Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: California Central Coast
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I don't think it's the amount that matters. It's that as close friends you have an insight that can allow you to go, ahem, "off list." You could also make something, if you're so inclined. The wedding gifts we received from close friends included the latest (hardback) edition of the official Scrabble dictionary, a gift certificate to our favorite garden center, and a set of six beautiful Italian wine glasses.
I think the same general principal applies to shower gifts. (I didn't actually have a wedding shower. A group of friends from my church offered me my choice of a garden-themed shower or helping with the reception. I went with the latter.) When I buy shower gifts, I look for ways to make it personal.
Mom of two girls.