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July 21, 2009

Ye Olde Standby

Filed under: Weddings — sashyjane @ 12:04 pm

I love giving gifts! I absolutely love it when I find something that is absolutely perfect for someone.  It also gives me a great thrill to dress that perfect gift up with all the trimmings that make it almost too pretty to open.

It’s so exciting to me to observe your friend’s preferences and hobbies and then pair a gift with those preferences and hobbies.  For example, before my friend Sharon got married, I’d noticed that she had Norman Rockwell prints all over her house. So, as a wedding gift, I gave her and her husband the Norman Rockwell print, Marriage License.

marriageShe was thrilled that I’d noticed how much she loved Norman Rockwell and she loved that I’d put a little extra time and thought into the gift.

At my age, just about everybody I know is getting married.  Between weddings and showers, it can start to get pricey and I stop having creative gift ideas.  (while there’s nothing wrong with purchasing from a registry, I just like to give the happy couple something a little more creative and personal) Whenever that lack of inspiration strikes, I’ve got an old trusty standby wedding gift recipe that never fails to please.

Start with one part classic cookbook.


Wrapped beautifully and tied with a bow.


366877_pMix with one part pretty packaging.


Toss in one or two pretty dishtowels or oven mitts.

ms towels


Add as desired, chicken stock, pasta, olive oil, canned tomatoes, black pepper, and sea salt.


00737094000615_detail00737094006815_detail00737094005702_detail00737094005573_detailAdd the perfect card.


Garnish with ribbon as desired.  Give to bride and groom.  Happiness ensues.

If you’re on an even tighter budget, try giving the bride pretty dishtowels, a recipe and accompanying ingredients.

blueberry towels



What’s your trusty standby gift? Is there a go-to you reach for when you get a wedding or shower invite in the mail?



  1. I LOVE giving gifts also! It gives me a chance to be creative and to make someone happy :-) Cute post!

    Comment by Danielle — July 21, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

  2. Very cute! I like cake plates or something cut crystal or glass to give as a wedding gift. Although table linens are also a fun one too.

    Comment by Susie Mae — July 21, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

  3. I love this post. If I get married, I expect a well-thought out gift. :)

    Comment by Ginnie — July 22, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

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