When the newly weds think back on who gave them what gift, do you really want to be remembered for giving them Tupperware? I didn’t think so. You’re not Aunt Tilly. They can buy their own Tupperware. You want your gift to stand out as something special, unique, and something you selected especially for the newly weds.
To shop for a great wedding gift, and to discover the best wedding gift ideas available in the marketplace, just remember, there are no rules. Wait, there is just one rule. No perfunctory gifts, please. Make yourself part of the gift by giving of yourself, share your good taste, your thoughtfulness, and the obvious fact that you care. Have you ever been to a shower when the bride and groom open their gifts, and the gifts look like they were passed around from wedding to wedding? It’s insulting, funny, but insulting. It’s cold. Happens too often from my point of view. I certainly could not do that to someone, and if someone did it to me, I would prefer they didn’t bother at all. Those gifts usually end up at Goodwill anyway, or in the attic. The art of “gift giving” involves much more than merely grabbing something off a shelf and wrapping it up in pretty paper. Give your gift some thought. What are the bride and groom like? Are they foodies? Do they have contemporary taste? Are they very traditional? Are they a little bit of each? Is their taste sophisticated? Urbane? Country-like? Provincial? Rustic? Do they like to cook? If you’re not sure, then go in the direction of transitional, items that will work well in any decor. The more you know about the personal taste and life style of the couple, the easier it is to select the best wedding gift. The next thing you have to consider is your budget. How much are you budgeted to spend? There are some great wedding gift ideas starting at $20. $20 will buy a charming well designed gadget, or a fine olive oil, or soaps. If the couple has a good sense of humor, there are well designed humorous gifts for between $20 and $30, like coffee table toys. From my point of view, the best wedding gift ideas are either very practical ones of high quality, or totally off-beat and unique. Both those things work for me, as the giver and the giftee. It’s all relative. Depends on the personalities of the bride and groom, and your relationship to them.
It’s surprising how people tend to overlook the impact, the joy of receiving a set of thick, luxurious Turkish towels in a neutral color, like white or ivory, or a color that the couple is using in their bathroom. This could cost you anywhere between $70 and $150. You control how many towels you will include. There are so many great wedding gift ideas. Another great idea is a luxurious cashmere throw in a gorgeous color. Missoni has some wonderful cashmere throws for about $250. Alessi makes beautiful bowls and the famous Anna g corkscrew that sells for $60. My favorite gift for weddings is the Michael Graves bird tea kettle for Alessi. I gave one to a client when she got married, and she hasn’t stopped thanking me. It’s a beautiful gift for $175. There are champagne flutes by Orrefors, set of 2 for $75, and one of a kind, blown glass goblets that are signed by the artist. These will cost you about $200 each, or more. Maybe the couple would appreciate a lucite magazine rack by Philippe Starck. How about an All Clad pot or a Staub grill? How about an unusual ceramic teapot? There are wonderful choices and great wedding gift ideas at every price level.
The best wedding gift ideas are not necessarily the most expensive choices. I would rather receive a gift that was well thought out and from the heart than a pricey gift that had nothing to do with me.
Well, I’m sure you get the idea from the examples I’ve given. Great wedding gift ideas are gifts that exhibit taste, imagination, and thoughtfulness. Give your couple a gift that they will enjoy and will remember fondly, that it came from you.
My sister Karen and I are veteran interiors and home product designers. We operated our award winning design studio in New York City (Manhattan) for many years. We designed a full gamut of products for the home, and had a ton of fun. We are living in Connecticut now, designing interiors and I am painting, at last! We have created our website: Shopsicle, for the purpose of bringing the best design in existence to our customers. We specialize in gifts for all occasions and accessories for the home. Our focus is unique and imaginative design, and high quality at all price levels. Shopsicle is dedicated to excellence. At Shopsicle, there is a wide range of prices, from under $20 on up. Come visit us and, look around, and drop us email, if you are so inclined. We’re very friendly and would love to hear from you. Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter where we share ideas and answer some of your most common questions. See you at Shopsicle! Cheers! Joan