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Wedding Gifts You Should Never Give as a Guest

Wedding season is almost here! For three months out of the year (typically June, July, and August), it feels like you’re going to someone’s wedding every single weekend. It’s a particularly busy time if you happen to be between the ages of 25 to 35, but it can be chaotic at any age.

Now don’t get me wrong, weddings are fun! You can dance, socialize, and eat and drink for free. But it can also be an ordeal. Not only do you have to travel to the wedding destination, but you need to find the right outfit and get the right gift. 

While the gift part should be easy (just use the couple’s registry!), some couples don’t have registries. Or, if you’re a late invite, you may not have time to go on their website and pick something out. 

So, if you’re gearing up for wedding season this year, here are wedding gifts you should never give. 

Relationship Help Books

We all know no couple is perfect. Every married couple, no matter how in love they are, will have to overcome obstacles in their marriage. However, that doesn’t mean you should give them relationship help books on their wedding day. While it may seem like a good idea, the couple will probably assume you’re already anticipating them having problems. Just stay away from books altogether. 

Baby Clothes

It doesn’t even matter if the couple already has a child — do not get a newlywed couple baby clothes! Not only do you not know if the couple will end up having kids, but it’s inappropriate to assume they want to have kids in the first place. Baby clothes should be given as gifts at a baby show, not at a wedding.

Gift Cards

Unless the couple specifically asks for gift cards to stores on their registry, try not to go the gift card route. It simply looks like you didn’t have enough to buy them a real gift and it also forces the couple to go out and shop for something. 

Something For Half the Couple

There’s a good chance you’ll be invited to a wedding where you’re really close to one half of the couple but not very close to the other person. In these types of situations, it may cross your mind to get a gift solely for the person in the couple you’re close to, but don’t do it! Wedding gifts are supposed to be for the couple, not for one person (that’s called a birthday present). For example, don’t gift them golf clubs if only one person in the relationship golfs. 

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