How a Restaurant Gift Card Can Be The Perfect Wedding Gift
It's time to see if that energy you poured into filling up your wedding registry is going to pay off! You figure you'll save the big presents for later and you start with the card from your wealthy Aunt Nancy. You excitedly open it to find.... a restaurant gift card?
You would have been OK with some cash. At least with cash, you can put it towards the honeymoon that cost almost double what you had planned for. But a gift card?
Actually, that voucher is a great gift! Your Aunt Nancy was looking out for you in ways you may not even be aware of.
We're here to show you some of the ways your restaurant gift card might be the best gift you didn't ask for!
Benefits That Cash Doesn't Offer
If the envelope had been filled with cash, there is a good chance you would have spent it on something right away. Maybe even on a necessity, but it would be gone before you knew it. And six months later you wouldn't remember what it went towards.
However, with the gift card, especially a restaurant gift card to somewhere pricey, you'll likely hang onto it for a while waiting for a special occasion. Laws have changed, and now most gift cards have no expiration date for at least the first year.
This allows you the freedom to have something special to look forward to without the pressure you can feel when cash is burning a hole in your pocket. Gift cards rarely have the same effect and are easier to use at some point down the road.
You may even be able to hang onto the card until your first year anniversary!
Expand Your Palette
Maybe the restaurant choice was well-researched. It's possible that the giver asked around and learned your favorite restaurant and procured a voucher from there. But it's also possible they want to share with you their favorite spot.
If it's the latter, don't be upset that you've never been there. Exploring a new place and a new food can be really exciting!
Gift cards can get a bad reputation for being given only as an afterthought. While that may be true at times, there are some remarkable exceptions. Giving a restaurant gift card so that it forces you to try something new is one of those.
Maybe the restaurant has some special meaning for the giver - an anniversary favorite, the spot where they got engaged, etc. Or maybe the restaurant is like a second home to them. They know the owner and the staff by name and absolutely love it.
Giving a gift like that to someone else shows forethought, not the absence of it. In fact, it's like sharing a piece of their life with you and hoping you love it the same way they do.
That's a pretty special gift.
Romance is Alive With a Restaurant Gift Card
If the person sharing the gift with you has been married for more than a month, they understand the importance of planned dates. It is supremely easy to fall into a pattern after the honeymoon that doesn't include some of the timeouts that you enjoyed so frequently before marriage.
Newly married couples often need the nudge to slow down and just talk to each other. Experts say that communication is a foundational part of marriage and absolutely vital to sustaining it long term.
Having a restaurant gift card at your disposal can be the prompt you need to schedule a date night. Even if it's last minute, that's OK. You don't need to worry about the budget because the night is paid for.
There is also something about being in a restaurant that prompts you to tuck the electronics away and talk to each other. It removes the distractions of home while at the same time makes you self-conscious about being on your phone.
The freedom that having a voucher like this provides can be a great way to keep your new marriage on the right track.
Honey, I Burnt the Lasagna
There is a perfect chance, a REALLY good chance, that neither one of you are going to start the marriage as a gourmet chef. If one of you walks into the house and finds there is heavy smoke in the air, don't panic! Bust out the gift card!
Learning how to introduce the idea to your spouse in a tactful way would take up more space than we have in this article. But suffice to say you do need to be cautious as you put the landing gear down on this and try to touch down without crashing.
It's entirely possible (maybe even likely) that the person giving you the restaurant gift card had gone through something similar. They have given you a tool to use to save yourself from a long night of burnt noodles.
Plan Your Night Out and Then Return the Favor
Hopefully, after explaining the benefits of your restaurant gift card you have a newfound appreciation for that gift. Plan ahead with the confidence to know your time out won't hurt the budget.
You may have been given a chance to visit one of your longtime favorites. Or, you may have been given the gift to try something entirely new. Either way, it will be a night well spent.
For all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen that are getting married later this summer, you now have a great gift idea for them! There are some great resources available that can help you pick out a great card. And don't forget, if you love a place already, but your friends haven't tried it, introduce them to your favorite spot with a gift card from there!
Maybe your Aunt Nancy was onto something when she got you that voucher. She had a vision that exceeded the toasters, silverware, and dish towels that you registered for.
Far from being a last minute addition, she went for the gift idea that had the potential to expand your horizons, strengthen your marriage, and create lasting memories.
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