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Top 10 Best Wedding Gift Ideas 2015

Updated on January 17, 2015
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Wedding Gift Ideas

When a family member, friend, or loved one announces that they’re engaged to be married, it's very exciting. Typically, people who are invited to the couple's wedding give wedding presents, as a sign of their support for the happy couple’s plans. You aren’t absolutely obligated to give a gift, but of all types of invitations, a wedding invitation is the one where gifts are most expected.

You’ll want to find out if there’s a gift registry. It’s quite likely that the couple has set up one or more registries at stores or online. Ask their parents or close friends. The good thing about registries is that they suggest useful gifts and prevent people from buying the same things. The earlier you take a look at the registry, the more likely you are to find an item that appeals to you that is in your price range.

But, if there's nothing left on the gift registry that calls out to you, or if you would like your present for the engaged couple to be more individual and meaningful, you may want to stray from the official list.

You can browse unscheduled wedding gifts at specialty stores, or special wedding-gift sections found in some stores.

What if You Are Invited to a Bridal Shower or Engagement Party?

Attending these other happy occasions doesn’t relieve you of the obligation to give a wedding gift if you can afford it. An engagement party is more intimate and less formal, and usually only smallish gifts are given. A shower is often given by and for women friends and relatives of the bride. Since the shower's purpose is to “shower” the bride with gifts, it’s natural to give a smaller gift there as well as at the wedding.

Top Ten Wedding Gift Ideas

So, what can you give? Here are some guidelines:

  • Give something you can afford. No one wants you to have your heat turned off or miss the mortgage payment because of this happy occasion.
  • But if you can afford it, give something significant; a very close friend or family member might give a gift worth $100 or more.
  • Give something they both can use. A gift for just the one person you know well—clothes, jewelry, a personal item, or tools for a pastime or job—won’t do.
  • Give something to help the couple in their new situation, whatever that might be; buying a house, traveling to a new area, decorating a new living space, entertaining in a new space, sleeping in a new bedroom, sharing a new bathroom, cooking in a new kitchen, or digging up a new yard.
  • No knives. Though cooks really enjoy good knives, it’s said to be bad luck to give knives or knife sets as a wedding present.

1. Cash or Checks

It has always been okay, according to Emily Post’s great-granddaughter Anna Post, to give cash or checks as a wedding present. Money is utterly useful and versatile. Sometimes the couple would actually prefer money because they are beginning some expensive enterprise like buying a house; you may be able to get a sense of this by word of mouth. If you bring your gift of money to the party, rather than mailing it, it’s best to hand it to someone who's not too stressed, for example the bride's or groom's parent, so that it doesn’t get mislaid in the excitement. If you write a check, write it to either the bride or the groom, in case they don’t have a joint account. Include a note expressing your heartfelt best wishes.

2. Gift Baskets

A gift basket includes great scope for creativity, because you can include small items that might please either partner or both, or items you have some experience in choosing.

Gift baskets are easy to make yourself: find a sturdy basket with a handle, line it with some scrunched-up tissue paper, cellophane, or clean straw, and buy some things to go in it. If you aren't up for putting together a gift basket on your own, you can purchase almost any kind of birthday gift basket from companies that specialize in them.

The baskets that are most fun include food. Choices could include:

  • cookies
  • wine
  • beer
  • cheese
  • sausage
  • fruit
  • nuts
  • coffee or tea
  • condiments, sauces, ethnic foods
  • chocolate

Some tips:

Food should not just look good, but taste and smell wonderful. Candy and cookies should be fresh and made with real butter. Fruit should be ripe, fragrant, in season. Cheese should be real, not just "processed cheese product.” Coffee should smell wonderful. Sausage should be dense, well-aged, and spicy, not rubbery. Crackers should be crisp. Nuts should be this year’s crop. Jam should be tasty. Spices should be from a store that turns its goods over quickly.

A little bit of nice food is generally better than a lot of ordinary food. But if you want to make sure that your happy couple is going to eat well whatever happens, you could give them a gift certificate to their favorite food store instead.

