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Everyday Cheapskate: Good Manners, Good Sense and Wedding Gifts

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It is perfectly acceptable for several people to pool their resources to buy one gift. Again, the registry is a good place to find a gift that fits the amount you have to spend. All of you should sign the same card.


If you have artistic and creative talents, making a gift for the couple's new home is an excellent idea. That's one gift you know they won't be returning. The key to pulling off a homemade gift is to personalize it to match the bride or groom's favorite things.


OK, so it's not the best idea, but certainly one to consider if you are flat-out broke right now. Etiquette expert Emily Post of The Emily Post Institute assures us that we have up to three months following the nuptials to deliver a gift to the happy couple. That means you get a reprieve. Even if the wedding is tomorrow, you still have at least 90 days to save up, find a great sale or make a gift.


Don't worry if you miss the suggested 90-day period; the newlyweds will still be grateful for your gift and the thought you put into it -- even if it's given up to a year from their nuptials.

If you want your gift to stand out in the crowd, having it show up late is bound to do just that.


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