Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wedding Gifts for couples who have everything?

I recently saw an article in NYMag's the Cut announcing the upcoming nuptials of Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler. A quote by Simon Doonan really stood out to me. Asked about the details of the wedding, Doonan replied, ".....[N]o gifts,”.... “We have enough tchotchkes at home for one lifetime.” Doonan's statement reflects the state of many nearly wed couples these days. Many couples already have established homes stocked with small appliances, linens, towels, glassware, and pots and pans; and really don't need the items they've selected for their wedding gift registries. Take me for example, I'm in my early thirties and I already have a Cuisinart Griddler, Kitchenaid mixer and mini food processor, Oster toaster and blender, T-Fal pots, and Ralph Lauren towel sets. Seriously, I don't need anything else. I'm pretty set. So what do you get the couple who has everything? Do you go ahead and purchase the blender from their registry, even though you know they already have two state of the art blenders, one that's still in the box? Many of my friends don't even visit the wedding registry. They prefer to give a monetary gift in a nice card. However, I find that some people think monetary gifts are tacky. I disagree. I believe a monetary gift is perfect for newlyweds. We all know how expensive weddings are. A monetary gift could help defray the costs of putting on the shindig for family and friends. Yes, I know it's not your job to help pay for the cost of the wedding. But, wouldn't you rather give a gift you know the couple will actually use, instead of pushing in the back of a closet and forgetting about it until it's time to move to a new house? If the thought of giving a monetary gift still makes you feel a little icky, another great idea is to give a group gift. Get together with a couple of friends you have in common with the couple and purchase a big ticket item you know the couple really needs. A third cool gift idea is to purchase a gift that reflects or encourages the couples hobbies or interests. For example, if you know the bride and groom are sports fans, purchase tickets to a sporting event. This type of gift will most definitely be appreciated and remembered.

Now that I've given you a few gift ideas for couples who have everything, it's your turn to tell me how you feel about registries and what types of gifts you would give to couples who have everything. Please Click Here to share your thoughts.

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