Tuesday, September 13, 2011

off the registry

a friend asked me the other day for some ideas for bridal shower gifts that are not from the registry.

Source: google.co.uk via Olivia on Pinterest

1. Holiday Theme- my mom actually gave me this idea, along with a family friend who gave us this as a wedding gift: get your bride a package with holiday decor in it! Getting married young, i didn't have many items of my own to decorate for the holidays or ornaments for our Christmas tree. It was great to have a few things to start me off so I wasn't tempted to do a little shopping spree at target when each holiday came around. You could pick a holiday or do a mix of a few different ones, create a package for Christmas wrap- scissors, tape, bags, tags, wrapping paper.

2. Return Address Stamp for their new home together!

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3. Stationery Items: Everybody needs in their home extra cards for birthdays, envelopes, stamps, and an address book. Put together a fun kit of these items for them to start out with!
4. Receipes

5. Magazine Subscription- Martha Stewart, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Portland Monthly (or your respective city)

6. Date Night Ideas- click on the picture twice to follow to the ideas!

7. Picnic Basket- pack it with a blanket, bottle of wine, plastic wine glasses, plastic plates & silverware and any food items you can think of that are non-perishable

8. Marriage Books- some of my favorites are found here, here, here & here

9. Meal on the Honeymoon- Call ahead to the place where the couple is honeymooning and pre pay for a bottle of wine, room service or a meal at one of the restaurant at the resort or in town somewhere

10. Registry Item +

WIne glasses + a bottle of wine
coffee mugs + coffee
Cupcake tins + paper for the cupcakes


  1. all super great ideas, olivia! love them!!

  2. Great ideas! I'm always looking for other gifts that aren't on the registry!

  3. Love these ideas! I have a wedding next weekend and may have to try one of these for a change.

  4. Perfect list.
    I was just thinking I need a new book...maybe a marriage book.
    Might see if I can pick up Chapman's book you listed.


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