Monday, May 13, 2013

Wedding and Housewarming Gift Ideas

Every few years the cycle starts all over. Seems like my friends talk to each other and coordinate all their weddings and house warming parties together in the same year. Then, there’s a space of a few years -- nothing! Until the babies start to show up.

So, every year I go through the same thought process, what makes great gifts for weddings, engagements and house warming. Beyond a blender, tired, I mean tiered canapé tray or a framed wedding invitation (the first one is lovely, the second goes great at the office, the third or fourth, well...) I like to buy useful things that are nicer than what someone would ordinarily buy for themselves, but not so fancy they won’t actually use it. You need to be specific and yet generic at the same time.

Trust the registry. Find out if the couple has one and stick to it to make it easy on yourself and them, or buy a gift card for the same store.

Bedding sets! It’s amazing how many people skimp on their bedding or use hand-me-downs, especially if they are setting up a household. Shameless plug: our Jennifer Adams Home sheet sets are not only luxurious and beautiful, they’re easy care and not that expensive. Check out the website for special bridal sets and basics, and watch for our rotating schedule at a Costco near you.

Nice kitchenware. If you have some money to spend, heavy duty pots or pans like this one from All-Clad, quality knives, or a sturdy ceramic coated skillet set are gifts that will last a lifetime. If you’re on a budget, a stack of matching kitchen dishcloths and towels will be useful and appreciated. Or, a set of glass mixing bowls, Or, buy gift cards for places like Target or Costco so they can fill in their own collection.

Support their hobby. Buy a gift certificate at REI if they like to camp, bike, ski or hike, Bass Pro Shops if they hunt or fish, Kitchen Kaboodle if they like to cook. That way they can spend money on what they need. If they’re serious about their hobby and you’re not, it’s likely you’ll pick the wrong thing or choose something they already have.

House parts. Any new home or rental will need some personalization, even if it’s a simple as tools, paint if allowed, throw rugs, lamps or yard and garden stuff. Gift cards for Home Depot or Lowes will come in handy for most anyone!

What are your favorite wedding and house warming gift ideas? Share with us!

Until next time,
--Elaine Bothe

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