It’s strangely difficult to determine what those closest to us want or enjoy, and this problem is only made worse when it comes to wedding presents—a once-in-a-lifetime event. How do you find unique wedding gifts? Or how should you find unique wedding gifts for a couple? Are there certain times that you need to go off the registry so you can get people something better or different? And just what might the expectations for groomsmen gifts and bridesmaid gifts be? Listed in what follows are some great wedding favor ideas that the groom and bride will honestly like. I’ve arranged them into several useful categories, and I’ve tried to provide some additional scientific support for these ideas—in addition to my own experience.
We all know there are many strategies that you could potentially personalize a gift. Practically everything on Etsy would qualify, but in fact Amazon has lots of personalized products. Before I move to a few truly definite ideas I would like to point something out. Remember, you need to find them a FAVOR That Has An EXPERIENCE so that they will love it. So you have to make it significant to them. So, onto the suggestions.
A Signature Frame. This may be one of the most personalized wedding favors available, and as a bonus are usually relatively inexpensive to put together. Simply purchase a frame that's bigger than the photo that you would like and have everyone sign the encircling framing board, either before or maybe throughout wedding dinner. This will provide the couple a superbly personalized gift to remember their wedding ceremony and everybody else who attended.
Mr. and Mrs. Pillow Cases. They are going to be sleeping together after all
Unique Wine Bottle Labels. You can get wine bottles now that are designed so that they come with a unique message on the label plus the names of whomever you'd like. These are some of the most thoughtful wedding favors, because the couple will be able to enjoy the wine while keeping the bottle as a memory gift!
Personalized Modern Art. You can now turn your favorite couple into Marily Monroe --or a picture that looks like that. Supposing that the couple you’re buying for is a fan of high art, especially modern art, this is simply awesome. You'll need a picture of the couple - hopefully an instance of them enjoying themselves, or at a minimum a decent picture. Then you can go online and order your gift (lots of places will filter it for you. Heck, they if you look hard enough you can probably find someone on Fiverr to do it for $5). They can make it into a Warhol-esque print fit for any modern décor. One drawback: make sure they have a location for modern décor. If you've got any skill with Adobe, you can create this sort of wedding gift yourself and then just go to Staples to have them create a large version of the resulting photo on your behalf.
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The Registry's Expensive Item
Just be certain that if it’s a multi-gift item, like an expensive table-wear set, that you buy them all. This last bit is personal for us here. When we got married, people practically purchased a complete set of our daily ware (yay!), but we had only three complete finer wear sets … It turns out that some of our friends did arrange to obtain those and hoped that other people would pitch in, and this just didn’t happen. (On the up side: we did finally complete the set over the next 36 months).
The Experience Favor
Scientific findings support this idea. Behavioral economists, philosophers, and psychologists studying exactly what makes people happy have realized that because our brains form memories selectively, we are likely to remember good events well. If you improve someone’s honeymoon, they’re very likely to remember it. Even if they got sea-sick on the cruise, that element of the memory will likely fade, and they’ll remember that you paid for them an extra-special dinner.
Should I Give Cash?
The same points hold, of course, for gift cards or gift certificates. There are those general gift cards you can buy, like from Amazon.com or Visa, and they're basically like cash (though you'll have to pay a sur-charge for them, for example: $22 for a $20 card). If you can get a specific store or restraunt gift card, then it'll be a little more personalized, like one for BestBuy, but the larger point is that it'll still be appreaciated.