It can be tricky to find the perfect wedding gift. If you’re struggling to pick a present that feels special enough to mark the momentous occasion and is something the lovebirds will actually use, consider one of the following options. Each of these unique wedding gift ideas — from exceptional treats that can be delivered to the newlyweds’ doorstep each month to glassware that can be used for both everyday and special occasions — are sure to delight even the pickiest couples. Proving that sometimes, it pays to throw the registry to the wind.
1. A Monthly Subscription Service
Give a bridal gift that keeps on giving by choosing a monthly subscription service. If your friends are a couple of self-proclaimed coffee snobs, why not opt for a subscription that will send different types of coffee beans from around the globe to their doorstep each month? If they prefer fancy cheeses, why not go for a gourmet cheese of the month club?
Of course, the goodies don’t have to be limited to food: You can sign them up for a regularly scheduled cleaning service, so they won’t have to worry about keeping everything spick and span on their own, or send fresh flowers on the regular to brighten up their day. A monthly subscription service will give the blissfully wedded couple something to look forward to long after the wedding is over — and, depending on what subscription service you choose, it can even serve as the basis for a fun date night.
2. Picnic Basket
Since many modern couples already have most of the household items they need before they compile their wedding registry, consider creating a gift for them instead. A picnic basket is a fun (and functional) unique wedding gift idea, since they can eat the goodies on the way to the airport for their honeymoon and then use the basket for future date nights. After purchasing a sizable gift basket, fill it with traditional staples such as wine, cheese, nuts and small containers of jam. You can also get creative and add non-edible surprises such as wine glasses and cloth napkins that they can use for future picnics.
3. Weekend Getaway Trip
If you don’t know what to give the couple that has everything, consider offering them a shared experience instead. Ask a few friends to chip in toward a weekend getaway trip at their favorite local hotel or out-of-town resort. (Think a romantic weekend in Monterey or a couples’ weekend in Vermont.)
From a mountaintop cabin to a seaside retreat, an all-expenses-paid minimoon will give the pair a chance to enjoy a little R&R after the stress of planning a wedding is far behind them. Can’t find enough people to go in on an entire weekend trip? Consider purchasing a nice set of travel luggage they can use on their next vacation instead.
4. Hand-Blown Glass Champagne Flutes
Make it easy for your lovebirds to toast their nuptials by giving them a set of champagne flutes alongside a bottle of their go-to bubbly. Whether you opt for clear bubbled champagne flutes versatile enough to be used for any occasion, or colored flutes in their favorite shade of yellow, pink or blue, champagne flutes are a tried-and-true way to mark the start of a cherished union.
If cocktails are more their thing, you can also purchase wine glasses, shot glasses, water glasses or other glassware items that can be used on a more regular basis. All will make a great gift if you want something durable, versatile and sure to be used countless times throughout the coming years.