Nowadays, many couples skip the wedding registry in favor of honeymoon donations or are content with simply the wonderful company of their friends and family. Today, large numbers of couples live together before they tie the knot, so they already have most of the items that would have been on a wedding registry, say, twenty years ago. If you’ve been invited to a wedding and the couple didn’t register for gifts at a major department store, there are still plenty of ways you can show them your love and support that don’t include purchasing a set of towels or flatware.
Here are some sweet and thoughtful wedding gift ideas:
Create a DIY Recipe Box
The newlyweds may already have hordes of cookbooks lining their kitchen, but chances are they don’t have a customized recipe box. Simply compile your favorite recipes into a handmade or vintage recipe box, keeping in mind that handwriting many of them will add to the customization and thoughtfulness of the gift.
Utilize Your Artistic Talents
Are you skilled at drawing? Crafting? Making collages? Sketch a photograph of the couple and frame it, or create a photo collage that commemorates their anniversary and love. Make them a beautiful “lyric tree,” and find other inspiration from Pinterest. Putting your artistic talents to use will show the couple that you put a lot of thought into the gift, and that you really care about them.
Put Together a Honeymoon Survival Pack
If the bride and groom-to-be are more excited about their honeymoon than the wedding, creating a “Honeymoon Survival Kit” will be a thoughtful, playful, and appropriate gift. If the newlyweds are heading to the beach for their honeymoon, pack things like sunblock, matching towels (bonus points for customizing them with the couple’s monogramed initials!), a bottle of sparkling wine, and sunglasses. If they are going somewhere cold, put together the ingredients for hot toddies, candles, a luxuriously soft blanket, and wine. Have fun, and get creative!
What was the most thoughtful wedding gift you’ve ever given or received?