My 2012 is going to be filled with weddings. And not my own, but that’s probably a given. There must be a lot of love in the air, because my friend recently informed me that she’ll be a part of five upcoming ceremonies. I’m definitely in denial of my age…
I’ve typically left gift-giving up to my Mom, who always seems to pick out the perfect presents. In the past, weddings have been only a family or friend-of-the family occasion for me. Now that I’ll be attending the weddings of my personal peers, I need to put my own time into gift-giving.
Couples appreciate presents chosen from their registry, and picking an item from there is easy enough. But it’s weird for me to think about only giving a blender to a friend I’ve known for so long. Avoid a too-generic wedding present by including a little something special just for the bride.
Providing that she hasn’t pulled all of her hair out already, Philosophy’s “Here Comes The Bride” set is the perfect gift to help a bride chill out. The $35 set includes facial cleanser; moisturizer; perfumed shampoo; bath and shower gel; and a firming body emulsion.
If she’s sleep deprived, which all type-a brides probably are, then she’ll definitely appreciate a glamorous eye mask. I also love Ms & Mrs.’ “Bridessentials Kit,” an amazing package that includes 25 must-haves for her wedding day, like hair spray, static remover, and clear nail polish.
If she’s planning a tropical honeymoon, I love the idea of gifting a fun beach bag. Fill it with fun magazines or books to add some entertainment for her travels.
Help the bride remember her special day by gifting a frame. I love this classic Kate Spade choice.
If you’ve known the couple for a while, choose an older image of them to put in a nice frame. Stalk Facebook to find a great photograph of them, which can be made more formal if it’s edited to black-and-white. Be sure to spare the party pictures, though.
With all of the thank you cards she’ll be writing, a nice pen seems like the perfect gift for a bride-to-be. Parker’s new Ingenuity Pen, which is fluid like a fountain pen and as smooth as a rollerball, adjusts to individual writing styles perfectly.
Whether you spend a little or a lot, your friend will feel special for the mere fact that you went above and beyond just following the registry. It’s the little things in life, right?