This post is just in time for all those spring/summer bridal showers and weddings! I just finished up the phase of my life where “everyone” I grew up with or friends I’ve met along the way are all getting married. At least enough of them to be obnoxious. For the last decade I’ve averaged several weddings a year and I’ve been a bridesmaid once or twice a year since 2010. It’s exciting of course! Also exhausting. Let’s just say I’m very pleased to be done or nearing the end of this marathon. Now all my friends are having babies. Le sigh. Anyways, this got me thinking about all the gifts I received as a newlywed. Of course I was so gracious and thankful for every card, gift, prayer, or well wish. Truly I was! However, that does not mean that I loved every single gift!!! There were some real stinkers in there. Even at my bridal shower after I opened a RANDOM gift I remember looking up at the ladies with a “so… thanks but I know I didn’t register for this” kind of look. Someone pipped up and said “I hate getting stuff off the registry! I want my gift to be personal!” and I responded with a “…. Ohhhh!”
People of the world… just buy the couple something off their dang registry! However, I know some of you rebels like to buy your own gift regardless! So this post is for you. Maybe you even like to get one gift of the registry and one surprise. Okay, okay. When Clark and I got married there was one gift I didn’t register for yet absolutely LOVED getting… Christmas ornaments! At first I thought to myself “But… it’s not even winter!?” and upon second thought I quickly realized what a smart idea that was. No one else would have thought to get us those, I didn’t think to register for Christmas stuff! Of course we didn’t have anything at all for the holidays because all of our holidays were celebrated at our parents homes up until then. Finally, my own home to decorate… or… crummy little newlywed apartment, right?! Gotta start somewhere!
I’ve assembled a list of gifts that brides often don’t think to register for that would make great wedding gifts if you insist on surprising the couple! Check it out…
These are all items that couples don’t always feel comfortable registering for (or simply don’t think of it) yet would likely be welcomed! One thing you must always keep in mind when buying outside the registry is the couple’s style. If you’re not sure about the colors they will have in their home or can’t decipher their unique style then go with neutral color throws that will match any room. You can choose plain red, green, or gold Christmas ornaments. Even the beautiful frames above are simple and could work in a home of any style.
Christmas decor (especially ornaments) – perfect for a couple’s first married Christmas! Even if it’s not close to Christmas consider getting your newlyweds some holiday decor or ornaments. It’s always tight with finances around Christmas (especially for a couple just starting out) and no one ever thinks to register for ornaments. All of the holiday celebrations went on at their parents house before now! Even if Christmas is still at the parents or relatives it is just not a home without a Christmas tree or holiday decor. Just don’t go overboard with cheesy santa figurines! There are also special “First Married Christmas” ornaments for newlyweds that can be a really touching gift. I included a sports team ornament as well, especially for those couples living away from where they grew up. Go Pats!
Throws – when you are making your first place a “home” what better way to cozy up a couch or bed than by adding a throw! Check out that deal from Wayfair… two Monacco Cotton Throw blankets for $27 in all different colors. What a deal!
Frames – what does every newlywed go home and wait for? Their wedding photos of course! Once a bride and groom view their photos for the first time all they want is to get some of those beautiful shots up and around the home. It’s hard to brag about your wedding otherwise!
Games – it’s always low key a big deal when you host your first game night or dinner party at the new place! I think it’s apart of the “nesting” stage most women go through. All of a sudden you want to be a hostess. When you have your parents, family, or friends over to the newlywed apartment games are a fun way to make the evening more interactive and memorable. Put down those screens! Strangely games can be really costly too! A great gift for a fun loving couple.
Grocery Store Giftcards – Yes and amen! Just getting groceries covered for a first place can be expensive because you are starting from scratch. There is a completely empty kitchen! You need to buy all your spices, flour, sugar, oils, etc. Not to mention your household products like cleaners, ziplocs, laundry detergent, etc. My favorite grocery giftcards would be Market Basket, Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Whole Food, and Hannafords.
Baskets / Bins – once you receive all your great gifts at your bridal shower then the real challenge begins with getting the load to your new apartment and figuring out where everything will go. You’re organizing your bathroom closets, linen closets, under the sink, storage, etc. Storage bins and cute organizing bins are a perfect gift! Also a laundry basket is helpful as well. My aunt was smart enough to buy me the towels from my registry and rather than wrapping them she placed them in a pretty laundry basket (like the one above) and tied a ribbon around it. Perfect! I hadn’t even thought about a laundry basket when I was registering. My theory on laundry baskets is let it be practical and let it be pretty!
This post has me thinking about all the items couples tend to forget or not realize they need to register for. Things like kitchen gadgets, outdoor water hose, or a vacuum. Maybe that will be my next post!
I’m feeling a wedding series coming on… who’s interested?