Some other inexpensive wedding gift ideas: -- Take a few kitchen gadgets, serving spoons, or a few gourmet ingredients. Afterall, most newlyweds need kitchen basics like mixing bowls, kitchen towels and slotted spoons. Tie together with a pretty bow. $20-$30
-- Frame their wedding invitation. Buy a pretty frame, and ideally a mat as well. You could also consider framing a favorite poem about love or marriage, or one of their wedding readings. This is a gift they'll see and appreciate often. $5-$50
-- A bottle of wine or a bottle of liquor. Talk to your wine merchant about a bottle of wine that will be at its best in 10 or 20 years time. Tie a note to the bottle saying that it is meant to be shared on their 10th or 20th wedding anniversary.
-- Ingredients for a romantic dinner. This could be a couple of candles tied with a pretty ribbon, a jar of high quality spaghetti sauce and a box of pasta, with a dessert kit like this one they can make together. If that gets too expensive for you, some nice candles with a note about the romantic dinners they'll enjoy together will work well also. $5-$35
-- Towels can be an incredibly useful and inexpensive wedding gift. And, they fill up a big box, making your gift look a little splashier. If a set of towels is out of your price range, why not get one big luxurious bath sheet and a bottle of bubble bath. You might even throw in a few votive candles to make the gift extra romantic. $10-$75
-- If they are going to a beach on their honeymoon, a beach blanket, some sunscreen, and a frisbee packaged in a low-cost bag can be a thoughtful and fun gift. Just make sure they open it before they buy these essentials for themselves. around $30
--Newlyweds are often looking for cheap date ideas. Why not give them a movie night? Buy a romantic comedy or another favorite movie, add in some microwave popcorn, and perhaps a blanket to cuddle up under or a big bowl to serve the popcorn. $10-$40
-- Magazine subscriptions are gifts that keep on giving. You might choose a home making magazine like Real Simple or Good Housekeeping, a crowd-pleaser like National Geographic, or a magazine that is particular to their interests. $8-$50
Do you have more good inexpensive wedding gift ideas? Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add them to the list.