Cheap wedding favors don’t have to look cheap

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    Get ready to look for cheap wedding favors and that’s because you’re likely to be attending more ceremonies this year.

    The COVID-19 pandemic turned all kinds of plans upside down in 2020, from festivals and races to graduation ceremonies and weddings. While limiting gatherings was key to fighting the virus last year, it has caused many Americans a great deal of grief, loss, and grief.

    Couples planning to get married in 2020 had a few options. They could keep their plans and reduce their guest lists, run into trouble in 2020 and postpone the reception to 2021, or postpone the entire Schebang by a year.

    A survey by The Knot shows that nearly 32% of couples who got married have postponed their receptions, while 15% postponed their entire weddings to 2021. Add these receptions to those already planned for 2021, and you could end up attending a slew of weddings this year.

    15 ideas for cheap wedding gifts

    Seeing friends and celebrating love is a wonderful thing to look forward to, but your wallet won’t be too happy to pay for all of those wedding favors. If you’re looking to save up by doing DIY or repurposed gifts this year, consider these wedding gift ideas.

    Check out our 15 heartfelt wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

    1. Personalized puzzles

    Puzzles saw a resurgence in popularity during the pandemic as a non-screen activity to do on your own or with your family to pass the time. They make perfect gift ideas for the happy couple.

    If the happy couple has a puzzle obsession, you can have a personalized puzzle made for them. Use a photo from their engagement session (or pandemic wedding ceremony, if they had one) or one of a favorite vacation they went on together. Shutterfly has a variety of layout options, from single images to collages, which they love to work on together.

    2. Painted plant pots

    Another popular pastime during pandemics is a green thumb. Now, if your friends have a large collection of succulents and other indoor (or even outdoor) plants, gift them with a hand-painted pot to show off their green offspring.

    Follow Fine Gardening’s tips to ensure your pots look professional and unique.

    3. Scrabble Tile Frame

    Use old scrabble tiles to create a unique piece of art for the couple’s wedding gift. You can check out Etsy if you don’t have the patience to craft this one, but it’s a pretty simple (and cheap!) Project with a big impact.

    Check your local thrift stores for old Scrabble sets (or raid mom’s basement or play closet). Using a shadow frame, tape the couple’s names onto a piece of cardboard that will fit the frame. If you have some calligraphy skills, add the wedding date or embellish the names with heart or flower stickers.

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    4. Personalized recipe book

    As Savvy Eats says, a personalized cookbook really is “one of the best gifts you will ever give”.

    Instead of just including your favorite recipes, request these from the friends and family members of the couple as well. Ask them to add their favorites and a note to the couple, then put them together into one cute and meaningful book.

    With people eating at home more than ever, your gift will help your friends try new recipes together as they start their newlywed lives. If you have extra cash, consider buying a cooking utensil or utensils such as baking sheets and pot holders. Maybe even cooking aprons, one for each.

    5. Wooden photo hanger

    Who wouldn’t want a shabby chic photo display in their home? Bonus: It’s an inexpensive wedding gift!

    While Heels in the Mud doesn’t go through every step, it’s pretty easy to find out – especially if you bring a photo of the project to your local hardware store. This project involves staining and finishing a length of 2 x 4 wood, running a wire line end to end, and then adding small decorative crimp pins to take photos.

    To make it even better as a wedding gift, you can paint the couple’s names and wedding date on one of the chalkboards.

    6. Panels with a message

    Did you know Sharpies are magic? So magical you can create personalized plates like these from Orthodox Mom.

    You can use them to make “gift plates” that serve as a reusable plate for food to be used as a gift, such as souvenirs. B. Christmas cookies like this clever blogger did, or decorate some with your favorite recipes.

    7. Coasters

    These photo coasters from The Frugal Girls are simpler than they sound and quite affordable too. However, take some time to allow the sealant to dry over the images adhering to the tiles.

    Use high quality photos of the couple or cards with meaningful locations and you’ll get a nice (and useful!) Gift.

    8. Hand-painted lyrics

    If you know the couple’s wedding song (and have legible handwriting) this song text canvas from Swiish would make a stunning gift.

    That’s one thing I would be sure to hang on my wall!

    9. DIY welcome mat

    Whether the couple has lived together for years or just started living together, a DIY welcome mat is a fun and practical wedding gift.

    This is a simple home improvement that follows Curbly’s step-by-step instructions.

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    10. Milestone Wine Collection

    If you want to give something that will help the happy couple celebrate their most important milestones together, put together a curated wine collection with personalized tags.

    Get inspiration from Just Measuring Up with themed labels like the couple’s first snowfall, first Valentine’s Day, and first anniversary. You can use the free printable version on the website or make your own. When you have finished printing the labels, hang them on the bottle necks and arrange the wine bottles in a basket.

    11. Wedding cross stitch

    Another craft that gained popularity during the pandemic is cross stitch, a form of embroidery that has been practiced around the world for centuries. When you spot the mistake, use your skills to craft a unique wedding gift for the bride and groom (or groom and groom, or bride and bride).

    At The Spruce Crafts, choose from a variety of patterns or create a one-of-a-kind pattern to celebrate your friends and their love.

    12. Card art

    Travel is still limited for many people in 2021, so the newlyweds may not be able to tour the globe for the first year of their marriage. Bring the magic of travel home with a DIY card art gift.

    This Delightfully Noted example uses three locations: where the couple met, where they got married, and where they live. Find a cheap card and frame online and follow the instructions to create a unique gift that the couple will cherish. This is a thoughtful and affordable wedding gift idea.

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    13. Painted wine glasses

    Wine glasses are a popular registration element, but you can take this gift a step further by making your own painted glasses as a memorable wedding gift. And it can be personalized.

    Eating, drinking, and saving money offers a few simple tutorials. one with blackboard paint and the other with glossy enamel paint or glass markings.

    14.DIY String Heart

    String art is fun and easy to learn. A DIY string heart is a thoughtful and unique gift idea that goes well with the decor in almost any home.

    Follow the directions at Green Wedding Shoes to learn how to make your own string heart. Because String Art lets you create a unique pattern every time, your gift really is the only one out there!

    15. Artsy pillow cases

    Make fun pillowcases for your friends’ sofa cushions. Starting with simple pillowcases, you can either embroider a message (kudos if you have that skill in your arsenal) or paint it with a simple online tutorial like this one from Brit + Co.

    This craft uses minimal supplies that you probably already have lying around the house, but it will create a fun, affordable wedding gift that your friends will appreciate.

    Whether you have one wedding or 15 weddings this year, you can save money and surprise your friends with unique gifts by going the DIY route. Which will you try first?

    Catherine Hiles is an employee of The Penny Hoarder.




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