Post # 1
Hi ladies! I am trying to think of a little wedding gift for my cousin. I am not invited to the wedding (I think they will have a grand total of 10 people there), but I wanted to get her a little something just to let her know I’m thinking about her. She didn’t register anywhere. I’d rather not give her cash (I have this irrational aversion to giving cash to people who are the same age or older than me. I know it doesn’t really make any sense). Do you think if I gave her a gift certificate to somewhere popular like Crate and Barrel or Williams Sonoma that is safe enough? Or should I try to get something more personal? I’m just afraid that I will get her something she won’t really want/need.
Post # 3
Good for you, being so thoughtful. I recommend buying an actual item. We received many off-registry items, and they are easily our favorite gifts. Especially decorative bowls (I’m a sucker for bowls:). Every time I use a gift, I think about the person who gave it to us. That is not the case for friends who gave cash. You can’t go wrong with a personal and stylish gift.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
i was just watching on the news that millions of dollars in gift cards go unused every year!
I’m a big wino, so I love this idea: http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/12/22/year-of-firsts/
You can see my rendition here (scroll down to the end)
Post # 5
What about a gift certificate for dinner for 2 at a really nice restaurant? You could attach the gift certificate to a bottle of wine and write a sweet note. I know when we got back from our honeymoon it was sort of a drag to have to go to work that week, so we treated ourselves to a fancy dinner out to extend our post-wedding glow for just a little longer 🙂 It would have been nice to have someone else pick up the tab since we had gone a little crazy on the honeymoon!
Post # 6
Mrs. Flamingo blogged about Letter Your Legacy awhile back and I purchased one for one of my best friends for her wedding last July. She and her new hubby LOVED it and she always says its the one item that gets the most compliments in their house!
Post # 7
one of our favorite gifts that we didn’t register for was a digital frame. of course, the gifters knew us well enough to know that we didn’t already have one.
i know i’m in the minority but i think it’s a bad idea to buy a random gift, esp since you seem unsure of what exactly they need. some of our friends thought the same thing, which is why we now have 3 teapot sets, a very large and expensive wine chiller (we never drink), and a closet full of figurines that we do not particularly like or enjoy. we live in a tiny apartment and we are quickly running out of room.
if you’re not sure of what they need, i think a gift card is always a safe bet. if she didn’t register, it probably means that she didn’t want to accumulate a lot of stuff and perhaps was hoping for cash. a gift card is the next best thing! esp since when i use giftcards, i try to personalize it by letting people know what i used it for.
hope that helps!
Post # 8
I understand the fear of getting something they might not like, but if you would prefer to give something other than a giftcard, I would just suggest making sure it has a gift receipt and is from a store where they are likely to find something to fit their tasts. Sometimes the surprises are the best gifts and sometimes they are not. I personally love gift receipts because I always try to find something that is just right (I like the weight of a real gift), but if everyone else has the same idea, I want the couple to be able to get something useful. That said, giftcards are nice too, if that’s what you want to do.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
I agree with emileee, I would love to receive a digital photo frame 🙂