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Perfect gift

Scouting for memorable gift ideas? Well, here’s a quick guide for every type of guest

If You’re A Parent

The wedding is a big day for the parents of the couple, as it marks a new phase in their lives, too. At such times, discussions often focus on the future.

“Choose something that can be an asset to the couple. It could include heirloom jewellery or an investment on their behalf,” suggests Shalini Beriwal of Magnificence by Shalini Beriwal. Besides these practical suggestions, opt for something with sentimental value. “Look up old pictures, handwritten cards/notes or pictures drawn
by the bride/groom as children. Package the items in a trunk and present it to them on their wedding day. This is something that money can’t buy and they will cherish it all their lives,” says Niharika Agarwal, Owner, Sugarbox, an online gifting portal.

If You’re A Sibling

While it is customary for you to gift them a part of their trousseau, there are other items that can be added to your list. “Customised linen for the bedroom complete with the couple’s monogram/crest is a good idea,” suggests Candice Pereira, Creative Head and Cofounder, Marry Me — The Wedding Planners. Or you can opt for something that helps nurture or indulge their passion or hobby. “From spa getaways and gadgets to accessories and hand-painted tea sets, it all depends on their taste,” says Beriwal.

Jewelry gift

If You’re A Close Relative (First Cousin or Favourite Aunt)

It gets a tad formal here, so keep the gift classy. “Opt for décor accessories or serve ware like wine or martini glasses,” suggests Pereira. Your rapport with the bride or groom allows you to surprise them with a more personalised gift.

If You’re A Long-Distance Relative

This applies to those relatives who have met the bride/groom only once in their lifetime, probably at a family gettogether. For such a person, choosing a gift poses a challenge. Agarwal suggests, “An assorted luxury tea blend, packaged with a congratulatory note, is a good option when you don’t know someone too well.” However, if you’re still unsure, let the bride/groom choose for themselves. “Given that one is unaware of the bride or groom’s taste and style, cash or cheque maybe the ideal solution,” states Pereira. If you want to steer clear of cash, pick vouchers.

If You’re The Best Friend

Naturally, there are high expectations from a best friend’s gift. “Look at gifts that are quirky and fun, something that is symbolic of a special moment between the two of you. Depending on your budget, you could offer to sponsor some aspect of the wedding. For other couple-centric gifts, think of a getaway or his-and-her sets,” suggests Beriwal.

If You’re A Colleague

As a colleague, the gift should be simple and formal, yet thoughtful. “Think of a gift that lets them take a break or helps them shake off the wedding blues. For instance, keeping in mind their work schedule, offer them a day at the spa,” says Agarwal. If you want to keep it formal, Beriwal suggests, “Wine or other beverages, gift vouchers, or flowers along with a note of good wishes work well.”

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