It’s a law of nature: the more weddings you attend, the stronger the off-the-grid gifting impulse will become. At some point, you just can’t face buying another towel. For all those occasions, we’ve assembled this master list of not-so-obvious gifts that will be almost universally appreciated. We tried to hit all price points and levels of closeness to the couple, but this post suggests even more cost-effective, thoughtful options.
1 :: A Wooden Salad Bowl (tongs and smaller serving bowls optional)–a wooden bowl is retro and long-lasting: my mother still dishes Caesars out of her 1970s version. Solid acacia construction can be had for well under $50.
2 :: An Adoptable Olive Tree–select a varietal, and your lucky couple will receive three 500 ml tins of cold-pressed olive oil, harvested directly from their tree.
3 :: A Really Good Wine Opener–lots of options here, but we’ve used our Rabbit for years. Be sure to check the registry before you purchase this item, just in case your oenophile couple have already asked for one.
4 :: A Monogrammed Catch All Dish–this could hold keys, change, or rings, and will always make your friends smile.
5 :: A Quality Overnight Bag–who wants to drag a suitcase along to an one-night getaway? Our favorite duffel option is handmade to heirloom specifications, and comes in 13 different colorways.
6 :: An Archival Photo Canvas–included in many couples’ wedding photography packages are a DVD of images–and not much else. Why not give your favorite couple a chance to have a magical moment writ large? We’re partial to a gift certificate from Canvas on Demand.
7 :: A Home Depot Gift Card–for trash cans, light bulbs, a new doorbell, faucet, or firepit. Always timely, always useful.
8 :: A Wireless Speaker–ideal for the honeymoon and outdoor entertaining, this bite-size speaker plays music and movies for 5 hours on a single charge.
9 :: A Classic Vase–mine is crystal from Tiffany’s (a big spender gave it to me as a belated wedding gift), but I would have loved this seasonless vessel from Jonathan Adler just as much. Choose a tall vase with a wide mouth to accommodate large bouquets, or save money by going with a scaled-down bud version.
10 :: A Museum Membership–a whole year of education and inspiration, to be had together.
What are your go-to wedding gifts? Tell us all about it in the comments!