Post # 16
It might be nice to combine it with a small gift from her registry (maybe something her partner would prefer if this is geared more towards your friend?), but I think it’s a really thoughtful gesture. That said, with handmade gifts it’s always a bit of a struggle. One of my friends gives me a hand painted mug for nearly every occasion, and while they’re sweet and I like them, I now have so.many.mugs I don’t really know what to do with them anymore. And there’s always a risk that it will come out looking, well, handmade. Sometimes that’s not a good thing.
Post # 17
Hey ladies, thanks for the input!
I decided to go for it 🙂 I bought the materials yesterday and started the process.
I really do think she’ll like it and appreciate it more in the long run than one of the leftover items on her registry–a clear shower curtain liner doesn’t say “hey I love you, have a great life” to me haha 🙂 I know that I’d personally rather run to walmart and grab a trashcan & other small essentials than miss out on a more meaningful gift. Perhaps to personalize it more, I’ll embroider their names as constellations at one end?
We’re both casual, outdoor, rustic, diy brides, so there’s no concern with it being too informal or anything.
Also, concerns for it being a gift for her and not her Fiance… aren’t most registry items really sort of geared towards one of the partners? The cook and/or decorator? I looked at a friend’s registry recently with some granny-like decor and I know her Fiance had nothing to do with picking any of those tea cozies out 😉
PS my friend’s fiancee is actually a hipstery artist type, so he might actually appreciate this more than her… like legitimately.
All in all, I think that I was overthinking it and that it’ll be a perfect gift for her! And yes, there is a little selfishness involved because I will enjoy making it, but that’ll just make it even more special haha 😉
Also, not to toot my own horn or anything, but it kind of looks awesome so far! I’m about a quarter of the way done and it’s been groovy. This kind of thing is my jam.
Post # 18
If you’re good at it, go ahead and try … But only if you are actually decent at DIYing. If it comes out looking like a kindergarten craft, get her a gift card lol. got a DIY gift for my wedding and it was so ugly and poorly done. It was one of those wooden trays and she let her kids draw all over it with sharpie and glued some crappily printed out pictures to it. It went directly to the garbage can.
Post # 19
shouthuzzah : I’d probably stick to the registry or just give a check, but that’s me. I disagree that most stuff is for the bride…my Darling Husband was very involved in our registry and I’d say probably 70% of what went on there was stuff he picked.
Only you know your friend, if you think she would enjoy this by all means go for it. My SIL didn’t use our registry and instead got us a custom engraved cutting board. She knows I love a good monogram, and my Darling Husband is the kitchen wizard. It was very thoughtful and I loved it. That being said she knows us well. Every other single item that didn’t come from our registry got thrown away or sent to goodwill because it wasn’t our style, didn’t fit our decor, or wasn’t something we’d ever use.
Post # 20
Absolutely do it! Our favorite gift was a photograph of the cafe my Darling Husband and i met at on our first date, framed with a quote about love hand written on the border. I cried when we unwrapped it. So incredibly thoughtful and we treasure it.
Post # 21
Get her a gift AND make the DIY
Post # 22
onceuponadream : Money is pretty tight right now, so I can only really do one. Fiance and I just moved and Fiance just started his job last week (I haven’t found a job yet) so we’re kind of living off of savings right now. Going to the wedding (5 hours away) is already going to be tapping us out just from gas & a hotel room, especially since we have another wedding the next weekend for one of FI’s friends.
This friend of mine is in pretty much the same situation. We were college roommates and we both (and our FI’s) just graduated in May.
Post # 23
I thinking doing a DIY gift is a great idea in your situation. I’m sure your friend will appreciate anything you get her, but she’ll especially appreciate something you put your time and effort into. If you don’t have money for a good present or a monetary gift, making the effort to make a homemade gift that you put thought into is a great alternative. Your friend will appreciate the effort and the thought.
Post # 24
shouthuzzah : You can always buy the clear shower curtain for a few bucks and wrap the runner in it
Post # 25
skunktastic : That’s true, I didn’t think of that 🙂
Post # 26
- Wedding: May 2018- Stan Hywet Gardens
It’s a nice idea, but there are other items that can be purchased off a registry.
Post # 27
I don’t appreciate handmade gifts enough to ever want to receive them. They generally aren’t to the quality that I like in my home, but I feel uncomfortable not displaying/using them. I’d much rather just get cash.
Post # 28
most the people I know who are married really prefered the hand made stuff but I think thats more standard here as people dont really have registrys so most people go for more personal items
Post # 29
In case anyone was curious about how it came out…