With the official start of summer, the season known for cook-outs and beautiful beach days is also synonymous with weddings. The summer months are a popular time for couples to tie the knot, and as your social calendar fills up with invitations and announcements, the quest to find the perfect wedding gift takes center stage.
While many couples enlist the help of a registry to assist their friends and loved ones with their wants and needs, if you genuinely know the couple, shopping off the registry and finding a more personalized gift is a great way to show how much you care. Depending on the type of couple you’re shopping for, taking their interests and talents into consideration can provide an ample angle for finding a gift that’s not only personal, but one they will cherish for years to come.
If the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. love to cook, explore new restaurants and cuisines, indulge their taste buds with the Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Boxed Cookbook Set ($69.95, Williams-Sonoma). The set includes two cookbooks - the Bride & Groom Cookbook and the Bride & Groom Entertaining Cookbook.
Along with tips for setting up a kitchen and pantry together, the Bride & Groom Cookbook also features 150 recipes including a full range of classic meals such as Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie and Spiced Roast Turkey with Gravy, as well as a selection of distinctive recipes including Duck with Tart Cherry and Port Sauce and Mascarpone-Stuffed Figs.
In the Bride & Groom Entertaining Cookbook, newlyweds have a full guide for entertaining with ease at their fingertips. Whether planning a menu for a special occasion, party or outdoor soirée, this cookbook features cooking techniques, wine pairings, and full menu plans for creating a memorable occasion.
If your favorite couple loves to spend quality time outdoors, give them an iconic Lowcountry favorite since 1889 - The Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock Shop #15 Presidential Cotton Hammock ($169.95, The Original Hammock Shop).
Sturdy and comfortable, this hand-woven white cotton rope hammock measures 65-inches-by-82-nches and is large enough to hold two adults and two children. The lovebirds can hang it between two strong trees, on posts, or on their porch for hours of cuddling and relaxation.
If the soon-to-be-wed couple is a pair of romantics, invest in a personal gift that they can treasure and remember their day with the White Peony Quilt ($50, embroidery starts at $6, Things Remembered), monogrammed with their names and wedding date.
The classic white peony design and scalloped edges of the quilt will accent any décor and provides a perfect backdrop for having their names and wedding date embroidered on the front.
If they are caffeine addicts and enjoy their daily jaunts to the coffee shop, buy the couple a deluxe coffee maker that makes at-home coffee prep easy and convenient.
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker ($129.99, Bed Bath & Beyond) features a built-in grinder that will grind the beans prior to brewing, providing the freshest cup of coffee in house. Along with a thermal stainless steel carafe for keeping the brew piping hot, this coffee maker also features 24 hour programmability and a feature for making smaller pots of coffee as well.
If the newlyweds love to throw parties and host dinner guests, give them an entertaining piece that is posh and dynamic.
The Antique Silver 3-Tier Stand ($129.99, Pottery Barn) is a pretty showpiece that looks like an heirloom and features a classic silver design with antique finishing. Along with displaying small desserts such as cookies and tarts and appetizers, the three-tier design will also easily accent any place setting or tabletop décor and stands 15 inches high.
If they enjoy quiet nights at home, give them each the gift of comfort with the Cozy Robe in White ($89 each, Pottery Barn). This lush, thick microfiber robe features two pockets, long sleeves and a full shawl collar, perfect for at home spa days or cuddling in after a shower. For a personal addition, have the robes monogrammed with Mr. and Mrs. or their initials.
These gifts can be found at the following local retailers: Bed Bath & Beyond, Coastal Grand Mall, 2400 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-2915, or visit www.bedbathandbeyond.com. Pottery Barn, Market Common, 3332 Reed Street, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 238-0361, or visit www.potterybarn.com.The Original Hammock Shop, Hammock Shops Village, 10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. For more information, call 237-9122, or visit www.hammockshop.com. Things Remembered, Coastal Grand Mall, 2116 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 839-2940, or visit www.thingsremembered.com.Williams-Sonoma, Market Common, 3064 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 238-2029, or visit www.williams-sonoma.com.