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Modern Manners: Creative Registry Gifts

Before I got engaged, I always aimed to give wedding gifts that were off-registry. I liked to find interesting gifts, more exciting than a set of dishes, like a hot-air balloon ride or a gift certificate to the latest and greatest restaurant in town. That notion quickly disappeared when I got married. I spent so much time curating my registry, carefully choosing pieces that spoke of our style and taste, things that would be useful and timeless. And, embarrassing as it is to admit, I was slightly annoyed with gifts that were off-registry and completely out of the blue, such as the unsolicited artwork for which I had no wall space. And no gift receipt.

When it comes to weddings, it’s advisable to give gifts from the couple’s registry, unless the bride or groom has explicitly communicated to you that there’s something they’d really love that’s not on their list. I love giving gifts of any kind, and I prefer them to be memorable. With a little thought and creativity, it’s simple to fulfill both. Just choose an item from the couple’s list, say a coffee maker, for example, then add a few extras to make it personal. It’s no secret I am a coffee lover, so the idea of “Sunday Morning Coffee in Bed” gift is just dreamy to me. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Coffee Maker

Though I am a huge fan of the brewing process, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Or coffee, as the case may be. The Nespresso Citiz & Milk espresso machine takes the guesswork out of making coffeehouse quality beverages, brewing foolproof espresso and perfectly steaming milk at the touch of a button.

2. Coffee Mugs

The graphic patterned mustache and lips coffee mugs are a fun way to designate his and hers cups.

3. Napkins

Printed napkins add a pop to any dining palette, and might just come in handy while lounging with lattes in bed.

4. Bud Vase

Pull a few blooms to place in a small bud vase. Fresh flowers are a lovely way to wake up in the morning and pull every breakfast tray together.

5. Bed Tray

Place coffee mugs, napkins and vase all atop this acacia tray for easy breakfast bedside service. What a wonderful way to wake up!

Some of my other favorite registry picks from Target:

[1] Wood and Brass Bar Cart [2] Iron Wire Side Tables  [3]  Dyson Ball Vacuum [4]  Apple TV  [5] Harper Firepit Table

What’s the most creative or memorable registry gift you’ve ever seen? Did you give it or receive?

Modern Manners has the answers to your etiquette uncertainties. Have a specific question? Please ask Ashley in the the comments below, send an email to askashley[at]movelifestyle[dot]com or send a tweet to @movelifestyle with the hashtag #MoveAskAsh.

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

Author Description

Ashley Fauset

Ashley is a party planner, grammar enthusiast, classically trained dancer, and coffee aficionado. She lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband and their hammy four-year-old, and shares her tales of mama-hood at Silver Lake Mom. You can find her online on Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  • Diana
    I love the idea of personalizing a requested gift! Nice way to keep it unique but still useful!
    • AshleyFauset
      Thanks, Diana! I’m glad you liked it. Happy New Year!

Move LifeStyle is an e-zine for the modern working woman created by Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong and Ashley Fauset.

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