First up today is Anne from Unique Gifter who takes gifting and registries a step further by providing options for every holiday and every person's needs. Take it away Anne!
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle
- Dyson or Miele vacuum
- Kitchenaid Stand Mixer
- Sterling Silverware
- Original Artwork
- Pot Set
- DSLR Camera
The above are some of the more common, more expensive items that show up on wedding registries. For many people, they are drool worthy consumer goods that remain out of reach, or are just plain un-justifiable in their own budgets. There are all sorts of reactions to high priced wedding registry items; invariably someone secretly (or not-so-secretly) thinks that you’re being gift grabby. The high roller may be disappointed in the lack of selection and the organizer jumps at the chance to pull together a group gift. All of the items listed above have long lives and high use. Additionally, for many, they are things that they dream of getting but are financially out of reach most of the time. That is precisely what makes them such fantastic gifts!
I invite you to join me in bringing together an awesome gift for a lucky couple that you know. You can select one of the pricier gifts and organize a group of contributors. Take the gift as a base and create a complete moment or memory. All of the pieces come together to create a complete picture, just like a puzzle. Here are a few examples of fantastic group gifts:
The Espresso Machine
This past summer, some friends received a very pricey espresso machine, from about a dozen of their guests. The guests all got together and picked up the machine, plus a nice milk thermometer, a steaming jug, some coffee beans and a selection of espresso and coffee mugs. Now, they have a daily ritual made possible, down to the last detail, by a great group of friends. Some more ideas to add to an espresso machine could be some honey, raw sugar, or maybe even a nice jazz CD for a lazy Saturday morning.
Another set of friends selected a DSLR Camera as their long-shot wedding registry item. The newlyweds spent the first year of their marriage teaching English in Korea, snapping photos and adventuring together. Their memories would have been very different had they not had generous guests who came together to bless them with this gift. They also picked up a convenient carrying case, to complete the gift.
This is Reenie’s Rose’s wheelhouse! Ensure you know the couple well, or check with them first, but original artwork can be an extremely touching and valued gift. It will be something that the couple keeps and displays in their home for a very, very long time. They will be able to enjoy it almost daily and it will remind them of the gift givers.
Now, you may be puzzling about the vacuum. Are your friends or family pet owners? Yes? Guess what, they will LOVE that vacuum and so will any guests that set foot in their home! It may seem a very bland and boring thing to give, but trust me on this one, their future health and happiness may well depend on it!
Group gifts are unique in how they provide an opportunity for friends and family to come together and show their support for a couple. They are a form of symbolic uniting on behalf of the couple, showing more than the etiquette obligation to bring a gift to a wedding. The effort put forth to coordinate, plus the joy at receiving some of the most costly registry items that they may not have expected to be gifted, is overwhelming for some newlyweds. Put another way, group gifts are like a great big hug from friends and family!
Anne writes about all sorts of great gift ideas, including creative and fun ways to give cash, at her blog Unique Gifter. She covers wedding savings tips for guests, plus tips for adding that special touch to gift giving.