If an engaged couple doesn't really care about their registry, we prefer searching elsewhere for the wedding present. Mostly because we can't often afford the gifts on the registry. But also because it's more fun to unearth a quirky-but-amazing kitchen appliance or a personalized, sentimental trinket.
So even if the bride and groom-to-be say, “Please, please don’t deviate from our registry!” you should probably ignore them and buy something from the slideshow below. Each wonderful gift is under $100, and they're all awesome. And clearly the couple is just so busy with wedding planning that they don't know what's best for them. (A fondue set, for instance.)
Cooler than most of the monogrammed stuff they'll be getting, these custom mugs will start the couple's mornings with a smile.
Custom Silhouette Mugs, $66.75, etsy.com
To entertain them when they're using all their new kitchen products and drinking leftover alcohol from the reception.
Jensen Wood Turntable,
Probably the most fun kitchen accessory ever.
Hot Air Popcorn Maker, $44.10, nostalgia electrics, sears.com
Ties for the most fun kitchen accessory ever.
Cast Iron Fondue Set, $39.95, crateandbarrel.com
The grown-up thrill of really pretty paper and envelopes doesn't end with the wedding invitations.
Desk Embosser, $28.50, papersource.com
In theory, spontaneous picnics sound like a great, romantic activity for newlyweds. In practice, they're annoying to organize. Which makes this totally unnecessary picnic kit pretty necessary, actually.
Picnic Backpack, $79.95, redenvelope.com
Something to do at the dinner parties the couple will be hosting with their new sets of china and glasses.
Town Hall Bingo Game, $64, restorationhardware.com
Wall Mount Bottle Opener
Yeah, everyone's got a bottle opener. But less people have a fancy, personalized one that mounts to a wall and never gets lost.
Personalized Bottle Opener, $49.95, redenvelope.com
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