The gift that keeps on giving
- A membership for a museum or art gallery – members of galleries, such as the National Gallery of Victoria or Art Gallery of NSW, are often treated to free or discounted tickets, exhibition previews and invitations to members-only events. Other possibilities could include a membership to their favourite sport club.
- A magazine subscription – this can be for anything, whether it's their fave travel mag, a foodie read or lifestyle title.
- Concert or festival tickets – perfect for music lovers! Treat them to tickets to their favourite festival, or buy a voucher for a booking site like Ticketek or Ticketmaster so they can choose a particular event, time or date.
- A subscription box – there are subscription services covering everything from gourmet goodies to beauty products (for women and men).
Help make their big day the best day
More and more couples are footing the bill for their big day themselves, and when you're working with a tight budget it can sometimes mean forgoing extras that are amazing, but not always necessary. Chipping in for something at the wedding is sweet, considerate and a sure fire way to do your friends a solid.
Of course, what you contribute to and how much you contribute is always up to you, and will depend on how close you are with the couple. You’ll need to do some early legwork with this one, because organising something for the big day does need to be done in advance. The plus side? You won’t experience any last-minute present panic. If you're ready to pitch in, how about helping out with one of these:
- A videographer
- A cheese table
- A photo booth or live Instagram printer for the reception
And sure, these suggestions aren't strictly for the couple (because who won't enjoy a cheesy spread or posing in a photo booth?) but they'll want to ensure their guests have a good time, so it's a win-win!
Go on, #treatyoself
- A voucher for an amazing experience – think a sunrise hot air balloon ride, VIP tickets to a concert or dinner at the chef's table in their favourite restaurant.
- Lessons – there are classes and courses to suit everyone, from cooking and cocktail-making lessons to language courses and trapeze classes.
- Something personalised – think outside the box and go for plush monogrammed bathrobes or a slate cutting board.
- A session with an expert – a consultation with an interior designer is great for couples wanting to renovate.
Remember, sometimes practicality wins out
- A packed picnic basket, complete with rug, cutlery and crockery.
- Board games.
- A carafe or wine decanter – perfect for those fancy dinner parties.
- A vase – something everyone needs, but may not think about buying until they're given flowers.