Let me begin by saying that I am not a fan of stock wedding gifts. Egyptian cotton, sterling silver picture frames, Crate and Barrel baking dishes….I find it all, zzzzzzz, boring. My aversion for traditional gift giving is rooted in the registry process. I was even uncomfortable with the concept as a bride to be. Now, after years of wedded bliss, I find myself mentally challenging what couples select for their registry via retail shooting ranges. Don’t get me wrong – I truly LOVE giving gifts; the packaging, the personalization, the entire process. All of the endearing reasons above are why I despise the concept of scanning a bar code, locating a pre-selected George Foreman grill, purchasing (with gift receipt for easy exchange), allowing associate du jour to gift wrap item, schlepping it the night of the wedding to add to a huge pile of similarly wrapped George Foreman grills.
Things I have actually said while Wedding gift shopping:
Lame wedding gifts are one of my hot buttons for a lot of reasons. I vote we start a new tradition – 10 year “still” married showers for couples who remain in the trenches. I assure you, gaming systems and shrimp forks would not be on these registry. After 14 years, I deserve the darn quesadilla maker, and our friends deserve a quesadilla, it takes a village.
A non-lame wedding gift alternative
Recently a friend and I attended a beautiful wedding. Instead of new Tupperware containers we chose a boozy gift basket that features these adorable custom tags with some favorite wines:
Charly Rhea at PulpPaperGoods on Etsy specializes in custom design and prints for every special occasion. Our order from PulpPaperGoods came with 8 tags total that included first baby, fight, house, Christmas and Wedding Night. Adorable! Ordering is a snap and these tags shipped and arrived quickly.
For $15 these beautiful tags come ready to use. They are printed on heavy paper and feature your choice of color and design on the backside. Stripes, dots, whatever your fancy and you can find them at PulpPaperGoods.
What I love most about these tags is the personal touch of the Bride and Groom’s names featured on each tag. Just add a basket and spirits of choice and you are ready to go. Want to make the gift extra fun? Add a cool wine opener or special wine glasses.
Prefer to print the tags yourself? For $12 PulpPaperGoods will send you a ready to print PDF to print yourself – awesome!
Love and communication may be the foundation of a successful marriage but let’s face it – a little wine never hurt. Toast the happy couple with a personalized gift that celebrates life’s milestones from PulpPaperGoods. Good wedding gifting – because no one will remember if you give them a banana hanger (well almost no one.)
Dana Smith says
Hi Dana…thanks girl! So much better than a banana hanger ;)…
This is a great idea. I did a similar gift for friends a few years ago, except that I chose a champagne for their first anniversary, a wine for their 5th anniversary, and a wine for their 10th anniversary and tagged them each as such. I loved that this was not only a completely usable gift but an optimistic and encouraging one, too. 🙂
I love the champagne and Anniversary idea Mel…adorable!!!
Thank you so much for featuring my Wine Tags Becki! I’m so happy you were pleased with them, and enough so to recommend them to others. 🙂 I look forward to working with you again, and I hope they are hit with the lucky couple!
They are adorable!!! Thank you for stopping by the blog!
Jennifer Connell Lanio says
Yes! Love the idea for a 10-year still married shower!! And that boy with a banana? Hilarious.
I love him too…banana bliss…❤️❤️❤️
Mickie Abernathy says
#lamegiftssuck HA This is such a great idea and right up my alley…wish I would have thought of it but I will use it!!! Fiona LOVES your blog, by the way!!! Hope you are doing ok with the Lalas in school…8th grade was hard…not gonna lie!
Let’s be honest I didn’t think of it either! Miss you girly…thanks for reading!
The little banana boy at the end made my day 🙂
Me too!!! I love it 😉
Eco Friendly Homemaking says
Wow what an awesome gift idea!!
Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by and reading…:)
This wine basket and my June Cleaver pie plate (from you) were two of my most favorite shower gifts 🙂
Oh that makes my day girl! So much better than a banana hanger!
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