It’s wedding week here on Dear Wendy and to celebrate, I have some handy-dandy wedding-related gift guides to help you find the perfect gift for the brides, grooms, bachelorettes and bridesmaids in your life. When it comes to wedding gifts, you can play it safe by shopping a couple’s registry or giving cash, but if there isn’t a registry and cash seems too impersonal or you’d simply like to give something a bit more unique, keep reading for some of my favorite wedding gift ideas of 2013. Whether your budget is less that $25 or more than $200, I’ve got you covered.
Trunks Full of Taste Shaker Set
Who doesn’t love elephants? Especially elephants who are so sweet and adorable together? Maybe they’re newlyweds too!
“All My Love For You” drinking glass set
This set is so sweet — and dishwasher-safe — and could work equally well as a juice glass or a summertime Gin and Tonic.
Home Tweet Home Key Holder for Two
A perfect gift for two love birds setting up their nest together.
Chalk-A-Doodle Ceramic Jar
Write “cookies” on the label and fill with homemade cookies for a sweet, personal, and budget-friendly gift.
“Your Coffee” and “My Coffee” vintage silver-plated spoon set,
Paired with a stovetop espresso maker, this gift is perfect for the coffee-loving newlyweds.
Gourmet a Day of It Picnic Throw
This is probably my favorite product on the whole damn list. Folded up, it looks like a cute hand bag, but unzip the bag and it’s a fleece-lined picnic blanket! Love, love, love.
Natural Olive Wood Snack Bowl
Decorative and practical, this hand-made bowl was carved out of a single piece of wood so it’s as rare and special as the sweet, sweet love of a newlywed couple. Also, it just looks cool.
Pretty Chevron Vessel. For the design lovers who already have everything, these gorgeous vessels have multiple uses: vase, tea cup, pen holder, toothbrush holder, or making everyone jealous because you have a pretty chevron vessel and they do not.
The Fifty Shades of Chicken Cookbook
Perfect for the new married couple who likes spice — and laughs — in the kitchen and the bedroom. A parody on that other Fifty Shades, this true cookbook includes 50 chicken recipes to entice and titillate. Pair it with the well-reviewed Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and for Each Other for a thoughtful and practical gift.
Out to Sea Beach Towel
Because a beach towel is one of those things you forget you need until it’s the perfect day to hit the surf and you realize all you’ve got is your stupid bath towel. Save their perfect day — or honeymoon! — with a set of sophisticated beach towels.
Trail Remix Radio
This super cute retro portable AM/FM radio can connect to an iPhone or headphone and features an illuminated blue display, which gives the date, time, day, and temperature. Did I mention how cute it is?
Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler Collection
Did you know that artisinal salts are a thing now? Well, they are (as is artisinal mayonnaise). And they are a great gift to the cooks, foodies, hip sophisticates in your life. They look pretty too.
Black Walnut Cutting board with Seashell, apatite, lapis and golden mica
I am in love with this cutting board and want to marry it. I will be sure to include it on the wedding registry. That’s all.
Fujifilm Instant Film Camera (plus film and case)
Because instant photos are so retro and fun! And how often do people actually get around to making prints of their digital photos? With this camera, the newlyweds can have instant prints of their honeymoon trip for the album and cross one more thing off their to-do list.
Take Your Turntable in Blue
Does the couple enjoy riding fixed-gear bikes, drinking craft beer, and growing mustaches (him) or fire escape herb gardens (her)? Then they will totally love this vintage-inspired turntable, trust.
Hand Embroidered State Pillow
What better way to celebrate the state of their wedded union? This beauty is destined to become an instant family heirloom.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Round French Oven
Even if this item is not on the couple’s registry, they will thank you for getting what is one of the most essential kitchen items of all time and a must-have for anyone who plans to cook family meals for decades to come.