I was invited by one of my best friends, the matron of honor, to the bridal shower on Friday (today), the shower is Saturday (yes, tomorrow). The bride is in her early thirties, has been living with the groom for two or three years and has a 15 month old child.
I barely know the bride (reason I had not planned to go to the shower originally) but have known the groom for about 13 years and became friends with him while he was living/nearly married with/to another of my best friends. They broke up about three years ago; I miraculously managed not to pick sides in the separation but have only recently started hanging around with the groom again. We're not and have never been especially close but they (bride and groom) are good people.
The groom will not be at the shower, I do not know them well nor do I know what they need but I assume after three years together, their home has one of everything. I am giving a selection of local wines as a wedding gift the following week. I have a limited budget and limited shopping options in our small town on a Saturday morning. We do have a Wal-Mart which will be open in time but that is about it.
Things I know about the couple:
in their 30s
raising a 13 year old and a 15 month old
both play softball, a lot
both very physically active
he's a hockey fan and I think she is as well
beer drinkers (so the wine is a stretch but I can't make myself give a case of Bud as a wedding gift)
home owners, but not gardeners
Seriously, that's all I've got aside from "fun guests at parties" and "tells good jokes."
Actually since you've been invited to the shower on short notice, a gift certificate in a card would probably suffice, unless you have a distaste for such things, Turtles.
I agree. Gift certificate!
I like the towels idea, but wonder about what you will find at WalMart. What about an immersion blender? Does anyone use cookbooks anymore?
btw...its great to have you back turtles!
2nd gift certificate - maybe for like a massage or something?
(towels... dunno, if she's not on a registry)
towels are always good, and kitchen towels away useful since they get ruined quick. Gift cards are always good for a store.
Gift certificate to the movies maybe?
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I very nearly gave a gift certificate but as I was walking through the store towards the cards, a mere hour before the shower, I found a nice wall clock. Some tissue paper, a gift bag, nice card to both bride and groom, and bam; lovely tasteful useful impersonal shower gift for about thirty bucks.
This is why I like the Asian tradition a tiny bit better. We believe money brings good luck so giving money is always acceptable as a gift. A greeting card and a check and all is well for me.
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