Every bride is thankful for the wedding gifts they receive. Most of us agree that sharing the wedding day with friends and family is more important than receiving gifts but sometimes you have to wonder…”What were they thinking”? If you’re attending a wedding and have decided to give outside the gift registry or the couple didn’t create a wedding registry, do avoid these potential gift disasters:
Art- Art, like beauty, is on the eye of the beholder. Avoid giving art.Yes, yes. Even if you made it yourself!
Super-Sized Gifts- The newlyweds’ first home is usually small. Really small. We all know giving a giant present can be an ego boost for some people, but think before you buy that wicker credenza! I have a Thanksgiving serving tray has been stored under my bed because it doesn’t fit in any cabinet in my kitchen.
Single Serving Gift-You might not like who your friend is marrying but don’t give something they can’t both enjoy. An expensive box of cigars or a brand name purse is not going to help the couple build a home together.
Re-gifts- Re-gifting is tackier than a black velvet painting. Sorry you got stuck with that neon lava lamp but don’t try to pawn it off on someone else.
Useless Appliances- You’re up at 2am watching QVC. Think that bread maker would make a perfect wedding gift? Stop! Put the down the phone and go to bed. These appliances will only serve to hold dust or make a great garage sale item one day: These turkeys are frequently found at garage sales: bread maker, hot dog maker, popcorn popper, quesadilla maker, pasta maker (Hey! That’s what I got Maribel!) egg cooker, rice cooker…you get the idea.