We can probably all agree that registries are a necessary part of the wedding planning process. Without being guided by a curated list of what the couple needs for their future together, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with choices. The responsibility of finding just the right thing for a couple whose style and wishes you may not be familiar with can take the fun out of giving. On the other hand, choosing a wedding gift from a big box store registry can sometimes feel like you aren’t truly giving from your heart.
So, how do you respect the wishes of an engaged couple, give them exactly what they need, and also add a little bit of flair to the process? It’s easy! Step-up your giving game with these thoughtful fair trade add-ons.
Regular Registry Wedding Gift: Linens
Make it More Meaningful: Create a Laundry Gift Basket
Towels and sheet sets are registry staples. But let’s be honest, opening up a box of blue hand towels doesn’t inspire many ‘ooos’ and ‘aaahhhhs’ at the shower. Put your own spin on this old favorite by rolling up each towel and tying them with ribbon and displaying them in a fair trade laundry basket. Add some eco-friendly detergent and a set of hangers and voila! You’ve got a more meaningful wedding gift!
Regular Registry Wedding Gift: Flatware Sets
Make it More Meaningful: Add Cloth Napkins
Almost every registry includes flatware sets that reflect the style of the couple. If this is your wedding gift of choice, try adding block print napkins to make it a bit more personal (and global). Take note of colors, patterns and number of place settings that they requested. Use their taste to inspire the fair trade napkins you choose!
Regular Registry Wedding Gift: Boxed Gift
Make it More Meaningful: Wrap it in a Tea Towel
Whether you choose a small appliance or a few boxed sundries from their registry, using fair trade tea towels to wrap it is a fun way to make the wedding gift more memorable. There’s also the added bonus that you won’t be wasting wrapping paper. They can use this gift wrap over and over again, while fondly remembering who gave it to them.
Regular Registry Wedding Gift: Glassware
Make it More Meaningful: Add Coasters and Bottle Toppers
It’s easy to add a personal touch to glassware. If you choose to give tumblers, pint glasses, or juice glasses, top it off by adding fair trade coasters. If they like vino and they registered for wine glasses, choose some whimsical bottle toppers to step-up your wedding gift game.
You don’t have to settle for run-of-the-mill wedding gifts! Stepping up your gifting game is easy when you think beyond the big-box stores.