When it comes to wedding gifts, these days, anything goes.
Many couples register with department stores and at other places hoping to make the job of gift buying easier on their guests. (And, hoping they’ll get gifts they really want! After all, how many spice racks do you really need?)
For couples who have already set up households, or whose marriage is a second or even third one, they don’t need anything. So they’ll register with a vacation destination, hoping their friends and family will foot the bill for their honeymoon.
Still others who don’t need things will register with their favorite charities and ask that donations be made to those nonprofits in their name.
But for those guests who still think you can’t go to a wedding without a fancily wrapped gift, here’s some suggestions from the wedding experts.
Almost everyone loves something that is personalized and represents the wedding day. Try personalized mall.com where you can select from a “Circle of Love” personalized bamboo cutting board. The board is carved with the couple’s name and date of the wedding. These run about $42.
Or maybe you’d like to give a personalized afghan made of soft weaved cotton and embossed with the name of the couple and their wedding date. These also run about $42.
Anything from frames, to wine glasses to wooden plank wall signs can be personalized. Check with local merchants, too, to see if they engrave or paint personalized items.
On the unusual gift, how about a framed photo print of two street signs that bare the last name of the bride and groom. This customized “intersection of love” is available at uncommon goods.com for $75 to $175, depending on size you want.
Or how about a glass wishing ball, to give the couples a chance at anything they want in life. It costs $32 at uncommongoods.com.
If those you are buying for are most traditional and need everything, but you don’t want to go by their registry, think about the things that they’ll need and have to buy for themselves.
Such gifts include a set of plastic leftover dishes with lids. This is just about as practical as you can get. Stick a family recipe in one, or a gift card for groceries in another. One bride and groom got 100s or rolls of toilet paper as a gift. They were set for a few years. But before doing that, make sure the couple has room to store extras.
If all else fails, the standard kitchen mixer, an iron, or a table lamp will make a nice gift. And you’ll know that they’ll get used.
This story originally appeared in the 2017 Wedding Guide.
Leslie Kelly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.