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Michele Caldwell |
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gift of good drink
Obviously, the gift of alcohol may be inappropriate for your Church
friends or your college roommate whose AA sponsor is a guest, but it can
be a fun, memorable, appropriate and affordable gift for others.
Recently, my favorite gift to give is a decent bottle of champagne and
two champagne flutes. The twist is packaging the gift in a box within a
box. The outside box should be wrapped per usual, but the inside box
should have a big sign on it that says, "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL (insert
1st anniversary date here)." This is a gift to open long after the
wedding whirlwind is over, and a great way for the bride and groom to
remember you a year later.
Second, martinis are fun! Ketel One vodka is around $20.00 per bottle.
It's the best for martinis and often comes in a promotional package that
includes a martini shaker. Add a set of affordable martini glasses,
which you can buy at any discount store (think TJ Maxx) a bottle of
cheap vermouth, and a bar strainer and you have a great gift that you
may even get a chance to share when the newlyweds have a housewarming
party! If you're feeling extra generous, add funky coasters or kitschy
swizzle sticks, even a How To Make Martinis bar booklet….
It's the same idea with Margaritas. Tequila is very affordable. (For a
good margarita tequila under $30, try Sauza Hornitos.) If you aren't
afraid of an extra heavy box to carry into the reception, a gallon of
margarita mix is cheap, too. Add two colorful and surprisingly
affordable margarita glasses and you've got a fiesta! Again, if you have
a few extra bucks then you can add margarita salt, an interesting
pitcher, a Jimmy Buffet CD, or His and Her tropical shirts (just
kidding!) If you bought the couple a blender as a shower gift, this gift
would be most appropriate.
If the bride and groom are caffeine freaks, supply them with a setting
of really great coffee mugs. Coffee mugs come in a huge variety of funky
shapes, sizes, and colors… and they won't break the piggy bank! You
can buy six for under $20 if you go to the right place. (Think Target,
not Williams-Sonoma.) If the bride and groom are, in fact, coffee fans,
then no doubt they' registered for the latest in coffee makers. Add a
bag of gourmet coffee from their favorite coffee haunt or a bag of
stolen flavored creamers from the gas station (disclaimer: once again,
just kidding! Petty thievery is not encouraged.)
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