Step away from the blender. Put those china teacups down. I know you’re sticking to the gift registry but everyone knows that newlyweds’ favorite wedding gifts will ultimately be an off-the-registry surprise. Here are the 5 best gift ideas that will no doubt get you to the top of the thank you card list.
- A Drawing
Ideally a drawing of the happy couple. It could be from an old photograph; when they first met or a candid holiday snap or even a wedding photo. Get a professional to make a copy in black and white using either pencil or charcoal for a timeless piece that can be placed anywhere in their new home.
- Handmade quilt
If you fancy yourself a little project and have the time to do so, this one’s a winner. Collecting squares of material over an extended period of time, say, 6 months-1 year and stitching them into a quilt, throw or picnic rug makes for a thoughtful and practical gift. To make it extra personal, the material could represent their shared interests or places they’ve visited. Wedding gifts like this will come like a surprise, they’ll be sure to love you forever.
- A song
This is particularly special if the couple have a shared love of music and you happen to be a musician! Even if you’re not, get you and a couple of friends to dust of that guitar and record a tune or two in honor of the bride and groom. If you’re completely opposed to forming a band, you could hire a band to for a surprise performance at the reception!
- A Plaque
A plaque engraved with the couple’s initials or their new surname is a very touching gift, especially when given from family. Make sure to include their wedding date so it doubles up as an anniversary reminder!
- Honeymoon Survival Pack
An absolute treat for any newlywed couple. Include all the romantic stuff like chocolates, candles and champagne but don’t forget those survival essentials; penknife, first aid kit and that all important pinot grigio for that inevitable rainy day.