When it comes to weddings, the bride, groom, and their families tend to take on most of the stress. All the guests need to do is respond to invitations, find something to wear, and show up. With the small expectation of purchasing a gift.
It’s easier to figure out what a couple wants today than it was in the past, with the availability online registries. Still, there are couples who opt out of registries, or, more commonly, guests who look too late and are left with options that simply don’t excite them or fit their budget. Or there simply are too many options.
And for guests very close to the bride and groom, there may be some pressure to bring something more personal.
Stress not: gift giving can be simple and enjoyable. Here is Guestboard’s top picks for gifts to give the bride and groom, no matter who you are:
- If you want to give something practical: This is the most expected, but also one of the most appreciated type of gift. Things for kitchen, bed or bath are always welcome to a couple starting in their first home. Knife sets, storage containers, everyday or special occasion utensils, stand mixers, small appliances, and glasses are great picks for the kitchen. Bath towels, linens, pillows, and throws are solid options for the home.
- If the couple loves to travel (or needs things for their honeymoon): For the globetrotting couple, travel supplies are always welcome. Consider luggage bags, carry on duffel bags, customized ID tags, and even comfort neck pillows. For a fun twist, give a nice travel bag and stuff it with personal or quirky items and knick knacks. For a more symbolic measure, globes or even framed maps can serve as personalized home decor.
- For the couple who loves the outdoors: Far from conventional, a tent, camping bags and camping gear may be a welcome break from typical gifts. Things for the backyard, like outdoor grills, lawnmowers, and patio furniture are big budget but much appreciated items. Smaller ideas include gardening tools, lanterns or lights, and outdoor stereo equipment.
- If you want to give something more personal: A picture frame with the bride or groom, completed (or blank) photo albums can be a way to show how much you care. You can personalize just about anything, like pillows or throws with monograms, symbolic designs, or even photography. You can do the same for mugs and dishware. Even a framed painting, selected with the couple in mind, is a meaningful gift that will stand out from the rest. And always remember, no matter what gift you give, to leave a personal card or note. That will be appreciated no matter who you are.
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