Between department store registries, cheesy greeting cards, and the endless suggestions for personalized champagne flutes online, it can be easy to fall into the trap of clichéd wedding gifts. If monogrammed towels and ornate serving dishes aren’t quite your style, check out these ideas for some not so typical wedding gifts.
Monthly Club Subscriptions
Depending on your bride and groom’s style, a monthly subscription to try new products or foods can be a great wedding gift. If they’re close friends of yours who are into wine, splurge on a wine of the month club. They’ll find new wineries and wines to add to, or start, their collection. Know some snackers? Subscription services like Mouth send you snacks from small, artisanal companies every month. Is your couple more the type to kick back with a few beers? Try a beer of the month subscription that will send your couple cases from microbreweries all over the U.S.
Something for the Garden
If your friends live in a house or a suburban area that has nice weather, consider getting them something decorative for their garden or landscape. This is a simple idea that offers a unique present, something that specifically relates to your friends. If shopping for gifts that may be unfamiliar to your own life and difficult to find in store, there are always online wholesale options with a wide array of products to determine which is their style. Sometimes searching for gifts outside of your own personal comfort zone can turn into a present that is just the perfect fit for someone else!
Decorative Book Sets
Are the bride and groom-to-be a couple of bookworms? For something that really stands out and that will work as an excellent addition to their library, check out these decorative book sets. From classics and must-read authors like Jane Austen and William Faulkner to childhood favorites like The Wizard of Oz and Nancy Drew, there’s something for every couple’s tastes.
For the couples who aren’t big on reading, decorative books can still be a fun addition to the house. Couples always have cookware and place settings on their registries. A set of essential and decorative cookbooks will help them put all of those gifts to good use.
For the couple who likes to stay in—and everyone does sometimes—invest in some board games that are equal parts fun and beautiful. Pick up a carved wooden chess set, or a sleek, black and white enamel Scrabble set. They’re perfect for your couple’s nights at home with a glass of wine, or for entertaining.
Have a couple who likes growing plants and greenery around them, but who live in an apartment or or climate that doesn’t support the gardening hobby? Try giving them a unique terrarium for the house. These glass tabletop gardens come in all kinds of cool shapes. Put a plant inside before you give it to them, or let them fill it with their own flair. The cool thing about a terrarium is that it doesn’t have to hold plants. Your friends can display whatever they want inside.
Anniversary Wine Box
Special days call for special toasts, and as newlyweds, your friends will be having a lot of special days ahead. Plan for their future together by getting them a special occasion wine box. With compartments for celebrating a night in together, a special occasion, and their anniversary, this gift lets your couple put their favorite wines in storage in preparation for the right moment. Or, put your own wine in there and surprise them when their special days come up. They’ll be thinking of you and your gift for years to come!
Know a couple who loves art? What about a bride-to-be that loves the ballet? Whatever their cultural passion is, get them a season subscription, or a membership in their name. Especially for couples who live in cities, going out to museums and shows can be a great date night at any time of the year. A cultural membership or tickets to a few different performances and events can also be a fun way for the couple to try new things together and develop new passions.
These are just the starting point for a whole bunch of creative ideas that will make your wedding gift stand out from the crowd. So don’t listen to Pinterest when those framed state maps come up yet again in your search. Get your friends and loved ones gifts they’ll use, and remember as being totally cool.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.