This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time! Meaningful and unique wedding gifts for the special couples in your life.
One thing I emphasized in my wedding gift etiquette post is that – in most cases – you should try to buy something on a couple’s registry. It’s thoughtful to buy something they actually want, after all!
But sometimes there are reasons to go off the registry. Perhaps you want to give a family member or best friend something a tad more meaningful. Or maybe everything on the registry has been bought, or whatever is left is not in your price range. I’ve even heard of some couples not registering at all. In those cases, I hope the following ideas will help you in your wedding season shopping.
1. Sasha Nichols Monogrammed Dinnerware
I’ve been following Sasha Nichols on Instagram for several years and just love everything they do. Brides can register for their custom dinnerware, but friends and family can give their beautiful monogrammed platters ($168+), champagne buckets ($185) and napkins rings ($24), just to name a few. A monogrammed Sasha Nichols piece can be customized to coordinate with the couple’s china and is made more meaningful by the option for an inscription on the back.
2. Matching Luxury Bathrobes
Such a fun gift! No need for them to swipe their honeymoon hotel bathrobes when they have their own monogrammed matching robes waiting for them at home.
3. Breakfast in Bed Tray
Every couple needs a tray for serving one another a romantic breakfast in bed! I love my Wisteria wicker tray because it has one side open, but here are some more below, including some Lucite serving trays that make great gifts.
4. Monogrammed Linen Hand Towels or Napkins
We all know personalized gifts can be the most thoughtful. A set of Lettermade monogrammed hand towels to hang in a powder room or a set of monogrammed cocktail napkins to have on hand for parties would be a wonderful gift for a bride and groom. Lettermade has so many beautiful modern and traditional monograms so you can customize the perfect gift for the happy couple.
Also, Pottery Barn has some lovely and simple monogrammed dinner napkins that would appeal to any taste.
5. Antique Silver Piece or Monogrammed Silver Platter
Many couples don’t register for silver anymore, but the traditional couple might appreciate an antique piece from Gryphon Estate Silver, a purveyor of estate and antique silver pieces. They will engrave the gift for you to make it an even more meaningful gift.
On that note, a monogrammed silver or silver-plated platter is an entertaining essential for most couples and therefore a great off-the-registry gift. I have used and appreciated my silver-plated platters over the years. Here are some options:
6. Fun or Luxury Kitchen Gadget
When going off the registry, think about buying something they might use/want but didn’t think to ask for it (or want to splurge for it!). I am thinking along the lines of quirky or luxury.
I did a Facebook poll with my readers earlier this year and one of the fun ideas was a Whirley Pop popcorn maker ($24.95) – so cute! Another reader told me she buys all of her nieces and nephews a Le Creuset Dutch Oven for their wedding gift (something they will use for decades.) Another idea? A Nespresso coffee/espresso maker!
What were your favorite off the registry wedding gifts? Comment below and share with the rest of us!
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