For a newly engaged couple, setting up a gift registry is a fun first step in the wedding planning process. (Who doesn’t love getting showered with presents?) But for guests, picking and purchasing a gift can be downright stressful. The daunting question on everyone’s mind, of course, being: What is the appropriate amount to spend on said wedding gift? Go too low and you run the risk of insulting the newlyweds. Ballpark it too high and you’ll be paying for it for months (literally). Fortunately for all the worriers out there, a new survey has determined the sweet spot.
Using information compiled from nearly 3,500 registries in the U.S. that were associated with weddings scheduled between January 2019 and December 2019, a recent report from The Black Tux revealed exactly what couples are putting on their registries and, more important, how much they’re asking guests to shell out on stainless steel cookware and organic bath soap sets. The survey found that the national average price of a wedding registry item came in at, drumroll please, $35.19. Crazy reasonable, right?
How should you spend your $35? We came up with a few winning ideas:
For the entertainers at heart
This handheld colander will make dinner-party prep that much faster.
For the art connoisseurs
Give the gift of a gallery wall refresh with Alisa Galitsyna’s color-blocked print.
For the plant parents
The couple will never (ever, ever) miss a watering day with this beauty sitting on the shelf as a reminder.
For the Marie Kondos-in-the-making
Couples that clean together stay together, right? These patterned cotton cloths will make after-dinner dish washing a lot more enjoyable.
For the farmers’ market VIPs
Jonathan Adler’s cloud-like vase is the perfect vessel to showcase the seasonal bouquets they’re always picking up.