Most people like to give a newly married couple money as a wedding present, but some prefer to bring an actual gift in hand. Traditionally, gifts have been given at bridal showers and weddings to help a couple start their lives together with everything they need for their new apartment or home. Today, with more and more couples living together before getting married, gone are the days of needing toasters and teapots. Instead, couples are choosing non-traditional gifts, such as these four wedding gift registry ideas.
- Electronic gadgets: Tech-savvy couples know that electronics are the newest craze for gifts, with stores like Best Buy recently offering wedding registries. Couples can register for the latest computer or tablet, maybe even a new TV—or gift cards for pricey items. Best Buy also carries appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and washer-dryer sets. Even toasters, if that’s what you really want.
- Big-boy toys: Let’s be honest here—most items on wedding registries are for the bride-to-be. Fiancé doesn’t likely care if your new bathrooms towels are blue or green. But if you register at Sears, he can salivate over power tools and you can choose between the 600- or 500-thread count sheets. Sears is the home of Craftsman tools, so he can have his pick of chainsaws, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers, all for sprucing up the exterior of your home, while you’re busy decorating the indoors.
- Home renovation: For newly married couples who already own a home or will be moving into a new home, gifts cards to home improvement stores such as The Home Depot and Lowe’s are at the top of their wish list. They may already have all their appliances, but the money to rip out those ratty carpets or to repaint the walls? Now that’s a present they’ll really love.
- Honeymoon registries: Unfortunately, the cost of having a wedding can be exorbitant, even after paring the guest list and choosing fewer appetizers to be served at the reception. Many couples forgo a honeymoon, either because they have no money left after all the other wedding bills have been paid, or they’d rather save up for something else, like buying a house. But with a honeymoon registry, such as at Sandals Resorts, you can still dip your toes into the sand, instead of into your savings account.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route. If kitchen gadgets, wine glasses, and pots and pans are at the top of your most-needed list, stores such as Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond and Crate & Barrel are all popular wedding registry picks for couples. These days, there is a registry for whatever you need, traditional or not.