Hint: The number varies greatly depending on location.
Engagement season is in full swing, which means that wedding gift season is also well underway. You might be questioning exactly how much you should be spending on a gift—especially if the wedding you’re attending (and traveling to!) is just one of many you’ll attend this year. Well, Tendr, a site that helps guests send cash gifts in a more thoughtful way, released some helpful information that zeroes in on the average cost of wedding gifts in the United States.
The data for the analysis was collected from transactions using Tendr during the 2016 wedding season. During that time, Tendr found that the average gift in the nation was $160—but that that number varied greatly from state to state. For example, those attending an Arkansas wedding tended to give a modest $73, the lowest in the nation, while those attending a Vermont wedding were more likely to fork over the most—a whopping $245.
Tendr also found that value of gifts varied due to the season. People were most generous in the summer, when the national average rose to $174. Couples who wed in August received the most valuable gifts, when the national average peaked at $183. Guests were likely to give $147 for winter weddings, $157 for those in the spring, and $155 for fall weddings.
If this seems more than what works in your budget, don’t worry—Tendr stresses that this number is just what it has found to be the most common gift amount. They stress that you should consider how close you are to the couple and your budget before deciding on a gift. And, most importantly, it’s the thought that counts!
See the state-by-state breakdown below, and the full infographic on Tendr’s blog.
New Hampshire: $136
New Jersey: $198
New Mexico: $103
New York: $191
North Carolina: $109
North Dakota: $86
Rhode Island: $235
South Carolina: $154
South Dakota: $142
West Virginia: $131