Finding and giving the perfect wedding gift is an art, but it's a difficult art to master. That's why a large portion of wedding guests gift cash over something more personalized and memorable.
You may not see a problem with giving cash. After all, cash appears to be a fool-proof and universal solution to the stress-inducing task of finding the perfect gift. It's an attempt to subdue the pressure of accommodating the wants and needs of the recipient.
Because few things are truly worse than giving a bad gift…
Yes, gift-giving can be stressful; but by giving cash and attempting to avoid gift rejection, you may miss a more important mark. Giving cash is simply a missed opportunity.
Perhaps the most obvious reason “cash is trash” is because of how impersonal it is. Human relationships come in all shapes and sizes, so a “one-size-fits-all” gift implies laziness and a lack of altruism.
Gift-giving is an opportunity to strengthen bonds and gifting cash shows little understanding of the relationship's depth. No one proposes to their partner with a gift card* for a wedding ring. They give the actual wedding ring! That's because it's the physical manifestation of your emotions that make a personalized gift so special.
*Don't even get us started on gift cards.
We won’t hold it against you if you for being a “Cash-giver” (but we will hold it against you if you continue to be). We’ve all done it and we are all capable of doing better.
So if there was a fool-proof alternative to giving cash… would you go for it? Of course you would! Luckily you don’t need to know the recipient's social security number to get them the perfect personalized gift.
Check out these (science-backed) articles about finding the perfect personalized wedding gift.
Remember: you are the personalized, one-of-a-kind wine holder in a sea of bland cash-filled envelopes.
Happy gifting! (and have some cake for us).
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