posted on 21st Oct 2016
Picking a great gift for a friend or family member’s wedding can be tricky. How do you pick something that they will both appreciate and find useful in their new lives as newlyweds? Alternatively, you may wonder how to find them a gift that is truly unique and memorable. Below, we explore how to find your friends the perfect wedding gift.
Check for a gift registry
Some couples will have a gift registry set up, where they will have listed a variety of things that they want or need. This is a great approach to take if you’re stuck for gift ideas and want to make sure you buy them something that they will really appreciate. A good thing about going for the gift registry option is that you’ll avoid the awkwardness of accidentally buying the couple the same gift as someone else, as you’ll be able to see which gifts have already been purchased by other guests.
At the same time, gift registries are suggestions rather than obligations – so don’t feel like you have to purchase something from the registry if you have something more quirky in mind.
Add to the honeymoon or home fund
While cash may seem cold and impersonal to some, for many couples planning to buy a house or hoping to afford their dream honeymoon getaway, money can be a very welcome wedding gift. If you still feel that cash is a little too formal, why not opt for gifting the couple a gift voucher instead?
The experience gift
Providing your friends with an exciting, one-off experience is a great gift idea. There are many gift experiences available to be purchased online: cocktail making classes or salsa classes, are both fun activities that are perfect for a newlywed couple. If you’d like to help set the stage for a romantic date, you could purchase a deal for an upmarket restaurant, wine tasting tour, or hot air balloon ride.
Make it personal
A lovely way to make your wedding gift extra special is to buy the couple something unique to them. A framed photo of the couple or a piece of furniture, engraved with both of their names or their wedding day date, are both romantic and personal choices for a wedding present.
A gift in their honour
If your friends are the sentimental sort, then they may really appreciate a thoughtful gift; such as a charity donation, a star named after them, or a tree planted to honour their wedding day.
Barbara McMillan & Tilly Murphy, writers at Marie Claire, explain the appeal of this kind of wedding gift: “an oldie but a goodie, planting a tree to honor the new couple’s marriage is a truly meaningful gift. Go for a Silver Birch or a Sapling for their wedding day, to be planted either at home or somewhere they love to walk”.
The dream gift
Finding the perfect gift for a friend or family member’s wedding isn’t as daunting as it would first appear. Luckily, many couples have a gift registry set up and there are also a variety of other thoughtful options to pick from.