Gift ideas

11 Thoughtful Off-the-books Wedding Gift Ideas

Proposing a gift as meaningful as the couple is to you is no small task. Especially if it’s one of your closest friends who is getting married, new sheets or a waffle iron don’t feel special or unique enough. Alternatively, if it’s a couple who seem to have absolutely everything, or who’ve been together a long time, buying them some expensive salad plates (because buying the 12 they signed up for is just too expensive) doesn’t hurt. doesn’t feel so fulfilling either. Trust us, we’ve all been there and it can be a stressful situation. This is where off-registering is the perfect option. You can give them something that will bring them even more joy, but it will also make them feel thoughtful as a gift giver.

When you go off the registry for a wedding gift, there are several routes you can take. You can either focus on the hobbies or experiences the couple enjoys together and give gifts around that, or consider items that would be on a typical registry and instead of the more generic versions you find in the big ones. stores, look for more creative takes on the classics. . By doing so, you’re giving them something that’s still functional and will not only clutter up their home, but also be beautiful to look at.

Here we’ve shared some of our favorite off-the-books gift ideas, with a little help from Katherine Lewin, owner of Brooklyn-based dinner essentials shop, Big night. The neatly curated shop is one of our favorite destinations for handmade serving pieces and glassware, as well as delicious pantry items from small businesses around the world.

Meet the expert

Katherine Lewin is the owner of the Brooklyn-based dinner essentials boutique Big night.