Weddings call for celebrations of love and togetherness. On their special day, gift the couple with something cool and left-of-centre as they start their new life together.
Gifts have been given at weddings for centuries, and it is customary for those invited to a wedding to send the new Mr and Mr. a gift to help them celebrate their new union. Even if you are not able to attend the wedding in person, you can still gift the lovely couple.
These days, it does seem more commonplace for couples to request monetary gifts. While there's nothing wrong with that, it can still be a nice sentiment to add a physical gift toward their future together. The rules now however are that normal registry items like pots and pans are pretty much a no-no. That's because couples tend to have lived with one another for a while first before tying the knot and therefore don't need those household items.
So think out of the box and get them something they'll appreciate, use or just smile over.
1. Experience Gift
2. Cute and quirky novelty
If what you're after is just a small sentiment for them to take home and cherish, then cute and quirky novelties are the way to go. They'll add some character to the home and, if done right, will remind the couple of you and your friendship.
Fill in this mini journal with memories for the happy couple to reminisce and "aww" over. Yellow Octopus, $19.99
Although designed as a "save the date" invite, this chalkboard is absolutely adorable and hand made. Tell their tale your way with it. Etsy, $42.40
3. Travel and entertainment surprise
Let someone else entertain them. From concert tickets for entertainment fans to mystery hotel stays, give them a fun and unexpected adventure together that doesn't require them to be adrenaline junkies.
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You won't know what hotel they're getting and neither will they, but you can bet your bottom dollar it'll be a 5 or 5-star affair at the best possible price. Wotif, prices vary
4. Atypical "His" and "Hers" presents
Now you could buy them these sweet-as-pie couple gifts, OR you could add a little quirk and make sure HE knows who's the boss in this relationship..
Double Duvet Bedding Set My Side Your Side - in all the correct proportions. Amazon, $45.62
Humorous party game or decider of all things married life? Let them decide. ASOS, $20.56
5. Toys for the bedroom
Some might think this one's taboo, but if the couple you're witnessing tying the knot has a good sense of humour, these "toys" will hit the spot.
USB rechargeable remote controlled egg. Who's got control of the remote tonight?. Lovehoney, $89.95
For spontaneous getaways there's this luxe pack of massage oils and body powders. AdultShop, $26.95
6. Adult colouring books
Adult colouring books are a thing. For anyone who agrees, try out these truly adult colouring books. They're what you think. No, really.
Playtime for couples lies in the most approachable sex book a man and woman can share. Booktopia, $17.80
Educational AND fun. Learn all the positions in the Kama Sutra by colour. Angus and Robertson Bookworld, $20.99
7. Home additions
They might not need pots and pans but a little something to brighten up or complement a room never went unwanted. Fact.
Connoisseurs will appreciate what is going on in here. That's a 5 litres of ready for some quality port to fill its belly. Dan Murphy's, $214.90
A mega mini cheers to you and me. Mason jars are all the rage, try them in shot-sized form. The Hut, £9.99
8. Gag gifts for him
Make 'em laugh because marriage shouldn't be taken too seriously.
He should really know what he's getting himself into by committing to someone. No, seriously. Yellow Octopus, $19.99
Words of wisdom. He should really thank you for telling him how to live his married life. Zazzle, $64
9. Gift cards
When all else fails and you don't want to give them cash. There's always the lifesaving gift card. Here are three of the best.
Experience vouchers galore.