With Valentine’s Day in the rearview mirror, peak wedding season will be here before you know it. But, of course, wedding season is about more than figuring out what to wear and juggling your invites with everything else you have on your ongoing agenda. It’s also about finding the perfect gift to give the special newlyweds in your life, especially when they’re people you’re close to.
Naturally, you don’t want to give them the same old thing everyone else will think of. (How many gravy boats does a couple really need, anyway?) And if you’re on a budget, you don’t want it to break the bank, either. You want your gift to be something that the couple will genuinely like and get a lot of use out of, too. That’s where ideas like the following make great considerations.
1. Pick out a set of couple’s luggage.
Although people do occasionally think to present newlyweds with various items, they can take along on a romantic getaway together, luggage doesn’t immediately come to mind for many. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s incredibly useful. It’s also something the couple might not already have if they don’t necessarily travel much.
Choose something simple but stylish that fits the couple’s unique personalities and include at least one extra-handy piece (like a rolling suitcase). Great luggage that takes the guesswork out of traveling is a godsend, and the couple on your gift list will surely appreciate theirs.
2. Plan a fun staycation.
Not everyone has the funds, time, or inclination to plan an elaborate vacation someplace far away, but that hardly means they don’t need to get away from it all occasionally. Consider setting the newlyweds in your life up with a fabulous staycation in their town (or a neighboring one) that you plan so they can relax and enjoy. Think restaurant reservations, tickets, and the whole nine yards.
Many people know their city and general area reasonably well but rarely to never get the chance to experience it from a tourist’s point of view. So not only are staycations a low-key change of pace, but they’re fun in a unique way that gets you out and away without having to stray too far from home.
3. Treat them to a spicy subscription box.
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that keep on giving over time. Subscription boxes are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They’re wonderful ways to explore new interests and build personal collections. Plus, everyone loves getting fun things in the mail, and a subscription box gives you something to look forward to on an ongoing basis.
That said, if you have the kind of relationship with your newlyweds that allows for the occasional sexy, spicy gift, consider gifting them a subscription from a service like Seductive Pleasure Box. They’ll receive a variety of premium options guaranteed to turn up the heat in the bedroom and ensure their honeymoon period stays steamy over the months to come. Think top-tier sex toys, titillating accessories, and fun goodies that any couple would have a blast playing with.
4. Gift them some movie passes.
The whole process of planning, anticipating, and participating in a wedding can be as tiring as it is exhilarating. And lengthy honeymoon trips can take a lot out of you, as well. Sooner or later, your newlyweds will no doubt appreciate a golden opportunity to relax, unwind, and do something low-key.
Everyone likes going to the movies now and then, so consider gifting the couple a personalized gift package that includes a pair of prepaid movie passes. (You can choose from one of the many services out there dedicated to the purpose. Or if the newlyweds have a favorite theater they like to go to, you can substitute local vouchers.) Don’t forget to spring for dinner plus a few snacks to nosh on during the film itself!
5. Personalize a picnic set.
If your newlyweds like to spend a little time taking in the sunshine and fresh air once in a while, consider gifting them a customized picnic basket for two to make impromptu alfresco lunches a little more romantic. Not only are picnic baskets handy and elegant, but they’re the type of thing people rarely think to buy for themselves or gift to others. They’re also genuinely useful.
Buy something that suits the couple’s aesthetic. Then gift them a few special goodies to go with it. A well-rounded spread of wine, cheese, bread, cold cuts, and fresh fruit is always a good choice. So are indulgent touches like chocolates and other artisan goods.
At the end of the day, knick-knacks are all fine and dandy, but nothing beats a romantic gift that the recipient will get some use out of. So, get creative and start brainstorming!