Wedding Gift Ideas

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Once the invitation is in your hands, so is the choice of a wedding gift. Depending on how well you know the happy couple, whether you're related to either side, and how much you have to spend, you will want to choose just the right wedding gift. Often this task is not as simple as it sounds. Bridal registries have helped, but what do you do when someone else already purchased the gift you were considering, or nothing on the list expressed your feelings?

Unusual Wedding Gift Options

Some of the most interesting and unforgettable gifts we've seen are personalized wedding keepsakes. These can include everything from a framed engagement photo matted so that every wedding attendee can write a personal message to the couple on the matte to photo quilts that will become family treasures. There are even wedding "guest book" platters that attendees sign with a special pen. Later, the couple simply fires the platter in a kiln, and the signatures are set forever.

Browsing through the wedding section in a department store will usually lead you to very traditional gifts including china, crystal, glassware, and kitchen accoutrements. On the other hand, you can search online for the truly unusual gift that is not readily available locally. I found one woven picnic basket from Tuscany loaded with great features including leather handles, wine implements, and cheese service for two. With two napkins, two wine glasses, and a corkscrew, this is perfect for a romantic day on the lawn or beach. Its interesting design will delight the happy couple.

Find Unique Traditional Gifts

If you prefer to offer the bride and groom a more traditional gift, you can, of course, select crystal or china, but you don't have to settle for the commonplace. In a relatively short amount of time, you can find a perfect crystal bowl or a silver frame that you know the couple will love. There are dozens of wedding gift web stores that showcase impressive gifts, both imported and made in the US, at remarkable prices. You might find a great wooden tray with design accents that you know will suit the couple's taste or an elegant silver wine bucket inspired by the grand hotels of decades past.

Handmade Gifts

Handcrafted afghans or quilts remain popular, but today's designs may not look anything like your grandmother's. It's a good idea to inquire about the couple's taste in home decor in advance. If you're considering making a special gift, a few discreet questions asked of family, friends, or even the couple may give you some great ideas.

If you've been close to the couple, a retrospective photo album of their courtship can be special, more so if you include dates and details about the pictures. You can even make a photo journal that is funny as well as sentimental. Handmade mosaic picture frames, mirrors, and even coasters can be a special gift as well.

The Gift of Romance

After the wedding and the honeymoon, couples sometimes find that getting back to work severely limits their time together. To keep the romance new, you might consider presenting the couple with a dinner for two at one of the most romantic restaurants in town or even a weekend at the beach planned for six months after the wedding. Another great choice might be a basket of movie tickets with the candy and/or popcorn vouchers enclosed.

Filled with unique gifts chosen to delight the newlyweds on their honeymoon (and when they get home) a passion pack complete with carryall is a fun, romantic idea for a wedding gift. Would you believe that there are cookbooks written just for newlyweds? These books contain terrific recipes, starting with how to prepare a candlelight dinner just right.

Special Wedding Gifts

Just remember that the best wedding gifts are the ones chosen thoughtfully. They do not have to be expensive or flashy. They should, quite simply, express your feelings about the couple and your well wishes for their union.

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