today's post is another wonderful reader question!
"My best friend is getting married, and I'm her MOH. The shower is in a few weeks, and I'm struggling with the registry vs off the registry gift question. Was wondering if you had any brilliant/cute ideas that you've either given or received? just want it to be really special for her."
my two cents:
so, i'm a big registry fan. i know it feels like the equivalent of giving a gift certificate & totally unoriginal, but it's not. the couple has taken time to select the things they want to begin their married life with or what they think will help them best welcome their little one & you're helping them piece that life together. i came to this realization after getting married, and now feel even this is more true with baby gifts (i have a gazillion outfits for her, and yet didn't have a humdifier or a bottle....) -- but that said, like any rule, it's meant to be broken.
so, if you know something they'd love and that no one else would know to get them, that's super thoughtful, then go for it! some of my favorite personal gifts are: a calligraphy copy of a reading they chose for their wedding (contact your favorite calligrapher for a price quote), a gift certificate to an awesome restaurant for a date night in their newlywed days, or something they can do on their honeymoon (massages, zip line etc.). i think especially when you're in the wedding, it's neat to add a personal touch. one of my bridesmaids got me these amazing mugs & dessert plates with our initials & wedding date! (they totally matched our rehearsal dinner invites!)
sweet readers, what do you think?
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