Wedding Gifts to Avoid Buying, and 4 to Knit Instead
It’s wedding season again! With the days getting longer and warmer, it’s a perfect time to celebrate two people’s love. I myself got married last year around this time, and ever since my big day I’ve gained a lot of clarity on the subject of weddings—more specifically, what gifts to avoid. Keeping in mind that no two couples are the same, here are the 4 wedding presents I would avoid, and 4 knitted gifts to make instead.
1. A gift meant for only one half of the couple
Maybe you’re going to the wedding of an old friend whose partner you’ve never met, or maybe you’re just really excited for your best friend and know exactly what they like. Regardless, getting a gift that is clearly for only half of the couple can come across as hurtful. This day is about both of them joining together, so try to find a gift that celebrates that.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean a set of handknit mittens won’t be appreciated! Using Kate Atherly’s book Knit Mitts you can create two pairs of cozy, custom, and perfectly fit mittens the couple can treasure for years to come!
2. Elaborate white lace shawls
Let’s be clear: I have nothing against shawls. An ornate white lace shawl can be a beautiful gift—IF the receiver is expecting you to make them one. Wedding shawls can take months to make, and unless you know that the recipient is planning on wearing it for the big day, all your hard work can go to waste. Consider making that lacy shawl in their favorite color for a birthday gift instead!
A set of sweaters
If you want to go all out knitting-wise for the couple, consider making them both sweaters. It’s just as much (if not more) hard work to knit two sweaters as it is to knit an intricate lace shawl, and a sweater for each of them will resonate big. Check out the Spring 2018 issue of Interweave Knits for a variety of unisex sweater patterns sure to please the couple! My favorites are the Clear Creek Cardigan and the Dual Sport Pullover!
3. Funky home décor
As a former art student, I believe that what goes up on your wall is extremely personal and is probably best left up to the couple to decide on together. You don’t want your gift to end up in the donation bin!
A handmade throw blanket
A luxurious knitted blanket is a much better option for a wedding gift. Work up a cozy throw with big chunky cables like the Mackinaw Blanket from Plum Dandi Knits. Hand knitted blankets with oversized chunky cables are super trending right now, so consider making the Mackinaw for the style-forward couple getting married. Whether they display your gift proudly on like a work of art, or save it just for special-occasion snuggles, they’ll be sure to feel the love!
4. Baby items
Do I really even need to explain why this is weird? Unless the couple is expecting or already has a baby and specifically asked for baby items, just stay far, FAR away from this.
Knitted kitchen towels
What a safe, well-meaning, and useful gift! Almost everyone will appreciate a great set of knitted kitchen towels. A set of 4 or 6 Kitchen Dish Towels from Quick + Easy Knits is a great gift option for a couple that’s buying a house, or moving in together! Wrap them up in the Simply Knit Baskets and you’ve got a great gift without any of the baby pressure.
So what do you think? Will you be knitting a wedding present this year? Cast on any of these options for a thoughtful gift that’s sure to be a hit!
Happy wedding knitting!