As if figuring out what you are going to wear isn’t hard enough already, what with making sure that you don’t clash with the bride’s colors, that you aren’t accidentally wearing a similar dress as the bridesmaids, and that it isn’t wildly inappropriate, then you also have to buy a present that is perfect! If the couple has set up a registry, do yourself a favor, and pick something from that list. The couple has already gone through the trouble of telling you what they want, so respect that. Remember too that money is never frowned upon. If, however, the registry has been bought out, and you don’t think money is personal enough (I probably wouldn’t give money to a best friend, for example) here is a list of some great presents that will be appreciated, and will gain you plenty of invitations for house parties and barbecues. I suppose some of these could double as graduation presents, what with May rolling around in a couple of weeks. See this past Monday’s links to check out some great eco-wrapping tips!
I always like cutting boards – I don’t think you can have enough, they can double as platters, and they really are useful:
Every couple I know also goes for spices, so why not get a cute set with things they will actually use everyday, as opposed to really obscure spices that will waste away for want of use? This is also so great for grads starting their first home or heading off to college.
If the happy couple are movie fans, this is such a great idea!! Get them this popcorn spice kit, so they can customize their popcorn flavors! Plus, it’s all natural, the pack comes with six different flavors, and it’s more personal than yet another set of glasses.
The couple who plays together, stays together, right? Liven up their social life with some fun board games. It will help to keep the stress at bay while they are being, you know, grown ups.
Someone suggested vases to me, saying that they will remind the groom to buy his new wife flowers. I thought that was very sweet, so here some are:
These should help get you started. Remember what the couple likes. If they like to backpack through tropical locales, maps, bug spray and good backpacks are always welcome. How about budding chefs? A great knife set (or even just the knife – they can get picky about those things). It is the thought that counts, so let your feelings and your heart lead the way and you’ll be fine!