Wedding Gift Trends in 2021
Before the legalization of gay weddings in the US which began in 2004 and became national policy in June 2015, a couples only option to make a public announcement of their love and commitment to each other was through a “commitment” ceremony.
Thanks to marriage legislation, gay couples can now enjoy equitable rights with the rest of society when it comes to having a similarly special day in which to exchange wedding vows. To help couples celebrate the start of their happy married life together, family and friends will be looking for innovative wedding gifts for couples.
In the past, it was customary for those getting married to be gifted items that would help them set up home together. With couples living together for years before marriage, the need for a toaster or wine rack is probably long past as a same sex wedding gift, unless you both want to revamp your home. The trend for a registry continues in 2021 and is helpful to friends and family as well as ensuring that couples do not get unwanted or duplicate gifts.
Bed and bedding
Beds and bedding are trending as the most popular wedding gift in 2021. A memory foam mattress will cradle your bodies in comfort and ensure you get a great sleep. Along with the best mattress on your wedding gift list is luxurious bedding. This includes gorgeous pillows and luxury, organic duvets and sheets.
Cooking is an intimate act
Eating and sharing a meal has always been one of the best ways for people to bond, which is why a meal on a first date is so popular. Cooking for someone else is an intimate act which is one of the reasons why reality shows around cooking are so popular. This has led to an ongoing trend for wedding gifts around the kitchen and cooking. This could be a classic self-sharpening 15-piece knife set that makes preparation easy or for the couple who has everything a refillable salt and pepper grinder set with multiple settings offers a choice of how coarse or fine the salt and pepper should be.
Many couples are building or rebuilding their vinyl collection, so check out what albums they are still searching for and gift these for a present they will treasure. For the rarest albums where the vinyl is warped or scratched, you can gift the sleeve of the album in picture frames made for the purpose which can be purchased in a range of colours to suit their home décor. A more expensive gift would be a 360-degree surround sound home theatre system.
For couples who have an established home and have all the things they wish for, experience gifts are trending. From diving to learning a new language, experience gifts offer a couple the chance to try something new. More than any other year, 2021 is the year that gifting good seats at a live show whether a stage play, musical, opera or favourite band will be very much appreciated.
If you want an online experience gift, there are online masterclasses by a raft of big names including actor Natalie Portman and chef Gordon Ramsey, mixing with Timbaland or photography with Annie Leibovitz. If you cannot make up your mind, gift an annual pass to all classes.
Donation to charity
Some couples getting married request that in lieu of gifts, guests can choose to donate money to a particular cause or charity close to their heart. Registered charities will be able to help arrange this. It is usually the case that you have no control over how the money is spent.
If there is a particular cause or individual that you want to be helped as a result of any money gifted, look for small, local charities that can be more flexible about maintaining contact with individual donors.