China and crystal may be traditional wedding gifts, but unless the happy couple lives at Downton Abbey, they probably won’t have much use for such finery.
Instead of sticking with what’s traditional, consider a gift the couple can actually use or, better yet, one that will save them money.
Give the gift of good eating
Everyone’s got to eat, and a food-centric gift can be both personal and practical at the same time. Consider the couple’s age, dietary restrictions and preferences and then consider one of these good eats gifts:
Give the gift of saving money
Many newlyweds are cash-strapped. They have just splurged on what is likely the biggest party of their lives, and now the bills are rolling in. Here are some gift ideas that may put a little money back in their pocket:
Give the gift of cheap utilities
Your favorite newlyweds would probably rather spend their money on more exciting things than electricity and natural gas. Help them out by giving gifts that will drop their utility bills. An appliance is pricey, we know, so consider combining resources with other guests to make the gift affordable.
Give the gift of adventure
The traveling doesn’t stop just because the honeymoon ends. Help the couple get away on the cheap during the upcoming year. Here are some gift ideas that will get them out of the house without breaking the bank:
Give the gift of service
If you’re cash-strapped yourself, there are plenty of gifts you can give that have value but won’t cost you a cent. If you’re a professional, consider offering a gift that utilizes your experience. For everyone else, consider one of these gifts:
Give the gift of lifelong learning
Finally, self-improvement may be the most valuable gift of all. Consider the couple’s goals and give a gift that helps further them. However, be careful in how you package and present the gift. You don’t want to look tactless or arrogant, and these gifts might be best reserved for couples you know very well.
There you have it. Thirty unexpected, yet thoughtful, gift ideas for the weddings you’ll be attending this year. These are gifts that are destined to be put to good use, rather than stored in a cupboard somewhere.
Which one will you be giving?
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