The gifts that I ended up loving the most from our wedding were the handmade items that people selected for us from artists they knew of. We have a handmade cutting board that I use almost every day with delight, a set of thrown ceramic nesting bowls that I use for serving up some beautiful meals, and a hand bound leather album that I have our wedding photographs in. These are the things that years later I truly treasure. So now whenever I get invited to a wedding I take a look at the registry to get an idea of the couples taste and color sense and then I go and get them a wonderful handmade gift instead. I've never had any complaints and many folks tell me years after their wedding that our gift was one of their faves. So here are a few ideas that I have for my friends getting married this summer...
|AHeirloom's Vermont Plyboo Cutting Board, $40 found via 20best20|
|Brookish's LOVE dishtowel, $11 found via 20best20|
And this dishtowel could even make doing your dirty work an act of love - or at least remind you that you LOVE is always there to help you out!
|Steel Ribbon's Metal Handbag Magazine Rack, $45 found via 20best20|
|baby Jives' Lovebirds Mobile, $70|
There are lots more fabulous handmade gift ideas out there to discover at places like Etsy and 20best20 or your local crafty gallery. So don't just buy some bowls from a big box store for your friends, buy them handmade one of a kind bowls made by an independent artisan that they will treasure for years to come.