In May 2010, there were over 56 million wedding-related Google searches in Canada, proving that Canadians are making full use of the internet to find deals and ideas for practically everything wedding related.
Being that the summer is clearly the peak of wedding season, our friends at Breakfast Television Calgary invited us to present some unique wedding gift ideas because not everyone wants to shop off the registry.
The following are fun and personal ideas we shared with the BT audience on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010.
Overstock.com has an amazing selection of international treasures in their Worldstock collection. 60 – 70% of the profits of these unique handcrafted items go directly to the artisan, helping to build industry in impoverished nations. These frames from Thailand are handcrafted from reclaimed boat wood and are a beautiful way for the couple to tell their fairytale story.
Eastern Influence has been a major trend in the design world for a couple of years now, and exotic pieces always make for an interesting conversation piece. The soothing sound of this singling bowl from Nepal is sure to bring harmony to the bridal home.
Traditional registries often include serving platters and bowls, but you will rarely find anything as beautiful as the handcrafted platters and bowls from Worldstock. As a side note – some guests will avoid the registry for budgetary reasons, but online stores like Overstock.com often stock the same (or similar brands) at huge discounts.
This non-traditional picnic basket from Bed Bath and Beyond, is perfect for sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts. It contains a portable grill, BBQ set, and doubles as a cooler.
This inventive little gift basket is packed with delish goodies (fine French truffles and sparkling wine to name a few) for the newly weds to snack on while they work on a message to the future, a photo album among other items, all to be sealed and opened on an anniversary date of their choosing.
New marriage, new home? Celebrate both with a customized doorknocker, engraved with the couple's shared surname.
Nowadays, every modern convenience is available for outdoor living spaces. Lanterns are an inexpensive yet beautiful gift that will set the newly weds' yard aglow with soft romantic light on warm summer evenings.
Recycled materials are uniquely incorporated into these punchy yet earth-friendly home décor accessories are a great way to recognize the efforts of eco-conscious newly weds. Check out the full lines of magazine and tin home accessories at Urban Barn.
If relationship advice is something you feel comfortable sharing, Chapters is a great spot to pick up the read that has impacted your relationship most. Not only do they have an extensive collection of books, but their in-store experience provides you tons of awesome little goodies to supplement the gift.
This tongue in cheek but personal gift puts a new twist on the traditional mixed tape. If you have known the newlyweds since the start, filling this USB with tunes that have marked milestones in the relationship will provide a beautiful reminder of how they found their way to the alter.
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