Monday, June 3, 2013

Giving Wedding Gifts That Will Stand Out

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By Fikayo Giwa

Gone are the days, when guests turn up to weddings with toasters and china to present to newlyweds as their wedding gifts. With the advent of cohabiting, couples tend to have already furnished their homes and so don’t require the traditional starter home gifts. These days, it is more common for invites to say “we request monetary gifts”, “contributions towards a store gift list” “vouchers” or more simply “your presence is enough of a gift”. We have come up with interesting and creative gift ideas, big and small for the less traditional couple

Contribution towards honeymoon

This is becoming an increasingly popular notion for financially savvy couples trying to save money

Mr and Mrs Pillowcases

It’s unlikely they’ll receive 2 of these, making your gift a memorable one

An experience day

This can be as wild as jumping out of an airplane or as relaxing as a couple’s spa day


If you know the couple very well, you can be different and buy them tickets to the theatre or a show that you know they will appreciate/enjoy after their honeymoon.


Most homes these days tend to have a bit of artwork in them so if you know their taste or have visited the couple’s home, buy them that perfect piece.

Cooking Classes

Especially if you know that one or both of the newlyweds have culinary challenges, this would be great.

Towards the day

If you are close enough to the couple, you can make a contribution towards their day, by paying for some or all a service/item you know they want.

Wii fit

For the fitness fanatic couple, why not buy them a wii fit? A nice way to stay fit and healthy, together and in the comfort of their home

Games console

We’re not sure if the groom will love you more than the bride will hate you for this gift.

The Wild Card

This could be anything…crazy, quirky, irrelevant, funny, personal, if you can think of it, then give it.

What other non-traditional wedding gift ideas can you think of?


Fikayo Giwa is the founder and Creative Director of the Simply Kayo brand, a boutique special events company specialising in creating luxury events for the discerning client. Fikayo is passionate about planning weddings, events and bringing together quality suppliers to pull off a seamless event. She loves making her clients’ dream events come true.


  1. Awesome. I'm tired of cliche gifts too. So this is great. Cooking Classes sha? Men hardly marry women who can't cook these days. Lol.

  2. Your opinion is very good these. Very innovative.
    Choose a wedding gift to a friend is difficult.

  3. Wonderful ideas. I know wedding gifts are very important. What about beautiful crystal picture frames? I think this will also contribute well as a wedding gift.

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