(Closed) What is the best gift for couples?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I like doing personal gifts, so it is hard to say. I would just think about who they are as a couple and things they like to do. If they are wine lovers you could do a bottle and label them 1-5 for each of their anniversaries during the first 5 years. If they are foodies you could give them a gift sertificate to a favorite restaraunt, if they are into a particular sport, you could do soemthing related to that.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Money!!!!! I know it sounds bad, but everyone likes money and most people are really set on getting people actual GIFTS. If they don’t have a registry, its really HARD to get people stuff– you don’t quite know what they would use, or what would look good in their house. I used to give gifts for weddings, but I wrote my first "wedding check" out over the summer. I felt a little awkward giving them a check, but they loved it. 

Their registry was all picked over, and I was going to end up getting them odds & ends. Plus, now that I’m engaged, I realized that they get a discount on their registry after the wedding. So I figured, instead of me giving them a gift that is worth $130 full price, plus $20 shipping, let me just give them cash. That way, they could actually get about $170 worth off their registry, by simply going into the store by them, and getting their wedding discount on everything. They really appreciated it and I’m going to do that from now on! 

If you’d really prefer to get a gift that isn’t on their registry, I’d pick something wedding related- like maybe a couples massage, or a really nice photo album for all of their wedding pictures. Engraved maybe. But that’s still tough to pick something that others like.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I personally tend toward personal gifts (if we’re talking just gifts, not wedding presents) too, but I try to keep it really relevant to the two of them as a pair. How about a board game/wii game if they’re that type? A gift certificate for their favorite restaurant might also be appreciated. If they’re newlyweds, could you look to the registry for something they wanted and didn’t receive?

I tend to gift "togetherness" gifts for newlyweds, so theatre tickets or anything that could provide them with an opportunity to spend some quality, newlywed time together with no stress would be ideal. 🙂 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

While I know that everyone loves to receive $$ for their wedding, it is nice to also give those close to you a small, personal gift, whether from on their registry or not.

Some of my favorites include…

Personalized plates from laplates.com

 Monogrammed fluffy robes (so many companies sell them)

 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

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Post # 8
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Busy bee

i agree with BeachBrideT!  many gifters insist on giving something personal and creative but i tend to believe that if it was something they really wanted, they would have registered for it.  as a compromise, maybe you could give a cash/check gift along with something small off of the registry?  that way the bulk of the gift you provide is a practical one but there still is a sentimental aspect of it that they apreciate.

i know we all want to get gifts that people will be able to keep and see and use often, and our wonderful friends and family were no different.  unfortunately, we live in a tiny apartment and don’t have the space for it all!  i hate to think that people spent all this money/time/effort on a gift for us just to become clutter in a storage closet but really, we just don’t have the space or need for it. :T

on the other hand, i honestly don’t find money gifts any less appreciated or thoughtful.  everytime i see or think of our loved ones that gifted us money, i am reminded of how generous and thoughtful they are!  plus, all that money is going towards bigger things that we can’t quite afford now (and couldn’t register for!), like a down payment for a new house and i love the thought that they’ve contributed towards us building a new home together.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you don’t feel comfortable just giving money, a gift card to a nice local restaurant would probably be appreciated. Lots of people don’t want to spend that kind of money on themselves in this economy, and a guaranteed date night would be a treat.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think you are talking about gifting for the holidays, as opposed to the wedding itself, MsUsUk?

Some of my favorite couple holiday gifts (to receive!) have been an ice cream maker and cookbook, a really nice picnic blanket and picnic basket, and a subscription to a wine-of-the-month-club, like Fruit Forward.

I also like receiving board games and video games that we can play together.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We have been giving Wine making classes as wedding gifts lately.  I live in Chicago & there is this great little place on the South side that teaches you all aspects of wine, then you get to make your own blend.

It takes a couple of trips down there & a couple of months to get the goods, but it was worth it!  We did it & ended up with 2 full cases of wine.  How memorable!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I totally agree with BeachBrideT. To add a little bite of personal touch you can give them a gift certificate plus a nice photo album full of memories. I don’t think so you are going to look shallow but a practical person

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

I have to agree with MONEY as well. It helps so much paying off those extra after wedding related bills

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

I love getting gift cards to restaurants. It’s experiential and may not be as awkward as giving money. Nothing beats a great meal and it’s fun to splurge on a meal once in a while.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

i like to give personalized gifts as well.  if they like wine, it’s an easy thing to personalize!  a tag that says something like: for your second anniversary, for a lazy weekend, etc.

scroll down to the way bottom to see my wine gifts. 

http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/09/21/hee-won-and-peters-wedding/ 

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