If you’re stuck for ideas of what to give to a soon-to-be married couple, consider something from the finder.com.au wedding gift guide.
Some brides and grooms are easy to shop for, others may have a wedding gift registry which makes choosing gifts a breeze. But what if the couple hasn’t registered any gifts? Don’t fret - we’ve come up with a wedding gift guide that will make choosing the best wedding gift simple.
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Guide to Wedding Gifts and the Gift Registry
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How does a gift registry work?
Gift registries are a good way for a groom and bride-to-be to graciously ask for gifts that they really want. It also allows the gift giver to buy something that they know will be greatly appreciated. The registries themselves are not maintained by the couple, but are usually hosted by a retailer— usually a department store.
Once they have selected items for their registry, their friends and family can choose which particular ones that the couple might like for their upcoming wedding. The gift giver usually then travels to the store and purchases the item or visits the store’s website. Once purchased, the clerk or staff will remove the item from the registry so there are no duplicate items to the recipient. They’ll also physically put aside your gift and deliver them to the couple.
How do you choose the best wedding gifts?
If the bride and groom haven’t created a gifts registry then here are some suggestions that can help you find the perfect wedding gift for their special day.
- Wedding gifts should reflect the needs and interest of the bride and groom. Usually household items such as kitchenware or homewares are acceptable gifts to give.
- If you know the bride and groom well, then you can be a bit more adventurous when you’re shopping. If you’re a casual friend or a colleague, a classic gift is usually the way to go. Personalised gifts specific to either the bride or groom should be given at the bridal shower or bachelor party.
- If the couple has registered, the department store is usually listed on the wedding invitation. If you can’t find those items, make sure you find alternate items at other stores that are almost the same.
- Don’t feel obligated to spend a fortune on wedding gifts. What matters most is that you’ve put thought into it.
- Talk to the family and close friends to get an idea of what types of wedding gifts would be ideal.
- Think about the age of the couple; if they’re young and starting a new home where gifts like appliances would be favourable. If it’s a second marriage, the type of gifts needed might be different, especially if both already have established homes.
Top online retailers to shop for wedding gifts
Best wedding gifts for December 2016
Maxwell and Williams Diamante Flared Vase 20cm from Kitchen Style
Maxwell and William's line cases are renowned for their simplicity and elegance. Alone or clustered, they manage to add edginess to any type of flower and make a big impact.View details
Monique Lhuillier Waterford Picture Frames, Atelier Collection from Macy's
What better way to let the newlyweds present the treasured memories of their wedding day? With the gleam of silver and jewel-like geometric motif, these frames are a beautiful way to recall wedding memoriesView details
Chasseur White Round French Oven 28cm/6.3 Litre from Kitchen Style
Since 1924 Chasseur has been crafting famous cast iron products known all over the world for its quality. These vessels can be used on any cooktop stove or the oven.View details
Laguiole "Andre Verdier" Debutant 2 Piece Salad Server Set in Wooden Box - Black from Kitchen Style
This set of two serving utensils is made out of stainless steel and features a modern shape for excellent balance with a modern resin handle.View details
Wedding gifts from parents
Giving away your son or daughter on their wedding day is emotional for any parent. Many parents spend days thinking about the perfect gift to their child to celebrate their special day. Whether you’re willing to spend a lot or want to give something sweet and sentimental, you may want to have a look at the following gift ideas:
- Something from their registry
- Something from Mum and Dad’s wedding
- Contribution towards their wedding bill
Jewellery for sons
Jewellery for daughters
14K Gold Necklace, Diamond Cut Bead Pendant from Macy's
This necklace has it all in the details. With a subtle textured look, this is the perfect addition to any bridal outfit, as it doesn't take away attention from the dressView details
Contribution towards their honeymoon
One&Only Reethi Rah (Maldives) from Expedia.com.au
The Maldives offers the best surroundings for honeymoon couples wanting to savour intimate moments. Give your newly-wed son or daughter a honeymoon away from crowds and swarms of tourists.View details
Wedding gifts from the maid of honour
A maid of honour’s present should reflect the close relationship that encouraged the bride to bestow this honour in the first place. Such an intimate relationship means the maid knows what the bride likes and doesn’t like. A good idea is a gift in addition to the age-old ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ tradition.
Watermark Hotel Spa from Expedia.com.au
Consider sending the bride to a spa the day before the wedding for some pampering and relaxation. Better yet, go to the spa together for some much needed bonding after organising all the details about the cake, flowers, decorations and guests. This will let her know that you've been paying attention to her stress levels.View details
Cocktail Fountain from Party Supplies Now
One of the responsibilities of the maid of honour is to organise the bridal shower or hens party, and what better way to celebrate it than with a cocktail fountain. This is will be the talking point of any special occasion, great for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.View details
The best man’s wedding gift
As the best man, you have a lot of duties before, during and after the wedding, so choosing a gift could be the last thing on your mind. We’ve got some great gift ideas for you so you spend more time planning the bachelor party or making sure the groom arrives to the wedding on time.
Bellagio Las Vegas from Expedia.com.au
Vegas has a reputation for being the go-to destination for bachelor parties. Famous from the recent comedy series, The Hangover, it's almost too easy to have a good time.View details
Got Beer Hat from Party Supplies Now
Make him wear it and see how many beers he can score.View details
Why shop at finder.com.au for wedding gifts?
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