i am obsessed with anthropologie but really, who isn’t?! one of my dear friends (and my husband “womb mate”/ childhood bestie ) is getting married in a couple weeks and also happens to be in love with anthropologie as well! which means she registered for her wedding there. which means i have spent hours “shopping” on their website! i am a huge fan of gifts of all kinds and i put a lot of thought into each gift i give. “thought” does not mean it is always wrapped perfectly cute, seeing that i never wrap any of my husbands gifts… but it means i love buying gifts that i know the recipients will LOVE.
because i have had a wedding of my own, i have “wedding gift rules” that i stick to so that i know i am giving a gift that the couple will enjoy and be thankful for:
1. gift cards & money are most practical and always the best answer if you are a little unsure
2. if you want a gift to wrap or want to get something more personal, stick to the registry! feel free to pick up a little extra goodies that go with the items you bought of the registry (ie: pick up a recipe book to go with the crockpot or include your favorite teas & coffees to go with the coffee mugs) but i know first hand how great it is to get things you asked for!
3. if you want to “go outside of the box” with a gift you still MUST include a little something from the registry or money or gift cards just incase they do not like your random gift. this is so iffy and i only recommend it if you know the couple REALLY well! wedding gifts are all practically house things and each person has different taste. this is not a bad thing. i know i have friends who would never decorate their house the way i do and visa versa and that is okay! but when you buy a gift that you like for someone to hang in their house – the chances are they won’t like it. i had a box of wedding gifts that i could not return but i didn’t want to put in my house because they were not my style – they all went to goodwill. if you want your gift to be valued i suggest staying away from the grey areas.
4. and last is my HUSBAND’S RULE: ALWAYS PRACTICAL!
with this bridal shower i went with #2 – registry and little fun extras. i mean how can you not go with the registry when they are registered at anthro!?! and because the husband’s rule always applies to us due to the fact the gift is from OUR money, i also went with #4. i found their dish set online and ordered their super cute plates! bruce even encouraged me to help them buy their dish set because he was so thankful we got all of ours! since i am a procrastinator, i ordered the dishes the night before the shower so i had to get a little creative with my gift packaging!