Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club
So FI oldest brother is getting married on Sept 19. The tricky part about FBIL and his fiance is that their super non traditional. That’s fine with me, but I’m just unsure of what to get them as a gift.
They’re just getting married at a local park in Chicago and having kind of a block party/burger grill out in a friend’s back yard. It’s all nice, and I have no problem with it, but like I said they’re a little non traditional. They didn’t send out invites or evites or anything, it’s just kind of a ‘word of mouth thing’ and like ‘show up if you want’. This brings us to the heart of the problem… it means no registry!
According to FI’s mom, they don’t have anything at all yet (she bought them a comfoter). So our options are open, but I’m not sure what a ‘common’ gift would be to get or what something would be that a newlywed couple would use a lot.
Post # 3
Do you have a general price range you were considering? That helps limit down the options.
I think a few nice pots and pans (le crueset, all clad) would probably be well-used in any house. Do they have any particular interests or hobbies (travel, sports, art)?
Post # 4
There are endless amounts of fun, non-traditional gifts at all price ranges. If they are in serious need of practical things maybe throw something fun on top of it from UCG!
Honestly, ask them what they need… or give them a gift card to macy’s or bbb!
Post # 5
what about something they can do together? a hot air balloon ride or a trip around a race track in a real race car. for my brothers 40th we bought him a flight in a real jet fighter plane – crazy but memorable
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’m on team gift card for a place where they can get stuff they need! Or you could get together witn another couple and do a whole set of something. 🙂
Post # 7
A gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond and a funky cool print by someone like Nate Duval: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5242718
Post # 8
I like to make my gifts to close friends and family personal with a lot of thought. When I can’t figure out what to buy a friend I make a visit to their house and take note of what they may need or what needs to be upgraded. If they don’t have much for the house then your job should be easy. If you are not that close with them I also would go the gift card route.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
What about a membership to a beer or wine of the month club? We got some friends of ours a 6-month wine of the month club and they LOVED it!
Post # 10
If you mean they’re non-traditional like they’re “green” or not too concerned about stuff – check out these ideas from Ideal Bite:
Post # 11
My mother would say that you can’t go wrong with sheets. And I DO love sheets…but it’s kind of old school.
I like the BBB card…but I also like the idea of finding something that’s quirky like the two of them are. LOVE the wine club idea…or finding out something else that they like and playing off of that. If they like live music, tickets to a show…if they like to cook…a nice pan/pot or knife.
Since they’re untraditional, you are free to be untraditional in your giving as well!
Post # 12
Are they getting a house? Maybe a home depot gift card so they can use it for paint or around the house projects?
My aunt gave me a shoprite gift card at my shower and i’ll be so happy to be able to use that thing when we go grocery shopping. It will really help with the bill of stocking up!
Maybe thing of something like that
Post # 13
I think I would go with a gift card for BB&B, Target, Lowe’s, or Home Depot. Lot’s of options for them to get stuff they need for their home.
Post # 14
Hmm… my mind immediately went to a nice set of wine glasses, but I like runrgurl10’s suggestion of Wine of the Month Club, and actually the sheets suggestion is a great one – high thread count sheets make marriage so much more enjoyable!
If they’re starting from scratch, get them the stuff that has made your married (or will) life the most enjoyable from a ‘nesting’ perspective – a coffee pot, blender (for smoothies… or daiquiris), nice sheets, soft squishy throw pillows, the rug that your feet sink into at the end of a long day, photo frames; those are all things that make home HOME.