This is our new series of posts about Wedding Gifts. The first one is a curation of the best gifts received by Real Couples!
Wedding gifts can be awfully confusing. It doesn't matter if it's your closest friend or a distant relative - you want to give a gift they will actually love and/or use! We asked real couples who've gotten married over the last few years to share the one wedding gift they remember most fondly, to help you figure out what presents newly married people TRULY love!
Check under Editor’s Notes to find even more great gift ideas for your friends/siblings/cousins!
—“A portable Bluetooth Wi-Fi speaker by Sony” Aditi Ashtaputre, Bharatnatyam Dancer
—“Bose speakers by a relative!” Aditi Mittal, Lawyer
—“One of my friends gifted me a Crosley record player that I'd been eyeing for ages but never really had the heart to splurge on” Spardha Malik, Digital Editor at Ogaan.com
—“Bose soundlink” Tanya Nambiar, Singer & Event Host
—“Friends gifted us a super luxurious palace room to stay during Magnetic Fields Music Festival in Alsisar, Rajasthan. Our friends tagged along too” Anasuya Menon, Leadership Coach at Teach For India
Editor’s Notes: Music players (such as Bose Speakers) seem to be the gift of choice for the musically-inclined friend. Also, consider Beat headsets!
—“Electrical Barbeque set!” Debayan Josh Gupta, Executive at Bosch
Editor’s Notes: Barbeque sets were the most popular option with multiple couples choosing it as their top pick! Also consider waffle makers for the dessert lovers and for Delhi couples, a meal at Indian Accent restaurant.
—“Vouchers to stay at any Taj hotel in India!” Neha Dhawan, Client Manager at MissMalini.com
—“First class tickets for our honeymoon by my brother-in-law!” Aastha Maheshwari, Contributing Writer with Forbes magazine
—“It was a surprise by 8-10 of my university friends for a stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur). It was truly wonderful because I was new to India and travelling to such a beautiful city and hotel meant much more than a tangible gift” Soma Hashmi, Pakistani girl married to an Indian
—“A 2-day staycation in a beautiful Taj property in Cochin” Dhanya Laksmi, Consultant with KPMG
Editor’s Notes: Nothing new to add here. There’s nothing better than booking a vacation (or staycation!) for the newly married couple or getting them first class flight tickets to their honeymoon destination.
—“I had been eyeing this Michael Kors watch for a very long time and my younger brother surprised me with it (he bought it from his first salary!)” Sujas Rait Parikh, Digital Marketing
—“MAC gift vouchers!” Shinjini Amitabh Chawla, Chief Content Officer at ShaadiSaga
—“A friend of mine had given me a rare Tant saree. It’s a weave from Bengal and the whole saree has a symbol of spade as made on cards” Shivani Bali, PR Consultant
—“A white Dior watch on the eve of our wedding by my husband. I always wear it!” Shirin Mann, Founder of Needledust
—“A beautiful pair of traditional gold jhumkas gifted by my sister” Dhanya Laksmi, Consultant with KPMG
Editor’s Notes: While real jewellery & luxury watches are conventional gifts, vouchers to the bride’s (or groom’s!) favourite fashion & beauty brands are a great option.
—“Assorted collection of perfumes from CK, Gucci, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana in a basket” Deeotima Hazra, Student at Kolkata University
Editor’s Notes: She’ll also love body & bath products that smell yummy - think Forest Essentials, The Body Shop and L’Occitaine. For the boys, Marks & Spencer, Zara and Lacoste have surprisingly amazing scents & aftershaves.
—“A free gym membership for a year from my friend” Mohita, Homemaker
Editor’s Notes: Also consider the newest Apple Watch or FitBit
—“Since I am a graphic designer by profession, my close group of friends had gifted me an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil” Gunjan Ashtaputre, Graphic Designer
—“My college friends gave us the latest XBOX with a couple of games, which we’ve all enjoyed playing together at pretty much every home party since we got married!” Aman Chawla, Entrepreneur & husband to our Chief Content Officer :)
Editor’s Notes: Think tablets, PlayStation, smartwatches and of course, Beat headsets and GoPro Cameras!
—“An old picture album with all of our trip pictures on one side and pre-wedding shoot pictures on the other side” Gaurav Jain, Manager at Shoppe
—“My late mother-in-law’s gold kadaa. I never got to meet her and my brother-in-law put it on my after we came back from the ceremony - it stands out as one of my sweetest memories from them” Simran Kalra, Bridal Makeup Artist
—“A friend of mine is product design student and she collected photos of me and Pulkit from Facebook to carve them out on these lovely wooden coasters. It was a beautiful thought, very innovative, and nothing like I’d seen before. I use them regularly in my bedroom and everyone who sees them appreciates them!” Apoorva Bomb, Sales Director
—“A collage made by my friends with memories since childhood days” Karuna Jain, E-commerce Consultant
—“Vouchers from Good Earth!” Nikita Sethi, Stylist
—“Recliners by my didi and jiju. We wouldn’t have purchased these since they are a luxury item. But it’s been the most prized possession in our house! We eat, sleep, watch TV (literally do everything) on it!” Rashi Shekhar, Product Manager at Snapdeal
Editor’s Notes: Crockery sets and quirky home decor items will be loved by this type of bride!
—“Getting cash and gift cards was appreciated. It lacked imagination but really helped us pay off our wedding expenses while not eating into our savings” Pallavi Narayan, PR Manager at Edelman
Editor’s Notes: Basically, cold hard cash. It helps the couple set up their home, pay off wedding expenses or just acts as savings for the future!
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