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The alternative wedding gift guide

Posted: Wednesday August 17, 2016

Traditionally, wedding gifts were given to help couples kit out their new marital home, but times have changed, and the majority of couples are already living together before they get hitched. Even if not living together as such, most people are pretty well-equipped with the likes of toasters, kettles, crockery, and other domestic essentials. Due to this, there has been a surge in couples setting up specific gift lists online, or simply asking for money.

If that’s not really to your tastes, then here’s a list of alternative wedding gift ideas, that are a little more personal.

Sweet honeymoon extras
It is not uncommon for the bride and groom to ask for a contribution toward their romantic honeymoon or mini-moon break, so why not make your getaway that little bit more special by asking for treats while you're there? Be it champagne and chocolates on arrival, a relaxing massage on the beach, or a fancy dining experience for two, your guests will love that they’ve been able to bring your honeymoon dreams to life. We’ve also seen couples asking for funds toward flight and room upgrades, and excursions and days out to make everything even more perfect.

A gift that keeps on giving
Want to learn a new skill? Why not ask guests to help pay for lessons as a married couple, and discover a new hobby that you can both do together? From cookery courses, to dance lessons, language courses, music lessons, or even horseriding lessons, there are hundreds of activities to choose from that will not only teach you new things, but also bring you even closer together.

An arty investment
Most art galleries will accept contributions toward a painting or sculpture. You can have a lot of fun together, wandering around and browsing for the piece that will sit perfectly in your marital home, or have something bespoke and limited edition created just for you. Guests won’t mind clubbing together to help fund a beautiful long lasting gift that you really want.

A super subscription
These days, there is a subscription box for just about everything, and who doesn’t want a little treat landing on their doorstep from time to time? We love the idea of gourmet cheeses, chocolates, and wines, beautiful flowers, and entertaining games, books, and crafts being delivered on each monthly anniversary for a year for you both to share.

A gift from the heart
Society can be a materialistic place, and it’s easy to get carried away by adding a tonne of clutter to your list that you really just don’t need. If this sounds familiar, maybe you would prefer to ask guests if they wouldn’t mind donating funds to a charity close to your heart. Whether you’d like to support a local cause, a health or humanitarian charity, an animal or environmental charity, this is a wonderfully selfless way to show gratitude.  


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