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LavenderBlue 03-06-2020 12:01 PM

Wedding Gifts
 
Over the years we have given several cash wedding gifts. I know money is always welcome, but I prefer to be original.

We will attend a wedding in two weeks. The couple is 35, have lived together almost 2 years and have his (2 - not full custody), hers (1), and their (1 so far) children. Of course, they combined household items. All I can think of is his and her gift cards.

For close family/friends, I have lovingly made quilts in the bride's favorite color(s) but was soured on that idea when 5 years ago there was no acknowledgment of a quilt's arrival across country, let alone a thank you. But the check included inside the quilt box was cashed in 3 days.

Any creative ideas out there? Many thanks!!!

cjsews 03-06-2020 12:51 PM

I like the idea of original too. Depending on the age of kids, is there a local place that they would enjoy as a family? Maybe a yearly pass if the price is right

lberna 03-06-2020 01:03 PM

There is probably nothing you can give them that they don’t already have. If they do a lot of online shopping, a prepaid credit card would be ok. Or if they shop at Amazon, one of their gift cards would be great. I would have loved a quilt made by a friend. I realize a quilt could be very labor intensive and somewhat costly. So, this couple would have to be close friends or relatives. That's my two cents worth.

lberna 03-06-2020 01:11 PM


Originally Posted by cjsews (Post 8366829)
I like the idea of original too. Depending on the age of kids, is there a local place that they would enjoy as a family? Maybe a yearly pass if the price is right

That is an excellent idea. Be sure to check to see if they already have a pass to a particular place. My sons and their families have several memberships in and around our area.

Watson 03-06-2020 01:20 PM

The yearly pass sounds great if you think it is something they will make use of.

Watson


Anniedeb 03-06-2020 08:46 PM

We've given gifts in their names to charities, rescues, or organizations that the couple support. Usually in our case the couple is a bit older, but might be an idea to consider. The card could read....A $00.00 donation has been made in your name to....

DebbieJJ 03-07-2020 04:21 AM

Call me "Stingie", but I don't gift to a couple that has been married once, and then living together already with children. They probably have what they need, and your well wishes are enough.

rjwilder 03-07-2020 04:38 AM

If it were me I'd give them a gift card to Walmart, they can buy food, baby items, toys, household items and gas. I go on line and order it from Walmart website and have it sent electronically to them. That way they get it on their phone, or email, no printing needed and I don't have to worry about it getting lost in the mail which happens often in my experience. I have grown grandkids and that is what I do for every gift giving occasion.

AZ Jane 03-07-2020 05:16 AM


Originally Posted by DebbieJJ (Post 8366978)
Call me "Stingie", but I don't gift to a couple that has been married once, and then living together already with children. They probably have what they need, and your well wishes are enough.

I agree. If they have everything, why add? Unless there is something you know for sure they need or want. Nothing wrong with sending a card.

Iceblossom 03-07-2020 07:04 AM

When my son and daughter in law were married, they were both 30-ish and had lived together for some time, household already set up. They made it easy on the rest of us with a "no gifts" request with the announcement, they phrased it nicely something about having each other they had everything they wanted or needed. It was also important to them to have the wedding they wanted/could afford so it was quite small and intimate, about 20 people and the photographer was a friend as well.

Of course, had to get them something as the mama -- so I got a picture frame engraved with their names and the date, I found some "Bride and Groom" stick figure clip art for free and selected a picture, blew it up until it was large enough and cut out the faces to show the "Benjamins" (100 dollar bills) I put in the card.

My old go-to starting household gifts was nice bath sheet sized towels... helps if you know their color choices/likes.

There are a number of different places that do different things like this -- star charts for specific days.
https://greaterskies.com/

Similarly, you could do something about "This Day in History" and add their wedding list to the achievements! Copy and print out dates from a site like this"
https://www.onthisday.com/history/
and put it in a nice frame (btw, there are often gorgeous frames for cheap still in boxes at the thrift stores here... only you need to know that the crystal frame cost $3 instead of $30!)

juliasb 03-07-2020 10:51 AM

I like the idea of giving a Amazon gift card. any more this is a better way of giving a gift instead of cash. They can get exactly what they want. There is little to no stress on you either. When a couple have created a family a couple years ago and a recent baby has already been born into this family a family gift is a great idea too.

nativetexan 03-07-2020 12:45 PM

yes, maybe gift cards for dinner out!!

topazann 03-15-2020 05:47 AM

Best non-requested gift: One of our groomsmen gave us a book on relationships, a skinny one, where the main point was "treat people as they wish to be treated". we made jokes about it at the time, but we've both read it several times and chose to keep it through several book purges.

Thoughtful: My Aunt who works for USPS bought us all our postage and return address labels for our invitations and thank you notes.


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