I'm not sure why I love writing posts about gifts so much, but gift guides might be one of my favorite topics! Perhaps it's because picking out the perfect gift is so much fun?! I've recently talked about gift ideas for your bridesmaids, groomsmen and your bride or groom. Today's post is for those of you who are attending an upcoming wedding or have soon-to-be newlyweds that you're trying to find a great gift for.
It's incredibly easy to go onto a couple's registry and purchase a gift that they've registered for. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Purchasing something from a registry is always a good idea, because you know anything you buy is something they'll actually want and will use. However, sometimes it's fun to add in a gift that's a little more special. Each of these ideas are fun and unique, and they're sure to make a lasting impression on the bride and groom!
FYI these photos have nothing to do with the gifts I'm talking about... they're just of pretty weddings that have happened at The Barn recently! ;)
Cleaning Services. Who wouldn't love having someone to clean their house a few times after all the craziness that goes along with having a wedding?! After you've planned a wedding, actually had the wedding and then gone on a honeymoon, you're ready to come home and chill for a longggg time. Having a clean house when you get home would be possibly the best gift ever. If you pay for the couple to have their home cleaned a few times - every two weeks for a month or two, for example - they will love you forever.
Food Subscriptions. Have you noticed that you can subscribe to pretty much anything these days?! Cheese. Wine. Ingredients and supplies for delicious cocktails. Foods from around the world. Ice cream from Jeni's (my personal favorite... best ice cream in the world, seriously). Delicious meals to cook together. Coffee. A food subscription service is the gift that keeps on giving. The newlyweds will love having a fun, tasty surprise come in the mail each month, and you're essentially providing them with a monthly at-home date night. Awesome! You can pay monthly or purchase a year's worth of subscriptions at a reduced rate through most services.
Netflix, Hulu or Chromecast. Start up an account, give the bride and groom the login info, and pay for it for six months or a year. I'm sure y'all already know how incredible these services are, but if not, let me fill you in. On those nights that you're in need of a date with your new spouse, but you're too exhausted/lazy/broke/whatever to go anywhere, they are the jam. Pop some popcorn or order a pizza and settle in with a nerdy documentary, HGTV reruns or a show you've both been wanting to check out. Best. Date. Night. Ever.
Honeymoon Memories. Honeymoon registries are a bit controversial... Personally, I think it's awesome to help a couple cover honeymoon expenses, because you're essentially paying for memories that will last a lifetime. With a website like Honeyfund, you can register for different things for your honeymoon, like airfare, hotels, or more specific things, like museum admission fees and romantic dinners. If you know where the couple is honeymooning and they don't have a honeymoon registry, give them cash to use as spending money, or do some research and buy a gift certificate for a restaurant at their honeymoon location.
Any bride or groom would be thrilled to have any of these options as wedding day gifts! They'll totally forgive you for not choosing something from their registry if you choose to go this route instead. :) (P.S. For those of you who are engaged, feel free to add any of these items to your wish list!)