A Very Happy Shappy Wedding Gift Guide

What Newlyweds really want (hint: it’s not a rice cooker)

Starting off married life ain’t always easy – someone invariably leaves the toilet seat up, while the other hoards all available closet space. A toaster may not add tremendous happiness to a couple’s new life together (unless they really, really love toast), but these 7 ideas will!

Cold. Hard. Cash.

Newlywed Cash Envelopes - A Very Happy Shappy Wedding Gift Guide
Newlywed Cash Envelopes

Nothing can transform that giddy Cloud 9 into a thundering storm quite like financial woes. So whether it’s any denomination of the traditional Rs. 101, or a gift card to their favorite store – do them a solid, and crown cash as King.

An experience

Gift an Experience - A Very Happy Shappy Wedding Gift Guide
Gift an Experience
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The guests have left town, the family is catching up on their sleep – no better time than now for the newlyweds to begin their adventure together. So if it’s an appetite for risk they have, a great wedding gift could be passes to bungee jumping, followed with a fully loaded picnic basket to toast to their badassery. And if that appetite is one for good, ol’ fashioned cooking, sign them up for a sushi making class – it’ll help to break up the monotony of all that maggi they’ll be eating!

Honeymoon addition

Honeymoon Addition - A Happy Wedding Gift Guide
Honeymoon Addition
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Ah, the honeymoon. Finally alone, far from the prying eyes of aunties, uncles and aunties of aunties and uncles of uncles. The sun shining bright, and the sand in their toes – life must be pretty sweet. Make it even sweeter by adding a few bells and whistles onto their plans – champagne and strawberries sent to their room, or a paid for jet‐ski lesson for when sunbathing gets monotonous.

Spa package

Spa Luxury
Spa Luxury
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The newly crowned Mr. and Mrs. have danced that Happy Shappy Bhangra till the wee hours of the morning. The DJ is icing his fingers, the Dhol Wala is chanting Om’s at the sun. The dust has settled, and the newlyweds could use a little TLC at the spa. Whether it’s a foot rub, a couple’s massage, or a head‐to‐toe pamper session, this wedding gift will certainly put you in their happiest thoughts.

Wine Tour

Wine Tour
Wine Tour
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Know what really takes the edge off all those post‐shaadi daawats the couple has to attend? Wine. Red, white, it’s all glorious. And no need to look towards Bordeaux and Napa for your wine’spiration – there are gorgeous vineyards right here in India that offer wine tastings, tours and romantic dinners.

Be sure to check out WineToursIndia.com for gift giving options – and prepare to become the most favorite wedding guest ever!

Support local artist

Support Local Artist
Support Local Artist
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And if it’s something truly unique you want the newlyweds to have and cherish forever (besides each other, of course) – immortalize them just like the romantics of yesteryear did. Support a local artist and commission a work of art depicting the happy couple – a portrait, a mural, a sketch– a picture that’ll convey in a thousand words how much love you wish upon them.

Give back option

Give Back Option
Give Back Option
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The wedding was sheer Happy‐Shappyness – now your wedding gift can help the couple spread that joy to people who aren’t as fortunate. Make a donation in the newlyweds’ name to a cause they are passionate about – whether it is education, animal rescue, or the girl child. Starting off their married life with a wonderful deed together – talk about racking up good karma in their favor!

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