While thankfully wedding season is finally over, engagement season is upon us. And if your fridge isn’t already covered in save the dates, it definitely will be soon. Weddings are a great excuse to call out sick from work on Friday, actually get dressed for once, and drink your heart out at an open bar with a hot date and all of your friends, but of course, there’s always a catch. In this case, it’s the wedding present. From now until you arrive at the wedding, you’ll be worrying about whether that $35 spatula set you bought is good enough for friends you’ve had for six years. If you wait too late, everything left on the registry will be out of your budget, in which case you’ll have to give a gift card or cash and let your friends know the exact dollar amount you think their friendship is worth to you. Honestly, there’s really not a great way to go about buying wedding presents, and no matter what you choose, it’s almost definitely guaranteed to be some level of awkward or anxiety-inducing.
If you have some pretty basic friends though, you’re in luck, because you might actually be able to give them a gift they’ll actually use. You can put back that laundry hamper at Bed Bath & Beyond, because if the newly engaged couple is registered on Zola (which, if you’re not familiar, is like the Amazon of wedding registries), they can add SoulCycle classes to their registry. You can either gift a package of 20 or 30 classes, or if that’s out of your price range (it is), you can donate an amount of your choosing to go towards spin classes for the couple, allowing your super basic friends to get something they actually want for their wedding, since at this age, they likely already have a completely furnished apartment and really just wanted cash to buy ClassPasses anyway.
If someone you know is getting married sometime soon, definitely pass along this information, and you’ll definitely win the award for the best gift for the newly married couple. No more donating toward their honeymoon cruise or picking out the set of towels that best represents their relationship, because you can instead gift them the ability to continue their lifestyle after joining their bank accounts and realizing just how in debt from the wedding they really are. Now all you have to do is hope that the bride didn’t passive-aggressively throw this on her registry so her now-husband can work off the honeymoon weight, and you’re ready to dance your ass off at the reception knowing you gave the (hopefully) happy couple a gift they’ll actually put to use. .
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