While I usually stick to registries for wedding gifts, sometimes you have to think a little more creatively. I think buying off a registry is the most polite thing to do because you know you’re getting the couple something that they need and/or want. Yes, it’s not the sexiest thing to buy a set of forks for the couple, but hey! You’re doing them a favor by ensuring they have a full set of silverware, not just spoons and knives! 😉
Sometimes, however, I have had to get creative with the gifts. More than a few times I put off buying something from the registry and everything had already been purchased. I’ve also been involved in weddings where you have to get gifts for multiple events (like a shower, a housewarming, the wedding, etc).
Here are three unique wedding gifts that have been well-received:
We bought this for the couple that taught us how to play Catan. We knew, without a doubt, they were big Catan-fans. When I found out that you could buy custom wood boards, we bought one smaller item off the registry and went straight to Etsy for the board.
I actually told Mike to do this for one of his friends getting married a couple of summers ago. I have Georgetown tobacco silk (they were collectibles in cigarette packages back in the day) and it looks so good framed. He found silks for the school that the bride went to and the groom went to and had them matted side by side in the same frame! It came out so great. It’s also kind of a fun thing to hunt down. Try searching “cigarette silk + [NAME OF SCHOOL]” as well as “tobacco silk + [NAME OF SCHOOL]” to get as many results as possible.
How amazing are these framed matchbooks? There are so many different locations, restaurants, and venues represented. I actually found this framed matchbook for the venue of Nicole’s wedding and I just had to get her this! It’s too cute. (And then as I was putting together this post, I actually found one for the restaurant where Mike and I had our first date so I ordered that 🙊 Should I save it for a gift? Probably. Will I hang it the second it arrives? Definitely.)