When attending a gay or lesbian wedding, you can give any traditional wedding gift or you may explore more options that are symbolic, personalised or unique. Gift ideas for same-sex marriages can be as simple as giving a wedding envelope with cash to help the new couple start their married life together, while some couples request something more practical or socially relevant from their guests than receiving traditional gifts.
Traditional gifts are typically items used or displayed in the home such as paintings, wine racks, dishes, linens, glassware, pots, roasters, sofa sets, coffee tables and other appliances, furniture and decorative items. Others provide monetary gifts in the form of cash, checks or gift cards. Many of these gift cards give preference to the couple's favourite shop, restaurant or a premier home retail store. Others also offer gift cards particularly supporting the gay and lesbian communities such as Home Depot and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Symbolic and Personalized Gifts
Giving gifts that are more symbolic or personalised takes some extra effort, but the personal touch counts and will be meaningful to the couple. These kinds of gifts will also stand out among the roster of traditional gifts typically received by newlyweds. Anything personally meaningful to the couple or any one of them adds more personality to a wedding gift. For instance, if one of them is fond of the colour purple and the other one is an avid toy car collector, a purple toy car can be an ideal buy.
Apart from the usual personalised offerings like jewellery with the couple's engraved names, narrative or documentary movies, instructional DVDs or books about keeping a fulfilled relationship or starting a married life serve as good wedding gifts. Symbolic gifts supporting gay pride can be meaningful gifts as well. For instance, a unique, creative gift like a commemorative volcanic rock turned into a personally relevant artwork for the couple can utilise the colours of the gay pride flag. Emblems of gay culture like the hare, hyena and weasel, the lesbian symbol of a double-headed axe called the labrys or the Greek lower case "l" called the lambda, a symbol widely used by gay activists, can all be considered as elements to incorporate into your gift.
Many couples may request specific guests with expertise on particular fields to provide more practical gift choices for them such as taking professional photos or videos during their wedding, playing in a quartet for the wedding ceremony or even doing the couple's tax returns. Eco-conscious couples may also request guests to be involved in a tree-planting activity they organised or participate in an outreach program or a gay pride project they support or are associated with.
One of the common types of alternative gifts requested by socially involved couples is making a donation to their favourite charity, whether under the couple's or the guest's name. They may also ask them to donate money to the local park fund, give basic necessities or extend financial help to people in need such as seniors, the sick, homeless, children at the orphanage or recent victims of a natural calamity such as a hurricane, blizzard, earthquake or fire.
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