|We were recently invited to the President of our company's 2nd wedding. It will be a really elegant, classy, and elite event. I am looking for wedding gift ideas for the couple. They are both in their 40s. I don't have a budget in mind because I haven't a clue what to buy these class of individuals. Any ideas?|
Julie from Central, ND
|Framed Wedding Invitation||03/28/2006|
|I know someone who took the wedding invitation they had received and had it framed for the wedding couple. It was a very simple and elegant, yet probably not terribly expensive gift. Hope this helps. Good luck and have fun at the wedding!|
|When I have been invited to that sort of thing I have put together a gift basket - A spa-themed one would be appropriate - include personal care items, a little massager, a loofa, special body wash - a bath mitt, bath oil - a nice towel - that sort of thing - maybe with 2 champagne glasses - all of which you can pick up in a dollar store (people like that don't shop there) at a Big Lots type discount store... And it ends up looking REALLY pricey and special.|
|I also like the gift basket idea, but DON'T buy spa items -- anybody who is used to spending money knows the difference between cheap and not cheap! I'd suggest a dinner basket -- buy a great pasta sauce, dried noodles, a couple of pasta plates, a package of breadsticks, olives, biscotti, etc. Or go with a Mexican theme. Include some candles and holders, even tablecloth and napkins, if you'd like. You can make it simple or elaborate, but make sure the basket, cloth, napkins and plates are neutral. I usually go to Big Lots to get the items for this except the tablecloth and napkins. I get those at my local third-world handicrafts store (Ten Thousand Villages). You can find nice simple pottery at Big Lots and they usually have some great unique food items, too. Everyone I've given this to loves it! And the best part is -- there's not a lot of clutter to store after dinner is over!|
|When my grandparents had their 50th wedding anniversary party, a family friend bought them a gold Cross pen set, which included a "feminine" style pen and a standard pen with a clip at the top. Each pen was engraved with their name, and I think my grandparents really liked them. I remember thinking at the time, and I still do, that they were a very classy, elegant gift. Of course, the set was not cheap, but Cross also has silver tone sets that are less expensive. If you don't like this idea, maybe it will lead you to something else that you will like. Good luck!|
|Prior to the wedding, take a lovely picture, actually take a number of them and do up a pre wedding photo. Size it up to an 8x10, get beautiful matting and for the frame pick one that sets it off perfectly. Then pick out an elegant vase and coordinate quality silk flowers, fillers and leaves that pick up the colors in the picture. Perfect gift for the happy couple.|
|One of a King Gifts||03/29/2006|
|Have you checked to see if they are registered any place? That would give you an idea of the kind of things they like. Evaluate them, are they elegant entertaining type, or wealthy down to earth people. Might make a difference type of gift.|
I would rely on "one of a kind" gifts, looking in Art Galleries, Art Museums, other museums, upgrade craft shows. I like to buy large or nesting serving bowls, beautiful vases or something else you may find in such place as art museum.
Try to get a gift recipe from where ever you purchase it so they could take and exchange. $50-$100.00 is a lot to pay for something they may not use, so as last resort you can always put check (or VISA gift card) in card, on something small like picture frame, or something nice from T J Max that they will associate with you whenever they use it.
|I received a very nice gift when we got married. A friend had a copy of our invitation engraved on the front of a small photo album which had a metal cover. It is the most memorable of all the gifts we received because it is so personal. Some malls have those stores which engrave practically everything they sell, maybe you can look there for something special.|
|People of this age are probably combining two homes (if they aren't already living together like so many people do these days). So items for the home are not a good idea. If this is the 2nd wedding for both of them, I doubt there will be much in the way of "lovey-dovey" type of gift ideas that would be appropriate.|
Why not try a gift certificate to a place they would both enjoy. (Since you were invited to the President's wedding, I'm guessing that you must know a little about his tastes) Look around for a farm in your area that makes it's own wine (if they are into that sort of thing) and buy them tickets to the next wine tasting. Gift certificates to a nice restaurant where they can spend some time together.
Do they ski, hike or do other outdoor sporting activities together? Try a gift coupon to their favorite sporting goods store. If they golf together, buy them a round of golf including a cart. It's mostly about knowing their tastes and how they like to spend their time together.
|Thanks for the Ideas||03/31/2006|
|Those are all wonderful ideas!! I really like Karen's post, she really hit the nail on the head! He and his spouse are very much into wine tasting, boating, hiking, those sorts of things. I think I'll do a basket of wine glasses with a bottle of wine from a local vendor. THANKS! Please keep adding posts, I would love to read all your ideas!|
|I always give a clock as a wedding gift no matter who it is. If it is someone I don't know well I will get a small crystal clock for $10.00-20.00 from Belk or one of the better stores that grift wrap. The wrapping adds a more expensive look to the gift, and you can't go wrong with a clock. I also write in the card to the couple "Always make time for each other", and underline the word time. I always get many compliments on the gift, and the advice.|
|Gift card! We all want something we need. My husband and I just got married and we're just starting out. We need all the help we could get to decorate our house. They are the most helpful and We truly appreciated them- do that or please put the gift receipt with the item - it saved us so much time|
|Also another idea is a gift certificate to dinner somewhere. Its always appreciated after how stressful a wedding can be.|
|Gift Certificate or Cash||04/26/2006|
|Gift certificate or cash. I don't think it's proper to be cheap when it comes to a wedding gift. I think the rule of thumb is to cover the cost of the plate.|
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