Post # 1
Hi girls, I have a friend who has a shower coming up next month and even though she is registered at a couple different places I still wanted to give her something unique. I remembered when I got married I received a wooden sign that said “Smith Family, Est. 2012” and I loved it. I was wondering if you have any ideas of things you think would be good?
Post # 3
I would just get something from the registry… Or if you must go off-registry, do that in addition to a registry gift, unless you are 100% beyond sure it is something she will like and use. My close friends were much better at judging this than more distant ones.
With that said, if you know she is changing her name, a sign like the one you got sounds like a fun idea as long as it matches her house decor!
Post # 4
I would go with a registry gift.
Post # 5
Though well intentioned it may not go with the scheme of her future home. Its very hard to choose something like that for someone else unless they have seen it and said “Oh, that’s so cute!” For example Mother-In-Law gave us a cross-stich for our very contemporary house. Where do we put it? The closet. Get her something off her registry that she wants.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’m glad that you liked your non-registry gift, but most people don’t, though they never let the gift-giver know so the giver continues to give unique gifts thinking they are loved when they usually aren’t. Buy off the registry. The couple took a lot of time and put a lot of effort into choosing items that fit with their lifestyle and design aesthetic.
Post # 7
If you aren’t going to give her something off her registry, and you know it’s something that she’d love or make use out of, go for it. However, I’d probably also get something small off the registery as well so she knows you made some effort looking at what she really wanted.
Post # 8
I actually LOVED the few personalized wedding gifts I received!
But then, I usually crochet afghans or bedspreads for wedding gifts as well. I hope the recipient appreciates them, but you can’t control everything.
My sister received an engraved wedding photo frame– with their names and the wedding date on it. I thought that was an awesome gift if you want to go the personalized route. She also received a wedding album which was personalized as well. I think personalized gifts are uber adorable and thoughtful.
Post # 9
I made a honeymoon basket for my best friend. I bought a nice basket (no handles, not like easter style) and inside I put wine, an engraved beach towel (engraving was small), engraved wine glasses, massage oils and flip flops.
Post # 10
Personalized gifts are great IMO
BUT I would make sure that whatever I brought fit with the Theme of the Shower if there was one.
So altho I LOVE your idea… it wouldn’t fit if the theme was Kitchen & Cooking *
Then I’d be looking at perhaps some sort of fun monogrammed tea towels etc… like these
PHOTO – Kreations by Kittyo
Hope this helps,
* Respecting the Shower Theme IMO is very important… because whomever organized it put a lot of time and effort into the planning, coordination of things etc. It seems only right then that the Guests appreciate that element… and we can assume it is also because it is what the Bride honestly wants / needs.
Post # 11
if i want to get something not on their registry, i always go to Things Remembered and get them an engraved marriage certificate holder 🙂 theyre beautiful.
Post # 12
I would probably get something of the registry or something personal in addition to the registry. I know at my shower, I LOVED getting the things I had registered for because they were exactly what I wanted for our home. Two people did get me personalized gifts and while I appreciate the thought, the are honestly things that are not my style and will likely never be used :/
Post # 13
@KristinaH: I agree with the PP, get a registry gift and something extra like that.
Post # 14
I know how you feel about wanting to do something unique. While I have wanted everyone to get me registry gifts, a few of my favorites have been unique surprises.
I would get her a few SMALL things from her registry (kitchen towels, dishcloths, picture frame…) and then something unique as well. A bottle of wine with a nice letter and instructions to drink it on their 5th anniversary or something like that would be really sweet.
OR another cute thing would be a wreath (etsy has a lot of cool ones) that is the Initial of their last name. 🙂
Post # 15
I just bought my BFF’s shower gift.. a monogram necklace with her new monogram. She doesn’t need anything off her registry, but felt that she needed to make one. And I know she’ll LOVE it! It’s her new name, she should flaunt it!
If you’re close with her, and know her tastes, likes/dislikes, go for something unique. But if you’re not 200% positive she’ll love it, stick with the registry.