Ok. I need your help all you wise and worldly, clued up people. In May I am invited to the wedding of a friend in the U.K. and I am extremely excited to go to a British wedding since I've heard great stories about them , but the dilemma is I have no idea what to bring as a present. I haven't seen the bride to be in almost four years, nor even met the fiancé yet, so I don't really know their taste. Well, I then thought maybe something typically German would be nice, but unfortunately we only produce cars and cuckoo clocks which I either can't afford or think are hideous (the clocks I mean). Therefore I need some creative input . What do you usually give as a wedding gift to friends you don't know very well? And in case you're married what was the best present you've received? Planning to spend roughly 50 €/US $ 80/ £ 40 and appreciate all suggestions!
Gift voucher to a department store?
Interior decoration items for home
I got a beautiful electric operated waterfall which had artificial rocks too!!
A great gift we got from some friends was a bottle of wine in a really nice case. The case was printed with a custom label saying we're not allowed to open the case for xx years and then we're allowed to open it at that anniversary. I thought that was kind of neat since it's a relatively simple gift to give that you know in most cases will go down well (no pun intended). But it also adds the personal element in and ties in with that specific date. Not sure if they did this themselves or if there is some place where you can order this kind of thing, but it might be an idea?
Thanks for your tips, guys! I'm surprised to see that only males have responded so far. What about all the romantic girls on TP ?
The gift voucher is always a good option, but the wedding is in the U.K. and I don't think I'll have time to get one before the big day (arriving on Friday, wedding is in a village by the beach on Saturday). I also can't buy something for their home, because I've never been there and therefore don't know what decoration they are into. So that is too much of a risk. Lastly, I really like the idea of decent wine in a case, but so far I was only able to find wine with a custom label. Also, thinking transport might be a bit of a problem. Any advice on that? Cheers (pun intended )!
with the wine idea, what about two champagne flutes engraved with their wedding date ....... a really good photo frame for them to place their favourite photo from the day.......with the wine bottle you could design the label yourself maybe and stick it on ?????........ do you know anyof their other friends who would be close enough to them to have photos etc (you could put together a collage of their relationship)....i'm terrible with ideas, sorry !!
Thanks for your suggestions, Nikki! With the champagne flutes I'd be afraid to break them on the way to the U.K. and the collage is impossible, because I don't have any pictures of the couple and hardly know any of her friends or family to ask for some. I will have a look for a nice photoframe though and I had another idea now, which is getting them an illustrated book. They are both avid travellers and I thought they might like something like 'The earth from above', a collection of hundreds of photographs from all over the world. I personally love these kind of books, but would probably not buy one for myself. What do you reckon, would you like such a gift?
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 27, 2008, at 8:16 AM by steff ]
Steff, I think that's a good idea - in fact I have bought that book as a present for someone else, and would like it myself though I would never buy it.
the book idea is a good one....
did you decide on what to buy them ?? I just found out I have the same problem. I was invited to a wedding of a friend I don't know very well, they already have their house decorated as they like it etc so I'm going to 'borrow'your book idea !!!
I think its really difficult if people don't have a wedding gift list because if tehres a lot of guests theres always a chance they'll wind up with 10 bales of peach towels or three toasters and tons fo champagne flutes.
The book is a good idea. Are they going on a honeymoon? Could you get them something related to that?