You may not have been aware that there’s an etiquette involved when it comes to wedding gifts. This can make it more difficult to find a gift before the big day. Here are some of the things that you should know before you select a gift.
Check for a Registry
Check to see if the couple has opened up a registry. This will ensure that you select something that they want to receive. Most of these registries will keep track when a gift is purchased. This will help you to find a gift for them that someone else hasn’t already purchased. They may even have multiple registries at different types of stores. Select the store that is least likely to be visited by other guests. This will help you to find a unique gift for the happy couple.
Select for Personality
Don’t just go to the store and select the first thing that you see. For example, gravy boats used to be the most purchased wedding gift. Find something that takes the personality of the couple into consideration. You may want to create your own gift if you’re able. For example, this could be a pottery item or even a painting. You want it to be something that’s unique, but will still be appreciated. There are likely to be lots of gifts that are given.
Shy Away from Generic
Find something that’s utilitarian, but still conveys elegance. For example, a copper saucepan may be the perfect solution. This can be something that the couple would be happy to put on display in their kitchen and still use to prepare their meals. Cookware is something that will last for a while. It’s also very versatile. Find things that may not be considered the norm when it comes to selecting a wedding gift. If all else fails, the gift of cash is always appreciated.
Consult with Others
Ask other friends and relatives what they’re planning on purchasing. You may even want to purchase a gift as a group. This will ensure that multiples of the same item don’t show up on the gift table. Another reason for a group gift could be that the overall budget can be a little larger. This would allow the couple to receive a much needed larger item without you having to shoulder the expense. For example, a sofa or even a bed may be the perfect gift.
Be unique when it comes to your gift giving ideas. It can be a hassle for the couple to have to return lots of gifts.
About the author:
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.