Guests plan on spending an average of $146 on wedding gifts this year, according to a recent survey by Ebates.ca. While this budget leaves room for great gifts, many would agree that the struggle is real when it comes to figuring out what to get the couple that has everything.
Nowadays, most couples are living together before they get married and have all of the starter home items that they could possibly need. So what do you get for the couple that has it all? Here are six fun ideas that will surely gain you brownie points with the bride and groom.
Every penny helps
According to the Ebates.ca survey, 36 per cent of Canadians prefer to receive cash as a wedding gift. While this may not strike you as the most thoughtful gift, money may be helpful to a newly married couple who may have a few post-wedding bills to pay. Make your gift of cash extra thoughtful with a personalized wedding card that you can find online from designers online.
A memorable experience
Make the couple's honeymoon more memorable by purchasing them an experience that can be used on a trip. Think bamboo river rafting or zip lining if they're traveling to Thailand, or purchasing a gift certificate at a high-end hotel or restaurant chain so it can be used wherever they travel.
Make it personalized
Personalized or monogrammed wedding gifts make for creative and thoughtful gifts ideas that will stand out in a sea of serving platters and glassware. Etsy, for example, has an eclectic selection of personalized wedding gift items, from monogrammed cutting boards and steak knife sets to personalized key holder racks.
Help extend the honeymoon phase
You can achieve this by treating them to a night out to a gourmet restaurant, where they can order whatever they like without worrying about the bill. Think mini-staycation, gift cards to a nights stay in a boutique hotel -- unique experiential gift ideas will certainly be appreciated.
Deluxe customized gift basket
When returning from the honeymoon or if the couple is staying after the wedding, think of creating a deluxe custom-built gift basket! Add some great snacks & sweets, movie passes, voucher for a hotel stay, gift cards, a bottle of wine, and a hand-written note with some words of advice. The customization will really add a special touch to the gift and all the goodies will be more than welcome to help unwind after all the stressful wedding planning.
Subscription box surprise
Subscription boxes are the latest craze and there's one for just about everyone! You could sign up the couple for a joint box that they could both enjoy or sign them up for their own boxes for how many months fit in your budget! For the groom; how about a sock subscription box? For the bride, there are so many options available! From beauty to clothing and jewellery, you're sure to find something that suits her personality! Not only is this a great gift idea but it also continues to surprise them for months to come!
Sari Friedman is the Marketing Director of Ebates Canada and resident shopping expert. Ebates.ca is Canada's largest cash back shopping site. As a fashion enthusiast and new mom, Sari has an eye for finding and sharing amazing deals on the hottest trends and must-have styles.
Follow Ebates Canada on Twitter for the best Canadian deals, Cash Back offers and online shopping tips @EbatesCanada
Follow HuffPost Canada Blogs on Facebook
MORE ON HUFFPOST:
They might not have asked for a home-brewing kit, but you know they want one. Making their own beer at home will be an activity they can do together once all the wedding planning stress is behind them. If you're lucky, you'll reap the benefits too. Brewery In A Box Gallon Home Brewing Kit, $115 on Etsy
Even though your culinary-savvy friends may not think they need a new cutting board, chances are they do. They use boards pretty much any time they cook, and they might not know how important it is to replace them. Make it special and get them a personalized one they'll definitely love and use more than any other gift. Engraved Cutting Board, $27 and up on Etsy
Your pals love to get outside, but sometimes they have to actually do something indoors, as much as they hate to admit it. Bring the garden to them with a terrarium they can build themselves. Terrarium Kit with Chartreuse Moss, $24 on Etsy
If your friends are serious travelers, they've probably already set up some sort of honeymoon fund as part of their registry. They might not think to indulge in a water bottle with a good filter system. Wherever they're traveling, they'll use it all the time. Aqua Vessel Insulated Filtration Water Bottle, $42 from EcoVessel
Your friends love to eat, but once they get all the kitchen appliances they've asked for, they're definitely not going to know what to do. Help 'em out with a cooking class. Find classes on sites like CourseHorse.
Who doesn't want an excuse to eat out? Find a restaurant that has some meaning to your friends. Maybe it's the cuisine they'll eat on their honeymoon, or maybe it's the spot of their first date. Most restaurants offer gift certificates over the phone or on their website.
While everyone is giving frames and focusing on the wedding photo album, give your friends an easy way to memorialize their wedding invitation. You'll be giving them something unique, decorative and meaningful. Personalized Melted Wine Bottle, $25 on Etsy
The art-loving engaged couple don't need an excuse to get to the museum every once in a while, but they'll welcome the extra nudge. Get them a membership to a local museum and they'll thank you when they're not only seeing more art, but engaging with the community.
Who wouldn't want to get monthly shipments of wine? With a wine of the month club, your friends will have the perfect excuse to study up, keep track of what they like and dislike, and ultimately become more informed wine drinkers. Gold Medal Wine Club starts at $37
This may be one of the coolest items one can have in the kitchen. If you think your friends will enjoy watching their food cook (and who wouldn't?) go forth. Glass Pot, $200 at the Moma Store
Wedding vendors add up fast. Whatever you're skills may be, offer them while your friends are wedding planning. Maybe you're crafty and can help put together ceremony programs or place cards. Maybe you're a great photographer and can take family photos or set up a fun photo booth. Maybe you love to bake and can make party-favor cookies. Your friends will be eternally grateful, and you'll get to be an even bigger part of their day.
Follow Sari Friedman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/EbatesCanada