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.
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
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
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.
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
will come in
handy for most anyone!
What are your favorite wedding and house warming gift ideas?
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