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Suggestions for a Nice Wedding Gift 4-500?

Any suggestions for a very nice wedding gift for a family member in the 4-500 range?

they already have a kitchen aid stand mixed but any other suggestions are surely welcome. thanks.

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  1. I would highly recommend that you purchase based on their registry. Highly. If something's not there, it's pretty likely that they don't really, really want it.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Um.... Another possibility is that, if an item isn't on their registry, maybe they don't KNOW [much/anything] about it. These days, especially among young couples, there may be more familiarity with heavily-advertised items (yeah, think the "Brides" magazines) than cooking knowledge. If your family member/betrothed falls into this camp, why not get them something they're gonna LOVE when they learn a little more?

      If you want to score points with the groom (and probably also the bride), one suggestion might be a set of really good steak knives. They'd remember you and your gift FOREVER, every time they use them (as opposed to, e.g., the gravy boat that is lost in obscurity until broken).

    2. Or put the $$$ on a gift card for the store where they are registered. Just because I want a 13 piece set of stainless tri-ply Calphalon doesn't mean the bride and groom also do.

      If there is something on the registry you have a question about, please post here.

      1. I agree with the others, either pick out something from their registry, or give them cash / gift card. I can't say for your family members, but I want to pick my own kitchen items.

        1. Have they registered for china? While some people may select place-settings, you could select a few of the larger serving dishes, platters, and lesser known items to round out their collection. Do they enjoy cooking? Would they enjoy/benefit from private cooking lessons from a chef in their area?

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          1. re: enbell

            that's a good idea; those serving pieces are pricy and more than many people want to spend.

            1. re: DGresh

              Yep. Our younger daughter and SIL got a pretty expensive, copper gratin pan that way. When I saw it on their WS registry, I teased her that they'd never get THAT. But they did.

            2. re: enbell

              ^^^^
              My favorite idea yet, platters, etc. Love the cooking lessons suggestion, too.

            3. Sometimes couples won't register for mutiple single items in that price range, so the registry doesn't always give the whole picture. Here's an example.

              A few years ago, some friends were getting married and we knew that they wanted a Weber gas grill (they had a charcoal Weber already). So several of us pitched in to buy them a Weber Genesis and the couple were thrilled and surprised about it.

              Perhaps some of their friends or other family members might be able to give you some ideas?

              Another larger gift we have given a couple of times that has been well received is a large size Le Creuset enameled pot (9-13qt sizes). Always purchased from a local store where it could be returned if they wanted another color, shape or size, or didn't really want a large LC pot. So far, no returns, happily surprised couples.

              1. You are not obligated to buy from the registry... etiquette traditonally says you shouldn't dictate to guests what gifts to bring which is why registries were frowned upon. But in the US, they have become an accepted part of wedding culture.

                If monetary gifts are culturally acceptable, that is the easiest for you and them. Or you can get them a gift card to a dept store in their town so they have flexibility to buy things later that they realize they want/need. If you do buy from the registry, pick gifts that collectively make sense rather than random items just to achieve a certain $ value.

                If you know the couple REALLY well, you can try to be more creative. My closest friends all got my wedding gifts that were very original - a dining certificate to Daniel Boulud's restaurant in NYC which DH and I used to celebrate our one month anniversary (this might be a good idea if they are foodies.. which is why I assume you are posting on Chowhound?), a framed painting by a local artist, handloomed and handcrafted cushions etc...and equally appreciated as the towels and the set of wine glasses etc ..that other friends gave.

                1. Another suggestion in case you want to buy a food related item...

                  If they are coffee drinkers, a Nepresso coffee pod machine with a presentation box of coffee pods and some matching coffee cups and saucers would make a nice gift. Just the machine alone is probably sufficient too.. some models are in the $350 price range.

                  Or if they like to cook at home a lot, you could buy them a library of cookbooks - it would require you figuring out which books they already have to avoid duplication. The selection could include classics and ethnic cuisines. I saw someone do this as a present at a baby shower -gve the parents-to-be a small library of classic children's books ranging from pictures books to 5yr reading level.

                  1. The newest Cuisinart Food Processor (14 cup)
                    All Clad Slow Cooker
                    All Clad 12 non stick frypan
                    Le Crueset Dutch Oven (5 qt)
                    Wood salad bowl with matchiung servers

                    or, ummm, cash.

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                    1. re: sexyLAMBCHOPx

                      I almost always either purchase something from the registry or give cash. As someone who has VERY specific ideas about what I like and don't like, I would much rather give something that I am ABSOLUTELY sure the couple will be happy with instead of taking a chance with a "surprise." The only exception I might make to this would be a very close friend or relative that I know extremely well and would be very confidant buying for off the registry. But I have to say, having said that, I've never actually done it.

                    2. I'm also in the cash/gift card/registry camp.

                      I think every gift they get will be appreciated, however it doesn't mean that they will ever use it. I feel horrible, for example, about a wall clock that I received from someone. It was lovely to them, and I really appreciate the thought, but I will never hang it and it is unreturnable. I look at it in storage and feel bad for not using it, but I can't bring myself to just give away such a thoughtful gift.

                      There were other off-registry gifts that I got that I use and enjoy, but not all of them.

                      1. Remember back in the day when a microwave made a great wedding gift? That's when they were enormous and cost $500.

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                        1. re: John E.

                          My parents still use their first microwave. Sharp, 700 watts, over 25 years old.

                          1. re: jaykayen

                            LOL! I still have a 1960s Amana Radarange, which I think went for over $1000. Not a bad oven, really, and cool dial controls, all SS. Last oven standing--the cockroaches will be using it after humans have perished from the Earth.

                        2. One of the best gifts I received was cash in the currency of the country where we were honeymooning. However, it came with specific instructions that it be used to create a memory doing something that we would normally not have done because it cost too much or wasn't in the budget, etc. It was a fantastic gift!

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                          1. re: islandgirl

                            that is an incredibly thoughtful gift!