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Mar 19, 2012

11 wedding gifts the bride and groom will love

By: Daniela Payne

11 wedding gifts the bride and groom will love Author: Style At Home

Gift Guides
Mar 19, 2012

11 wedding gifts the bride and groom will love

By: Daniela Payne

Everything about wonderful weddings is exciting: the dress, the ceremony, the vows, the first dance, the socializing, the gifts. If you’re a guest at a wedding this year, it’s time to start thinking about what wedding gift to buy the lucky couple. There’s no doubt they’ll enjoy a gift from their registry, but it’s also OK to think outside the box and present your friends with a gift you know they’ll love. Here are a few routes to take when deciding on a wedding gift for the bride and groom.

Cash
It’s OK to give the bride and groom money. Lots of couple appreciate cash gifts and use them toward important expenses like a down payment on a home, a home renovation or their honeymoon.

Contribute to a big-ticket item
Go in with some friends and buy the couple something big for their home, like a barbecue, a piece of bedroom furniture or a piece of beautiful, original art.

Gift certificate to a local restaurant
Who doesn’t love a night out on the town? And after all the chaos that comes with planning a wedding, the couple will need a date night to celebrate each other.

A pass to an art gallery or museum
A yearly pass to a local museum or art gallery will encourage the couple to get out and spend some time together, and it’s a gift they can enjoy over and over again.

Cooking classes
Treat the couple to an experiential gift like a cooking class! Find something unique that will teach them how to cook a food they don’t often cook -- like Indian, Vietnamese or vegan cuisine.

Prefer to get them something more tangible that they can enjoy for years to come? No problem! Here are 11 beautiful wedding gift ideas any bride and groom will love. shopping-weddinggifts-champagnef.jpg
Veuve Clicquot & Edge champagne flutes
Give the bride and groom what they need to toast their nuptials once the excitement of the big day has died down, and they have a moment to themselves. Pair a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut (available at your local liquor store) with six lovely, modern champagne flutes. Be sure to include a fun guide on how to open a bottle of champagne. Crate & Barrel, $16.25 each. shopping-weddinggifts-iRadio.jpg
iPal Tivoli radio
Everyone needs a good radio, and the days of countertop ghetto blasters are long gone. Treat the lovely couple to the sleek and sexy iPal Tivoli radio; it’s something they’d be proud to display on open shelves. Not only does this compact radio produce an unbelievable sound, but you can also use it to play music from your iPod or computer. The iPal runs on a rechargeable battery and would make a great office gadget. Plus, it’s portable. Tivoli Radio, $250. shopping-weddinggifts-candles.jpg
Eclectic silver plated candlesticks
These candlesticks, both dramatic and classic, would make a great addition to anyone’s dining table or mantle top and a stylish way to illuminate your home. Wrap a few up with a selection of beautiful beeswax candles. Pottery Barn, $31 - $101. shopping-weddinggifts-sodamaker.jpg
SodaStream fizz sparkling water maker
Imagine being able to make your own carbonated water drink recipe in your very own kitchen? Think how delighted the bride and groom will be by doing just that with SodaStream. Williams-Sonoma, $150. shopping-weddinggift-alessikettl.jpg
Alessi kettle
This popular Alessi kettle is a classic, and any couple would be happy to show it off on their stovetop or afternoon tea. You could also opt to include the super cute matching creamer and sugar bowl to make the perfect cup of tea. Alessi, $180. shopping-weddinggifts-camera.jpg
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera
The happy couple will want to document their life together, so why not give them the tool to do just that. They’ll love the Panasonic Lumix. It’s compact and easy to carry around, and is definitely a high performer. Photography enthusiasts and novices both will love it after reading a few home printing tips. Blacks, $500. shopping-weddinggifts-towels.jpg
Hudson Bay Company collection multistripe point blanket
Every Canadian needs to own beautiful blankets, especially an iconic Hudson Bay wool blanket, but some folks might not want to splurge on it for themselves. Treat your friends to a luxurious piece of Canadiana -- they’ll be happy snuggling under its warmth on the couch. The Bay, $275 - $474. shopping-weddinggifts-winedecant.jpg
Ridel Cornetto decanter   
Your pals don’t have to be wine aficionados to own their own decanter -- it’s good practice to decant any winning wine, and it will improve even a cheap bottle by softening the tannins. Pair this Ridel decanter with a good bottle of red, or some beautiful red wine glasses and savour divine decanting. Ridel Canada, $210. shopping-weddinggifts-cheesekniv.jpg
Marble cheese knives
These cheese knives will make the couple’s serve ware collection complete. The white marble handles are classic and will go with any elegant dining room decor. Pair with a gift certificate to a local cheese shop -- or even a cheese tasting or serving tray -- so the lovely couple can get inspired to put your gift to use. Pottery Barn, $50. shopping-weddinggifts-kitchenaid.jpg
KitchenAid artisan stand mixer
No chef’s kitchen is complete without a good mixer, so your friends will be delighted to receive a KitchenAid stand mixer -- the Cadillac of mixers. There are a variety of colours to choose from, but if you’re not sure what colour to select, you can count on classic stainless steel being a safe bet. Williams-Sonoma, $300. shopping-weddinggifts-etsyart.jpg
Custom heart tree wall art
Treat your friends to a custom piece of playful artwork featuring their names embroidered in a tree. What a perfect, personal way to signify their everlasting love. Remember to have it shipped with enough time to have it professionally framed. You’ll want to present it to them framed and ready to hang. This also makes a good bridal shower gift ideaEtsy, $32.

Check out our 10 never-fail wedding gift ideas for more inspiration.
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