Your best friend is getting married. What do you buy as a wedding gift? Shopping for a perfect wedding gift can be intimidating, but when it comes to a close friend, there can be even more pressure to find the perfect gift.
You not only want to find the perfect gift for the happy couple, but you want one that will also signify the many years of friendship you have shared. The gift should always be thoughtful, but you shouldn’t spend time stressing over it, as sometimes the most meaningful gifts are often ones that are not expensive. Of course, you don’t want to get something that just anybody can buy.
Here are a few ideas you may want to consider:
The ‘couple who have everything’ gift
If you’re pretty sure your friend already has everything they need and want, why not give a little box filled with cash? As far as we’re concerned you can never go wrong with money! It may seem tacky to some, but cash is a big help especially if there’s a honeymoon, or travel plans on the horizon. Money also helps tremendously if they have a new home to pay for. It can be even better than giving them something that you think is clever that they don’t want or need.
Basically, there is no way will they return cash to a shop! Another top tip is to pull off a cash gift with creativity, like using a money clip with their initials engraved, or in a box alongside some more mementos!
The unusual gift
One truly memorable gift idea that will help the happy couple celebrate their special day forever is a tree. Each type of tree has their own meaning, which can be a touching symbol for the bride and groom as they start married life together.
If cared for properly, it should continue to grow over the years, serving as a touching reminder of the happy couple’s special day. With these plants growing equally well in a garden, on a balcony or even in a conservatory; if you’re looking for a unique wedding gift idea, one of these trees could be the answer, no matter where the happy couple live.
There are many special trees that have lovely meanings, which make them truly great gifts for the bride and groom. For example, a Cherry tree symbolises good fortune and future happiness. The great thing about cherry trees is that they look beautiful all year round, as their glossy green leaves are ever-present. Then when it reaches spring, cream flowers will start cropping up, brightening every single day! Or you could get the couple a Camellia tree which boasts beautiful leaves all year round; in addition to pretty flowers that blossom, attracting bees and butterflies alike. Symbolising love and devotion, the Camellia is a unique wedding present to gift the happy couple with, representing a love-filled future for them both.
The thoughtful gift
Unsure of a specific gift to give, a commemorative gift might be the answer. In this instance, the actual product can be a range of different things, but the meaning and personalisation attached to the gift make it special. An individual way to commemorate their wedding day. You could commemorative a teapot, a clock for their living room, mugs, cushions, etc.. the list is endless. But the newlyweds are likely to keep it forever as they will associate the gift with their wedding day for the rest of their life.
Another thoughtful option is to name a star after the happy couple, very easy to do and not too expensive.
The romantic gift
Vouchers for a meal out at their favourite restaurant is a great gift. Perhaps if you know where they first met? Or their favourite cuisine? Ideally, anything that the newlyweds can do together is perfect, so for a much-needed gift Spa vouchers, are always a winner. After most weddings, a detox is needed.
You could also find a couple experience like champagne tasting. Or theatre tickets to a popular west end show. All experiences that your friend will appreciate.
The charitable gift
Finally, if your friend feels passionately about a particular cause, then a charity donation on their behalf can be an ideal present. You could even sponsor an endangered animal in their name.
What wedding gift to buy has changed over the past decade, perhaps due to changing attitudes or the rising age in marriage, but we hope that by reading this, you have found some inspiration for your next wedding.
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