Weddings are a fabulous time for the bride and groom (planning headaches aside). But for the guests? Well, that's debatable. We are fraught with details like where to stay, what to wear and what to give the celebrated duo. Though, the argument in my brain usually sounds something like this: Is the vase too cheap? But we already spent so much on the tickets to get here!
By the time I actually purchase a wedding gift, the pair has already celebrated their first anniversary, but that is beside the point. My major problem is that when I check their registry online (What is her maiden name? How am I supposed to know?) all the relatively inexpensive stuff has been purchased, and I am left with crystal candlesticks that cost about as much as a mortgage payment. So, rather than put yet another expense on my overextended credit card, I take another route: Gifts that weren't on the registry. Risky? Maybe. But if they don't like it, they can always return it. We've rounded up 12 wedding gift options that are worthy of earning you the title of "Best Guest Ever."
What better way to de-stress after all that wedding planning?
Trapeze Class Gift Certificates at <a href="http://newyork.trapezeschool.com/classes/giftcertificates.php" target="_hplink">newyork.trapezeschool.com</a>
Because who wouldn't want monogrammed Snuggies?
Personalized "Hoodie-Footie" Pajamas, $160 at <a href="http://www.pajamagram.com/SellGroup/hoodiefootiehishers.aspx" target="_blank">PajamaGram.com</a>
Sorta silly, but very cute.
Superhero Personalized Comic Book Picture, $110<a href="http://allpopart.com/artwork-gallery/subject/couples-wedding-anniversary-portraits" target="_blank">AllPopArt.com</a>
This will certainly lower their grocery bills.
Alexandria Chicken Coop & Run, $399 at <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/alexandria-chicken-coop/?pkey=cagrarian-garden-chicken-coops" target="_blank">Williams-Sonoma.com</a>
A thoughtful way to mark their anniversaries, especially if you fill it with nice wine.
Uncommon Goods Custom Wine Box, $130 at <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/custom-wine-box" target="_blank">UncommonGoods.com</a>
The couple probably already has everything they need, so why not give a charitable gift?
Give The Gift Of A Cook Stove, $100 at <a href="https://www.treesforlife.org/give/catalog/cook-stoves" target="_blank">TreesforLife.com</a>
You won't find this personalized pillow at Ikea.
Personalized Pillow Cover, $40 at <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/76848104/personalized-pillow-cover-custom-wedding?ref=sr_gallery_10&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=wedding+gift+pillow&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=" target="_blank">Etsy.com</a>
A note couldn't come in a cuter package.
Little Okins Heartfelt Notes, $20 at <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/100556289/bride-to-groom-gift-wedding-day-gift?ref=sr_gallery_22&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=unique+wedding+gift&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery" target="_blank">Etsy.com</a>
A chic alternative to the old wooden block.
Angled Knife Stand, $130 at <a href="https://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Angled Knife Stand_10451_10001_12911_-1_26669_26670_12912" target="_blank">MomaStore.com</a>
This cute composter is unique and eco-friendly.
Zero-Waste Food Digester, $199 at <a href="http://www.gardeners.com/Zero-Waste-Food-Digester/39-651,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=20706" target="_blank">Gardeners.com</a>
The perfect accompaniment to all those boring family functions.
Mine & Yours Flask, $24 at <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=24907339" target="_blank">UrbanOutfitters.com</a>
Honeymoon pictures will never look better than on this cool camera.
Diana Mini & Flash Camera, $109 at <a href="http://usa.shop.lomography.com/cameras/diana-f-cameras/diana-mini-and-flash-coral-fusion?utm_source=shop&utm_medium=shopnews&utm_campaign=nl_colorful cameras" target="_hplink">Lomography.com</a>