Wedding Gifts - Picking Out the Perfect Gift

By: Ellen Gentry

I have always believed in the importance of getting good gifts for people. After all, what is the point of a gift-giving holiday if you just go through the motions? Giving gifts, if you ask me, is an almost sacred obligation. It is a thing that brings people together, after all. Communities are strengthened, ties are forged, and everyone leaves feeling a little bit happier - or so the theory goes.

This is why I have been having so much trouble picking out wedding presents recently. I'm getting to the age where my friends are getting married in droves, and yet I can't find the perfect wedding present for anyone. Of course, there is an easy solution. Everyone signs up with a wedding registry after all, so the most obvious thing is to buy something that is on that list.

The problem is that wedding registries seem so insincere. There is nothing personal, for example, about getting someone silverware or a teapot that they already asked for.? If you ask me, a wedding present should have a more personal touch.

The problem is that it is difficult to pick out the perfect gift for a couple. If you are looking for a gift for a friend, it is usually pretty easy. You'll know enough about that friend and his or her likes and dislikes to pick something good out.? With a wedding present, however, it isn't at all the same. Usually, you know one person much better than the other. In addition, most couples don't have the same tastes. What might be a good bride presents isn't necessarily a good present for the groom. That is why so many people take the easy way out and go through the registry to pick out their wedding reception present. Otherwise, the choices are very difficult.

Of course, you can always get them something fancy and beautiful that you know they need. An engraved wedding present is often a good idea. For example, you can get them a fancy calligraphy set or stationary set, a handmade photo frame, or even a wedding photograph album. All of these gifts, however, are somewhat risky. It is difficult to know if someone else has already gotten them the same thing or not. When that happens, it can be quite embarrassing for everyone involved. That is why I have been having so much trouble with it. Picking out the perfect gift is hard!

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