Other gift basket ideas:

  • A basket of kitchen gadgets: potato peeler, cheese grater, lemon squeezer, meat thermometer, bottle opener, things any newly married couple might need to start a household.
  • A basket of little, informal eating utensils: chopsticks, coffee cups (firmly wrapped in lots of paper to cushion them), snack dishes, a popcorn bowl.
  • A basket of fancy soaps, shampoos, conditioners, or skin lotions that either partner might use. Add incense and candles, if you like.

You really can't go wrong with a gift basket. Add a card, a candy bar, a lot of love and happy wishes, and a pretty bow on top.

3. A Blanket

Few people say they have too many blankets. If the couple doesn’t use the blanket themselves, maybe a guest will at some point, or maybe even a child.

A good down comforter will always be useful. To choose one, eBay says to consider these features:

  • The higher the “fill power” (500-650 is recommended), the warmer and fluffier the comforter will be.
  • The higher the “thread count” (at least 200 per square inch), the less allergenic the blanket will be (down will be kept in, and dust out).
  • Comforters with “baffling” (internal walls) are better; they keep the stuffing from shifting around.
  • If the comforter is designed to be used with a duvet or cover, include that piece: it makes the comforter last longer.

A synthetic comforter can be cost-effective and useful. Make sure it has stitching at regular intervals to keep the stuffing from shifting around.

A wool blanket can actually make a good heirloom.

4. Real Cast-Iron Skillets and Enameled Iron Pots

Iron pots will most likely be instant heirlooms. Aluminum or stainless steel skillets and pots with thin bottoms are no substitute; they burn too easily, and the coatings put on skillets to make them nonstick will burn or scratch off eventually, with possible health effects according to the Environmental Working Group. In cooking, the technologies that have been around for hundreds of years are often best.

You might be able to find an iron skillet used (and used right, with a bottom cooking surface that is smooth, not pitted). Le Creuset, of course, makes wonderful enameled iron saucepans and casseroles, pots that handle thick soups and sauces without sticking or burning. They are xpensive, but you get your money’s worth.

5. A Cutting Board

Again, this is an old cooking technology that works quite well. A thick, high-quality wooden chopping block will last for years despite daily use.

But again, don’t give a knife or knife set to go with it; it’s said to be bad luck.

6. "The New Best Recipe"

An encyclopedia of recipes from Cook's Illustrated magazine, this revision is almost double its previous size and includes more than 1,000 recipes. Cook's Illustrated is known for careful (some would say compulsive) testing of recipes with a focus on foolproof technique; detailed line drawings that take readers step-by-step through recipes; and opinionated guides that assert that their way is the best way.

The New Best Recipe
The New Best Recipe

Now fully revised and expanded, this new edition offers more than 1000 recipes for all your favorite dishes from roast chicken and mac-and-cheese to creme caramel and chocolate chip cookies. There are also expanded tutorials on grilling, baking, stir frying and much more. The ultimate cooking resource for novice and experienced cooks alike.

 

7. The Old "Joy of Cooking"

Again, in cooking, the old ways are often the best. Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker compiled a century’s worth of wisdom on how to plan menus, prepare any animal or vegetable for cooking, and how to can and store food. The sixth (1975) edition is still the most popular. The eighth (2006) or 75th Anniversary edition is said to be the next best, restoring recipes and chapters taken out in the 1996 (seventh and too drastic) revision.

8. "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian"

The How to Cook Everything series is another encyclopedia of food wisdom, by Mark Bittman: it's eclectic, adaptable, modern, and aware of different ethnic (especially Asian) ingredients. Now, if it should happen that one of the happy couple is vegetarian or vegan and the other isn’t, get this book. That way, one partner can cook for the other.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food

Bittman is a flexitarian, not invested one way or the other in meat-eating or veganism; he’ll cook whatever you want the way you like it. If you are new to vegetarian or vegan cooking, his cookbook guides you through many happy, successful experiments. Many of the recipes can be made either vegan or non-vegan; all are worth trying.

