Open thread: What were your favorite wedding gifts?

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We know a lot of y'all just got married. (Congrats, and thanks for still hanging out with us!) So here's a fun post-wedding related question, one of our readers recently asked:

Totally materialistic post: What was your favorite wedding gift? Most unique? Most creative?

Ooh ooh, I'll start…

My favorite gift that I registered for: It might seem boring but… my plates. Seven years later, and after daily use, I still love the hell out of them. They're just so damn pretty, and they help me do my favorite thing in the world — eat.

My favorite gift that was a total surprise: A photo album of guest-shot wedding photos. We fired our photographer mid-wedding day, so any extra pics were great. But one guest went out of their way to put together a little album for us, and sent that… along with a few kick-ass martini glasses for all the post-wedding drinks we needed to have. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now it's your turn. What was your favorite or most surprising wedding gift?

PS: Ready to add weird things to your registry?

Oh and PS: We're in love with Amazon's wedding registries because they include a universal registry option — so you can register for stuff from ANYWHERE online, using Amazon.

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(and then get ready to add the stuff you're about to see in the comments…

Comments on Open thread: What were your favorite wedding gifts?

  1. My favorite gift was from my brother and his lady. They surprised us and got us and paid for our venue. We were going to get married in their back yard, but they said we needed something special. Another favorite gift was my coworker paid for my wedding hair as a surprise as well. I didn’t find out until my hair was finished. Material wise my favorite is the pewter goblets with our names that my husbands parents gifted us.

    • DAMN. if anyone in my family cares to sweep me away and pay for a venue, I’d totally be down for that………*crickets* lol

  2. Hard to decide, but I think our favorite gift has probably been Waterford crystal double old fashioned glasses. We added these to our registry sort of on a random whim, but someone purchased them and I now use them for pretty much every beverage (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)…they’re just the right amount of heavy and feel really nice in your hand.

  3. My super-talented bestie drew a comic-style picture of us and put it in a gorgeous frame. She did our wedding invites free of charge which I had assumed was her gift to us. I nearly cried when I opened it and found she’d been working on that masterpiece at the same time.

  4. Favorite registry gifts: KitchenAid mixer, kitty condo, shit ton of board games from our friends to grow our collection. We put about 27 board games and non-board games (Jenga, Uno, Cards Against Humanity) on our registry and our friends bought nearly all of them. So for the past couple of months we’ve been married, we’ve had Friday Night Game Nights. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Favorite non-registry gifts: hand-crocheted blanket from my godmother, heirloom china from my grandparents, the wedding itself from my parents . . .

  5. We had mainly a honeymoon register, so favourite thing there was seeing animals on safari in Sri Lanka. Best register gift we got was the I could eat a unicorn pasta sizer as I always made too much. Off register we got a newly wed box with slippers and things for the house, an amazing blues brother’s print and a lego minifigure superman and wonderwoman frame!

  6. We registered on Traveler’s Joy so most of our gifts went towards that. We’re going on a cruise that tours Iceland and Ireland so we registered for the excursions we want to go on as well a few other things. Kayaking, whale watching, passes to the Titanic museum in Belfast, etc. The funniest that we picked and someone got us was money for hotdogs in Iceland. Yes, we put hot dogs on our registry. They’re a specialty in Iceland and considered a must-try while we’re there. The quirkiest non-registry gift that we got was a mounted poster of Joker and Harlequin getting married. It’s gorgeous and perfect for us!

    • The hotdogs (at one particular famous hotdog stand) are just something that HAS to be done in Iceland.
      Don’t know what it is about them, but they’re great! Even better at midnight when you get the munchies after a day of touring about.
      I would go back to Iceland in a heartbeat, even though with non-connecting flights from Australia it took about 32 hours to get there…

      • That is great to hear! I’m excited to try them. I’m so excited to see Iceland. Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to see Iceland. We’re doing a cruise that leaves from the UK but funny enough, we’re actually flying through Iceland to get there. The airfare was way cheaper than other airlines. So we’ll see a glimpse of Iceland before we arrive there a few days later on the ship.

  7. Le Creuset pans which we could never have afforded: and use almost every day!

  8. The most useful gift we received was a large canvas tote with a wire frame and a matching cooler and outdoor blanket that my aunt had personalized for us. We’ve taken it to board game nights, to concerts, to festivals, and just out for picnics – it’s great for carrying everything we need!

    Our favorite gift, though, was a hand-crocheted afghan from a friend of the family. A neighbor I was close to when I was very young had begun to crochet it for me when I was a teenager, intending it to be a graduation present, but she passed away before I graduated. I never knew about it until my grandmother’s friend presented it to me at our wedding and told me that she had taken the partially-finished afghan and the materials from my neighbor’s home and finished it for her, because she knew that that was what my neighbor would have wanted. It was the only time I cried at all on my wedding day because it was such a heartfelt gesture and it meant so much to me!

  9. Favorite Registry Gift (thus far): I add the “thus far” disclaimer because a lot of our wedding, including gifts, is still packed in boxes. But so far our new shower hooks are my favorite thing! We got these http://www.walmart.com/ip/37300055?registryId=99720405582&listId=746da740-840f-46b8-8885-22c834752b30&listType=WR&listItemId=3eeb38e7-d98a-4398-959f-b4bec63cef4a&selected=true and they are awesome! It is so damn nice to be able to change EITHER the curtain or the liner and not have to take both down every single time. It’s the little things right?

    Favorite Non-Registry Gift: Would have to be the awesome Tornado Lamp that my co-worker got me for my surprise shower. It was Halloween themed and changed colors and glitter flew around inside it. We were mesmerized. We decided to use it as decor at our wedding and someone knocked it off the windowsill and broke it. Major sads! I have to ask my co-worker where she got it and get a replacement.

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