I saw an article about the subject & sent to Maria - she replied. Here's the discussion.
The original article: "How much am I supposed to spend on a wedding gift?"
Their advice (the Knot):
- co-workers & distant relatives - $50-$75
- friend or relative - $75-$100
- CLOSE friend or relative - $100-$150+
"Q. How much should I spend on a wedding present?
From Nina Callaway,
Your Guide to Weddings.
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A. The general rule of thumb is to try to estimate how much your meal
will cost, or generally between $65 and $150 per person. If you brought
a date, you both should contribute to a larger gift. If you simply can't
afford this much, then give the nicest gift that you can. "
So, basically - the guidance for the price range is the same. Personally, I think the second approach is bullshit - why do I care how much they spent. I didn't ask them to get married nor how extravagant to make the wedding, I'd much rather base my gift on the merit of our relationship.