Earlier this year, I attended a small lovely wedding held in Southern Massachusetts. The ceremony was held outside, after which we gathered in the quaint wedding hall for the reception. At each of our seats, we found a thoughtful wedding favor from the young couple. It was a bottle of olive oil that the bride and groom had made themselves, lovingly signed in beautiful calligraphy on India gold paper and bound with paper raffia ribbon.
I am sorry to say that my friend’s and my gift to them -- which we had both reluctantly resorted to with our less than spectacular shopping time table -- wasn’t nearly as unique. We had gifted them money with a nice wedding card.
Needless to say, the balance of originality, function, and style tends to be difficult when trying to decide on wedding gifts. Here is a roundup of wedding gifts that will surely be cherished in the home of any newlywed couple.
1. Love is Art; Starting at $60
Inspired by French artist Yves Klein, who created art in the 1960s by directing paint-covered models, this intimate art kit allows an adventurous couple to make art while making love. The result is a one-of-a-kind abstract image as an expression of love between two people.
2. Malpaca Pillows; Starting at $180
Luxuriously natural, Malpaca pillows are filled with 100% pure USA alpaca and covered in organic bamboo and cotton fabric. They’re easy to clean and deodorize (just set them in the sun for a few hours) as well as mite resistant and naturally fire retardant. These pillows are a perfect addition to a new bed.
3. Sacred Sleep Eucalyptus Sheets; Starting at $200
Sacred Sleep combines cotton and eucalyptus fibers created from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees, a renewable resource. Not only are the sheets durable, they’re naturally antimicrobial and keep the sleeper cool and comfortable even on hot nights. These sheets will ensure the newlyweds’ bed becomes the haven it should be.
4. Cut Maps; Starting at $149.95
Maps have long been an object of utility and great style. Antique maps of long lost treasure may be a thing of the movies, but these laser cut maps by Cut Maps are a modern and distinctive addition to any living room or bedroom. As a wonderful reminder of their first spark, give the newlyweds a laser cut map of the city in which they first met.
5. Toiro Donabe Cookware; Starting at $65
These heirloom quality earthenware are crafted from the clay of Japan’s Iga region, whose porous clay is known to be highly absorbent and heat retentive. For the Kamado-san clay pot, the pressure cooking effect cooks fluffy, gently heated rice. To cook up soups and stews, use the Hakeme clay pot. Any newlywed couple will be happy to receive these unique additions to their kitchen.
What did you gift at the last wedding you attended? Share your story in the comments.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.