 

9. Little Bamboo Wine Rack

If they are wine lovers, they might put this pretty eight-bottle wine rack, made of eco-friendly bamboo, in any room of the house.

10. Personalized Keepsakes and Mementos

So many different things can be embroidered or engraved with people’s names that you’ll have no trouble coming up with something unique, something that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world, at least not with your friends’ names on it. Items like this are available at personalizationmall.com and no doubt many other places.

  • Bath Towels. A pair of big thick bath towels, one for each, embroidered with the partner’s married name.
  • Recipe Box. If they've already been living together, they probably have some favorite dishes they like to cook by now, and would appreciate a personalized recipe box, especially if it was filled with everyone's favorite recipes.
  • Clocks. They say that time means nothing when you’re in love, but a newly wedded couple might appreciate a little gold-trimmed glass mantel clock engraved to commemorate their wedding.
  • Wine glasses. if they like wine, you can get, for example, a pair of Reed & Barton champagne flutes, engraved with their first names and the date of the wedding.

It's Up to You

I hope this article gives you some ideas! Every couple is different, and you know this couple well enough to make a good guess at what might help them on their way in life.

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      littleice190 3 years ago

      Great inspiration ideas!

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      Entrance Mats 3 years ago

      Fabulous ideas!

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      actressphotos lm 3 years ago

      very good gifting ideas

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      PartyLocations5 3 years ago

      Great advices what we can buy for wedding

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      avelimo 4 years ago

      Great

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      FlowerGuy 4 years ago

      Personalized chopsticks - very cool and definitely weird idea. Quesadilla maker? What happened to the heart shaped waffle maker - we got two of those 20 years ago...

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Good idea.

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      @anonymous: nice psot

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      jiro2012 4 years ago

      @anonymous: nice psot

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like to give personalized painted wood signs with the couple's last name on them. They are handmade, one-of-a-kind, have lots of character, and are always a HUGE hit. - SignsbyAndrea.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a terrific gift idea for the bride-to-be. Let the friends and family contribute favorite recipes and add to an online cookbook for the bride & groom. If friends enter more than 10 recipes, we will donate one of our bamboo cutting boards as a gift for the bride as well. Totally free! See www.dishdish.us/cookbook-for-the-bride-to-be/ for details.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice ideas of all this wedding gifts. Thanks a lot i really appreciate your effort.

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      MintOnline 4 years ago

      Such thoughtful gift ideas! I am thinking of using the spa/ luxury soaps ideas for my bridesmaids this year as I found some lovely items on a website in the UK, and feel its only right to pamper them after all their hardwork

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      ShawnFitnessReview 4 years ago

      this wedding gift is very good. i will consider it with my wedding coming.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very good wedding gift ideas

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really liked this article on weddings..its great information on gift ideas..contents are understandable and worth to be noticedit is going to help people find their next insight into their loved ones marriage.thanks for posting.nice lens

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome lens and a great selection of gifts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens, lot of good ideas!

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      ItsTimeToBurn 4 years ago

      This is a really nice looking lens. Great content too :) Present ideas are difficult!

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      hatohome 4 years ago

      Never to give to my family, thank you for giving me ideas!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You have a lot of good ideas here - and I loved the quiz. Very clever!

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      pnpphotography 4 years ago

      The gift idea for couples, for housewarming, or for any individual who deserves a memorable gift with a special message.

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      eatsquids 4 years ago

      Thanks for giving me some ideas for my brother's wedding....cheers

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Thanks for the ideas! My best friend just got remarried and I'm brainstorming gift ideas.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      My sister is engaged and this gives me some good ideas for her when she gets married!

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is such a great resource page for anyone looking for the Best Wedding Gift Ideas

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      boutiqueshops 4 years ago

      You put a lot of thought and work into compiling this top 10 list of best wedding gift ideas and it shows. The gifts you feature hear would delight newlywed couples anywhere. Thanks!

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      chinaholiday 4 years ago

      Love the gifts so much.

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I have too bookmark this lens!

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      HorseAndPony LM 4 years ago

      Love the gift ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent information! My daughter will be getting married soon and I plan to share this lens with her. Thanks!

