Post # 1
A friend of mine is getting married at the end of the month, and he and his lovely fiancee haven’t registered anywhere. In the invitation, there was a note saying they’d prefer a cash gift as they’re a young couple just starting out together, but any gifts would also be appreciated. I feel weird giving a cash gift, but have absolutely no clue what I could give him that’s unique and memorable. Any ideas? Looking through the forums I saw wine as a suggestion (that they could open on an anniversary), but neither of them drink, and I’m looking more at something unique they could use to start up their new home.
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Do they currently live together? If not, you could always get them some basics like kitchen essentials, bath towels, etc. If they do (which is why my FI and I are doing a VERY limited registry), then there are very few things they need or want. You could buy a whole slew of novelty ideas, but based on their personality, they will either use them or toss them, like the W bottle stopper we have or the “W******” key holder that showed up!
Post # 4
@takemyhand: That was something I was worried about, getting them something they’d have no use for! I don’t think they’re living together but as they both live by themselves and have all that sort of stuff to begin with (didn’t consider that at *all*, sigh), do you think it’d be wiser to go for something more sentimental and creative? He’s already asked me to write up his wedding story (I’ve been writing wedding stories for an internship) and after seeing a post on the forums, I’m contemplating framing their invitation, a photo of them on their wedding day, and the story and giving it to them after the actual wedding. Would that be any better?
Post # 5
@tashpavez: I would LOVE something like that. I think having something that personal that you can keep as a keepsake would be great, especially since he has already asked you to write up their wedding story. Frankly, I rather have something great to hang on my wall than a “keepsake” that will collect dust until we can get rid of it 😉
Post # 6
It is not memorable in the sense that it will last a lifetime, but I really like the idea of the Year of Wishes candles. They have a candle for each month and each has a charm inside that you find when it is melted with a good wish to the couple.
Post # 7
My family always gives cash/checks as a gift for weddings (from what I understand, its an Italian tradition, but I can’t speak for all Italian people, just mine!), and it is so nice. My fiance and I live together, and I have no idea what to register for, since we own everything (I went a little crazy buying for our kitchen…). I know it seems impersonal, but with everything you have to pay for for a wedding, it is really nice.