Summer is quickly approaching and that means wedding season is upon us! WOOHOO! David and I are officially in the 'weddings-every-other-weekend' stage of life (we are attending 5 weddings this summer!!) so wedding gifts have definitely been on my mind recently.
I know that most people's go-to wedding gift is cash. I mean it's practical (who wants to lug a mixmaster to a wedding?!) and every couple needs it! When David and I got married we definitely appreciated the money that we were gifted because we used it to buy a bunch of new things for our home- our vacuum, blender and most of our china! However, we also got a few non-cash gifts that were SO special!
If you're looking to give something other than cash at the next wedding you attend feel free to steal one of these ideas:
1. Matching hoodies! David and I were gifted matching Muskoka Bear Wear sweaters for our wedding from some of our friends and we absolutely LOVE them! Matching hoodies make such a unique, thoughtful and practical gift for any couple that loves hanging out in comfy/trendy apparel (ie. EVERY couple)!
2. A "night out"! If you know where the couple is headed for their honeymoon why not treat them to special a night out on their honeymoon? Choose an activity (like a hike, mini-golf, a cooking class, a surf lesson or a city tour) or a nice dinner out (either at trendy 'off the beaten path' place you heard about on instagram or a well reviewed restaurant on tripadvisor) or both and give them gift cards specifically for those items! Giftly is an awesome website that allows you to purchase gift cards to essentially any restaurant or store in the world (it's incredible)! The couple will appreciate the time/energy you put into researching their honeymoon destination and picking activities you know they'd enjoy!
3. A year's worth of date nights! Last year David and I decided to gift our friends a year of dates- one date for each month! It was so much fun thinking about activities that our friends would enjoy doing together (and some that they'd perhaps never done before) each month in their first year of marriage! We worked with a budget of $300 so some months boasted more elaborate dates (dinner out, tickets to a show, gift card to make a scrapbook online etc.) than others (a new card game, passes to a hot yoga class, a gift card to a trendy ice cream place etc.). We wrapped up an item for each date and put all of the items into a really cute box with THIS explanation letter attached to the under-side of the lid:
4. A shutterfly collage. Did you know that Shutterfly does more than just photobooks? I didn't until David and I were gifted a really beautiful framed photo collage of pictures from our wedding day. It was such a thoughtful and personal gift that we really cherish! The best part? You can make one for under $100!
If you have any other ideas for non-cash wedding gifts please pass them on!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,