The wedding season is right around the corner! While it’s understandable that you can’t wait to be a part of your friend’s and family’s big day, eat delicious food, devour the wedding cake and have a dance battle on the “Sangeet” night, but deciding on the wedding gifts can put the best of people in tough spots. You might end up spending hours and hours on the discussion and yet be unable to conclude. Hence, the answer is classics!
The “classics” are classic for a reason; you’ll love these as much as your mom and grandma did.The good news is that there are a lot of classic gift ideas you can’t go wrong with. There’s no way your favourite brides- and grooms-to-be won’t appreciate these classic wedding gifts:
Here’s something most brides- and grooms-to-be don’t think about when they’re registering for all those place settings, serving dishes, and wine glasses: where they’re going to put them. A dining room armoire or china cabinet isn’t something you want to spring for if you’re not super close to a couple or don’t know what the inside of their kitchen/dining room/living room looks like, but even a gift card to a store that specializes in that kind of storage is a nice gesture if you know they’re planning on stocking up on china and glassware.
- Fancy Appliances
OK, sure, appliances aren’t exactly the most appealing gifts, but most couples don’t really want to shell out for a hi-tech new vacuum or the like when they’re also footing the bill for a wedding. But you can bet they’d appreciate a quality product like that. Vacuum cleaners, mixer grinders, and appliances make for great wedding anniversary gifts. (Typically, cooking appliances are still considered to be one of the most popular wedding gifts for new couples.)
- Quality Pots and Pans
Graduating from the hand-me-down pots and pans your mom gave you when you first moved out is a big deal, and a wedding is the perfect excuse for a fancy new set of cookware (and it’s the kind of thing that’s hard to justify buying for yourself if you’ve already got a perfectly good, if outdated, set at home).
- Good Linens
Sleeping on 200-thread count sheets from a supermarket is really no big deal, but if you have the chance to sleep on 800-thread count Egyptian cotton, why wouldn’t you? There’s nothing more luxurious than slipping in between silky soft sheets.
- Beautiful Picture Frames
Do you know what comes out of a wedding, besides a hangover and a new lawfully wedded husband and wife? A ton of photos! Most brides and grooms shell out big bucks for a wedding photographer and a photo book, so you can’ go wrong in giving them a way to display the gorgeous photos from their big day. If you want to take it a step further, engrave the frame with their wedding date or something else significant to the pair.
- Nice Luggage
Fancy luggage is a splurge, and something not many people think they want until they’re stuck at a hotel or airport dealing with an overstuffed bag or broken zipper. But gift a couple with some chic, lasts-forever suitcases pre-wedding and you’ll give them the kind of travel high they’ll be riding long after the honeymoon ends. (Bonus point if you throw in monogrammed luggage tags or passport holders with their new initials.)
No matter how much time a bride and groom put into their registry, no one is going to scoff if you give them money. But you can make a cheque feel a little more personal with a nod to certain traditions: At Jewish weddings, for example, monetary gifts in multiples of the number 18 are considered lucky (the number is equivalent to the Hebrew word for “life”); for Buddhists and Hindus, it’s numbers ending in one; and in Chinese culture, it’s traditional to give money – in combinations of lucky numbers 6 and 8 – in red envelopes. You can pair your envelope with a bottle of wine and a bunch of fresh flowers.
On the other hand, gifts that you’ve put some thought,it will always remind them of your attempt to make them happy to the best of your abilities. Every time they use it, they’ll think of you and your little contribution to making their life better. So take a little extra pain and find them a gift that’ll put a smile on their face. And if you’re still confused about what you can gift, just ask them. You’ll be surprised by how forthcoming people can be with their demands. That’s about all it takes. So, happy shopping!