Post # 1
Hi bees! I’m in need of some advice. I ordered the below cutting board with the bride’s and groom’s initials on it for their wedding as a gift. Do you think this is enough or should I buy a knife or something to go with it? Anything else? I’ve heard knives are bad luck to give, so maybe a nice hand towel or bowl? My husband and I are attending the wedding as out of town guests (8 hour drive) so are spending a lot on hotels therefore don’t have a huge budget but want to get them something nice (they also attended our wedding and didn’t even give a card, but I can’t imagine going empty handed). Let me know what you think!
Post # 2
That is so cute! Our theme was love birds so I think it’s adorable. I’ve never heard the knife thing, we received four different sets of knives for our wedding. We also received a cutting board made from wood found on each of FI’s families farms and it was so sweet and thoughtful. I think that gift is fine by itself but I wouldn’t think twice if I received a knife with it. Something we received with our wood cutting board was oil used to keep it in good shape.
Post # 3
I think the cutting board is fine on it’s own. They are not inexpensive, but better than that they will think of you every time they use it. I have one given to me by a girlfriend who has since died and it reminds me of her every day.
Post # 4
I think it’s perfect the way it is. No knife/knives needed.
PS my mom gave my husband and I a set of knives for Christmas but made me give her a penny first so it was like we were buying it from her. So I’ve definitely heard that before!
Post # 5
I would love to get something like this and would never think – “is this it?” It’s custom and obviously cost more $$ than a wooden cutting board from BBB or Target, you know?
Post # 6
I got a gorgeous knife set for my shower. To combat the bad luck, she included 3 pennies in the cards so I could “pay her” for the knives.
Post # 7
I’d give a nice, high-quality knife with this gift. The carvings in the cutting board make it look very lovely, but also make it no longer practical to actually cut on. Even if you could clean it properly after each use (the carvings make that very difficult, as food particles get trapped inside), the couple is probably not going to want the surface to get all cut up and scratched. Adding a practical gift like a knife, which can actually be used, would be a thoughtful touch. If you don’t want to give knives due to superstitions, perhaps a knife sharpening block or steel would be a good choice.
Post # 8
It’s totally enough, especially since you’re traveling to get there.
Post # 9
star282: What a beautiful yet practical gift! Like PP have mentioned, I don’t think there’s a need for a knife set. Knives as gifts are considered bad luck according to Feng Shui since it symbolizes cutting the relationship, but like BeachBride2014 mentioned, the giftee can give a small amount of money to the gifter to “pay” for them to offset the bad luck.
If you really feel the gift is incomplete, you could add a bottle of mineral oil for them to maintain the cutting board.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! I like the idea of adding oil with the board so they can use that. I’m not so superstitous where I wouldn’t mind getting knives as a gift, but I know they are.
I hope they like it! I haven’t received it in the mail yet but am anxiously awaiting for it to arrive so I can see how it turned out!
Post # 11
Horseradish: You use the underside as the cutting surface.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
star282: Wow. That is adorable. Can I ask you where you purchased it? I’ve been looking for a nice cutting board and might just buy one for DH and myself since we didn’t get any wedding gifts.
Post # 13
FutureDrAtkins: of course! I got it as a special deal of the day on Zulily, but the designer is called Morgann Hill Designs. They have a lot of very reasonably priced stuff! (the cutting board was only $25, as a special price though)
Post # 14
FutureDrAtkins: i actually just looked and couldn’t find that exact cutting board on the website. They have an etsy shop though with several options:
There are a lot of others on Etsy too if you do a search for “personalized cutting board”
Post # 15
I think it’s enough. It’s a really sweet gift. We registered for a cutting board and I’m really hoping we get it. Someone mentioned that this particular one might not be a practical cutting board because of the carvings, and that may be true (depending on how it’s treated and whatnot) but I still think it has lots of uses– like serving cheese and crackers, etc. I think you’re all set