Wedding gifts. They are a bit of a sticky issue at times. Do you buy from the registry? Do you go out on a limb with the cool gifts I mentioned yesterday? Do you give cash? A lot, I think, depends on how well you know the couple. For those work friends, opt for a gift from the registry. A couple maybe younger than you and just really embarking on adulthood? Cash may be a good option.
For those that are close to us, like siblings or cousins? I love a custom gift, something totally personal. Since you know them, you know their taste, their décor, their loves and hates, so you can pick something just for them that they will cherish for years to come. Always-good ideas: coasters with their monogram or last name initial or etched barware with the initial. Those will be used over and over again. A few other ideas I spotted:
This wood plaque from CSS Design on Etsy is a great idea. It can go in a kitchen or entry way or even a redone basement or study. Sleek, sophisticated, it can work for those couples where you know she's taking his name.
This chic print in faux wood grain adds a pop of color and whimsy for any décor. You can get it in a variety of colors. From Verbose Prints on Etsy, there are a few "tree initial" prints to choose from, so if this doesn't quite do it, look around at some of the other pieces. I see it in a bathroom or an entry hallway.
For your brother or sister with a more modern style, how about this one from Uncommon Goods. Like sign posts, it's totally titled "The Intersection of Love." How adorable is that? Again, it comes in different colors and isn't totally overt with the personalization as it may take houseguests one or two passes to realize the street names.
Share your best custom or personalized gifts to give!