(Closed) Ideas for a wedding gift for a friend who eloped

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

How about a nice picture frame?  I doubt they eloped without even taking one photo of themselves

Post # 5
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@coffeeeeee:  You could even do a restaurant gift certificate…

Post # 7
803 posts
Busy bee

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 # 9
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
140 posts
Blushing bee

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 # 12
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 # 14
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I often get people a gift card for dinner and a movie. Can’t go wrong with that!

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