“You need to write thank you cards for any gift you received. Whether it was an ugly gift you didn’t want or the china you always wanted, you need to thank the people who spent time, money and often a good deal of effort buying you the gift. Often times I find that people feel it is unnecessary to write their friends thank you cards and only write to their relatives or their parents’ friends but I don’t really see the distinction.” – Laura, Bride
I got the chance to speak with Neil, from Jewelry Judaica, on what they are finding are some of their best selling wedding gifts.
“Historically, most of our buyers don’t purchase jewelry for wedding gifts, but we have seen many brides get jewelry as bridal shower gifts! In general, hamsas are trending as very popular symbols. Stars of David are the second most popular, followed by chais. Mezuzah motifs are rarely purchased for women.”
His wife of one year and partners together at Jewelry Judaica, had some great advice to share! “As a recent bride myself, the number one tip I have is purchase something from the bride and groom’s registry. If they registered for it, they want it. If it’s not your taste, it’s okay, you are buying something for them that they want. If you feel close to the bride and groom and want to get them a more personal gift, that is great. Just make sure its something that can be exchanged or returned in case they have something similar or it doesn’t fit their style.”
I personally love the idea of these pieces as either a gift for the bride or why not treat each of your bridesmaids to one of these sterling silver Hamsa Evil Eye Red String bracelets?
“If a guest flies in for a wedding you are not expected to buy a gift on top of that.”
“Try to give a gift that has the value of what the couple spent on you to attend the wedding (ie price of your plate plus some entertainment, etc).”
“Speaking from personal experience… you end up with a lot of doubles, or things you don’t want/need. Make it easy. Brides: make a registry. Everyone else: buy from that registry. Lol”
Gary Rosenthal’s Collection of Judaica is extremely popular, and wedding gifts are no exception. Most popularly guests buy couples Wedding Mezuzahs. “It makes a great gift for a young couple moving into a new home especially.”
They also offer wedding shard keepsakes. “They are nice decorative pieces that display the shards, or really any little memento you want.” Maybe you want to bring home some of that sandy beach from your honeymoon or use it to keepsake the glass you broke under your chuppah?
Of course they have plenty of non-wedding specific gifts. Beautiful, traditional and functional. A new Jewish home always needs a new menorah or seder plate, to call their own.
Some interesting pieces of advice. Do you agree, disagree or have anything to add? I’d love to hear your comments below!
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