Shopping for newlyweds can be tricky, especially for couples who seem to have everything already. If they have invited lots of guests to their wedding, searching for a unique gift that other guests haven’t bought them can prove challenging. Even those who are good at choosing gifts struggle to find something special for newlyweds, however, giving a wedding gift is a ritual in most cultures, so you better get your thinking cap on.
When deciding on a gift, it helps to know what the couple likes to do in their spare time. If you don’t know already, it’s not too late to find out. Do a little research by asking their other friends or family members for advice.
If you are still struggling, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have combined a list of memorable gift ideas that will stand out.
Did you know that you can pay a well-known celebrity to send the happy couple a message to wish them good luck on their wedding day?
These celebrity messaging services have been growing in popularity in recent years. You pay the celebrity a fee, write down what you would like them to say, and they will record the message and send it to you privately. On the wedding day, you can send the video message to the couple, and they can store the video on their computer or smart device for the rest of their lives.
Instead of choosing a random celebrity, find someone that they like. For example, if the couple enjoys watching Netflix, consider hiring Carl Baskin from the famous Netflix documentary, Tiger King, to send them a personalized message. If the newlyweds are soccer fanatics, why not hire ex-England and Arsenal captain, Tony Adams, to send them a video.
The price of hiring a celebrity tends to vary. It seems like the more famous the celebrity is, the more they charge. However, most couples will be shocked to see a famous face wishing them good luck on the biggest day of their lives, so it will be every penny.
Great gifts don’t have to break the bank, so if you are not in a good financial position, like a lot of folks during these unprecedented times, you should consider making the couple a gift.
Knitted scarves are fashionable, so making the newlyweds matching scarves is a no-brainer. Even if you don’t know how to knit, why not learn? If you decide to learn how to knit just because you wanted to give the couple a unique gift, it will show that you care and that you are willing to put a lot of effort into making them something special.
You can sew in labels with the couple’s names, and even write a small message to wish them good luck. Several companies will help you create professional customised labels.
If the newlyweds enjoy the great outdoors, a stand-up paddleboard might prove to be the best gift they get on their wedding day.
Unlike fibreglass paddleboards, inflatable SUPs are inexpensive, and once you let the air out of them, they will reduce in size, so you should have no problems giving it to them as a gift on their big day. Even if they have never paddle boarded in their life, learning the different techniques is easy. Once they get the hang of it, the couple can enjoy paddleboarding together. Two people can ride a single paddleboard at the same time. Paddleboarding is great fun, and it is a fantastic exercise. They can ride the board on rivers, on the sea or on a lake. They can even use the paddleboard to go fishing!
Inflatable SUPs are readily available in most traditional surf stores and online marketplaces. Keep in mind that most couples don’t have paddleboard equipment at home, so look for a kit that includes a board, a leash, a paddle, a pump, and a bag for storing all the equipment. Although it might seem like an expensive gift, you should be able to pick up an inflatable SUP kit online for less than $350.
Even if the couple doesn’t enjoy cooking, cooking classes can be a lot of fun. It will allow them to learn how to cook great-tasting meals together. It will teach them how to work together, and encourage them to cook meals they have never cooked before. Cooking together is a valuable bonding experience, and the couple might make new friends during the classes. Learning how to make delicious dishes can benefit the couple in the long run. Couples often get bored of cooking the same meals, so they might find new recipes that both of them enjoy eating during the class.
You can pay for one class, however, you might have the option to pay for the entire course. Check to see how long the classes are valid for, and inform the couple about the available dates.
Learning to fly a plane is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, however, very few get around to doing it. If you want to give the couple an unforgettable gift, paying for flying lessons is definitely a unique gift idea. If they have already flown a plane in the past, you should be able to buy them advanced lessons.
Like most newlyweds, they are probably going on a honeymoon after the wedding celebrations. Consider finding out the location of their honeymoon, and check to see if there are reputable flying instructors in the area. Even being in the cockpit for the first time can be an exciting experience.
A lot of young couples enjoy attending music festivals, but weddings can cost newlyweds a fortune, so they are often forced to cut back on spending to help pay for the big day.
Tickets for most music festivals nowadays can cost a pretty penny, so a lot of newlyweds cannot afford them. If the couple’s favourite band is playing in an upcoming concert, or there is a music festival being organized, then you should consider getting them tickets.
Before getting the concert tickets, make sure that they can go. It can be difficult to find out discreetly if the couple is going to be available on the date the concert is going ahead, so you might want to talk to the couple’s friends or family members for advice. Find out when the couple is going on their honeymoon so the dates don’t clash with the festival.
If you have plenty of experience taking photographs, and you have the proper camera equipment on hand, consider asking the couple if you could be the wedding photographer free of charge.
Reputable wedding photographers don’t come cheap, and with the average wedding in Australia costing newlyweds approximately $34,000, providing a free photography service might help them save a lot of money.
However, don’t just show up to the wedding without doing your homework. Learn about lighting, how to take portrait photographs and photographs of groups, and the different types of lenses you will need. If you know a professional photographer, don’t hesitate to ask them for advice. There are several wedding photography tutorials posted to streaming services like YouTube.