more difficult if the couple in question are true to the old saying that “opposites attract” – how can you find something they will both like? If you have a million and one questions about the process, then it’s time to get some answers….

Is It Okay To Target Your Gift Towards The Person You Know Best?

Yes. On the rare occasion there may be a couple that you feel you know equally well, but most of the time, you know one half better than the other. It therefore makes sense to capitalize on your existing knowledge.

There is always the chance their other half might take offense, but you generally run that risk anyway – at least this way one of them will like it!

Should You Buy A House-Related Gift?

Photographer: PDP

In years gone past, it was traditional to buy newlyweds a house-related gift. Kitchen equipment was the ultimate choice, and to an extent, it remains so.

However, times have changed. In the 21st century, a couple generally lives together before marriage – so they likely have all the household equipment they need. If you can think of something they want and need then by all means, buy something in this area – but don’t feel hamstrung to stick to the tradition.

Is It Okay To Be Lighthearted?

Of course, with one proviso: be confident it suits the couple. For some couples, their wedding is not a time for lightheartedness and will be seen as a serious undertaking. This applies in particular for religious weddings.

If the couple is more lighthearted in their general demeanor, then go for it. You could show off something personalized like these custom bobbleheads unique craftsmanship, a board game or even custom-created your own hilarious book of stories about them.

If you don’t know how they would handle such a gift, it’s a good idea to avoid it. Go for something more generic instead; lighthearted works best for close friends and family.

Do I Have To Spend A Lot Of Money?

Attending a wedding is not an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon, so do you have to double-down and spend a fortune on a gift too?

The simple answer is no. Spend whatever you can afford and do your research to ensure you get the best quality you can within your budget. No couple would want their friend getting into financial difficulty just for the sake of a wedding gift.

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