Choosing from a predefined wedding registry can be frustrating. Items chosen by the bridal couple may be well beyond your budget and can also feel quite impersonal. Yet another pair of salad servers? Really? The tradition has become rather stuffy and prosaic. On the other hand, finding a truly meaningful gift to commemorate such a special day can also be daunting. That’s why we’ve narrowed it down for you to make your life a bit easier, but also to keep things fresh and fun!

Here are our top unusual wedding gifts that are both meaningful and unique:

1. The Limited Edition Moët & Chandon Calligraphy Kit

With the world’s most loved champagne comes this limited edition calligraphy set. With a bespoke, golden font created by Parisian calligrapher Nicolas Ouchenir, this kit allows the couple to personalise their own bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial to remember their special day.

The Moët & Chandon Calligraphy Kit is available from leading liquor stores nationwide from R469.95

2. Customised Painting for Ants by Lorraine Loots

Local artist Lorraine Loots has become world famous for her miniature paintings that have become something of a sought-after collector’s item. Get your newlywed friends a customised painting just for them – perhaps a portrait of the two of them or a memory, or even a hint at a meaningful in-joke only you three will understand.

For more information visit lorraineloots.com

3. A Double Sleeping Bag for the Outdoorsy Couple

Are your friends the kind of newlyweds who prefer a bit of roughing it under the stars, nestled up against a roaring fire? Then surprise them with a truly thoughtful gift – the double hollow fibre sleeping bag for two. Now, instead of slipping into two separate sleeping bags, they’ll be snuggling up into one!

Get it here: outdoorwarehouse.co.za

4. The Gift of Experience with ExperienceDays.co.za

Sometimes a napkin ring just doesn’t cut it. To show your appreciation for the happy couple, gift them something priceless – the gift of experience.  On ExperienceDays.co.za you can buy them anything from a 10 000ft tandem beach skydive to a scuba diving experience. Not their style? Choose from thousands of different activities like spa retreats, flower arranging, horse riding, romantic getaways and more. They’ll never forget it!

To book visit experiencedays.co.za

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