Post # 1
I’m a friend of the groom – the wedding is really really laid back (people will be wearing jeans and t-shirts) and it’s at the bar/restaurant that the groom works at. The reception is also there and will include beer pong tables and a pool table … if that sets the mood.
So, um, what do I get them? I know the groom pretty well – and I love him to pieces – he’s just a really amazing person but I don’t know the bride AT ALL. I’m stuck. And they don’t have a registry.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Get them a gift card to somewhere like Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, etc. Then they can use it on stuff they need. 🙂
Post # 4
If I were in your shoes, I would get them a gift card to their favorite date restaurant so that they can enjoy a nice meal together one of their first weekends back from their honeymoon. Or maybe even a spa gift certificate for a couple’s massage.
Then there’s always a gift card to a store like Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Crate and Barrel, Macys, etc.
And you can never go wrong with cold hard cash 🙂
Most likey, if they haven’t registered, they’re not looking for things for their house. So it seems like a non-traditional gift is appropriate.
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! My biggest hurdle here is that I really really really hate giving gift cards … mostly because, to me they scream “I don’t know you well enough to get something for you.” Which, I guess, in this case, is half true.
Any cool DIY gifts? I have all evening friday and all day Saturday before the wedding to make them something (and a lovely boyfriend to help as well as a best friend who are both attending the wedding). So I’d like to get them something like that I suppose …
Post # 6
How about something you know the groom will love coupled with a gift card? For example, I bought someone these little ice cream molds, but obviously couldn’t get the ice cream . . . so I got an ice cream gift card to go with it. Or a coffee maker with a starbucks gift card.
How about some really artsy beer steins and a gift card to somewhere that has exotic beers? Sounds like they like beer.
Post # 7
One time for a friend I made a “baking basket.” It consisted of some stuff from their registry but I’m sure any newlywed couple would put it to good use! Because my friends added a lot of little things to their registry I decided to go for a theme. In the basket I put different size baking pans, cookie sheets, measuring cups, baking cookbook, brownie mix, cake mix, package of nuts, chocolate chips, frosting, etc! They loved it when they opened it…I was pretty excited!
Post # 8
If I’m in doubt, I always go with a pretty vase — because it’s both useful and decorative. And maybe you could give them a voucher to a local florist so they can buy the first flowers for it?
Not the most personal gift in the world, I know. But it’s my fallback!
Post # 9
When you think of your friend, what gifts come to mind? Do you know of anything they do as a couple (hobbies, etc.) If they are big beer drinkers, what about personalizing some beer mugs for them??
Post # 10
I decided to etch some wine glasses for them and put some cash in each glass, wrap them up in a pretty box … and voila. Thanks, guys! I thought really really hard about all of this and appreciate your suggestions!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Very cute idea! I was going to suggest a gift certificate they could put toward a nice dinner out. 🙂
Post # 12
I love this for future gift ideas. I think it’s cute. I got it for my FMIL and she LOVED IT!!! It’s a great conversation piece and it makes the best sound!! I hope to get one for a gift!
Post # 13
great idea! usually when people don’t register it’s their way of saying they don’t need house stuff but what they need is money. I like the way you did it pairing it with the glasses.
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Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
A gift card for a wedding doesn’t say “I don’t know you well enough to get you something you will love.” It says, “I want to get you something you will use/like.” 😉 If they didn’t register, it means they want cash. Gift cards are a nice go-between that will probably make both of them happy, rather than something that the groom might love but that will offend the bride.
ETA: I just read what you said you are giving them… I’m sure they will appreciate a gift like that. Best of all worlds! 😉