written by Season Journals
Wedding season is in full swing! If you find your social calendars filled with weddings this summer and fall, consider spending an extra moment to think about what you’ll give the newlyweds. Modern etiquette says purchasing from the couples’ registry is always an acceptable option, as is giving money. We’re here to share a few simple and creative ideas that you may not have considered before.
01 / Etsy Gift Cards
We love supporting small businesses as much as we understand the ease of shopping at larger stores. Many makers on Etsy create beautiful, customized products perfect for newlyweds. However, these gifts are just that – personalized. Instead of guessing what kind of style of personalization the couple would prefer, send a gift card with a few ideas of custom gifts that caught your eye.
02 / Airline, Gas, Hotel or Airbnb Gift Cards
If the couple loves to visit new places and plans to do a lot of traveling in their newlywed lives, a gift card to common travel brands like Hotels.com, Vrbo, Airbnb, and all the major airlines are great ideas. Many of these gift cards are readily available at grocery stores or pharmacies. Do a little extra research to see if they prefer hotels to vacation rentals (i.e. Airbnb), what airlines have a lot of flights departing from their home airport, and if they have a preferred airline.
03 / Anniversary Wine Box Set
Here is the perfect combination gift of a keepsake + consumable item. For the couple who doesn’t necessarily want more “stuff” but still loves a special gift, this set of anniversary wine boxes is the perfect compromise. You can even add an inscribed quote or message to the inside of the box for free. Select some of your favorite wines to fill each box, and this is sure to be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come.
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04 / Give an Experience
Whether you give a digital experience such as Masterclass or an in-person experience in the city where they live, this kind of gift is perfect for the couple who already has plenty of “traditional” registry items or just don’t want the additional products in their home. While this requires a little more research if you don’t live in their city, you can easily Google experiences around their interests, such as cooking classes, outdoor excursions, guided tours, educational experiences and more. It’s best to pick an experience that doesn’t require you to choose a date or time, just in case they cannot make that time (or book one that has a flexible return/reschedule process).
05 / Honeymoon Gift
If you’re close to the couple and know their honeymoon plan details, contact their hotel and send a surprise bottle of champagne to their room upon their arrival or during their stay. It’s one of those gifts that feels special, high-end and thoughtful.
06 / Charitable Donation
If the couple has requested donations in lieu of (or in addition to) gifts to a specific nonprofit or charitable organization, consider making that donation in their name. It’s a great way to give back, practice generosity and give a gift that can go a long way.
07 / Minted Gift Card
Newlyweds love to send Christmas, Holiday or New Years cards during their first year of marriage. It’s the perfect way to showcase their wedding photos again and offer thanks and well-wishes to their loved ones. Get them a gift card to Minted, where the couple can craft their greeting using a selection of modern designs and creative messages.
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08 / DIY Wedding Card
If you like to give gifts from the registry or write a check, why not have a little fun with your card by making your own? Try out your hand-lettering calligraphy skills, whip up a watercolor, press leaves or flowers, or put your graphic design skills to use. The couple will love seeing some creative artwork in the sea of similarly-styled cards. And at the end of the day, if you want the classic wedding card, we gotcha covered with our selection of Letterpress Wedding Cards!
09 / Curated Gift Boxes
Gift boxes have been popping up all over in recent years – and for good reason. Creating a curated collection of gifts is a lot harder than it looks. Find yourself a great gifting company and you’ll be rewarded with not only a collection of hand-selected items but beautiful packaging as well. And they’ll ship directly to your recipient — just be careful to ship your box before the wedding or after the honeymoon to avoid any shipping complications.
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10 / Gallery Picture Frames
Photography is such a cherished part of the wedding day, so give the couple a gift of a photo gallery wall. Simple, minimal, and well-made frames are a great option to help display these memories. Be sure to look for frames with glass (not plastic) and a mat to elevate the look.
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