August 15, 2011
Giving gifts is a tricky feat in general, but when it comes to weddings it can be even harder to find something that's both unique and appropriate. Like the time you gave your quirky coworker that lacy leopard teddy--at what turned out to be an awkwardly formal bridal shower. Well, we've done our research to help you avoid this type of blunder in the future. Consult our MW gift guide for the lowdown on the best wedding presents for any bride or groom.
A. Mixed-media Bridal Portraits: Every bride loves her dress. She has spent countless days searching for the perfect one. Commemorate her special day and special dress with one of these handmade collages. You can send the artist a picture of your dress and she will create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece using your colors and dress for inspiration. Bonus: prints of this piece can be ordered. Frame this work and enjoy your dress every day. ($90 and up)
B. Wedding Guest Book Revised: Better than your run of the mill guest book, this guest book box allows for guests to fill out their names, addresses (for thank you cards) and warm wishes. They will already be filed away and ready for display in your new nest. A wedding gift that organizes itself while saving you guess work? Priceless. ($39)
C. Wedding Survival Kit: Because you never know what might go wrong, prevent many potential nail biting and dress disasters with these handy contents. With 30 essentials including deodorant, double sided tape and pain relievers, these are perfect bridal shower or bachelor/bachelorette gifts. ($47.50)
D. Potentially Cold Feet Socks: The days of a woman darning her man's socks might be in the past, but a Made Woman can certainly consider giving these socks to any man. At only $10 this gift is not only funny but easy on the wallet. Great for getting a smile out of a guy friend about to marry or even for a male co-worker.
E. Aprons: With the potential to be almost as sexy as lingerie, and definitely more utilitarian, these apron, glove, and garter sets are a fun way to add spice to those traditional cookware gifts. Perfect for entertaining guests, or just the groom, these fun designs are feasts for the eyes. ($39.95 and up)
F. Bling it On: What girl doesnt love to be gifted with sparkle? Whether its a vintage bag, necklace, earrings, or a hair pin for the big day itself, these pieces are gorgeous. Stunning, sourced, and with many handcrafted options, give the bride a gift she can wear on her wedding day and beyond. Bonus: some of these stones come in shades of blue, for the Bride's something blue. (Prices range from $15 to over $100)