Post # 1
I am in need of some help and I figured this was the place to go, I am in my friends wedding and her shower is coming up in the next two weeks. I want to make her a wedding day emergency kit, but I also want to get her some other stuff as well. The things on her registry are just everyday boring-ish things like pillows and blankets, silverware and things like that. I want to get something more exciting. Any ideas?!?!?!
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I know your intentions are really good, but she probably wants and needs the things she registered for! I just know that since I took the time to register for everything (brands, styles, and colors I like), it’s a little disappointing when people go off registry.
If your heart is set on it, I’d get her something off registry and the wedding-day emergency kit, and maybe make her a scrapbook or photo album or something.
Post # 4
You can stick with the registry and still make it fun. Get the pillows and blankets and put it together with a basket of breakfast goodies for "Breakfast in Bed" theme. Get the silverwear and team it with a gift certificate to a local restaurant for when the home made dinner just doesn’t turn out like you would like it to. For towels, wrap them up like a wedding cake. I’m sure whatever you choose, your friend will be happy!
Post # 5
What about picking something off of her registry and adding to it to make it a theme?
One thing I did for a friend’s shower that she really liked was I took a couple of small items off of her registry–a table cloth and a serving bowl and I then went to Harry and David and bought gourmet pasta, pasta sauce, something for appetizers and something for dessert–all of it non-perishable so that she had something on hand in her new house for unexpected guests.
You could also get a blanket from the registry and then get a movie some popcorn and a bottle of wine to make a night in. Or what about bowls she picked out and lots of supplies for ice cream sundaes (my sister did something like this for me and it was awesome!)
I do have to agree with the previous poster that when you go through the huge process of registering (and for whatever ridiculous reason, it is a huge process!) and then people only give you picture frames that they picked out it can be disappointing.
On the other hand I LOVE the idea of giving her an emergency kit!
Post # 6
I’m with everyone else — give gifts from the registry, but add your own creative flair! Gifts from the registry are ALWAYS appreciated, since the bride and groom have usually put so much thought into what they ask for. All the creative ideas above are fantastic. Good luck!
Post # 7
I actually loved it when my closest friends went off my registry for the shower. It was fun to get gifts that were surprises and they know me so well that the gifts were all just perfect!
Some of my favs included: terrycloth dress for getting ready/honeymoon embroidered with "Mrs. Bliss," a beautiful cake serving set (I hadn’t thought to register for this and was so happy to receive it as a gift), lingerie (because I probably wouldn’t have had time to buy a lot for myself) and a bathing suit for my honeymoon with my new initials (j crew monograms bathing suits).
I just bought a shower gift for a wedding that I will be in this summer and I didn’t go off the registry. I got her a monogrammed beach bag (with her new initials) for the honeymoon filled with honeymoon essentials (Hawaii book, lingerie, flip-flops, sunscreen, makeup case). Another bridesmaid and I went in on the gift together to make it more affordable.
Have fun with it! And I also love the emergency kit idea!
Post # 8
I agree too, go with a theme gift basket. It shows lots of effort which she will be touched by. Depending on what she registered for I like to get the colander, salt and pepper shakers and then throw in gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a salad cookbook, so everything she would need to make a great salad!
Post # 9
My FH brother and girlfriend got us a cutting board, wooden spoons and a rolling pin as well as a gift certificate for "when our cooking doesn’t quite work." I thought it was super cute! So something like that is a good idea!
Post # 10
If she is a wine drinker, you could make a basket of "firsts". Meaning a bottle of wine for their first anniversery, first house, first snow, etc. We did this for one of my friends and she loved it! I second that I loved when my close friends gave me something that wasnt on my registry. They know me well enough that the gifts were perfect! Also, depending on how large her shower is, she may get all the things off her registry anyhow
What are you putting in the survival kit? I may steal that idea!!
Post # 11
I made a wedding day survival kit for my friend’s shower and it was a hit. We used it a lot and if it wasn’t for my gift we would have had quite the wedding day. She had a super large shower so I knew she wouldn’t be hard up for registry gifts. Also, I think if you’re really close with the recipient (and usually as a Bridesmaid or Best Man you are) it’s ok to be a little creative. 🙂
Post # 12
As a shower gift, I got a small tool box with some tools (like a hammer, measuring tape, small flashlight…) The card said something to the effect that every girl needs her own set of tools that her husband won’t steal. The tools were all pink 🙂
Another idea is to use pretty tea towels to wrap the present instead of using wrapping paper. My aunt always does this. Just use straight pins instead of tape and it will look pretty. It makes a boring gift more interesting.
What about a GC for cooking lessons? or you can never go wrong with lingerie.