Do You Take This Destination . . .
My wedding gift-giving recently reached a new low: I gave a jackalope as a present. I am sure that the half jackrabbit-half antelope will love its new home under Happy Couple's bed.
If you don't know a couple well -- or even if you do -- it's hard to come up with an original wedding gift that has significance, relevance and purpose. You don't want your gift to be Spoon No. 12 in their set. Nor is a silkscreen of you in a smoking jacket appropriate. That is why I propose (sorry, so not intended) giving a gift that can go far -- like to another state or country.
There are a number of ways to wrap up travel in a pretty red bow. For instance, on Giftpile.com, couples can register for a honeymoon, picking out their destination, tours, hotels, etc. Their friends and family then contribute what they can to certain portions of the honeymoon. For example, you can give $50 for the snorkeling excursion, or toss in $200 to defray the plane ticket costs.
Another idea is to buy a gift certificate or card for a hotel, cruise, flight or vacation package. BnBFinder.com, for example, has gift certificates good at more than 1,000 inns around the country. You can also send the couple on a cruise through Cruise Brothers, get them a room at a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, give them an aisle or window seat on JetBlue or present them with a last-minute vacation with Site59 (maybe departing after the wedding reception and before the brunch).
As for the thank you note: Tell the couple to skip the monogrammed stationery, which they probably received as a gift from the college friend, the Park Avenue aunt and the dentist. A thank you postcard will more than suffice.
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