Tazzy thats a good idea! I think I need to spend an afternoon with Em making cards!
1st Timer I know! And I cringe everytime, but I leave shopping too late and then rush in to buy a voucher. And I hate trying to figure out what to buy someone unless they have asked for something specific...
Parties and Wedding are becoming so expensive lately! Even going to kiddies parties are expensive...if it's a dress up party you have to buy your child a special outfit and then it's the gift as well...
I usually spend about R100 more on a family member than I would on friends... (Weddings or Birthdays)
I prefer giving vouchers... I would rather give someone a R300 gift voucher than wasting money on a R300 gift that they don't like!
For immediate family we may spend between R500 and R1000. I had a special photo framed for my sister but then did some art work which took some time and then bought another gift and spent quite a bit on the wrapping. I think it cost about R800.
For close friends we would spend about R500 for a wedding present and I prefer to buy from a shop where they have selected items. Not keen on money and you tend to have to give more money than you may have spent on a gift. Not that I don't mind spending money, but sometimes you don't have that much. I personally prefer a cheaper gift that I would love and use and I actually do love gift vouchers so they are great gifts where you are unsure of what to get.
Close friends birthdays I generally spend R200 and then others about R150. I have realised though that it isn't about the cost but the gift itself and there are some really awesome shops where you can get beautiful gifts for fair prices.
I now have a kiddie present drawer (empty , Jan and feb were tough months) and I buy a decent smallish gift of say R50 or R100 from fisher price or lego and then I buy a whole lot of fun cheaper gifts or books and give about R100 per child unless it is a close friend, then I would spend more. Woolies had a special recently on gift bags and I also shop around for packs of general cards that can be used for any occasion and rolls of rapping paper so I am sorted.
Mom of Dylan and Partner to Joerg. We live in the Beautiful Pringle Bay which is along the Whale coast, Cape.
Well it depends who's wedding you are attending and how much you can afford. For some families R200 really is too little and for some it will be way over the top. Really just depends on who you are. I would much rather prefer baked chocolate cupcakes as a gift than a digital gadget I will never use - so the best advice is to try and give something you know they will like and appreciate regardless of price.