Unique gift ideas for the bride and groom who really don’t need yet another toaster
What do you get the couple who has everything — or at least already has a toaster and waffle iron? According to U.S. Census reports, the average age of brides and grooms rises each year.
Gone are the days when a bride leaves her parents’ home with a hope chest and a dream. Today, in many cases, the bride and groom are combining well-stocked households of accumulated toys and tastes.
The easy and much-appreciated gift is cash. Gift cards from home-improvement stores, restaurants, travel agents or hotel chains, amusement parks and movie theaters are fun and simple ideas for those who prefer something a bit more personal or memorable than cash.
But if you really want to give something special and memorable, browse through a local gift shop or art gallery. Then you can bring a gift to the nuptials that the couple will remember for years to come.
Decorate their world
Sid Dickens’ memory blocks were the first thing to come to Abby Kerr’s mind. At her Jackson Township store, The Blissful, you will find these hand-crafted art tiles made in Vancouver, B.C.
“They’re movable, affordable works of art that are collected internationally,” said Kerr. “Each has its own design and each is an original work.”
The tiles come in styles to suit tastes from classical to modern. Active tiles are $76, and retired tiles are $106.
At Lazar’s Art Gallery and Creative Framing in Jackson Township, Mary Ann Tarzan has many ideas for the new couple.
“We have wonderful glassware that always makes terrific wedding gifts,” she said, describing handblown vases, custom glassware, and sculptural pieces ranging from $80 to thousands of dollars.
Lazar’s carries Jillery glassware, a popular line that is functional, colorful and contemporary. Tarzan said the gallery also has a large assortment of handcrafted Judaica for Jewish couples, including menorahs and tableware.
Items from the Gary Rosenthal Collection are some of the most popular. The artist uses a combination of fused glass and metal in his artwork.
One of Lazar’s best-sellers, especially for second weddings, said Tarzan, is the Gazelle glass salt and pepper shakers.
“They are very unique,” she said of the hand-blown pieces.
Knowing a couple’s style or the two styles they will be combining as husband and wife is helpful when buying a gift at Ream and Company in Jackson Township. Owner Jeff Ream specializes in custom floral arrangements and primitive designs and can create holiday items as well.
Four-seasons baskets with seasonal and holiday themes are popular, as are decorative trays and groupings for coffee tables or ottomans.
“We can incorporate ornaments for the holidays,” he said. “We also do a lot with candles and candleholders to keep the romance alive.”
Artist Margie McGinnis at Close to the Heart in Hartville can personalize just about anything. She said she recently painted a serving platter for a couple who each had a farm. She painted scenes from both farms with their names and the wedding date.
Also on hand are pictures, dishes and frames. Most popular, McGinnis said, are stone crocks from Ohio Stoneware in Zanesville. She personalizes the 1- and 2-quart crocks, ranging in price from $20 to $30, “depending on how much they want into it.”
OTHER GIFT IDEAS
Bed & Breakfast gift certificates are available in any denomination at www.bnbfinder.com and can be used at more than 1,500 Bed & Breakfast Inns. Let your special couple choose where and when to go. (888) 469-6663.
Get ideas for gorgeous gourmet food and wine or champagne baskets at GiftTree.com. Order them or recreate them with help from a local winery.
Web sites such as Shutterfly.com and Snapfish.com make it so easy to create beautiful and personal bound photo books for the couple. Take your digital camera to the reception and capture the candid moments among the guests that the professional photographer might miss. $20-$60.
Colin Cowie’s latest book, “Extraordinary Weddings,” offers ideas on celebrating in style. According to Gifts.com, one of Cowie’s favorite gifts is the iRobot Roomba, an intelligent vacuuming robot at $199.
Check out www.sunrisesunrise.com to get a photo of the sunrise on the wedding couple’s special day. Several options are available. Cost is $10 for a downloaded photo to $50 for a framed print.
www.byobliss.com has scrapbooks for the couple who don’t scrapbook. Wedded Bliss, a couple’s journal, chronicles their first 10 years. $68.
Nothing says I love you like a big basket of pasta. Visit www.flyingnoodle.com for some awesome gift ideas for Italians and non-Italians alike.
At www.bluechopsticks.com, you will find a wedding time capsule for the couple to fill with memorabilia from their wedding day, honeymoon and first year together. $42.
The Upside Down Tomato Garden is the elevated tomato garden that trains vines to grow downward, allowing tomatoes to ripen in the air. You can find this (along with a slew of other cool gadgets) at www.hammacher.com. $80.
Here’s a fun idea for friends. Create a “Lovopoly” game for the couple using personal photos and names.Visit www.lovopoly.com for details. Cost is $20-$75, depending on how fancy you get.