{Advice} The Gifts You Should Be Giving

Scratching your head a bit about what to give brides and grooms at all the events leading up to the wedding? Here's some advice that was shared with us, and we are happy to pass this on to you! It's great for family and friends of the couples to read, as well the couples themselves.

When it comes to celebrating the future bride and groom in your life, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. From engagement parties to bridal showers to the big day, you're looking for something that not only fits the occasion, but also conveys just how much you care. Though elegant and simple, steer clear of fine china, embroidered letterhead and similar overdone options. Instead of going with something traditional, opt for gifts that couples can actually use regularly, or better yet, gifts that make their lives easier or saves them money.

The Engagement Party

Rules around engagement party gift etiquette remain fairly hazy. While some guests do not bring gifts, others do. If you decide you want to present the newly engaged couple with a gift, keep it small and simple. Choose a favorite bottle of wine, or something sentimental, such as a pair of champagne flutes to be used during the wedding reception.

The Bridal Shower

Contemporary bridal showers typically revolve around some underlying theme. In some cases, couples will host co-ed bridal showers and combine the engagement party with the bridal shower. Regardless of how you'll be celebrating, ask yourself what the bride and/or groom will most appreciate or have use for. Often times you can tie your gifts into the theme, honeymoon or into a component of their soon-to-be married life.

Contemporary Bridal Shower Gift Suggestions:

  • Couples Massage for a spa day
  • Bathing suits for the honeymoon
  • His and Hers luggage for the honeymoon
  • Beach accessories (towels, beach bag, snorkeling gear)
  • Personalized cutting board
  • Camera or camera accessories
  • Gift card to their favorite retailer
  • Customized artwork
  • Travel books as coffee table accessories
  • Wine with customized his/hers labels

The Wedding Day

Did you know that Americans spend a reported $19 billion dollars annually on wedding gift registries? Though couples typically register at an array of their favorite stores and retailers, ask yourself what items, if any, will most benefit their new lives.

Food And Spirits

Often times the best gift you can give a bride and groom-to-be is the gift fine dining. Food-centric gifts are ideal for couples who are strapped for cash and looking for ways to consolidate expenses. Of course, food and spirit gifts and memberships also work for those couples are who self-declared foodies:
  • Monthly membership to a wine or beer club
  • Gift card(s) to their favorite local grocer (Whole Foods or a high-end organic market)
  • Cooking classes
  • Kitchenware (bakeware or set of professional grade pots and pans)
  • Cooking Appliances (mixer, BBQ, smoker, wine cooler)

Music And Entertainment

What couple doesn't love some good entertainment? After all of the wedding expenses and newly acquired bills, every couple will appreciate the opportunity to kick back and relax without spending money.
  • Gift card to a local theater
  • Membership to a movie, video streaming or music service (Pandora, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Vudu)
  • Membership to the local performing arts theater or ballet
  • Tickets to a sporting event or concert

Household Items

If your favorite newlyweds have recently bought a home together, give them the gift of efficient and eco-friendly household items. Be sure you know exactly what they need before going out and purchasing anything.
  • A customizable, energy efficient thermostat (Check out options like Nest, which syncs up directly with your smartphone)
  • High efficiency appliances (dishwasher, washer/dryer)
  • A service appointment or inspection (ideal for first time home owners, or those in older homes)
Those are some great ideas, I think! I like the unique gift of "wine of the month club" for wine loving couples, or tickets to see their favorite music group when they come through town. Which of these tips might you consider giving to your nealy-wed friends? Feel free to share with us your ideas in the comments section below!

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