Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Unique Wedding Gifts

I just spent a frustrating couple of hours trying to buy a wedding gift for Friday. The bride isn’t registered anywhere. The couple is combining two households and starting a third one, so in some ways they are getting rid of "stuff." That is all very nice, but doesn’t help someone like me who is trying to buy them a nice gift!

I decided that getting them a practical or traditional wedding gift was not quite what was needed. So I headed over to Pier 1 Imports and decided on a piece of decorative glass, artistically designed. It can sit on a wall or on a table and, if necessary, serves as a nice platter for hors d’oeuvres. With a nice, personalized printable wedding card expressing my sentiments, it will do nicely as a gift.

Just think, if I hadn’t procrastinated, what a really unique wedding gift I could have gotten the couple. Besides money, there is a whole host of gifts that you can give a couple who have everything!

One of the nicest, most altruistic gifts is giving to a charity in the couple’s name. Sites like Changing the Present™ offer you the opportunity to give gifts that promote worthy causes like planting trees, educating a child or adopting a tiger to stop illegal poaching. Not just the couple will remember your thoughtful gift, but the causes they help will remember the gift too!

If that sort of gift is too esoteric for you, consider other unique wedding gifts, from a cubist picture frame to a personal bath caddy or hall gallery wall frame. Other gifts can be a gift certificate to an upscale restaurant or a night at a nearby bed and breakfast.

Print out a wedding moneyholder card and instead of money enclose "coupons" for services or promises of work to be done for the couple’s new home – painting, lawn mowing, planting, laying tiles, etc.

Give a "Wine of the Month" or "Fruit of the Month" club or some other monthly variety membership for 3 months to a year. These are gifts that keep on giving for months after the main event and remind the couple of your thoughtfulness.

If you put a little thought into it, you can come up with some terrific gifts that will make what you give the bride and groom something that they can appreciate for years to come.

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