Post # 1
What is the best bridal gift you go that is not on your registry? I am trying to think of a gift to give at a bridal shower. The couple have been living together for years so they don’t really need things to set up a home and therefore their registry is already small. As Maid/Matron of Honor I want to get her something unique but for some reason can not think of anything! I did get her Thank you cards that match her invites and those are addressed and stamped already but I can not think of anything else. Any help is appreciated
Post # 3
Are they taking a honeymoon? For my sister, I prepared a "honeymoon beach bag" with a bunch of gifts for their Hawaiian honeymoon all withing an oversized beach bag: a new bathing suit each, sunscreen, aloe, massage oils, a few books each, beach towels, just married flip flops. I also got them monogrammed bathrobes (lands end, great gift).
I am a big fan of theme gifts : )
Post # 4
I received a large bag (LL Bean style) with my new married initials and it was filled lots of monogrammed things (a coin purse, a little makeup bag, a beach towel). It was fun and exciting to get something with my new initial on it. Another great gift that I received is stationery with my new married name.
Another idea that I never received but thought would be cute– a necklace with either her new initial, or one with her old (to signify that she will always be a "maidenname" at heart.
Post # 5
Well your idea was nice and original. Does she like spas? Could you get her a gift certificate for a spa or a nice restaurant for them to go to after the honeymoon, like a one month anniversary?
I’m not sure if I’m reading too much into it, but I’m thinking you might want to get her something more personal because you are so close to her. Like maybe something she’d really love but no one else would know to get it for her. Or she really couldn’t register for it anyway. I’m not sure if I have anything else that would help. Maybe if you told us a little more about her or them. What are their hobbies? Where did they meet? Is their honeymoon a place that’s really meaningful to them, "Always dreamd of Paris"?
Post # 6
I see you are from Boston, have you ever been to Oop! at Providence Place mall? I have bought a few really great wedding gifts there when I went off-registry for cases such as yours. Their stuff is awesome, it ranges from romantic and whimsical to totally unique… I haven’t been in awhile but you could find a great, romantic piece of art there, frame with a quote on it, cake plate with the couples names, etc etc. I know it’s kind of a hike but it’s worth it!
Post # 7
Are they new homeowners by any chance? A beautiful door knocker (We got FI’s cousins a claddaugh knocker — big Irish fam) is something unique and unexpected, which they may not think to buy on their own.
Post # 8
The best gift I got that we did not register for was a digital photo frame. We didn’t already have one and we just never thought to register for one but we love it!
Post # 9
Thanks guys! I wil check out Oop! and I love the thought of a theme gift. They are taveling around Europe for 3 weeks for their honeymoon… England, Italy, France, and a few other little places I can’t remember but those are the major ones.
I hate to say it but they are people that just like to veg out of the couch and cuddle haha…. They take walks and stuff but mostly just hang out together. She loves to cook and he is into healthy eating/exercising right now but it seems to come and go with him.
My major problem is if they need or want anything they just go buy it. I yelled at her the other day when she told me she bought a mixer or something for her kitchen and told her that other people may be trying to buy her things right now…
Post # 10
I went to a friend’s shower on Saturday, and one of her favorite gifts was a dolphin encounter for their honeymoon- very creative!
Post # 11
Personally I would love it if my Maid/Matron of Honor and bridesmaids paid for something fun for us to do on our honeymoon. Like if they were to look up something fun in the area where we are staying, make a little "coupon" out of it, and then give us the money for it. You know? To me that is thoughtful and it is perfect, especially because money can be really tight by the time the honeymoon rolls around. It’s more meaningful to me because they really put a lot of thought into it and the memories would last forever.
Post # 12
My friend Kristin got married and she loves bags of any kind. I bought her a white bag with red handles (her wedding colors) and I had her new name sewn into the side – Mrs. Holt. Just a year later, when she went into the hospital to have their baby, the bag that she packed for her was her Mrs. Holt bag. She still uses it and loves it til this day.
Post # 13
When I was my sister’s Maid/Matron of Honor I got her a necklace from Tiffany’s for her shower gift. I wanted something personal that would stand out from the pots and pans, waffle makers, and other gifts. It was a hit!!! Ironically, she gave me the same as a thank you gift for the wedding. Our mutal good friend that was my sister’s Bridesmaid or Best Man and will be mine could only laugh because apparently we both purchased them within a week of each other and neither of us knew the other was doing the same!
Post # 14
My Fiance sister got married two weeks ago. We found out (from his mom) where they were planning on having dinner at one night. My Fiance called the restaurant in advance and gave them his credit card # so he could buy their dinner. They loved it.
I’ve also had friends find out the hotel they newly married couple is staying at and having a bottle of champagne ready in their room when they arrived.
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