Let's begin with an excerpt from the dictionary:
Unique /yo͞oˈnēk/ adj.
1 - being the only one <his unique requirement was a nice toilet>
2 - a: being without a like or equal <each thunder that came was unique>
b: distinctively characteristic <this is not a condition unique to the Philippines>
3 - unusual <that female singer from Britain has a unique voice>
During our early years in school, we've been taught that every human being is unique. So true, in fact, that even identical twins are not really... well, identical. We each have a unique DNA, a unique thumbprint, a unique personality. This is the reason why when you travel from one house to another in this adobo-loving country, you would eat the same dish but taste a different one every time.
We enjoy our individuality. We celebrate who we are because this is how we are designed to be. You and I are not only human beings. You and I are special human beings. Each individual made for a specific and unique reason. We gravitate towards the unique. Moreover, what is uniquely ours. We enjoy giving and receiving unique and special gifts. Isn't it a wonder why even the most mundane gift such as a t-shirt becomes special when the t-shirt is uniquely yours? It's no wonder these personalized gift shops never run out of business! It is our own stamp of individuality that makes something unique. And when we place it on something and pass it on to someone, it's like saying, "Here's a piece of me, take it because I want to share my life with you."
So let me encourage you to have this mindset the next time you're picking out a gift for a bride-and-groom. When you think about it, each time you go to a wedding, you're witnessing the start of something new. After all, it is in weddings where two become one. So why not give something reflective of this new union? How about something for their new abode? Chances are, they've placed quite a few of these things on their wedding registry, but here are a few ideas to make them uniquely "from me to you":
For the living room
If the couple is moving in to a new house together, chances are they will organize a party sooner or later. Why don't you bring a conversation piece to their living room? A conversation piece is any piece of furniture or fixture that could start a conversation. This could be a photo, a souvenir from a vacation, or a really memorable gift from a friend or loved one. Something as simple as a picture holder filled with your favorite photos of the couple could help them entertain guests in a party or even just help them re-live memories as they lounge in their new space.
For the bedroom
Go the extra mile should you decide to get them those pillow cases. Get them embroidered with their initials or the new Mr. and Mrs. [insert surname here]. Why not place their favorite bible verse or their favorite song lyrics on pieces of throw pillows? Often, it is the little details that count and this may just help them adjust to their new sleeping set up.
For the bathroom
Instead of just getting those soap holders, why don't you fill them with a unique soap for the newlyweds? There are a handful of places in the city where you can create a unique scent for the couple and they will place them in soaps or candles for you. I could think of no better way to help the couple refrain from having "eww de toilettes!"
For the kitchen
Foodie or not, each couple will one day or another use their kitchen. It's not possible to eat out all the time! So, why not fill a clearbook with your favorite recipes, get them that recipe holder and show them how it's done!
For the dining room
Yes, do get them that wine glass set but make it extra special by giving a bottle of wine labeled with something like, "to drink only when you've returned from your honeymoon," or some kind of achievement you know the couple is aiming for. Add a little touch and lead them to make memories when they use these items for the first time. One can get a little nostalgic by looking at a specific plate or mug or wine glass.
Any gift will definitely be received and appreciated. However, if you want to create an extraordinary impact to the wedding couple, give them something matches the bride and groom's hobbies or interests. The fact that you've gone beyond just buying something says a lot. Remember, if you want to be a unique gift-giver, it's the extra thought that counts!
Meryll is rarely invited to a wedding to simply be a guest. She is almost always invited to take the floor -- either as wedding singer, a host, a bridesmaid, or the go-to wedding organizer (although she admits there are a lot of people better qualified for this task). A wedding jack-of-all-trades, so to speak, and curious as to whether someday, she will be the bride. Regardless, Meryll finds her identity in Jesus Christ. She enjoys reading the Bible and serving in her local church. A twenty-something who spends most of her weekdays working in business development and marketing for a multinational law firm, she says writing and making music help keep her sane and serve as her mind-tools against burnout.
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