By: Katie Weisman
A whopping 2.5 million weddings are expected to take place this year (yes, that’s A LOT of wedding gifts). And, after two years of relative quiet thanks to Covid-19, everyone appears to be going all out on celebrations and it will be gifts galore – but how do you make sure you are giving the best wedding gifts? It’s not just about gifts for the newlyweds. Many people enjoy offering something special, individually, to the bride or groom. Presents for members of the wedding party are also de rigueur.
As for the happy couple, wedding guests or invitees often like to go off-registry to choose a personal, or even unexpected gift for weddings. Sometimes these are the most memorable items. For instance, we often use our fine china for entertaining, even for more casual meals. I’m grateful for those who contributed to our French porcelain set but I don’t remember who actually gave me and my husband what plate or saucer. By contrast, I adore the couple who gave us our antique jewelry box, and when I use our silver bread and cheese knives, I recognize them fondly as a present from a former intern.
The gifts we have curated at To&From are terrific finds. Many items cannot be found on a typical store’s registry which will make them all the more special. Have a look at this terrific selection of wedding and event gifts for everyone, from the brides and grooms, to the bridesmaids and groomsmen and get inspired for this wedding season with the best wedding gifts!
For the Bride
BTB LOS ANGELES
Handwoven from straw, this large clutch features the whimsical “Miss to Mrs” embroidery on the fringe-trimmed flap. The boho style is perfect for the beachy honeymoon, or during the summer days after the wedding celebration.
Luxuriate in this white tea and honey fragranced bubble bath with its moisturizing olive fruit and avocado oils while enjoying the calming scent of the matching soy and coconut wax candle. The bottle and candle votive are also stunning!
This limited edition necklace features crystals in graduated hues of plum to clear. It can be worn casually, with a scoop neck t-shirt, or paired with an evening or cocktail dress for all-out glamour.
Personalize this cute plastic and leather-trimmed travel case with your bride or groom’s initials for free, from the UK’s best-known bag lady. Be sure to check shipping dates before ordering.
The laid-back Hollywood elegance of this sparkly shell pink rhinestone shoulder bag is perfect for a girls’ night out. It’s also available in scarlet, palm green and crystal clear.
VENUS ET FLEUR
Brighten up any room with this perfectly arranged bouquet of Eternity roses. The pretty blossoms and leaves can last for roughly a year by precisely following the care directions. Available in 26 shades.
A lovely way to express your friendship with the bride! The double-sided pendant on this necklace is in sterling silver, dipped in 14k gold and filled with pale pink enamel. One side features a little heart surrounded by a quatrefoil while the reverse has the word “love” inscribed beneath Jane Win logo.
This monogrammable carry-all is great for the planet too. The stain-repellant canvas is made from upcycled water bottles and the trim made from cognac-colored vegan leather. The bag zips closed at the top, and the lined interior features a generously sized zip pocket.
Keep bottled beverages fresh with these amusing and elegant ceramic bottle stoppers, part of designer Jonathan Adler’s muse collection that pays homage to some of his favorite artists including Dora Maar and Georgia O’Keefe.
For the Newlyweds
THE ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
This cookbook is part of a series where each book contains a surprise activity that is revealed via scratch-off. In this edition, a couple discovers meal recipes to prepare together.
BUSINESS & PLEASURE
The outside of this 14-liter cooler bag is made from a 1970s-inspired patchwork of colored premium beach umbrella canvas treated with a water, mold and UV-resistant coating. This, with its retro-patterned lining, makes it a great picnicking option. The smooth leather handles on the side straps make it super comfortable for carrying, as does the removable, adjustable shoulder strap.
Follow the bubbled history of the legendary 250 year old champagne house, from its inventing rosé in 1775 to its more recent partnerships with French chef Joel Robuchon and Italian car maker Ferrari.
ESTELLE COLORED GLASS
$170, Set of six
Who could resist sipping wine, or anything, from these gem-toned stemmed or stemless wine glasses? They are hand-blown by artisans at a Polish glassworks that’s over a century old.
This ceremonial candle, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico is traditionally gifted during the marriage ritual of contentada, which is the moment when a marriage proposal has been accepted. The candles are made from naturally dyed beeswax which is set in clay molds and crafted with tools that have been passed down through generations. The delicate flowers are said to bring light and luck to the married couple.
The Ranger is the most portable of the Solo Stove fire pits. This series features ceramic-coated drums in limited edition colors based on the earth’s elements including water and clay, a design that is a bit more deco-inspired than Solo’s signature stainless steel.
MIXOLOGY & CRAFT
Make and serve cocktails in style…and keep your bar chic and organized with this complete bartending set. It has all the accessories needed to make mojitos, margaritas, manhattans and more.
For the Bridal Party
A sweet pink travel size pillow with matching silk sleep mask are the soothing accessories one needs for a good night sleep. They will also help keep skin smooth and prevent bed head. Your bridal party will appreciate these the night before and the night after the big day, and even for recovering from the bachelorette party.
Champagne aficionados will love this double-walled stainless steel and vacuum insulated bottle cooler paired and adjustable top because it keeps bubbly chilled for hours. When ready, enjoy the champers in the matching streamlined flutes made from glass-lined double-walled stainless steel. Available in rose gold, white and copper. The added bonus is that a portion of each Vinglacé sale is donated to breast cancer research.
The bride and her friends will adore this mini skin care regime made from 100 percent natural ingredients designed to deliver glowing skin fast. It features a cleanser, a resurfacing mask, a floral essence spray, a pearlescent-tinted moisturizer and a highlighter, all in a snazzy travel case.
Stay out of the sun’s harmful rays in this beautiful palm straw beach hat handwoven by female artisans in Morocco or India. It can be customized with embroidery, but allow for up to two weeks for delivery.
THE BEACH PEOPLE
This insulated woven cane basket from down under boasts a lid that can be used as a cheeseboard and it’s perfect for picnicking. The lid can also be personalized for an additional fee and shipping time.
SEA BAGS MAINE
A fun wine bag made from repurposed sailcloth to get and give. Knowing that wine bags generally move from home to home, it features a “travel log” on the bag to record the names of gifters and giftees. Founded in 1999, Sea Bags has been recycling and practicing sustainability before it became trendy, and has saved over 700 tons of materia going into landfills.
Bridesmaids will love the thought behind a personalized pendant necklace that is crafted in gold plated brass. They will also appreciate that the necklace comes from a company that works with local Kenyan artisans with the goal of fostering economic independence and financial inclusion.
Everyone can use a chic, little drawstring bag like this one that can be handheld, slung over a shoulder, or worn as a backpack. Made from brightly printed Lake Como silk twill, it’s a lovely accessory, easily packable for vacation and travel.
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