Post # 1
Ok ladies, there a lot of talk about getting gifts that are not on your registries. And since my shower and wedding are getting close, I’m getting curious. What has been the best gift that someone gave you, that did not come off of your registry? And money doesn’t count!
Post # 3
Well, I was going to say money because I didn’t expect to get much, if any.
Best gift = a Le Creuset casserole dish. Seriously. We didn’t register for this because I figured I already had 2 ordinary dishes, different brands, but this one is really nice and I’ve used it many times already.
Post # 4
From our shower it was a carving set. I hadn’t even thought about registering for one. When we were putting stuff away at home after the shower though I pulled it out and exclaimed, “Ahh, now we can have Christmas!” It’s my favorite holiday and I guess I automatically associate a carving set with a Christmas ham. FH and I both like to cook and entertain so I can foresee using that set at lots of happy gatherings.
Post # 5
@PurdueGrace-my fiance and I added a carving set to our registry after trying to unsuccessfully carve a chicken a few weeks ago!
Post # 6
A handpainted platter that one of my cousins did at one of those paint-your-own-pottery places. It’s beautiful! Painted with our wedding date and little abstract pinecones. I love it! Especially b/c she made it just for us.
Post # 7
My best gift was my sterling. I love my pattern and a couple of people bought use serving pieces, so I get to use them a lot.
Post # 8
We got several nice things that we had not registered for, but the most unique was a homemade ice cream maker with all the dry ingredients. They included a nice note about how they were given an ice cream maker when they got married and have enjoyed it so much over the years, at family events, with neighbors and with each other. They told us how they’ve enjoyed it and made friends and memories with it and were gifting us our own in hopes we would have some of the same experiences. My husband wasn’t as excited over some gifts, but he loved this one, and I loved the sentimentality.
Post # 9
We got a great photo of the place where we got engaged from my IL’s best friends. It’s a really pretty spot, out in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. THe photograph is gorgeous–it’s our engagement site at night with all the stars. We have it hanging in our hallway–it’s kind of a nice reminder of where we were when we got engaged.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
My sister (MOH) organized a really cute recipe book with recipes from our guests. That was a fun surprise!
Post # 11
This gift brought tears to my eyes. My grandparents both died in the last year and a half after a long and amazing life. My cousin gave us a book of poetry that was from their estates, probably a gift from one of them to the other. They lived to 103 yrs old and were married 82 years.
Post # 12
I was going to say money! Technically we had a Henckles knife set on our registry – we figured wed register for a cheaper one and exchange it and pay the difference for a nice one. BUT, DH’s work friend got us a REALLY nice set that was a couple hundred more than the one we registered for They are the best knives Ive ever owned!
Post # 13
For our engagement blessing, my aunt bought us a spa weekend away at a resort in Harrison Hot Springs. It was a nice getaway to just relax and enjoy our new status as a betrothed couple 🙂
Post # 14
One of my best non-cash unexpected gifts was my invitation in a frame. They knew that we made our invitations, and it seemed like they recognized all the effort we put into it – made it seem like it was art. Plus, I never even thought of framing my invitation, it was a lovely idea 🙂
Post # 15
i was stressing about set-up of the wedding – my friend offered to oversee and coordinate it for me!
Post # 16
MY FMIL got me a better vaccuum than I registered for and gave us $500 cash!! Oh… and a SECOND cousin of the FI that he hasn’t even seen since he was in middle school offered to be our DOC for a gift! (She does this for a living.)