Is this you? You received an invite to a wedding and are starting to think about what to get the couple as a wedding gift. You are struggling with this thought because the couple has everything, but you don’t want to just settle on giving them money or a gift card. You want to give them a physical present, but you want to give them something unique and different. Maybe you are the couple getting married and are looking for different gifts to register for. Lucky for you, the Hudson Valley offers a huge array of really unique wedding gift options.
There are so many ways you and your guests can think out of the box, rock an awesome gift, and support our local community. Because the Hudson Valley has so much to offer, we can’t list everything because this post would go on for days. However, we’ve broken it down into four categories to get your creative juices flowing.
Wedding gift category #1 – Unique wedding registries
We’re all used to the “traditional” wedding registry where couples can register for home goods such as cookware, bakeware, bedding, china and the like, but did you know that there are tons of other gift registries you can sign up for? These alternative registries are particularly appealing for couples who are already living together before their wedding day and don’t need to or want to register for home goods but want something a little different instead.
Jacki Strum, founder of ThirstyNest, the first wine and spirits registry, perfect for the modern couple, allows couples to register for everything from drinkware, wine, spirits, even bar furniture. But here’s the best part! ThirstyNest offers Hudson Valley spirits which are perfect for adult beverage enthusiasts! They have Hudson Valley Bourbon Whiskey which is small-batch, limited-edition whiskey and is the first family of whiskeys distilled in New York since Prohibition. They also have Hillrock Solera-Aged Bourbon from Hillrock Distillery which is the world’s first bourbon aged the same way cognacs, sherries and ports are distilled on property that was once owned by a Revolutionary War Captain!
Wedding gift category #2 – Hudson Valley tours and experiences
Between local history, local food, local farms and the tremendous growth of breweries, wineries, ciderie, and distilleries, The Hudson Valley is a hotbed for great excursions and tours. Dann Gavaletz and Ray Hannon, owners of Hudson Valley Craft Beer Tours, offer custom tour packages to local breweries, wineries, cideries or distilleries throughout the Hudson Valley.
It’s no secret that over the last several years, there’s been a tremendous growth of breweries opening in the Hudson Valley. Gavaletz and Hannon say there are over two dozen new sites, which in addition to the older, established facilities in the area, gives connoisseurs a vast array of brews and a wide choice of tastes for people to sample.
You can visit these breweries yourself, but let’s face it, the Hudson Valley covers a large area and they aren’t always close together. Even though you are just tasting samples, you are still consuming alcohol, so having a designated driver who can take you to several sites in one day is a fun and safe alternative.
Their tours are perfect for anyone looking for unique alternatives to bachelor or bachelorette parties or even a great excursion for guests in town for a long weekend when they come to celebrate your wedding
Wedding gift category #3 – Art classes for the artistic, DIY couple
If you or a couple you know love to upcycle, do DIY projects or just love a great craft project, you might want to consider gifting them an art class or DIY project class so that they can do something together to hang in their home. The one thing about living together is that you now have to combine two, sometimes totally different styles, into one living space, so creating something together brings a little bit of both of you into the piece.
Paintbrushes & Party in Poughkeepsie offers that unique experience. With everything from canvas art to wood pallet creations, couples could totally create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork that truly symbolizes their tastes and love for one another. Owner Deanna Moriarty says it’s also a great date night idea. She says “They (couples) love laughing and creating together! …Our diptych paintings are lots of fun and our wood pallet signs have also been popular with couples.
Wedding gift category #4 – The gift of nature and history
Last, but certainly not least is the gift for nature and history lovers. If you live in the Hudson Valley, you are surrounded by state parks, recreational parks, hiking trails, or historical homes. That’s part of what makes the Hudson Valley so great and is what is a big draw for so many couples to live here.
If you or a couple you know loves nature or history, you might want to consider gifting them an Empire Pass. Most New York State Parks and historical sites charge a vehicle fee and this pass waives that fee.
There are six different versions of Empire Pass-type cards that range in lengths of time (annual or lifetime) and range in who they serve. You can also purchase a gift card so that the couple can choose the pass that’s best for them.
We’d love to know what non-traditional wedding gift did you purchase or receive? What other ideas do you have for gifts that go beyond money?
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