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      mrdata 5 years ago

      Very professional your lens and excellent gift ideas here! Congrats!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Great list of wedding gifts for everyone involved in a wedding! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great choices for wedding gifts.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice post. I recently bought a pure cashmere scarf from www.laffairecashmere.com. The cashmere shawls and scarves also make a safe and beautiful gift!.

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      Essentially Ind 5 years ago

      Nice ideas. This is really helpful as i am going to attend a wedding.........:)

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      JosephsJewelry LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. It helps to have some advice when buying gifts and attending weddings. Thanks!

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      Revina99 5 years ago

      great post

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. BLESSED.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great gifts! i especially like the wedding planning book!

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      these are all great ideas! giving personalized items is really the "in" thing right now. appreciate the share

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Great gift ideas. Nice lens.

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      ruth-williams lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed your quiz as well - some great questions!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What do you think about Faribault Woolen Mill Blankets? Those are great gifts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks!

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      wilcher 5 years ago

      Your wedding gifts are really great! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lense m8 :)

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      Nanastyle 5 years ago

      really stuff.

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      coolaunt 5 years ago

      A wonderful lens. The presentation is as great as the gifts.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for your great lens from Westpack

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      amazing ideas

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      SecondSally 5 years ago

      The time capsule is a great idea. If you plan on having kids, it could help you to remember why you first fell in love after the kids have grown.

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      cassieann 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens with great ideas.

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      JugglingInferno1 5 years ago

      Great ideas....Nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very lovely gift....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      lovely lines..... and topic

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 5 years ago

      Lovely lens on a beautiful topic...liked it!

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      mikymini 5 years ago

      Lovely Lens, some great ideas Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very lovely and meaningful gift ideas. :)

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      Firestartoys 5 years ago

      For something different, you could even get the Bride and Groom made in LEGO and used as a cake topper or just as a simple and quirky gift. We often get a lot of customers, customising themselves in LEGO to use as a wedding cake topper its something a little bit different and it's a must for any AFOLs (Adult fans of LEGO).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliant article possibly also to include www.mytab.co/wedding A travel gift registry where the bride & groom can shout put it on myTab so friends & family contribute towards their wedding. They can ALSO save travel cash for their honeymoon. myTabs socially integrated so guests can post messages on Facebook & Twitter, creating more excitement towards the big day. So much more thoughtful than other registries where the couple cashes out.

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      Modzed 5 years ago

      I love it! It can help a lot in my future wedding. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A GREAT wedding present I have given is a "Name Frame." It's a company that has a collection of photos from around the world and the photos make the shapes of letters. Spell out the new couples last name! Check out www.nameframes.net to create your own! And here is a couple code: NF2012Fall

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      LouJon 5 years ago

      Some great gift ideas, I quite like the chopsticks, never would have thought about something like that before

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      efrancois 5 years ago

      Also , for a unique gift, Wooden Signs are a great idea.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The best wedding gift for a happy couples is the book Sexy Challenges : Sacred and Sensual Experiences for Lovers.

      You can get it at Amazon / iTunes / Barnes & Nobles

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      Excellent lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They are good ideas.

      Can we count Cufflinks in?

      Thanks for the len.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @juliet765: They are good ideas.

      Can we count Cuff Links in?

      I find great cuffs right www.YESCUFFLINKS.com - Cufflinks online.

      Thanks for the len.

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      fashionyahoo 5 years ago

      this is really truly great lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is the best post I have read in squidoo.com so far.

      PS: How to create a post like this?

      Elaine from Noviamor

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      MrTibbs 5 years ago

      Inspiring ideas--thanks!

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      juliet765 5 years ago

      They are all lovely gifts, thank you for showing them.

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      giftregistry 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yeah. it's brilliant.. i love the time capsule as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Time Capsule is a brilliant idea!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You should consider adding Preserving Bridal Bouquets to the best wedding gifts in 2012.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Nice gift ideas.

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      4FRNTski 5 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful wedding gift ideas, awesome!