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I recently got a note from a sweet gal named Lynda who is nervous because she doesn't think her parents are planning on giving her brother and his bride a wedding gift in addition to the beautiful showers and extravagant rehearsal dinner they are hosting. She thinks that they definitely need to give them a gift and she wants to know what my opinion is! Well, Lynda, I completely agree. I know that weddings get expensive but I do think that, as the parents of the groom, your parents should present the newlyweds with a special gift. I doesn't need to be expensive but it should be special. Maybe you could suggest to your mother that she pull out a family heirloom to give to them. They could also give them something that they received and cherished as a wedding gift when they were married. Again, the cost is not the important part here (they are already spending a lot of dollars on the party!) but the thought is all that counts. It is also a really nice time for them to sit and write a letter to the newlywed couple. They could include their tips on a happy marriage, wisdom from their years together, or just a simple note saying how happy and hopeful they are for the new marriage. Sentimental things like that are always cherished.