The Wedding Gift I Give All My Friends

With all the post-holiday sales going on right now, it’s the best time of the year to stock up.

Once the holidays are over and all the tinsel, wreaths, candles, and ornaments go on sale, I head straight to the mall to stock up…on wedding presents. Whether it’s a good friend or a second cousin once removed who’s getting married, I love to give the happy couple a “starter kit” of beautiful holiday decorations to help make their house feel like a home when their first Christmas or Hanukkah arrives. Even if there’s no wedding to attend in your near future, this is a great time to stash up during post-holiday-sales and keep the great buys tucked away for the next big event. Here’s how I put together a Holiday Starter Wedding gift.


Start with the basics.

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You can never go wrong with classic metallic ball ornaments and a basic tree skirt—every Christmas tree has to start somewhere! Then add some bling with a beautiful star tree topper, like this glittery one from Lowe’s (marked down from $30 to just $4.50!).


Light up their living room.

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For Jewish friends, choose an elegant menorah—your friends will think of you every time they light the Hanukkah lights. This beauty from Crate & Barrel is on clearance now for $20.97 (and don’t forget a box of candles to go with it).


Go with a theme.

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Check out the couples’ wedding colors and online registries to figure out their decorating style. Are they going to Disney World for their honeymoon? Throw in some Minnie and Mickey ornaments (these classic carolers are on sale now for $16.49). Do they have a sense of whimsy and embrace the shabby chic look? Look for loose tinsel and a baby pink tree (this one’s on closeout for $9.99).


Add one-of-a-kind extras.

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To give your gift an even more personal touch, include your grandmother’s eggnog or latke recipe. Then after the couple ties the knot, use a favorite photo you took of them on their big day to create a personalized ornament.


Think inside the box.

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Your friends will need a place to stash all those pretty ornaments and tree toppers during the rest of the year. Consider adding an ornament storage box or wreath protector to the wedding goodie bag.