Sorry it has been a few days. I have talked a lot about my friend Kathryn’s wedding on here, and this past weekend her and Brady tied the knot! Congrats! So- that is why I have been MIA the past few days :)
As Sam and I were helping take gifts to the car afterward, I got to thinking I wonder what all they got?! Who doesn’t love a good gift, right?! That lead me to start thinking, “what makes a great wedding gift?”
Obviously, every gift is appreciate, but what if you want to get something that really sticks out to the couple or something they will use all the time? Or maybe you want to give something that they can treasure for a lifetime :)
Here are some options for all of the above…
1. Get creative with the registry list.
Some people prefer not to buy off registry, but for some of us it just makes the job a lot easier :) Especially if you aren’t super close to the couple and might not have a great idea of what they want.
So for registry items, put yourself in their shoes? What would you want??
Obviously, the couple wouldn’t have registered for it if they didn’t want it, but you know that there are some items on there that they are going to want more than others those of you married know that when you register, you get a little “registry gun” happy and start beeping everything you see :)
Another good way to go with this, is get them something you know they will use everyday! A place setting of silverware, toaster, towels, pots and pans, etc. Just think of the things you use daily in your household.
2. Swaying from the registry list.
Like I said before, some people might not want to buy off the registry list or they may not have access to the store(s) the bride and groom are registered.
In this case, don’t just buy something completely random. Try to find something that you know will be useful and something you know they aren’t going to get a million of.
Remember: the key is to buy something that you would want/use yourself.
Both of these gift ideas are local to the area. L: Perennials cookbook is perfect Southern recipes from the Gainesville/Hall County Junior League. R: A bottle of wine from Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega, Ga
Maybe it’s a favorite cookbook, a set of Tumblers, or something unique from one of your local gift shops- this is one of my personal favorites. Say that you are from a different town/state from the couple and you want to give them something that you love, but can only find where you live- always a fun idea!
3. Honeymoon Gifts
If you know the couple is having a honeymoon, why not get them a little something for their trip? It’s different and fun!
Maybe it’s a monogrammed beach towel, sun hat, or beach bag? Or maybe you give them a gift basket filled with vacation essentials?
These nautical beach bags were actually a bridesmaids gift from Kathryn- would work great as a wedding gift too!
Another cute idea for this and definitely out of the box- find out where they are planning on going. If it is some sort of resort or hotel, call and have the staff do something special for them. Maybe a bottle of champagne in their room or take care of their dinner one night? Maybe a nice couple’s massage?!
4. Anything monogrammed.
I know you all know I am a fan of monogrammed, but trust me, as a new bride you become obsessed with your new monogram! I mean, if we’re all honest here, all girls start writing their new last names after the first date :)
May not be a favorite for the guy, but if you are close with the bride, can’t go wrong with anything with her new initials.
Pottery Barn does a great job and if you are local to the Gainesville area, Martha Buxton of One Stitch Further does a FANTASTIC job! She monograms all of my things :)
5. Can never go wrong with the $, honey!
Who doesn’t like to pick out what they like?!
I remember as a child, I HATED getting money. I wanted a big present to open, not a card with a check- boring! Ha!! NOT anymore! As adults and especially newlyweds starting out, we LOVE getting money to spend however we like!
Same goes for giftcards!! Gift cards to places the couple has registered or to the couple’s favorite restaurant is always a good idea. Also, the VISA or MasterCard gift cards are another great idea!!
6. Kitchen Utensil Galore
One of the most popular rooms in your house for bridal gifts is, of course, the kitchen. Sometimes, I like to go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and get lots of different kitchen utensils. You can buy lots for $50 or less! Then you can make a “kitchen essentials” basket for the bride and groom.
This is a great idea, that would be good for anyone!
7. Anything personalized or with special meaning to the happy couple.
One of my favorite gifts was from my mother-in-law. She had ordered a burlap “picture” on Etsy with a sweet Bible verse, our names, and our wedding date. I just love and adore it. It sits in the front of my house. I liked it so much I ordered a similar one for Kathryn and Brady.
8. Something hand-made
only if you’re crafty please
Want to give them something near and dear to their heart? What about something hand-made by yours truly?!
If you have a talent of a knack for something, I think it is the perfect idea. It shows the couple that you really put a lot of thought into it and took time out of your own day to create something special for them.
Lucky you, I have the PERFECT example.
Many of you have seen Kaylan, owner of Happy Everything Co., on my blog. Not only is she an Ah-mazing photographer, but she is also an extremely talented artist. She also happens to be Kathryn’s sister-in-law. At Kat’s bridesmaids shower, Kaylan gave her a gift that I am absolutely obsessed with. Here is the picture:
Let me explain the meaning. As you see there is a picture of two states- Georgia and Mississippi. Kathryn is from Georgia and her new husband, Brady is from Mississippi. The heart on Georgia is right over Gainesville and the heart on Mississippi is on Oxford- where they now call home together. LOVE this!
She also made them one of the burlap pictures I talked about in the gift idea above :)
Hope these ideas help in your gift buying adventures!