The stiff humid air we all know and love is gradually tempting in the breeze, letting us know that winter is coming; and we all know what winter means: wedding season. A time when a myriad of intricately decorated invitation cards fill up the tables in our homes from relatives, friends, colleagues, and sometimes even from people we have never even met. Before getting glammed up and loosening that belt prior to delving into some kacchi, getting the perfect gift is a thought-provoking process in itself. Finding the right gift for the particular bride or groom-to-be is a challenge. Whether you’re on the groom’s side or the bride’s, a big part of getting a wedding gift for either party is buying something that is worth the price. Here are some budget-friendly ideas for wedding gifts.
It isn’t an uncommon occurrence where you end up being invited to weddings of your uncle’s cousin’s cousin. For someone you barely know, home décor is what you can opt for as a smart wedding gift. Beautiful showpieces as gifts can be a thoughtful gesture for decorating the couple’s new home together.
Showpieces such as vases or lamps can be plentifully found in many stores in and around Dhaka. Aarong has many classy showpieces of all shapes and sizes with prices ranging between Tk800 to Tk1500. It is a great idea, particularly when you want to go easy on your wallet but get the newlyweds something tasteful at the same time.
Dinner sets as gifts can act as a fantastic upgrade on new households. Starting below Tk5,000, they can easily be found in New Market and crockery stores in Gulshan (such as Monno Ceramics and Shinepukur Ceramics).
Bed sheets are also a great heartwarming household item as gifts. From typical classic designs to modern or contemporary ones, you can find all different types of bedsheets and pillow case sets in stores like Nipun Handlooms or Aarong, depending on what kind of design you’re looking for. The price of these sets depends on how detailed they are in terms of their production and design, but prices usually range from Tk3,000 to Tk5,000.
If you’re feeling a little generous, you could think about getting the bride or groom a nice branded watch. With some steady looking around, with prices under Tk10,000, you can find watches for both men and women with smart and sophisticated designs from stores such as Time Zone. Many branded outlets can also be found in Bashundhara City Mall, Baitul Mukarram and Jamuna Future Park.
Gifting a sari is also a lovely idea. The choices for saris in terms of material/fabric, style and price are endless! You can get gorgeous saris from stores like Monerekho, Rupahali and Khan Brothers.
When money doesn’t matter, the opportunities for presents are limitless. Diamond or gold jewelleries are priceless gifts that can be considered as the bride’s best friend. Popular jewellery stores such as Diamond World or Amin Jewellers are some options. Other great gift ideas that break the bank are furniture. Beds, dressing tables and dining sets, big and small, can be found in places like Hatil or Otobi.
Besides the gifts mentioned above, it’s always great to think out of the box and be creative when finding the right gift for the bride and groom that fits your budget. No matter the price, the gesture is what always counts.