Monday, May 6, 2013

How to Choose a Wedding Gift!

We are approaching wedding season (Whitney and David's wedding was this weekend!), and my sister and I have been discussing wedding gift ideas. I've compiled a list of great wedding gift ideas to share with y'all! I'd compile a mixture of these items in a rubbermaid box or laundry basket. Most of these would would work for a housewarming gift as well!

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1. Cast iron skillet. I love cast iron. A cast iron skillet will outlive all of us probably. For a gift, I'd buy a standard 10 inch skillet with instructions on how to care for it. Bonus gift points if the skillet has been passed down generation to generation!

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2. Clothespins. I know what you're thinking. Clothespins? Really? I think they're a great multipurpose item. You can hang clothes (obviously), close chip bags, use in craft projects, hang photos, etc.

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3. Cleaning supplies. No one wants to spend money on cleaning supplies, but every household needs them. Unpacking is messy. Think of items like clorox wipes, air fresheners, sponges, toilet cleaner, trash bags, glass cleaner, white vinegar, paper towels, etc. If your couple is into natural cleaners, research some natural cleaners and include those! Here's a great place to start to find out more about natural cleaners at Young House Love.

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4. Basic food stuffs. Non-perishable favorites like mac and cheese, peanut butter, snack foods, canned goods, sugar, salt, pepper, other spices, etc. are great to have on hand because I didn't think of these basics on my first grocery store run, which meant I needed to make a separate trip.

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5. Grocery store gift cards. When Jared and I got married, we got gift cards to every place imaginable and that was great, but what we really needed was food. Seriously, our cabinets were bare! Food is really expensive, and a gift card to the couple's favorite grocery store would be a really great idea for them. If you couple a gift card with some of the basic staples, you've given this couple more money to spend on food that they'd really enjoy.

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6.  Basic misc. supplies. Between moving and the wedding, I had no clue where anything was in the house, so it was a godsend when I dipped into my mother-in-law's gift and found tape and scissors when I needed them. A good list of these items include scissors, tape, a lighter/matches, stamps, twine, pens, timer, bandaids, etc. Just think of all the little things you always need and add them to your gift!

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7. CASH. I know some people think a cash gift is tacky, but that's just their opinion. Cash is awesome. I really don't feel like this needs much more of an explanation!

On a slightly related note, Whitney and David's wedding was truly amazing! They had a Star Wars themed wedding since they were married on May the Fourth. (Get it? May the Fourth be with you!) They were married on Saturday night and baptized on Sunday morning as husband and wife. It was so beautiful. Congratulations and may God bless y'all's marriage! I love you both!


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