Post # 1
One of my dearest friends from growing up eloped recently! I’m very happy for her and luckily will be able to attend the celebration party in a couple of weeks. Because they eloped, they don’t have a registry. While I know you don’t HAVE to get someone a gift if they elope, she is one of my oldest friends and I would still like to :). I don’t have any ideas, so help me out bees! She and her husband are pretty low maintenance and a bit off beat. I’d ideally like to stay under $50.
Post # 3
I think what you get them depends a lot on the couple, but I’ll give you a few things to consider that will hopefully help:
*Are they just starting out or have they been living away from parents for a while? (toasters, coffee pot, vaccuum, etc. might be good gifts)
*What are their interests? (get them something just because you know they’ll enjoy it)
*Would they like cash/gift cards or do they think this is tacky? (Lots of newlyweds appreciate cash)
*Have they mentioned anything they really want or are planning to get soon?
I really do think the most important thing is to get them something you think they’ll enjoy and if you have no idea what they might want, cash might be the safest option. Of course we always want to give a gift that will be useful, and that they’ll appreciate. Miss Manners might say otherwise, but I think cash is perfectly appropriate for a couple who eloped and has no registry. 🙂
Post # 4
How about a nice picture frame? I doubt they eloped without even taking one photo of themselves
Post # 5
@coffeeeeee: You could even do a restaurant gift certificate…
Post # 6
Thanks for the replies! @AllTheGoodUsernamesAreTaken: They’ve been living together for about 5 years so they have all the practical stuff.
@mah: good idea, might do that if i can’t think of anything else
@MASPA: also a good idea! they did take photos, i saw them. they’re adorable 🙂
any other ideas?? keep ’em coming!
Post # 7
Agreed, cash/gift card or restaurant certificate are all great options for a couple with no registry.
How about getting them a romantic gift that they can share in together? Like a couples spa massage, or a tasting at a local winery (or something else that makes stuff), or a gift basket they can utilize on a romantic night? (cheese, wine, chocolate, candles, etc …)
Post # 8
@Shlieka: These all seem like great ideas too 🙂
Post # 9
If they already own all the essentials and they haven’t mentioned wanting a luxury/upgrade item for their home, then I would err on the side of an experience gift. Depending on how much you want to splurge, maybe like a two-night getaway at a nearby resort town/wine country type thing or a date night complete with a restaurant certificate and two tickets to the movies or something. We had a friend gift us a restaurant gift certificate for our mini-moon and it was awesome. We dined at a fancy place we otherwise probably wouldn’t have dined at.
ETA: Just noticed you said $50. I would go with a mini date night with movie tickets and a little dinner gift certificate. Otherwise, if you have a Tiffany & Co. you can get 2 champagne flutes for $40 total and include in a bottle of celebratory bubbly.
Post # 10
If you know their tastes, art pieces/wall hangings might be nice if they have the practical stuff. If it was me, I would love what other people suggested in a gift card to a nice restaraunt, or any date night things. Concert or play tickets are also good, once again if you know their tastes. Or a very nice bottle of wine, if they are wine people.
Post # 11
did she change her name? I have been loving the last name photography art on etsy lately.
One of these in a fancy hobby lobby frame (especially with the 40% coupon) should keep you in your price range
Post # 12
I think something “weddingy” since she didn’t really have one. A picture frame with wedding bells? A sign with their *her* new last name they sell them on Etsy, something to remind her of the fact. Something she can keep. look on Etsy god I’m addicted to that site!
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! Great ideas.
Post # 14
I often get people a gift card for dinner and a movie. Can’t go wrong with that!