The next few years will be full of weddings. From postponed ceremonies to grander celebrations, people aren’t just engaging in revenge travel – couples are seeking some serious nuptial vengeance. But after a few years of attending parties via Zoom, do you still know how to shop for wedding gifts?
Wedding gifts are tricky. Etiquette dictates that the price of your present should be commensurate with the cost of your meal at the reception. However, how would you know that amount? Do you even have that budget? What about sentiment? Doesn’t value count over price? These questions could trigger shopping paralysis – which is never a good thing.
Never fear, here are perfect and practical presents any couple will love – and you will, too, because they’re so easy on the wallet.
Personalized Cutting Board
If you want to be sure your wedding gift will be used and not regifted, get your friends a chopping board with their name, monogram, or wedding date engraved. Everyone loves personalized presents. Whether they’re slicing vegetables or rolling lumpia, they’ll always need a cutting surface like this. Available at Treen Manila, Php1,000.
6-piece Knife Set
Every home cook needs good knives. If your friends are newbie homemakers still learning their way around the kitchen, you can gift them affordable blades that don’t scrimp on quality. Available at Gourdo’s, Php595.
Electric Oven Toaster
It’s impossible to promise that you won’t give the only toaster oven at the wedding, but you can get the most aesthetic one anyone would proudly display on their counter. Toaster ovens don’t just come as boring metal boxes these days. You can find one with a sleek look or a cute retro design. Available at Lazada, Php649.
A sandwich press is one foolproof wedding gift idea. Who doesn’t love sandwiches? Ham and cheese or speedy beef sammies will be much more enjoyable when they’re in a neat, pressed package (no messes to clean up after!). They can also use this nifty device for many activities, like cooking crispy bacon and making pancakes. Available at Edamama, Php799.
Spice up the newlyweds’ life with a basket of salt, pepper, and seasoning to make their cooking faster and set their marriage off to a delicious start. Add some gourmet salt, perhaps some artisanal cooking oils, Knorr Pork Cubes, and even sachets of Knorr Ginataang Gulay Recipe Mix. Available at major supermarkets.
Containers are one of the most overlooked wedding gift ideas. After all, what newlywed couple doesn’t receive a freezer-full of casseroles from their parents? Choose those that are airtight and freezer-safe. Available at Lock & Lock, Php790.
Gold Measuring Cups
Sometimes, a way to make a typical wedding gift stand out is to give it a unique or quirky twist. Case in point: gilded measuring cups – they’re like the plastic variety but much, much more charming. Go on, tell the couple to measure their life in love with these golden tools. Available at Gourdo’s, Php895.
If you prefer a more practical wedding gift, get your couple-friends a manual food processor. Cooking can be a romantic activity but it can also take up a lot of time. Make their lives easier and dinner faster with a product that can chop and dice in a snap. Available at Zalora, Php639.50.
Present that Wes Anderson x Nancy Meyers look with a few high-caliber pans that would look picture-perfect hanging on the kitchen walls. This two-for-one wedding gift doesn’t just help you prepare food, it doubles as décor, too. Available at Masflex, Php810.
Mini Charcoal Grill
Are your friends living in a small condo? A tabletop charcoal grill lets them enjoy barbecued dishes in a tight space. Think of all the delicious meals you’ll be providing them: savory pork skewers and barbecued chicken sandwiches, to name a few. Available at Ace Hardware, Php999.
When it comes to thinking up wedding gifts, always put practicality first. After all, you want the couple to appreciate the thought you put behind your present. Start shopping, and best wishes to the lovebirds!