Fabulous Gifts for the Bride

by : Pat Brill

There are few things in life more wonderful than getting married. It just gives a good feeling to see two people in love starting out together, doesn't it?Buying gifts for the wedding or engagement party is almost as fun as buying gifts for yourself, but wedding gifts don't have to break the bank. In fact, it's usually cheaper to buy the couple a something for their new home rather than giving them cash. So, if you want some great gift ideas (because the thought of giving them a toaster just makes you cringe …), read on. We've got some great ones.

For a Creative GiftWell, that high-priced photographer is going to produce mounds of photographs, all of which will need a home. A photo album or funky, artistic frame is always a good choice for a wedding gift.

Or, why not think about getting the happy couple something to do together in their leisure time? Perhaps a picnic basket and set of picnic supplies, a doublewide hammock, or an exquisite wine gift basket.

For a Healthy GiftIf the newly married couple is into healthy or organic living, why not put together a gardening kit for them? Find some organic vegetable or flower seeds, and collect all the tools they'll need to garden together in the backyard.

You could also think about ordering them a gift basket full of organic foods. With all the stress of planning and pulling off a wedding, it might be nice to just relax one night and munch on some organic, tasty treats!For Pure DecadenceDecadent gifts can be anything from the pure luxurious to the downright fun. With all the blenders and plates the couple is going to be getting, why not lighten things up and get them a basket full of games? Stock it up with things they can play together, everything from a deck of cards to Monopoly.

If you're thinking luxurious, well the sky is only limited by your imagination! What about a digital photo frame? One of these will allow them to upload all their wedding pictures. The screen changes every few seconds, so they always get to look at a new picture.

For the Time Honored GiftWhat about an expensive journal and pen to record their wedding experience in? It would definitely be an adventure to look back on 10 years from now and read about how Aunt Marge got drunk at the reception and lead the conga line for over an hour!Or, what about some personalized stationary to write thank you notes on?For a Technology GiftIf you're thinking luxurious and techie, why not purchase a new home theater system? There's almost nothing better than curling up to a good movie with theater surround-sound (although it might be hard to resist keeping this one for yourself …).

If that's a little out of budget, what about nice photo printer to print all their wedding pictures out on? If you're feeling a bit on the luxurious side, you can also stock them up on ink refills as well.

With a little advance planning and creativity, you can go above and beyond the toaster and blender cliché of wedding gifts. You'll give a gift that's unexpected, appreciated, and certainly memorable!